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Hello! I’m Blue2, the official mascot of Butler University. Just thinking back off the top of my furry head, some of the obvious things that come to mind are my appearances at Butler sporting events. Whether it's leading the football team onto the field, greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my "tricks" during a timeout at center court, or serving as the halftime entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer techniques, those are all great instances where I steal the show. Of course, there's more than athletic events, there's also the performing arts. I've been a part of the limelight at several events such as YMCA Geneva Stunts, YMCA Spring Sing and JCFA's REJOICE! where the students sang "Blue Christmas" and I came out on stage riding a sleigh with Santa Claus. I also make appearances at university/campus events for University Advancement, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. Basically, I do it all. If you are on campus, be sure to stop by my office and bring me some treats!

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Archive: January 2008

In the Spotlight

 

An anonymous reader asked, “Blue, I think you are adorable!! I’m
sure with a job like yours you get invited to do all kinds of things…
What have been some of your most exciting moments in the spotlight??”

Great
question! The first few years on the job haven’t been dull, I can
assure you, but most of my time in the “spotlight” has been of the
local variety. Although, I’m looking to make my big break this March in
San Antionio, Texas for the Men’s NCAA Final Four. Coach Stevens, members of the basketball team, if you’re reading this, see what you can do to help me out. Okay?


Just thinking back off the top of my furry head, some of the obvious
things that come to mind are my appearances at Butler sporting events.
Whether it’s leading the football team onto the field (pictured),
greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my “tricks” during
a timeout at center court (pictured), or serving as the halftime
entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer
tecniques, those are all great instances where I steal the show.


Of
course, there’s more than athletic events, there’s also the performing
arts. I’ve been a part of the limelight at several events such as YMCA
Geneva Stunts, YMCA Spring Sing and JCFA’s REJOICE! where the students
sang “Blue Christmas” and I came out on stage riding a sleigh with
Santa Claus. (picture below by Claire Corbin Photography)

I
also make appearances at university/campus events for University
Advancment, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. I’ve been used
in class presentations, atttended press conferences, and black tie
galas (pictured). At the press conference to announce the hiring of
Butler Athletic Director, Barry Collier,
I let out a loud bark during the middle of that event. I’m not sure
what came over me, I just felt like letting the media and attendees
know that I approved of the hire.

Oh
yeah, and there’s Butler’s Homecoming activities too, where last year I
hosted the “Family Fun Fest,” and the annual “Bulldog Beauty Contest
presented by the Ovid Butler Society,” as well as had my own Corvette in the parade.

I’ve
also been known to be a bit of a media hound too. From TV, to radio, to
newspapers, to magazines, to the internet, I’m blowing up! It’s not
uncommon to see my mug on the local Indy major network affliates when
they cover Butler basketball highlights after a game.

I can remember one time Dave Calabro of WTHR NBC Channel 13 (and
Butler grad) was doing a live shot from Hinkle Fieldhouse before a home
game. He wanted to get me on camera, so going to a break, he rolled a
basketball (one of my favorite things) on the floor for me to attack. I
didn’t disappoint. It was so funny that he featured it on his “Check It
Out” spot in the 11 p.m. broadcast. Guess you had to be there.

This past month I did get some national TV exposure as well as I made a couple of appearances on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

This season and last you can hear me on the radio broadcasts of the men’s home basketball games. Those can be heard at WXNT AM 1430. That’s me barking for the Ovid Butler Society and Bulldog Club commercials.

I’ve also made two or three appearances in Indianapolis Montly, with my most recent coming in the Feb. 2008 issue, page 100. No issues of Dog Fancy yet or Time’s Dog of the Year yet, though.


I’ve been in the newspaper quite a few times including this past Sunday’s edition of the Indianapolis Star. I also make appearances in Butler’s student produced paper, The Butler Collegian.

Okay,
that’s all I can think of right now, but now that I think about it, I
need to renegotiate my contract! That’s a lot of stuff I’ve done in
just under four years. My stock is hot, baby! Get Ari Gold (pictured) on the line, I need some representation!

