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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: June 2008

RIP UGA VI

Popular mascot Uga VI dies of heart failure
By Jeffrey Scott
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/28/08

The
University of Georgia’s beloved and Churchillian English bulldog mascot
Uga VI died peacefully Friday night in Savannah of congestive heart
failure after serving nine seasons on the sidelines as the Bulldogs’
winningest mascot.

Uga
VI, owned by Savannah attorney Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler, was the
heaviest in the line of six solid-white English bulldogs to serve as
UGA’s mascot since Uga I became a Georgia football game fixture in 1956.

“He
was a good one,” Seiler said in a prepared statement. “What can I say?
He had a marvelous record. He was a very strong and healthy dog. He was
the biggest of all the dogs, and he had the biggest heart. It just
played out.”

Damon Evans, UGA athletics director, bestowed the highest praise on the beast that he could Saturday, in a statement:

“Uga VI was a damn good mascot and a damn good dog,” said Evans.

With the passing of one Uga there’s always speculation regarding which bulldog will be heir to the throne, which comes with a few perks, including an air-conditioned doghouse, travel by Delta Airlines to away games,
celebrityhood (Uga V was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1997 as
the nation’s best mascot) and a fanbase that’s paparazzi-like in its
obsession.


“People pet him so much his head gets sore,” Seiler once said of his
line of Ugas. “He’s like a politician who shakes too many hands.”

Seiler
said Saturday that the “lineage is secure” and a successor will be
announced by the Seilers and the UGA athletic association later.

Uga
VI will be buried in a marble vault in the Southwest corner of Sanford
Stadium with his ancestors in private ceremonies expected to be held
early next week.

There had been speculation earlier
this year that the 2007 season might have been Uga VI’s last as a
mascot because of his age. He would have turned 10 on July 22.

Seiler
said in a statement Saturday he noticed Uga VI was breathing heavily
shortly after Seiler arrived home from work Friday evening. He was
taken to Dr. Stanley Lester, the family’s veterinarian, who consulted
with Dr. Bruce Hollett at UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

“I
noticed a little congestion in his throat, which usually is not cause
for alarm,” said Seiler in the release. “I gave him a bath, which he
always loved, to cool him off. After that, I called Dr. Lester, whose
office is about a four-minute drive from our house.

“His heart just played out. He suffered no pain and died peacefully.”

UGA
president Michael F. Adams said in a statement that Uga VI will be
“missed and remembered by UGA alumni and friends everywhere.”

During
his reign as mascot, the UGA football team compiled a record of 87 wins
and 27 losses, captured the 2002 and 2005 SEC championships, and won
seven of nine bowl games, surpassing Uga IV’s record of 77-24-4.

— Staff writer Chip Towers contributed to this article.

Bulldogs Win College World Series and Dressing for Success

 
Bulldogs Win, Bulldogs Win, Bulldogs Win! …the Bulldogs of the Fresno State variety that is.

Fresno State beat the University of George Bulldogs last night in the best of a three game series in the NCAA College World Series at Omaha, Nebraska. Granted, I wish it were the Butler Bulldogs
that were being crowned champs, but as a representative of the breed,
I’m still proud that that it was Bulldogs V. Bulldogs in the World
Series championship.

Earlier in the year the Bulldog made the top-10 list of most popular dogs for
the first time since 1935 and now we have Bulldogs battling Bulldogs
for titles and championships. It’s a dog eat dog world out there and
the Bulldogs are ready for dinner. In other words, we’re on the rise
people, so get on the bandwagon!

Well since last week I haven’t
been up to much…just work, pleasure and more camp pictures. Only this
time it was with students attending percussion and piano camp. Below
are some pictures.


Outside of that, I’m just trying to beat the heat. Remember, us
Bulldogs are heat-sensitive so little to no time at all in this hot and
humid weather is more than enough for me. Air conditioning, water and
shade are all my good friends this time of year.

As I posted last week with that video of Gus the Bulldog devouring that watermelon,
I think I’d like to try that for myself. I hear that watermelon is a
refreshing summer treat and rumor has it that my parents are hitting
the grocery store this weekend, so I just might get lucky!

Finally,
as promised, I said that I would respond to the comments left for me on
the blog. As it turns out, there have only been two in recent weeks.
Nonetheless, they are…

“What tricks can you do? It would be great to see a video of some of your best tricks.” – Anonymous

My
repertoire of tricks includes the “high-five,” “rollover,” “dead dog,”
“speak,” and “pout.” I’m also re-mastering commands like “stay” and I
have a feeling that with this AKC Canine Good Citizen training business, I am going to have to learn all kinds of fun stuff.

