but it’s been quite a busy week for me and I’m not even done yet! Oh
well, better late than never, and besides, I don’t even get paid to do
this blog so if I’m late here and there, then so be it.
Well, Butler University Homecoming 2008 came
and went and while it was a little bit cold outside, things stayed dry
and everything else went exceptionally well, so I’ve got no complaints.
got things kicked off Saturday morning on the main campus mall, outside
of Jordan Hall with the Blue II Family Fun Fest. Besides lending my
name to this event, I didn’t really have much to do with it. Basically
it consists of face painting by clowns, blow up bounce houses, and more
clowns constructing balloon creations. I’m not really into much of that
stuff, but the kids seem to like it.
My real activity began at 10 a.m. for the ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest, presented by the Ovid Butler Society.
Of course, I cannot compete in the contest given my title and stature
on campus and in the community, so I play the role of “host dog.”
Basically that means I strut my stuff on the runway prior to the
judging and welcome the crowd. Then I let me dad take over with the
emcee duties and I just sit back and watch. And by watch, I mean play
with the bulldog puppies and snap at some of the adult bulldogs. Hey,
it’s a territorial thing…I just want to make sure they know whose
campus they are on and that there’s only one official mascot around
the contest was great. As I mentioned last week, we had more than 70
dogs pre-register, which was a new record and while we had some
no-shows the day of the event, we also had some late additions so it
evened out nicely.
We had a total of nine rounds of competition
and below are the categories and the respective winners. My
congratulations to all of the winning dogs…
Cutest Bulldog: Wrigley, Owned by Sam Ford
Meanest Looking Bulldog: Mojo, Owned by Doug Welks
Best Wannabe Bulldog: Hector, Owned by Eric Fairbrother
Most butler Spirit: Hugo, Owned by Kearsten Casey
Best Dressed Bulldog: Panda Bear, Owned by Wendy Crawford
Best Trick: Abby w/ “the rollover,” Owned by Nancy Hardin
Oldest: Katie at a young 11 years, Owned by April Paulman
Youngest: Addison at just over 3 months and Owned by Sam Ford
Best in Show: Hugo, Owned by Kearsten Casey (great Butler outfit, Hugo!)
Again, a big hearty congratulations to our winners! Bravo! (and a big thanks to Maribeth Fischer for the photographs!)
Winners were selected by a panel of five distinguished judges and friends of mine. They are…
Mr. Bob Dearing ’57, Ovid Butler Society Executive Committee
Dr. Kurt Phillips ’92, Woodland Animal Hospital
Dr. A.J. Stump, Ovid Butler Society Executive Committee
Kim Netherland, City Dogs Grocery
Ryan Waggoner ’10 , Student Government Association President
contestants received a gift bag with Holistic Select treats courtesy of
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc. as well as a gift certificate for use at
Woodland Animal Hospital. On top of that, our category winners received
dog toys and prizes from City Dogs Grocery and Meribeth Fischer.
We owe all of our sponsors a big THANK YOU for all of the great treats, prizes and other items. Our sponsors are…
Woodland Animal Hospital (Dr. Kurt Phillips)
City Dogs Grocery (Susan Smith…located at 49th and College Ave.)
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc. (Liz Morken)
Firehouse Images (Terry Corman)
Ovid Butler Society
you missed out on this contest, then you need to be there next year.
When the 2009 Homecoming date is announced, go ahead and mark your
Of course, just writing about the contest and dropping
a couple of pictures can only do so much. Perhaps some additional
images would help. Thanks to Mr. Rick Miller of New Palestine, Ind. we
have a great album of photos for you to view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20471995@N08/sets/72157608395935893/
the contest, I was able to take a quick break before rejoining my dad
and assuming our spot in an all original, silver 1975 Chevrolet
Corvette Stingray. Talk about a sweet ride…just imagine what it did for
the value after a celebrity like me rode in it. You’re welcome.
enjoyed the parade as a lot of people would yell my name as I hung out
of the car. I was on display for all to see and I didn’t have to walk!
Perfect. That’s a mascot’s dream!
parade route dumped us off at Hinkle Fieldhouse where I hung out in the
Wildman Room before heading down to the tunnel to lead the football
team out on the field prior to their game against the Eagles of
being down 21-3 at half time, our Butler Bulldogs rallied to win the
game by a score of 31-21 and to go to 6-1 on the season and 4-0 in the
Pioneer Football League. The four league victories match Butler’s PFL win total for the previous five seasons! Go Dawgs Go!
all of that, I went home and slept. My day was done. My dad had to go
work a class reunion that night in Broadripple, but this old dog was
officially off duty at that point.
Needless to say, I slept
quite well. After all, it was a great day…clowns, bulldog beauty, a
parade, a football win, alumni, students, families, cold beverages,
warm beverages, good food, etc., etc., etc. It was a successful day and
I’d like to think I had a little something to do with that. If you did,
then I thank you for doing your part as well.
So Homecoming is
now in the past, but that doesn’t mean my schedule has let up any. I’ll
save all of that scoop for another post so that my dad can round all of
that material up for me and get it ready for posting. Until then, have
a very Happy Halloween!