I’m
sure there’s more that I’ve done, times I’ve been the center of
attention, instances where I stole the show, etc., I just can’t think
of them. If your reading this and something comes to mind that I didn’t
cover, then use the “comments” section to share.

Hairy Inquiry

bulldawgamy writes, “Hey Blue! I think you are soooo cute. Anyways, I
was wondering if you shed alot? I remember a year or two ago when some
students were petting you in the dawg pound and you shed like
crazy—hairs everywhere :) Did your new diet fix this problem?”

First
of all Amy, if it’s been a “year or two ago” since you’ve seen me or
petted me yourself, then that’s a year or two too long!

Second,
sorry I am just now responding to your question. I had a couple of ball
games to attend recently. I started writing my response while my dad
was watching the Rolex 24 at Daytona (go Vision Racing!) and didn’t get finished until President Bush’s State of the Union address. Again, my apologies for the delay.

It’s true. I shed. A lot. I can’t really help it. It’s just a characteristic of the English Bulldog breed.

Consider those little hairs I leave behind a souvenir…something to remember me by.

If
you think the shedding is bad, just be glad I didn’t slime you as well.
Sometimes I’ve been known to get worked up or excited, which means I
start breathing heavier, and salivating more. And when that happens
sometimes things tend to get slimed.


Check
out my dad’s pant legs sometimes. Between the hair and the slime, I
wreak havoc on those wool suits! Think “Turner and Hooch.”

Speaking
of my dad, I’m not the only one in the family who sheds. My dad sheds
too, but unfortunately for him, his hair doesn’t grow back like mine.
Hair today, gone tomorrow.

Shedding is natural for dogs. The
hair loss allows the new coat to come in. All dogs shed; some more then
others. Actually, the English Bulldog’s shedding is listed as “average.”

My
shedding is constant, but the degree of hair loss comes and goes. I
don’t really know if it can be controlled, but I bathe weekly, eat food
high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and if my parents remember, I will get
brushed.

I don’t know how much those things help, but I don’t think they can hurt.

My
dad always says he wishes that he invented the lint roller. I don’t
know if that’s because he thinks that would have made him wealthier or
if it’s because he thinks he could get them for free if he invented
them. Maybe both.


Speaking
of business opportunities, if scientists could figure out the hair
growth hormone (the new HGH) in me, maybe we could bottle it and people
like my dad wouldn’t have to sweat that receding hairline anymore. We
could put the Hair Club for Men president right out of business. Still
a “client,” buddy?

I
digress, back to my fur coat. People often ask if I ever get my hair
cut/groomed. The answer is no. English Bulldogs are short-haired by
nature. There’s no need for a trim for me. So I’ve got that going for
me. Which is nice.

Say Cheese!

Another game, another photo opportunity. Your online edition of the Indianapolis Star (http://www.indystar.com/) again features my mug. Only this time, it’s post oversized bone pickup, unlike pre bone pickup shot from last game.

Once again, Heather Charles took the picture which can be viewed along with her other game action shots here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=MULTIMEDIA

Ironically, the photo also accompanies David Woods’ post-game story which focuses primarilly on senior guard, A.J. Graves. You can read that here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080127/SPORTS06/801270373/1068

Why
is that ironic? Just see my post from earlier in the month regarding
the relationship between Graves and I. No big deal, just kind of
humorous. Congrats to A.J. for a game well played yesterday.

Speaking
of the game, the Dawgs punished the Flames of Illinois-Chicago 73-57.
Thanks to that and a loss by Cleveland State, Butler is back leading
the standings in the Horizon League.

Go Dawgs!

Mr. February

It’s no centerfold, but it is a magazine appearance nonetheless! For
you local Naptown and Central Indiana residents, be sure to pick up a
copy of the February Indianapolis Montly…on news stands now!

Flip to page 100 of this month’s pet-themed issue and there I am, featured as one of Indy’s biggest celebrity pets!

I
had to tell my dad that “celebrity pet” did not necessarily imply that
he was indeed a “celebrity” and I was his “pet”. He was crushed. I
think I bruised his ego a little bit, but after all, he is pretty much
just my manager/driver/servant. He works for me!