Unfortunately,
I don’t have any video of my trick routine so I’ll have my dad work on
that and get something posted in the near future.

Our second and last post reads…

“In
any of your official duties as Butler Mascot, have you ever been asked
to dress up in something completely embarrassing? I know you get to
wear shirts a lot and the occasional bow tie. Take a look at your
fellow bulldog (pictured below) dressed like an idiot for his parents’
wedding ceremony. And that is getting published nationally!” – Jackie P.

Good
question, Jackie! Hemingway the Bulldog looks ridiculous in that
picture. Granted, in my debut on the cover of Sports Illustrated I was
sporting a Dawg Pound t-shirt, but that is in no way the same as
Hemingway’s jester get-up or whatever he’s donning.

It’s true;
I’ve worn everything from jerseys, to sweaters, to t-shirts, dew rags,
bow ties, neck ties, arm bands, coats, special collars and Halloween
costumes. What can I say, it goes with the job.

Most of the stuff I wear is within reason and in fact, I actually get
excited when I see things like my jersey or when I get to put on
t-shirts…it means that I’m going to get to do something fun.

But
I also know when what I’m wearing is just wrong, like our friend
Hemingway. Typically that would be the Halloween costumes. One year I
went as a pirate and another as a pumpkin. Captain Jack Sparrow and a
Jack-O-Lantern I am not.


Anyway, I’m still looking for Nike to suit me up with a tailor-made
jersey that I can wear to football games and other events. You’ll
notice in the picture below that UGA, Georgia’s mascot found a way to
make that happen.

I figure now that the Butler Athletic Dept. signed an exclusive Nike deal, I might actually be able to get something in the works.

But for now, the only thing I’ll be wearing in this heat is my fur coat.

Have a great weekend!

Blue II

An Eventful Close to Spring 2008

 Well, when I last posted I was getting ready to head off with my mom to
Wabash, Ind. for a little R&R in the country. It was just about
everything I hoped it would be and more. Not only did I get to enjoy a
one-dog pool party in my wading pool, but I also got to sample a little
bit of cheeseburger and steak during a couple of grill outs that my
grandma and grandpa Richards had. It was delicious!

The
only thing I didn’t get to do was go boating when they went to
Salamonie Reservoir one afternoon. Mom didn’t have my life jacket and
besides, I probably would have been too hot anyway.

After that,
my dad returned from Texas and we had ourselves a pretty interesting
week. Of course, there was the usual dreaded thunderstorms that
continued to roll through the Indianapolis area, but I also visited the
girls basketball camp and took pictures with campers, went to the vet
for x-rays on what was thought to be a broken toe, attended an event
called Bullyfest, helped my parents celebrate their fifth anniversary
and traveled back to Wabash for Father’s Day. Needless to say, last
week was quite eventful!

Wednesday the 11th was when I stopped
by the Women’s basketball team’s camp for pictures. I’ve been doing
that camp every year since I was just a puppy so it’s just routine now.
Here are a couple pictures from that appearance.


Also on Wednesday, I made some new friends with Hugo (4-month English
Bulldog) and Frankie (1-year Daschund). They stopped by the office at
the end of the work day so we went out on the campus mall and had a
good time. Hugo and Frankie each have parents from the Butler class of
2008. I hope they come back to play again soon as we sure had a great
time!

The next day, my dad and I were at home working in the
yard, which is one of my favorite activities. I was helping him, and by
helping I mean just running back and forth and around the yard at home
like I own the place, because I do. Anyway, I must have done something
to myself when I was getting all cocky out there because after I laid
down to rest for a while, I got back up and found that I had a profound
limp and was favoring my front right paw pretty significantly.

By
the time my mom got home from work, I was in some serious pain and even
fell while trying to walk. My dad just thought I had aggravated an old
injury with one of my joints, but my mom (the physical therapist)
noticed some swelling in my paw and quickly loaded me in the car and
took me to Woodland Animal Hospital in Carmel, Ind.

Dr.
Glore was able to see me and while my x-rays were negative, or
virtually inconclusive, there was still a theory that I may have
incurred a hairline fracture in my right front pinky paw. So I was sent
home with pain meds and instructions to lay low and hit the ice pack
every 40 minutes.

