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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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The Case of the Missing Mascot…. Continues.

If you live in or around the central Indiana area, then chances are by now you’ve heard the APB put out for the mising Butler University Bulldog
mascot costumes. In addition to the University’s own announcement, the
local media outlets have latched on to the story as well and ever
since, my parent’s phones have been ringing off the hook with calls and
texts asking if I’ve gone missing. Below is a look at some of the media
coverage…

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080909/SPORTS0605/809090408


WTHR: http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8970750&nav=9Tai
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974236&nav=menu188_2

WISH: http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974277&nav=menu35_5

Word on the street is Dave Smiley from the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL 99.5
is going to have my dad on air this Wednesday morning, Sept. 10, to
discuss the matter and to clear up any misconceptions that I have gone
missing.

Obviously, since I’m dictating this blog to my dad
right now, I haven’t gone missing, but the suits worn by my two-legged
counterparts have seemingly walked off campus. So, the search is on for
the specially designed suits.

I lent my support in an effort to
quickly recover the costumes. In addition to offering my voice for the
University announcement, I also threw in a bone as a part of the
whopping $100 reward.

Seriously, $100 is all they could come up
with? What is this, Bozo’s Grand Prize Game? “You get a crisp $100
bill, a year’s supply of Archway Cookies and a brand new 10-speed
Schwinn bicycle.” Seriously? I’m a dog and I realize that $100 and a
bone leaves a little something to be desired.

It appears that AOL Sports agrees with my assesment: http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2008/09/09/butler-wants-its-bulldogs-back-cheaply/

Perhaps
we really don’t want them back? After all, they were getting a little
rough around the edges and the smell that permeated the air around them
wasn’t exactly that of roses. Still, they are unique and a part of
Butler’s history so it would be nice to have them back.

The
costumes are approx. nine years old, so they’ve lived a full life. My
dad was one of the first to wear them as he was one of the men behind
the mask when the university got them his sophomore year. Prior to
that, my dad tells me they had a very old and crusty mascot costume
that was actually designed by Disney.

Well, it looks like I’m
going to be extra busy for a while since I’m the only mascot that
Butler has at the moment. A new costume will take about 6-8 weeks to
make and will cost well north of $10,000. Hopefully the university will
act now so we can have the new costume by Homecoming on Oct. 25th.

Speaking
of being extra busy, with all of the students back to campus and the
classes in full swing, my social calendar has definitely picked up.
Besides all of the additional love, attention and cat calls that I get
when I go outside to take a walk or relieve myself, I have also been
attending several receptions, social gatherings and athletic events.
Last week I attended the first home volleyball game in a very hot and
steamy Hinkle Fieldhouse and this weekend I will be hitting up the
first home football game of the season as well.

In addition, to
the game itself, Saturday will be a busy day for me. In the morning
I’ll be at Hinkle Fieldhouse to help kick off the Dick Lugar Run and to
do a live TV appearance with WISH-TV. After that I’ll hit up the annual
Ovid Butler Society Gridiron Brunch which
is a pre-game tailgate for OBS members. Then, once all of that is done,
I’ll run the undefeated Butler Bulldogs out to battle in the Butler
Bowl to take on Franklin. By Saturday afternoon I’ll be so exhausted
that I will voluntarily be practicing my “dead dog” trick on the living
room floor.

This past weekend my parents went off to Illinois for the final IndyCar Series race
of the season, so of course I went to Wabash, Ind. to stay with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark. Staying at the grandparents is always
fun b/c in addition to the extra attention, I also get to sleep in, go
on walks and typically get plenty of ice cream. While I was there this
time, my grandpa, the old college football player and long-time high
school coach taught me some football fundamentals in preparation for
Saturday and the rest of the season.

Granpa K. set up my teddy
bear so that he was holding my football. Then he would set me up and
taught me how to tackle through teddy to knock the ball loose. After
that, he showed me how to pounce on the football to regain possession.
I loved every second of it and I happen to think that I’m pretty good
at it…like Bob Sanders (pictured below) good. My dad said that he’d
try to get some video of it in the near future so you can see it for
yourselves.