You can read the piece here: http://www.indianapolismonthly.com/article.aspx?id=20204

They mention that my parents are trying to teach me how to ride a skateboard like my “famous YoutTube counterpart.” They are referencing Tyson, the Skateboarding Bulldog. He’s one cool dude and tallented bully! I can only hope to learn to ride half as good as he can. Skate or die, Tyson!


My parents are trying to teach me to ride, and I am quite fond of the
board, but rather than ride, I enjoy strutting around with the board in
my mouth and biting the wheels. Their instructions are clear, but the
ability to focus has never been one of my strong suits. We’ll keep
after it, but I’ve got a long road ahead of me…pun intended.

You’d think I’d be able to use my celebrity status to get a guy like Tony Hawk or Rob Dyrdek to come give me some tips and pointers. Hey Tony/Rob, if you’re reading this, hit me up at blue2@butler.edu. Can ya help a brother out?!

If I had opposable thumbs and a free hand, I might even try the Marty McFly method
of skateboarding…just hitch a ride and let the gas powered machines
do the work. I wonder what would have happened if he got the skateboard
up to 88 mph. Heavy stuff, Doc.


Anyway, as the weather gets warmer, I’ll keep everyone up to date on my
skateboarding lessons. I’ll try and get some pictures and video of that
uploaded here as well. Should be good for a laugh if nothing else.
Until then, stay warm and cozy up to a nice issue of Indianapolis
Montly.

Like a Dog on a Bone

If you’ve cracked open your online edition of the Indianapolis Star at http://www.indystar.com/ and checked out the game recap info and photos from last night’s Butler men’s basketball contest against Loyola of Chicago, then perhaps you saw your’s truly.

Indy Star photographer, Heather Charles, captured me on my pre-game ritual charge to the Dawg Pound
to pick up my over-sized bone. That’s Butler student, Ty Anderson,
getting ready to make the hand-off and my old man jogging behind.

In case you were wondering, the Bulldogs dispatched the Ramblers 63-50.

Next
up are the Flames of Univ. of Illinois – Chicago at 2 p.m., tomorrow,
at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Come on over to campus for the game and you can
watch me make my run to the bone first-hand.

For Indy Star coverage of the game, visit here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080125/SPORTS06/801250447

For the Indy Star game photos, visit here: http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=MULTIMEDIA

For Indy Star Butler Beat Writer, David Wood’s Butler Insider Blog, visit here: http://blogs.indystar.com/butler/

Want to talk Butler Hoops? Visit here: http://p214.ezboard.com/Butler-Basketball/fbuhoopsfrm1

 

Girls, Girls, Girls

 

My good friends, newly weds, and Butler grads Noelle & Daniel recently posted,

“Sounds like the dream life of every Butler Bulldog! Do you have a girlfriend Blue??”

Not only do I live the dream life of every Butler Bulldog, I pretty much live the dream life. Period.

Living the dream, baby. Living-the-dream!

Now, on to your question…

It’s been said that a gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell. Good news for you, I’m a dog, I do whatever I want. In the words of George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic,
“Why must I feel like that? Why must I chase the cat? Nothin’ but the
dog in me.” In other words, I’ve been known to like the ladies. Ya dig?


But, about those “girlfriends.” Officially, I’ve never really had a
girlfriend. Technically, I’ve had a lot of ladies in my life.

I’m cute, I’m cuddly, I’m a mascot and I’m a BMOC. Ladies love me.


My main lady in my life, besides my birth mother, Margie, (pictured below) is my adopted mother, Tiffany.


Tiffany taught me how to treat a lady and she said it was okay for me to date, but I’ve still yet to find “the one.”

I
used to have a “relationship” with Kristen Nichols when she was on the
cheerleading squad. Unofficially, she was my “girlfriend,” but we’ve
since moved on. It was a mutual break-up, and we’re still good friends
though. Besides, it was all fun and games…she is a human after all!


So when it comes the humans, I just enjoy the love from everyone. It’s
platonic. But, I don’t really have a girlfriend on the K9 side either.