Below is a pathetic looking me, doped from pain
pills with ice on my paw. Believe it or not, I was in so much pain that
I left it alone.


All
were worried because I typically not one to show much pain, let alone
yelp or cry out, but I most certainly did when Dr. Glore was examining
my paw. But, per usual, I made a quick recovery and by the next day, I
was off of the pain pills and putting weight on all fours.

Nobody
knows for sure what was actually going on, but there’s speculation that
I might have stepped on a sharp rock or something and just suffered a
deep bruise. Who knows?

By Saturday, my parents’ fifth wedding
anniversary, I was back to my normal self, so my parents decided to
take me to an event called Bullyfest which is held by the Bulldog Club of Indiana.

Basically
it’s an excuse for local bulldog owners to get their bullies together
in a warehouse, swap stories and learn various things from the
demonstrations on how to show your bulldog in competition, obedience
training, etc. But I enjoyed getting to see my first owners and
breeders, Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennel. I couldn’t help
myself but to get excited when I saw them.

Since I am unable to
compete in a professional dog show for reasons related to medical
procedures (we’ll leave it at that), my parents are all hot on me
becoming a “Canine Good Citizen” through the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program, which they learned about at Bullyfest. As if my role as mascot of a NCAA Division I institution isn’t good enough.

The
AKC Canine Good Citizen program was created in 1989 to reward dogs who
are well-behaved companions at home and in the community. Sounds simple
enough, but there are 10 steps to completing the test and earning the
accreditation. You can view them here.
I know I can do it, so whatever, bring it on. I guess the cool part is,
I get a sweet AKC dog tag that signifies my new status as a good
citizen and I can add it to my resume.

I’ll let you know how the
training goes and when and if this canine good citizen thing ever comes
to fruition. Until then, I’ll be getting as much bad behavior in as
possible. Just kidding, that’s not my style.

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Sunday was Father’s Day so we migrated back north to Wabash to visit
both the Kaltenmark and Richards residences. I rather enjoyed it as the
weather was warm, but
not hot and I could be outside with all of the
kids (my cousins). Here are a couple of videos from the day and there
are more at BlueTube as well.

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In case you didn’t know, today (June 20) is national “Take Your Dog to Work Day.” (Check out http://www.takeyourdog.com/)
Of course, this doesn’t really apply to me as I go to work everyday
(note the picture in the top right corner), but the irony is, my dad
didn’t bring me to work today, Uncle Kyle did. My pops is at the Iowa
Speedway preparing for the Iowa Corn Indy 250…the next IndyCar Series race which can be viewed on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC.

So
if you didn’t take your dog to work today, make it up to them and spend
some quality time with the old pooch this weekend…maybe take them on a
long walk, slip them some people food or let them lift a leg on the
flowers just one time.

I think that’s about all blogging that I
have in me for today. I know I said I would get around to answering
those great comments and questions that people leave me and I will do
so soon. With everything going on, I just haven’t had a chance to get
to it yet.

In the meantime, I want to leave you with a video that my Kaltenmark grandparents emailed me (yes, you can email me too at blue2@butler.edu). It’s video of an English Bulldog named Gus who likes to eat watermelon. Here’s a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBIuHJHlUzU

You can bet that I added watermelon to my parents’ grocery list! I’ve got to try it for myself!

Blue II

Sneak Preview, Weather, and Flatulence

If you’re in the Butler database, meaning you get the Butler Magazine
and other great materials, then chances are a very handsomely packaged
DVD will be hitting your mailbox soon, if it hasn’t already. The Office
of University Advancement is sending out this DVD to nearly all Butler
constituents. It was produced and created by CMC Media Group in Indianapolis and contains three chapters.

The
main chapter is a great piece that highlights the past, present and
future of Butler and is the key feature of the piece, but in my biased
opinion, the best chapter is the one about me!

And you’re in luck as I’ve got the clip about me to show as a special sneak preview; exclusive to my blog and BlueTube.
So now you don’t even have to wait for the DVD to show up to your home.
(But when it does, crack it open anyway and after admiring my great
photos on the packaging, do watch the main feature.)

So, without further adieu, “Meet The Butler Bulldog.”

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Well, what did you think? Pretty good huh? I’m thinking we should pitch this to A&E to see if they’ll profile me for their A&E Biography show.

Anyway,
what is the deal with all of these thunderstorms lately? Not a fan.
Between the lightning, the loud cracks of thunder, the tornado sirens
and the drenching rain, it’s not a good time to be a dog in Indiana.
It’s also not allowing me to get the 10-14 hours of sleep I need each
day.