While
my pops works to get my football prowess captured on film, this week we
just have more video of me playing with my best friend, Kirby! That’s
right, Kirby has returned! You may remember that Kirby and his mom,
Jessica Butler, had moved to Minnesota after Jessica graduated from
Butler. Well, Kirby’s mom has since joined the Indiana Pacers’ staff
and thus, Kirby has returned to Naptown!

As soon as he got in
town, he stopped by campus to see me. Although, I think Kirby was more
interested in checking out campus than playing with me, as you’ll see
in the video, but it’s all good. I was just happy to have my friend
back.

video

In
Bulldog Beauty Contest news, we have 13 Bulldogs, one Boston Terrier
and one Shih Tzu signed up so far for a total of 15 dogs. Last year we
had over 60 dogs attend so we are well on our way. Susan Smith of City
Dogs Grocery has been working with us and Eagle Pack Pet Foods to get
some great participant prizes and giveaways all lined up as well. It
shaping up to be a great event. Additional details are available in my
previous blog post below. To sign up your dog, just email me at
blue2@butler.edu.

Well, I think that’s about all that I know for
today. If there are any breaking developments in the case of the
missing mascots, I’ll be sure to post a new blog with additional
details. Until then, keep your ear to the ground and if you stumble
upon them, then notify the authorities!

Blue II

 

Announcing the 9th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest

It
is is my pleasure to announce the 9th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest,
presented by the Ovid Butler Society, hosted by yours truly, and
sponosred by City Dogs Grocery (Susan Smith), Eagle Pack Pet Food, Inc., Indiana Veterinarian Specialists (Dr. Deborah Stephan), and Woodland Animal Hospital (Dr. Kurt and Julia Phillips).

All bulldogs, wannabe bulldogs and their owners are welcome to attend the event which is held in conjunction with Butler University’s Homecoming celebration
on Saturday, Oct. 25. In fact, it’s actually a part of the officially
titled, “Blue II’s Family FunFest.” (I’ll be a busy guy on homecoming,
that’s for sure!) The Bulldog Beauty Contest start time is set for 10
a.m.

Contestants can R.S.V.P. to my dad, Michael Kaltenmark`02 at mkaltenm@butler.edu, or to me at blue2@butler.edu, or call us up at 317-940-9672.

Dogs will be judged on various categories such as cutest, ugliest, best dressed, best trick, best wannabe and more.

Last
year we had just over 60 dogs participate and we’re looking to exceed
that this year for another record-breaking event. All participants,
whether a category winner or not, will receive a complimentary gift,
courtesy of City Dogs Grocery and our sponsors.

It’s
sure to be a great time so if you’re reading this and you have a
bulldog or dog that you wish to have participate, then please let us
know so we can get him/her/them registered. And if you do not have a
dog, but still wish to attend, then please make plans to do so. We’d be
happy to have you…bring your camera and be prepared to laugh!

Hope to see you there,

Blue II

 

From Beijing to Back to School

 Happy 29th Olympiad everybody! And while it’s just my second Olympic
games, I believe that being born in a summer games Olympic year (2004),
makes me a expert analyst on Olympic competition. Well, not really, but
it sounds good.

Really,
I hardly watch the Olympics unless my parents are yelling at the TV
during the games. Frankly, they just interrupt my sleeping patter as my
parents have been staying up way past my bedtime for these games.

However,
I did pay close attention to the Olympic broadcast the other night when
NBC played a feature on a day in the life of super-human swimmer and
gold mine operator, Michael Phelps. It turns out Phelps has an English
Bulldog of his own named Herman.

Here’s a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd6BSt8QKI8

Besides
Herman and I both having fathers named Michael, with 16 Olympic medals
between them, the other interesting thing here is the irony that the
best swimmer of all time owns one of the worst swimming dog breeds of
all time. Typically, bulldogs love water, but our swimming style can be
related to that of a brick. I guess it just goes to prove once again
that opposites really do attract.

In other international sporting news, four former Butler Bulldog basketball players, Mike Green, Pete Campbell, Brandon Crone and Brandon Polk
have signed professional contracts to continue playing basketball
overseas next year. The quartet, who helped the Bulldogs to 79
victories over the past three seasons, will carry Butler’s basketball
name to Turkey, Germany, Poland and Finland. You can read more about it
here: http://butlersports.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/080808aaa.html

I’d
like to think I had a hand in this unprecedented number of Bulldogs
playing professionally overseas…after all, they all played under my
watch as mascot. At any rate, best of luck to those guys! Represent the
Butler Bulldogs well abroad!