A good friend and Dawg Pound cohort,
Loren Snyder, adopted a nice female English Bulldog recently. Her name
is Bella. We went on a first date, but that didn’t go so well. We found
that two Type A personalities don’t necessarily mix. She’s a nice lady, and we can be friends, but she’s too much woman for this man to handle.

I have an ongoing crush on Hoops Green. Hoops belongs to Butler men’s basketball guard, Mike Green.
I haven’t seen her since Mike was playing ball in Alaska and Hoops was
walking through campus with her sitter. We hit off right away. She’s
hot, no question. And I think she was in to me, but we just don’t get
to see each other very much. Distance just seems to make the heart grow
fonder.

Ah
well, I’m not giving up on love, but I’m still just three! I’ll wait
until I’m longer in the tooth to be settling down. That’s a big
commitment…all those expectations, demands, emotions, etc.

Like the late Christopher George Latore Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, i.e. Notorious B.I.G. once said, “mo money, mo problems.” True. So true.

So
I guess it’s best that I just kick it as a one-man-band for the time
being. I am most definitely single and ready to mingle, but you just
can’t force true love. I know that “Mrs. Right” is just going to find
me when I least expect it.

Sleepless in Indianapolis,

Blue II

Did Somebody Say "Treats"?

An anonymous guest writes…”Dear Blue II, What are some of your favorite treats/foods?”

Ah
yes, the infamous “T” word. Say it, and my ears perk up. Say it again
and might even cock my head and look at you very intently. Pull out the
bag of treats and I’m salivating like I belong to Pavlov.


Unfortunately, my old man scaled back the treat intake, both in
quantity and brand. I used to work the system by wandering around the
office and giving that irresistible “feed me” face to any sucker that
would look my way.

I had people feeding me right and left. Even Butler University President, Bobby Fong, keeps treats for me in his office.

It
was all going as planned until my my digestive tract and eating habits
caught up with me. In spite of eating all of those treats, I still
managed to maintain a steady weight at 60 lbs., but that was because I
was so full from treats by the time I got home from work I skipped
dinner.

In addition all of those different makes and models of
treats gave me flatulence that could choke a horse. I mean, this gas
could bring a tear to the eye it was that pundgent. I was already known
for clearing out a room from time to time and my treat intake was just
compounding the issue. Finally, enough was enough.

It all came
to a head this past fall as Susan Smith of City Dogs Grocery (49th
& College – Indpls.) came forward and offered to provide me with a
food sponsorship. The sponsorship is a partnership between Smith’s City
Dogs store and Eagle Pack Pet Foods.

Due
to allergies, I was already on a special blend of prescription dog
food, primarilly made of salmon and potato when I got the call from
Susan. As it turns out, Eagle Pack had a blend of food, also
fish-based, (those fatty acids help my skin and coat) that would work
for me. It’s an anchovy, sardine and salmon mix from their Holistic Select line.


So
when we began switching foods, my dad limited any foreign substances,
including treats, to ensure that the switch went well. Sure enough, the
discipline on food intake and limited to no treats solved the gas
issue. Thus, it’s pretty evident to tell when someone slips me a little
contraband.

But, a dog cannot go without treats! That’s just
cruel and unsual punishment. So we found some treats that compliment my
current diet. Also made by Eagle Pack and sold at City Dogs Grocery,
the Holistix Menhaden Biscuit is on the approved list.

You
ask about other favorite foods…of course, I’m generally not allowed
table scraps, people food, or whatever you want to call it, but I still
have my favorites. I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last
night. I know the good stuff.

I love anything made with
milk. Milk, ice cream and cheese are all favorites. I have a nose for
those things as well. I am also a huge fan of eggs, plain spaghetti
noodles and rice. Other than that, I pretty much like it all except
lettuce and pretzels.

Okay,
enough about all of this talk of treats and food! I can’t take it any
more. I don’t want to suffer a relapse. Hunger management isn’t a dog’s
strong suit. They say that reason should direct and appetite should
obey, but they forgot, I’m a dog…therefore I don’t reason.

All
in all, I’ve been coping well with life without treats, or life without
A LOT of treats, anyway. The lack of gas, if nothing else, has been
good for everybody. I like treats as much as the next dog, but I
suppose the refrain has been for the best.

