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Joplin, Missouri: Big Bronze Dog at Dog Food Factory

"Blue" was the pet dog of the Bishop family. When they built their dog food factory in 2014, they included an outdoor eight-foot-tall bronze likeness of the Airedale.

8101 E. 32nd St., Joplin, MO
Outside the Heartland dog food factory. East of the city. I-44 exit 11 or 11A. Drive south on I-49 for one exit (39A), then drive east on Hwy FF/E. 32nd St. for 1.5 miles. Go straight through the light. You'll see the massive factory on the left; the statue is near the flagpole, but back by the building and behind a security fence. Statue is near the flag pole.
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Big Bronze Dog at Dog Food Factory

Was in Joplin this weekend (9/19/2020). There is now a fence around the plant. Access is via a security gate that is not too friendly to someone wanting a picture of the dog. You have to stand outside the fence now. Too bad. Great publicity for the company.

[Alan Schroeder, 09/22/2020]

Dog statue.

Big Bronze Dog at Dog Food Factory

Once you find the factory the dog is easy to spot. Our GPS led us to the back of the building first. Whoops

[Janelle, 06/05/2019]

Blue Airedale terrier statue.

Blue, Giant Bronze Airedale Terrier Dog Statue

An eight-foot tall-bronze Airedale guards the entrance to the Heartland/Blue Buffalo Dog Food factory in Joplin. We inquired at the office and his name is "Blue."

[Lindsay B [at], 03/11/2015]

"Blue" was the pet dog of the Bishop family, which owns the factory.

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