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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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Costumes Still Missing; Reward Increased; Bulldogs are HOT!

 
It’s been a busy week in the life of Butler Blue II, and it’s only getting busier. I love it!

This
missing Butler Bulldog mascot costumes caper has kept me hard at work
and while we’ve yet to find them, the plot has thickened. For starters,
thanks to the Butler faithful, the reward for the safe return of the
costumes has been raised from $100 and one of my bones, to $550 and one
of my bones. Now we’re getting somewhere.

And sure enough, just
as the reward increases then so do the rumors, anonymous tips and
unsubstantiated leads as to the whereabouts of these unique suits. I
even got the photo below suggesting that our suit may have been picked
up by the dog catcher and sent to the pound. Very funny.


Following the example of one of my beloved heroes, McGruff the Crime Dog, I’m hot on the case and sniffing out all possibilities. Should you hear anything, keep me posted at blue2@butler.edu,
and better yet, call the authorities! You can reach the Butler
University Police Dept. at 317-940-9396. They would be happy to take
your call.


I hope to have another video
up next week that illustrates my detective work. The massive amount of
rain that we are getting today and this weekend isn’t really conducive
to shooting film so sorry for the delay.

The media continues to
pick-up the story and again, we’ve received national coverage. This
time it is the world-wide leader in sports, ESPN. Check out this clip

 

Since I am the only mascot that Butler has at the moment, I will be
especially busy tomorrow as we host our first home football contest of
the season and we welcome the Lugar Run to campus. My day gets started
at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 a.m. for the Lugar Run as WISH-TV will be on campus to do some live TV hits for that.

Then it’s on to the OBS
Gridiron Brunch and pre-game event and then kick-off against Franklin
College at 1 p.m. where I will get to run the team out on to the field
for battle. A win on Saturday will make the football Bulldogs 2-0!

It’s
looking like it might be a little warm, muggy, windy and wet tomorrow,
but I don’t care. No matter the conditions, I am ready!

Finally,
I’ll sign off with a story that show’s just how in vogue us English
Bulldogs are. Not only did we make it back into the top-10 of AKC registered breeds this year, but now we’ve been voted the hottest in Hollywood!

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/ask_the_answer_bitch/b28361_a-list_secrets_hollywoods_unlikely_hot.html

My good friend Jackie, a young Butler alumni who resides in our Nation’s capital, sent me a link to story on E! (watch The Soup on
E! w/ Joel McHale, Fridays, 10 p.m. EST…it’s hilarious) that explains
just how the English Bulldog has become all the rage amongst
celebrities (Adam Sandler, The Kaltenmarks, etc.) and just all around
“cool people.”

Specifially, the article states, “Hollywood’s dog
o’ the moment is an unexpected breed…That dog is the English
Bulldog.” It’s no wonder our bulldog mascot costumes were stolen!

By the way, if you have a chance some time, check out Adam Sandler’s website and watch his videos with his English Bulldogs. They are great! (http://www.adamsandler.com/index.php?section=matzomeat)

Have a great weekend, keep looking for those costumes, stay dry, and GO DAWGS!

Blue II 

All SHOW, no DOG

n the wake of the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (aired on the USA Network) which wrapped up last evening in Madison Square Garden, I received a couple of comments as to why I haven’t registered my AKC number for competition.

Personally, I didn’t watch much of the dog show given that the Bulldogs played last night up at Milwaukee as
well, but I did catch some of it. But anyway, to speak to those
comments, I originally had hopes to compete in the show ring and even
pass along my genes to younger kin, but it wasn’t meant to be, I guess.

In
a nutshell, it is my understanding that the criteria in which these
dogs are judged includes their natural/pure representation of the breed
as well as their ability to “mate” with fellow purebreds, thus
transferring those great traits to offspring.

I think I do a
fair job of representing the breed, acting somewhat obedient, etc. It’s
a technicality with the sexual reproduction part that’s got me
ineligible to compete.

In addition to serving as Butler’s
mascot, there was a desire to make a show dog out of me as well as
allow me to sire a litter or two. However, a few months after I was
born, it was found that I had a condition known as cryptorchid…look it up and draw your own conclusion. As a result, my hopes of going pro were dashed by a couple of snips. (wimper)

Hindsight is 20/20, but it wound’t have worked out anyway given the eye surgeries to fix a couple conditions known as entropion and distichia. (A special thanks to Dr. Deborah Stephan of Indiana Veterinarian Specialists for taking care of that for me!) Once you get a little plastic surgery done, you’re out of the competition as well.

That’s
okay, we all know what I was born to do and I wouldn’t trade it for the
world. They can aspire to win some ribbons and I’ll see if I can’t get
my paws on some NCAA hardware!


Besides, did you know that a show dog trying to make it to the top
travels the country doing up to 150 shows per year! That’s hardly a
dogs life!

But back to the dog show…had I competed, would have
been in the Non-Sporting group coming out of the Bulldog breed. This
year’s bulldog bred winner was Ch. Cherokee Legend Rock.

Good looking bully. I’m no stranger to the Cherokee Legends. In fact, my great grand-father via my mother’s mother, was a Cherokee Legend. Cherokee Legend Mouser Bill to be exact.

You can learn more about the Cherokee Legends here:

http://www.cherokeebulldogs.com/

http://www.legendbulldogs.com/

I am a product of Frank and Jeane King’s Kong King Kennel in Lizton, Ind., and in my family tree I have eight champions.


Now you know where I got my stunning looks!

At
any rate, in this year’s WKC Dog Show, the winner out of the
Non-Sporting was some poodle. Look at that thing! It looks more like a
manicured shrub than a dog. The Bulldog was second within the group.


Best in Show was the Beagle named “Uno” who turned out to be a real
crowd pleaser. Uno made history last night, becoming the first of his
breed to win the event. Big deal, you might be Best in Show, but as
Elvis once sang, “you ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.”

Oh well, for all of us wannabes and has-beens, there’s always the annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Homecoming. See you there!

Blue II

P.S. Voting Period 6 is now open in the BISSELL Most Valuable Pet Contest. Please be sure to vote for me again this week and get me on that vacuum box!

To vote for me, click on this link:
http://www.bissell.com/redirect.asp?page_id=47081&Pet=4757

 

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.