BTW,
thanks for the question. I saw where I was asked about a girlfriend…I
will tackle that one later in the week. Keep up the comments and the
questions and thanks for reading. Until next time…bon appetit!

 

A Day in the Life

As promised, here’s a run-down of my typical day…

7:00-7:15 a.m. – My parents get up and out of bed…I don’t move.


8:00-8:20
a.m. – My dad literally picks me up out of bed and sets me on the
floor. I then do my best to try and wake up and open my eyes. From
there, I groggily make my way through the house, (usually I try to
detour towards my bed in the living room) to the garage and in the car.
There’s lots of eye blinking and blank stares during this process.


8:20-8:30
a.m. – On the 7-10 minute drive to work, I typically just sit in the
front passenger seat of the car and just stare out the front window and
shut my eyes a lot. If I’m really tired, I’ll just climb back to the
back seat and put off the reality of having to wake up and face the
world. (Note: On weekends, I can be asleep by 9 p.m. and still have to
be woken up by 11:30 a.m. the next day. I’m that good.)

8:30
a.m. – Time to make my way into to work. This is where I take care of
business, if you know what I mean. From there, it’s on into Jordan Hall
and down to the office.

8:35-9:00 a.m. – I get my work day
started by making my rounds through the office. I go visit people, look
for some good rub-downs, massages, and any handouts. Once I see who has
reported for duty, etc., I head back to the office I share with my dad
and I see if dad has put out my food and water. Sometimes I dig in
right away and sometimes I save it for later…depends on what time I ate
the night before and how I’m feeling.


9:00
-11:30 a.m. – This timeframe can involve a number of things, most
likely of which includes napping. I also like to bark at my co-workers
until they are forced to play with me, shred boxes, go “potty,” show
off for visitors and students, etc. By lunch time I’m usually starting
to wake up.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – My dad takes his lunch hour
sometime within this two hour period so whatever he does usually
dictates what I do. Sometimes I just hang out in the office with him as
he eats at his desk. If he goes to workout at the HRC, sometimes I join
him there or I might stay back, and there are times when we get to go
run errands like visit the bank and such.

1:30-5 p.m. – More
sleeping, barking, playing, visits from students, faculty & staff,
and at least one more potty break. Also, more meetings with colleagues
as you can see by Kyle Smith and I discussing some paperwork below.
It’s a dog’s life!


5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – HRC
time. Most days my dad heads back over to the HRC for another workout.
I’m cool with the HRC. They have a cage behind the control desk for me
to hang out at, and I have toys and a water bowl stashed there as well.
Depending how much I slept that afternoon determines my mood there. My
favorite part about the HRC is getting to go on laundry runs with the
student workers. I love that elevator! It’s like magic. To have legs
like mine and be able to skip the stairs is pure bliss.

7-8 p.m.
– Dinner time at the Kaltenmark residence. If it’s a tough day, then I
crash on the living room floor or on my bed. If I’m hungry, I’ll see if
anything falls on the kitchen floor while they cook.

8-9 p.m. –
I try to squeeze one last play time from my parents. Lots of barking,
dragging my blanket and toys around the living room, etc.


9:00
p.m. til bedtime – I am sound asleep in the living room, either on the
couch, my bed or on the floor. My parents have to turn up the TV to
drown out my snoring. Just before bed, they’ll do their best to wake me
and get me to go potty one last time. It’s a chore for them and me.
After that, my dad lifts me up on the bed and the rest is
history…another day in the books.


I guess that pretty much sums it all up. It might sound kind of boring, but remember, I’m a dog. Not bad, huh?

Working like a Dog

I get asked a lot about what I do all day, how much I come to campus, etc.

Well,
like a lot of you, I’m a working stiff too. That’s right, I show up to
work 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., nearly every day. Granted, I take a lot of
naps and walks during that time, but I’m still in the office, so that
counts for something, right?


First I’ll tell you the story and the setup, then I’ll take you through a typical daily routine in my next post.