But enough about Butler basketball
as there’s been much activity inside Hinkle Fieldhouse this past week
for Butler’s fall sports. Student athletes have returned to campus and
have begun preparing for seasons of football, volleyball, soccer, cross
country, etc. It’s going to be a busy and fun fall for me and I cannot
wait!

Come see me run the football team onto the field in the home opener against Franklin on Sept. 13th. For all of you OBS members, that’s also the same day as the annual OBS Gridiron Brunch. Call 317-940-9469 for more information or to register.

Thanks to a new football that my parents bought me, I’ve been getting ready for the season.


In
fact, I’ve been so obsessed with it, my dad keeps calling me, “My
Football Monster.” You may remember the toy from the 1980s with the
same name. I don’t, but you might.

And
while fall sports have resumed on Butler’s campus, this past week has
also marked the return to school for area elementary schools and high
schools. I was fortunate enough to be invited out to the first day of
school at Brandywine Elementary school, south of Greenfield, Ind., on
Wednesday this week by Butler staff member, Gary Johnston.


Brandywine also uses the bulldog for their mascot and as you can tell
by the pictures, I enjoyed being on loan for their first day of school.
I greeted the children as they came off the bus for the first time and
participated in their all-school convocation.


Then it was back to campus for my real job as mascot, which has also
got me a bit of notoriety from the Academica Group of
iContactCommunity.com and their daily top-10 for Aug. 8, 2008. Big
time, I know.

You can check it out here: http://community.icontact.com/p/academica_group_inc/newsletters/academica_group_inc/posts/5232046000033698578
In other news from the world that is Blue II, there are cookies, beer, anchovies and oil. But not all together…let me explain.

The
cookies come via Mack Trucks, which clearly makes perfect sense
(sarcasm). But the truck company with bulldog mascot has a great online
shop that can be found at http://www.mack-shop.com/.

There
you can find all kinds of bulldog goodies including a bulldog cookie
cutter. My parents got one and put it to work right away.
Unfortunately, for being bulldog cookies, the bulldog in the house
didn’t get very much of them.


The
beer that I referenced is causing me to consider ringing up Butler’s
legal counsel to discuss copyright infringement. Check out
Anheuser-Busch’s Wild Blue blueberry lager and draw your own conclusions.


The anchovies are actually a part of my well-balanced diet that also includes salmon and other seafood included in my Eagle Pack Pet Food that
I get at City Dogs Grocery. I got to go to City Dogs over on 49th and
College the other day to pick up my food and for the first time I came
face to face with the shop cat, Sarah. I barked and growled while Sarah
hissed, and while it livened up the atmosphere in the store, that was
about the end of it. Leave it to a bulldog to go so far as to bully a
kitty cat.


And last, but not least the oil, as in Lucas Oil…Stadium. You know, the
brand new stadium in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. that will serve as the
new home to the Indianapolis Colts.

Yeah well, the other
night they had a grand opening celebration for the place and some folks
from Butler represented the NCAA at the event. Yours truly tried to be
a part of that group, but Stadium management said that they do not
allow animals inside. Fine with me, keep all the animals out, but I’m a
mascot. Two different things. I guess I’ll just stay where I’m wanted,
Hinkle Fieldhouse and Conseco Fieldhouse.

Well, that’s all I
know for now. Enjoy the rest of the Olympic Games! By the time I post
again, we’ll be well into the back to school mode on campus. I can’t
wait!

Blue II

Summertime BLUEs

Summertime BLUEs was just a play on words. Get it? It’s summertime, my name is Blue, there’s the famous song “Summertime Blues,” and I needed a title for this thing. Anyway, my dad thought it was a good idea. Sometimes I just do things to humor him.

It’s
not really the blues that I have, but just a bit of frustration. Why,
you ask. (I’m assuming you would ask, anyway.) Well, it all stemmed
from a stroll down the front hallway of my favorite campus building,
Hinkle Fieldhouse.

If you’ve ever been to Hinkle Fieldhouse (and
if you haven’t ever been, then you should make a point to do that some
day) then you know that the hallways feature very large team pictures
of the various sports, etc., for the given academic year. I’ve been
fortunate to be featured in some of those pictures and I hope to be
again soon as I’m always up for that sort of thing.

