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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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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

The weather forecasters in Indianapolis finally got a snow prediction
correct this winter! And while it wasn’t much, it was more than we’ve
seen in a while, so I decided to make the most of the fresh snow.

On my way into the office (read Jordan Hall) my dad let me off the leash and I enjoyed a little frolic on the campus mall.

Below is a picture a and a video of the adventure…


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As you can see in the video, I’m really into just
eating the snow and rubbing my face in it. It’s like one giant
sno-cone. Just imagine if you could get a big jug of that flavoring
syrup and coat all of that snow and then plop down and just eat it.
Maybe I’m the only one that thinks of these things, but that would be
soooooo gooooood! Granted, it would probably give you a pretty big
stomach ache, but it would be worth it.


How
do I know about sno-cones you ask? I go to Butler games…I get in on
that action! Although, I think they call it a “shaved ice” in Hinkle
Fieldhouse.

Anyway, my morning snow adventures
only left me craving more time outside so I met up with some students
on the mall this afternoon for a snow ball fight. Unfortunately, some
of the snow had evaporated by that point, but we still had fun. Below
are some pictures by Brad Ward of the Office of Admission. Good shots,
Brad!

Can you tell that I like the snow?! For more of Brad’s pictures from today, click here: http://flickr.com/photos/bradjward/sets/72157603949018228/

Also, here’s a video from our little snow ball fight…

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That pretty much sums up my day, and the good news is,
supposedly more snow is on the way! According to the our local weather
forecasters more snow is expected after 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon in
Indianapolis. Although, that is supposed to change to freezing rain at
some point. That’s been the case that last couple of storms and we
haven’t got but a dusting of snow, so I’m not holding my breath.

If it does snow and and we get a fresh layer on the ground, you can bet I’ll be out eating my fair share of it!

Okay, well, I’ve got a Butler game to watch right now on the Horizon League Network so I’m going to sign off for now.

If you’ve yet to vote for me this week in the Bissell MVP contest, please take a second and vote… You can vote here: http://www.bissell.com/redirect.asp?page_id=47088&Pet=7217.jpg

Blue II

 

 

 

 

Friends in High Places

Retired General and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell once said, “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

Sounds like a good plan to me, after all, as the old saying goes, “you are the comapny you keep.”

So,
I did just that, I spent my Monday with some pretty significant and
successful people…the type “who take their work seriously, but not
themselves.”

Maybe you will recognize some of the people I spent my day with yesterday…

That’s right, I got to spend the day with THE Colin Powell; Butler head men’s basketball coach, Brad Stevens; 2003 Butler graduate and IndyCar Series driver for Vision Racing, Ed Carpenter; the entire Butler men’s basketball team; and Indianapolis mayor, Greg Ballard. That’s just how I roll!

It started out as a typical Monday…lots of sleeping in the cage that’s in m dad’s office, a lunch time appearance at the HRC, and more sleeping for the afternoon. Settling into the work week after a busy weekend has never been one of my strengths.

Then,
come late afternoon things started to get interesting. My dad and I
headed to the car and made our way to my favorite building, historic
Hinkle Fieldhouse. Once there, we met up with Ed Carpenter and headed
into the arena to watch the men’s basketball practice.

You see, last May Ed gave A.J. Graves and the coaching staff a tour of the Vision Racing garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when
A.J. waved the green flag to start practice for the Indianapolis 500 .
This time the Bulldogs returned the favor by inviting Ed to come watch
practice, tour the locker room and basketball offices, etc. I was
fortunate to get to tag along.

Here’s a picture of Ed and Coach Stevens discussing the incracies of Butler’s motion offense and which Horizon League member
institution has the best cafeteria food. No, not really, but those
would be things I would like to talk about with the coach.


After that it was over to Clowes Memorial Hall where General Colin L.
Powell, USA (Ret.) was scheduled to enjoy dinner with some VIPs and
speak to a capacity crowd as a part of the Diversity Lecture Series.

That’s
where I ran into General Powell and Mayor Ballard, as well as some
other Butler and community big whigs like university president, Dr. Bobby Fong, and the Butler Board of Trustees.

I
even got to take a picture with General Powell! Unfortunately, I do not
have the picture to post right now, but I will do so in a future blog.
It was sweet. All of these important folks got to meet General Powell
and get a picture with him. I’m pretty important, so yes, I got a
picture with him as well.

When I arrived, he smiled, kneeled
down, clapped his hands once and said, “come here boy!” So I quickly
ran over (when a General calls, you come) and he proceeded to pet me
and love on me a little. He then stayed in a kneeled position and we
took a picture together. It was cool.