So my dad, he’s the Director of Annual Giving at Butler. That’s a section of Development which falls under the University Advancement umbrella. In a nut shell, he hits alumni and other university constituents up for money. So break yo’ self and send him a gift already!

Our office is in the basement (those glass half full types call it the “Garden Level”) of historic Jordan Hall where other Development and Advancement offices are located as well.

I
pretty much have the run of the place down there, but I call my dad’s
office home base. Below is a picture of me and my closest office
colleagues from the Office of Annual Giving.

Pictured:

Kyle Smith – Assistant Director of Annual Giving (left)
Michael Kaltenmark – Director of Annual Giving (right)
Shelby Roscoe – Sr. Secretary – Annual Giving (back left)
Leslie Renner – Assistant Director of Annual Giving (back right)

Anyway, my predecessor, Butler Blue I, (also a member of the Advancement team, but resided in the Office of Alumni & Parent Programs in Robertson Hall) used to only come in on Friday’s. I think they were affectionately called “Bulldog Fridays.”

Well,
I was headed down that same path, only coming in on Fridays, but
luckily everybody became too attached and too used to the idea of
having me around.

My first day on campus was May 20, 2004, also
the day (that’s me, first day on the job, down below) my dad picked my
up from the breeder (Kong King Kennel of Lizton, Ind.). I weighed 7-10
lbs. and was only about 7 weeks old. If you read up on English
Bulldogs, you’ll find that we aren’t the most sociable breed. In fact,
we can be quite skittish and scared of the most mundane, inanimate
objects.


So
to ensure that I would be tolerant of all things and all people, my
pops thought it would be a good idea to bring me in to the office early
and often. As a puppy I was introduced to many different situations in
an effort to over stimulate me and to get me as socialized as possible.

All
of that pretty much meant that I came into work everyday and I guess I
never really stopped. I think I got too used to coming in and everybody
else just got too attached. Makes for a pretty cool work environment,
that’s for sure!

It blew my mind when my dad told me that most
dogs have to stay at home all day, many of them in cages. Can you
believe that?! And I thought I was bored. (That’s me as a puppy in my
cage…for effect.)


If you are out and about on campus, come on down and say hello. Don’t
be surprised if I’m sleeping or out doing something else, but chances
are, I’ll be around. Hope to see you sometime soon!

 

Best in Show

The American Kennel Club recently released the Top 10 dog breeds. As
it turns out, the Bulldog is the 10th most popular breed in the U.S. (This is big news people, check out the Thurs., Jan. 17th edition of ESPN‘s Sports Center as
they even did a story on it…featuring yours truly…and a few other
famous bullies. That’s my second time on Sports Center in a week!)


http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/22670868/?GT1=10755&pg=11#tdy_Pets_breeds

(Google News Search)

I
suppose it’s nice to make the list, especially after a more than
70-year absence (last ranking 10th in 1935), but to get beat out by the
Shih Tzu (No. 9)! C’mon! They can’t be serious. I mean, just look at
that thing. It’s like a cat, a King Charles Spaniol and a mop got
together and birthed this beast. Don’t ask me which one actually gave
birth to it.

I have a pair of cousin Shih Tzu’s and I’m sure they’ll never let me hear the end of this.

Anyway, if you’re curious about the English Bulldog breed and our unique history, characteristics, etc., have a look here…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulldog

http://www.akc.org/breeds/bulldog/index.cfm

Did
you know that the name of my breed was derived from our sole
purpose…baiting bulls before they were sent to slaughter. It was
thought that our baiting of bulls served to tenderize the bull meat,
but it was also considered a form of “sport.”

Thus, I consider my forefathers to be something of a cross between Russell Crowe as “Maximus” in Gladiator and Belmonte, the famous matador.


But, I suppose back then my owner might have been someone like Sam the Butcher from the Brady Bunch.

Oh
well, I digress. After all these years, it’s nice to be ranked again.
I’d like to think I had a hand in that. Why not? How many Shih Tzu’s
you know with their own blog?!

P.S. This post has me thinking about my very own family tree/lineage. I’ll share that with you sometime. Russell Crowe or not, I come from good stock and I’ve got the AKC paperwork to prove it.