Well I
noticed that this year’s cheerleading picture was up, but something
about it was amiss. Front and center there happened to be a live
English Bulldog, and while the face staring back shared a resemblance,
it didn’t quite appear to be my likeness.

I
couldn’t believe my eyes! If I had opposable thumbs, I would have given
them a rub. Instead I stood their panting, speechless. I couldn’t even
bark or muster a growl. I had to look back at my dad just to a.)
confirm what I was seeing and b.) make sure I hadn’t been replaced!

But
there it was and there it is, for all eyes to see for one whole
year…another bulldog other than myself posing with the squad. It was
“impermissibull,” “inexcusabull,” and “intolerabull!” How dare another
bulldog try and impersonate the official mascot! I mean, the very
thought of it sounds absurd.


But it happened and I’m not going to name any names or call anyone out.
I just hope steps are taken so it doesn’t happen again. I mean, I know
I sleep a lot and have a busy schedule, but university requests,
including photo-ops, take priority and I’ll do whatever I can, within
reason, to make myself available.

Sure, my feelings are hurt,
but at the end of the day, something like this just makes Butler look
silly. I mean, otherwise, what would be the point of even having me
around in the first place? You think that the University of Georgia
would allow me or any other English Bulldog to fill in for UGA? I don’t
think so. It’s UGA, or nothing. Of course, we’re talking about the
mascot that has an air conditioned dog house and a personal golf cart.

Regardless,
you get the idea. Clip Art bulldogs and generics are for places like
Brandywine Elementary School, no offense. Well, that and Ferris State
University. Yeah, I said it.

Sure,
technically Butler and I represent the entire breed, but I’m not
willing to share duties or the spotlight unless it’s at Homecoming and
we’re holding the Bulldog Beauty Contest. (Shameless plug for my
dad…sign up now! October 25th. www.butler.edu/homecoming).

Believe
it or not, this isn’t the first time that this has happened. The last
two times our men’s basketball team has made it to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Sweet 16, the Horizon League has created some really great posters (see below) in honor of the achievement and has even had them placed in USA Today!
Unfortunately, they did not use Blue I or myself in those instances.
Again, we’re available and images of our likeness are on file with the
Office of University Relations.



They are actually really cool posters, I just wish myself and my
predecessor would have been a part of them, but enough about all of
that. After all, there’s nothing I can do about any of it now, so I’ve
moved on with my summer and have been enjoying every bit of it.

I
do apologize for not posting on the blog for some time, but my dad’s
been busy and as you know, I’m at the mercy of his fingers. For my
parents, there’s been work, home projects, parties, IndyCar
races and camping. That means I’ve been busy with work, sleep, running
around in the yard and frequent trips to Wabash, Ind. to stay with the
grandparents.

A couple Saturday’s ago I even got the green light
to play in the sprinkler! It was everything I remembered and more. I
couldn’t get enough.

If you’ve checked out my YouTube site recently then you’ve probably already seen the videos, but if not, check out BlueTube.

Speaking of refreshing, beat the heat, activities, I also got to enjoy
my very own popsicle the other day as well! Thanks to the Office of
Admission and their BU 101 family picnic, I was not only able to take
part in the festivities and meet our prospective students and families,
but I also got to get in on the frozen treat cooler. I needed it as the
temperatures were into the 90s that day. My dad picked out a purple
popsicle and then arranged for a couple of ladies to feed it to me. I
thought I had died and gone to a very warm heaven!


At Butler, besides bulldog imposters and hot picnics, it’s just been
much of the usual. Random stuffed animal destruction (see below), naps,
camp photo-ops (see below), appearances and trips to the HRC fill my
days. It won’t be long now until all of the students return and campus
really comes to life again. I’ve noticed many of the student athletes
already on campus preparing for their seasons, including some of our
newest members of the men’s basketball team. They’re looking pretty
good!



Okay, that’s probably plenty for now, so wrap this up I’d like to give
a shout-out to Napoleon, a fellow bulldog in Michigan who saved several
kittens from drowning in a lake. You can read all about it here: http://www.kutv.com/content/news/topnews/story.aspx?content_id=18c2a21e-2294-4480-af61-c45fdd059ece. Nice work, Napoleon!