Here I am, just an English
Bulldog from Indiana who ended up mascot of Butler University posing
for a picture with the one-time military leader of the free world. Eat
your heart out “Spike,” the Drake University bulldog!

Yeah, we’ve
got a big game against No. 16 Drake on Saturday at Hinkle, so I am
starting to prepared for that. It airs on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (EST) and has
been billed the best ESPN “Bracketbuster” matchup ever…of course it
is, after all, both teams are represented by the English Bulldog! By
the way, the Bulldogs of Butler are ranked a school-high No. 8 this
week in both polls. That’s pretty impressive! Go Dawgs!

Today,
wasn’t quite as exciting, but that’s not to say I didn’t get to have a
little more fun. Each semester, my dad’s favorite professor while in
school, Dr. Steven Vibbert, invites me to come visit his public
relations classes. He usually asks me to come mid to late semester when
the students are starting to get restless. So today I stopped by class,
did my tricks, and got a little love from the students. Below is a
picture of that…

Note
that class size. That’s a student to teacher ratio of 16:1. Nice. Gotta
love a Butler education! Although, it’s not quite as good as my puppy
class, but still, it’s pretty good.

Okay, my bed time is quickly approaching so I’ve got to get going. Thanks for reading and before you leave, please vote for me again this week for the Bissell MVP contest! You can vote here: http://www.bissell.com/redirect.asp?page_id=47088&Pet=7217.jpg

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

 

Uncle Ovid Wants You….

…to vote for me!

While you’re online voting for Mike Green for the Bob Cousy Award, direct that index finger to make another couple of clicks to vote for yours truly.

That’s right, after watching Meaty of MTV’s Rob & Big fame land his mug on Dick Van Patten’s brand of dog food on season three, episode four (“Meaty Goes to Hollywood”), I figured, why can’t I break into the product endorsement scene?

Enter Bissell’s MVP competition. You know?! The vacuum company.
Anyway, they are having this contest where people can enter their pets
to be featured on the box of their new Pet Hair Eraser vacuum package.
I just went ahead and logged on and entered myself.

The contest winners are selected through online voting, so Uncle Ovid (Ovid Butler (pictured) wants you to get out and vote for me! Click here to view my submission and to vote.


You know I am looking good and should be on that vacuum box! You see my
face on a vacuum box and you know right away the thing is good. People
be in the store looking at vacuums and then see my face and be like…

Dude: Hey honey, let’s get this one!
Lady: Why, you know something about Bissell?
Dude: No, but it’s got this cool bulldog on it…it has to suck!

(and by suck, I mean in a good way, because that’s what vacuums do…they suck, literally)

Lady: Okay, if you think that’s the best one then get it.

Sold. Everybody wins. What’s not to like about that?

You could put my face on brochure selling ocean front property in Arizona and it would sell. That’s not cocky, it’s just cute.

Okay,
there was maybe just a little bit of trash talk in all of that, but
still. If my ability to use this face to score treats is any
indication, then get me on the gravy train of endorsements…be bringing
in checks so big it would make Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Michael
Jordan look like chump change.

Hey, a dog can dream can’t he?

Regardless, get out there on the world wide web and vote for me and Mike Green; a couple of Bulldogs who need your support!

Enough about that, you get the idea. I’ve got a couple “day in the life” updates for everybody as yesterday was a busy day.

I
had two appearances to make yesterday. One was for the annual Grad
Finale where seniors go and to the Reilly Room on campus to get their
cap and gown, graduation tickets, make a gift to the senior class fund,
etc. That was cool. It’s always bittersweet to go to the event b/c I
know that I’m not going to get to see that group of students very much
anymore, but I’m happy to know that they will soon enter society and
represent Butler well.

At the same time, I had
to stop in over at an event put on by some business students who
created their own business plan, secured the funding, and started the
business; all for a class project! They had the unveiling of their
product yesterday which essentially, in a nutshell, is a photo booth.
The business is called Strike a Pose and their website is located at http://www.strikeaposeindy.com/. Check it out.

After all of that, it was off to home where we cheered the Bulldogs on to victory over the Valpo Crusaiders 71-68 in a thriller of a game!
Although, I had to sit out part of the game in my cage when the storms
rolled through town. I’m not a huge fan of thunder and lighting.

In all, it was a successful day. Living the dream, baby!

Now go vote already!
Blue II
P.S. Be sure to watch all five clips from that episode of Rob & Big which can be viewed online here: http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1580197&vid=206200 If you don’t laugh, see a doctor immediately.