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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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One Blessed Bulldog

 I don’t know what you did this weekend, but this bulldog had a pretty
solid couple of days. In fact, if you stretch it from Friday through
Monday, I got blessed, helped my fellow Bulldogs
go 5-0, entertained house guests, hosted a Colts viewing party, and
attended a golf outing. The only setbacks I faced were being denied
access to a parade and seeing the doctor for an ear infection. Not bad
for a dog, right? It’s just another weekend in the life of this mascot.

suppose the logical place to start would be Friday when I was invited
by Butler University neighbor, the Christian Theological Seminary
(CTS), for their annual Blessing of the Animals service. You may have
noticed that this past weekend there were these types of services going
on all over the country. Reason being, the Feast Day of St. Francis
occurs annually on Oct. 4th and just in case you don’t know who old St. Francis is,
he was a friar known for his love of animals. Unfortunately, he’s not
with us any more (he passed away just a few years ago in 1226), but his
teachings as well as his love for animals and God’s creation lives on
and thus the reason why we have these services today. There’s a free
little history lesson for you…don’t say I never taught you anything.

it was a good service, but my dad was real serious during it. He got
real emotional and kept hugging on me, but I just wanted to go play
with the other dogs that were there. My parents always tell me how
blessed and fortunate of a dog I am, so I’m not sure why I needed to go
get blessed some more, but I was happy to get out of the office and
outside for a bit, so it was fine with me.

A photographer from The Indianapolis Star was there along with a videographer from WXNT-TV FOX 59,
but I never saw if any of those images made it in print, on television
or online. Fortunately Chris Varnau, the Sr. Director of Communications
at CTS, took some photos of the event and I’ve included those below.

guess the blessing must have worked because the Butler Bulldogs went on
that Friday and Saturday to go 5-0 on the pitch, in the field, and
behind the net. Our men’s and women’s soccer teams both took victories
on Friday, as did the volleyball team and then on Saturday, our
football team took down the Drake bulldogs and the volleyball team
again took victory. Besides the blessing, my presence in the Butler
Bowl on both Friday and Saturday might have had a little something to
do with it as well. Regardless, I’m proud to be a Bulldog right now as
our fall sports student athletes are doing a great job this year.

I mentioned last week, the changing weather has allowed me to get out
more and make it to more of these athletic contests. Below is a picture
of me and my dad getting ready to run the football team onto the field
for their big win over Drake. There’s nothing like a pleasant fall day
in the Butler Bowl for some football. It’s a bulldog’s dream! The next
home football game in the Bowl comes at Homecoming on Oct. 25th versus
Morehead State. I hope to see you there!

the home front, I was just as busy this past weekend. My parent’s
friends, Jason and Betsy Weatherly came up from Nashville, Tenn. and
brought their miniature daschund, Reese (like the peanut butter cups).
You may remember some of my escapades with Reese from this past summer
when I went down to her place. I really enjoyed getting to see my old
friend. I wasn’t the best at sharing my toys with her, but we had a
good time tearing through the house and around the yard together. I
rather enjoy being an only “child,” but it is nice to have some
four-legged company once in a while.

some of my parents’ friends and colleagues came over to the house for a
little Indianapolis Colts viewing party. That was a lot of fun as
well…plenty of attention, table scraps, people to play with me, and
lots of excitement. Not to mention, the game turned out to be fairly
entertaining and successful as well.

to say, on Monday I was pretty exhausted, but as they say, there’s no
rest for the weary. So dad and I headed north to Carmel, Ind. for the
men’s basketball Blue Team golf outing at Plum Creek Golf Club. In
addition to greeting guests and welcoming the players, I also got to
hang out on the golf carts, attempt to chase golf balls on the putting
green and see old friends like former Bulldog standouts, Julian Betko
and A.J. Graves.

I alluded to earlier, it wasn’t all treats and toys this past weekend.
As you may remember from my previous post, I was all set to appear in
the annual Circle City Classic parade. My good friend and Butler
colleague, Barry Rector, was kind enough to lend me his beautiful 1991
Corvette to ride in for the parade so early Saturday morning we made
our way downtown to join the Butler contingent who was also set to
represent BU in the parade. Unfortunately, the parade staff denied me
access and forced my dad to turn the Corvette back around and take me
home. Can you believe that? Their loss.

other setback I had is the discovery of a double ear infection, so
after my trek to the golf outing, I headed across Hamilton Co. and over
to Woodland Animal Hospital to
see Dr. Phillips who gave me some medicine to get better. I’m not too
fond of the meds, but if it helps my ears from itching and keeps me
from wanting to shake my head all of the time, then I suppose it’s
worth it.

As you can see, minus a few small speed bumps it’s
been a pretty good couple of days for me. I hope that you enjoy some
good fortune of your own and here’s to a hope for a little good fortune
on the horizon for America after all of this economic crisis stuff I
keep hearing about on the news.

As a matter of principle, I
tend to refrain from discussing politics and religion. After all, I’m a
bulldog, and my expertise lies in animal behavior and school spirit and
not worldly things. But I already touched on religion tonight, albeit
objectively, I might as well as speak to politics given that as my dad
types this blog post, I’m snoring through live coverage of the
presidential debate and wondering about these politicians who are vying
for your vote next month.

I like to think of myself as a pretty
good judge of character (a lot of dogs are) and from what little I saw
of the debate tonight, I’d vote for that Tom Brokaw guy…just some
free advice from your mascot.

Here’s to a blessed week of your own,

Blue II

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