Would the real Blue II please stand up,

Blue II

My First Trip to Tennessee

For maybe just the third or fourth time in my life, I got to leave the
state of Indiana last weekend! I’ve been to Ohio a couple of times to
visit family and friends, but that’s it, until this past weekend when
my parents took me down to Tennessee!

Unfortunately, we didn’t get over to Knoxville, Tenn. so that I could call on Smokey,
but we did make it all the way down to Nashville/Nolensville, Tenn. to
stay with my good friend, Reese (Peanut Butter Cup) the miniature
daschund and her parents Jason and Betsy Weatherly.

It was also the first time that I got to go along with my parents for a race weekend as my dad was going there with Vision Racing to work the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.
I
didn’t end up getting to go to the track with him, but I probably could
have. I had my credential (Its true. See picture below) and Ed Carpenter (2003 Butler grad) had his motor coach there with the A/C running. It could have worked!


Instead I stayed back at the Weatherly residence and tired myself out playing with Reese. Her and I are like a regular “Milo and Otis,”
so to speak. I enjoy stealing her toys, she enjoys stealing my food and
we both like to chase each other around the furniture as displayed in
the video below. Ahh, good times.

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It was a good weekend and fun for me to get away with my parents for
once. I had such a good time and wore myself out so much that I slept
the entire way home.

Yep, for the 5+ hour ride home,
instead of sleeping on the back seat, I laid down on the floorboard in
the back and sawed logs all the way home. I only got up once when we
stopped for a quick potty break.

[YouTube:9NDjs2mpZOA]

Other than that the past couple of weeks have been fairly uneventful.
I’ve just passed the time by taking naps and tearing up my toys around
the office. Below is a picture and evidence of the destruction. The
victim in those pictures was an alligator of mine, which has actually
been in my stash of office toys for probably two years. I finally
decided it was time to cause havoc on the poor gator. I was
particularly proud of myself that day.


On Wednesday morning I had to go visit the vet b/c my mom found a
chipped tooth underneath all my defining flabs and wrinkles. My parents
are kind of sensitive about my teeth because well, I don’t have that
many, and because one time I broke a molar in half and had to have it
removed before it caused infection. What can I say, I’m a British
bulldog…I naturally have bad teeth.


Anyway, a tip of one of my fangs has been chipped and the tooth is
starting to die (don’t worry, you can’t see it…my flab covers it). Dr.
Kurt Phillips (a Butler grad) at Woodland Animal Hospital in
Carmel, Ind. said that it looked fine and as long as it wasn’t causing
me any pain, then my health was not in jeopardy. He said a doggy
dentist would want to do a root canal and cap it, which he said at this
stage was excessive.

I was happy to oblige with the no-treatment
route and be on my merry way. (In the picture it might be hard to tell
that my fang is chipped, but you can start to see the discoloration
caused by the slow death of the tooth.)


Speaking
of the vet, I think I may have failed to mention that I was there a
while back for my annual check-up…shots/vaccinations, ears, eyes, etc.
I weighed 62 lbs. and received a clean bill of health. I also got a new
jangle to my jingle with my updated rabies vacc. tag (pictured).

This weekend my parents are headed off to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for
another race and a bit of camping. I love to camp and you’d think that
this would be one of the races that I’d get to go to as it’s probably
the most conducive venue on the circuit to having dogs around. But, the
owners of the place must not like dogs or something because pets aren’t
allowed at Mid-Ohio.

So, that means I’ll be headed north again
(read: Wabash, Ind.) to spend some time with both the Kaltenmark and
Richards grandparents. I’m so lucky to have such a loving place to go.
I’m looking forward to the attention, sleeping-in and special treats!

To
get ready I spent a lot of quality time with my parents last night. I
got a bath and was thoroughly furminated. Then we went outside on the
back deck where we all got on the swing and enjoyed listening to the
locusts and just hanging out.

Today I have another piano camp
photo-op and that’s about it. So I’ll probably just nap, eat, bark at
inanimate objects, shred some toys or boxes, sleep some more and just
hang out. It’s hard being me. Luckily I’m up for the task.

I
hope your summer is going as well as mine is. The weatherman says that
it’s only supposed to warm up over the next few days so crank up that
A/C, keep cool and apply sunscreen liberally.

Blue II

 

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.