Then all of that is followed up with 90 degree temperatures
and high humidity so now I can’t put a paw out the door without panting
and overheating. Oh well, I guess that just means less play time
outside and more time spent in the air conditions and under a sturdy
roof. I hope it means a little more time in my pool too!


My mom and I are heading to Grandma and Grandpa Richards’ house in Wabash, Ind. this weekend (my dad is off racing again…this weekend in Texas – Saturday, 10 p.m., ESPN2) so I’m hoping we can get my pool out there and I can go for a dip. Maybe we can squeeze in a four-wheeler ride too!

Weather aside and recreation, I was recently informed of Dogster’s Dog Blog and
their research suggesting that the bulldog is the most flatulent breed
of dogs. I just want to know what the research process involved to come
up with this accusation.

I cannot deny that I may have a little
flatulence problem, but that’s only because my dad is typing this for
me and he keeps me honest. If I could type this blog myself, I would
deny, deny, deny. Pretty much like all you dog owners do who have been
known to break their own wind and then blame it on the dog. We’re on to
your little game!

Well, I guess that’s about it for now. A few
of you have been leaving me comments lately, and I appreciate that. I
will try and take some time this next week to dig through the “mail
bag” and respond with some answers and comments.

Stay cool,

Blue II

 

Ed Carpenter & Friends

First, a congratulations is in order for fellow Butler Bulldog, 2003 grad and IndyCar Series driver, Ed Carpenter for his fifth place finish in the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 driving for Vision Racing!

Ed
had a great month after starting 10th (a best for him at Indy) and
finishing fifth (also a best at Indy and matches his best IndyCar
Series finish). He also picked up his first lead laps in an Indy car
during the race. Ed also earned the AAA Safe Driver Award for his safe
and clean driving all month long in the No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing
Dallara/Honda/Firestone machine.

Ed showed great determination
during the race. After starting 10th, he dropped to 12th and then began
his charge to the lead pack. He was running steadily between 4th and
6th when on his next to last pit stop, the car failed to engage into
neutral and he stalled the engine coming into the pits. Ed’s crew ran a
routine stop, got the car restarted and back into the race. However, he
was relegated to 23rd.

Thanks
to Ed’s grace under pressure, his perseverance, a great race strategy
and some divine intervention, Ed was able to get back with the lead
pack again and take fifth place on the day. It truly was a remarkable
run for Ed and Vision Racing. Way to be a Bulldog out there, Ed!

Ed represented Butler well and we should be proud. His performance was the essence of The Butler Way.

Of
course, I was cheering from Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark’s house in
Wabash, Ind. where I will again cheer for him this weekend when he
heads to The Milwaukee Mile (4 p.m. ET on ABC).

Yep, I’m headed
north for the weekend again…my mom gets to join my dad for this race so
that leaves me the odd dog out, thus, I needed a place to go and once
again, my grandparents come to my aid.

I hope grandpa takes me to the hardware store again! That was fun.

Speaking
of fun, I had the opportunity to make some new friends yesterday.
Louis, a nearly two year-old basset hound came to campus to visit me
and we went outside and had a great time. We were joined by Hoops, a
year and a half year-old pit bull owned by former Butler guard, Mike
Green (pictured).


Louis and Hoops did most of the running around while I observed, barked
orders and guarded my bone, but it was still fun. Here’s a video of the
adventure and a couple more can be found at BlueTube as well.

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Running around on the campus mall with Louis and Hoops reminded me of
the good old days with my best bud, Kirby. You may remember Kirby moved
away to Minnesota with his mom, Jessica Butler, after she graduated
earlier this month.

Well, Kirby’s aunt had taken some pictures
of us playing before he left and I had received them the night before I
met Louis. So I was glad to see Louis and Hoops because by that point I
was really missing Kirby.

Below are the pictures that Kirby’s aunt took of us…

Well,
I think that’s about all I know for the time being. I’ve been loving
this great spring weather and lush green grass. It’s a great time to be
a dog in Indiana!

Blue II

P.S. Do you know what Ed
Carpenter and I have in common? We’ll both be featured on a DVD from
Butler that could be coming to a mailbox near you sometime very soon.
If you receive the Butler Magazine or Butler materials, then chances
are you’ll bet getting this DVD. Be sure to pop it open and throw it in
the DVD player and give it a view. I think you are really going to like
it. I’ll have more about this little project in the near future.