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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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Fall Break = No Break

As the afternoon grew long on
Wednesday, it was as if tumbleweed began to blow through campus and the
sound of crickets became deafening. It was even worse today as things
were eerily quiet on campus and Friday may be even more solemn yet.
Why? Fall break, of course. Upon the completion of the last classes on
Wednesday, the students were on the road and heading to their
respective homes to get a little of mom’s cooking, free laundry service
and of course, a little rest and relaxation.

If you see a
student on campus during fall break, then chances are he or she is a
student athlete or holds down a campus job that requires their
presence. Like the aforementioned, there’s no break in the action for
this pooch either. In fact, since I last posted things have continued
to stay quite busy, but I suppose that’s to be expected when your
bulldog costume mascots come up missing and you’re all that’s left to
carry the mascot duties.

More than anything else, it seems like
I’ve been doing quite a few photo shoots lately. I had fall photo shoot
to do for the university that is being used for some Thanksgiving
cards. That one was a lot of fun because I got to run through the
leaves, bite at the leaves and even eat some! Here are some pics from
that shoot…


I also did a shoot this week for some students who are making a
calendar to sell as a part of a “real business” class. I say good luck
to them and hopefully they can use my image to do well.

Speaking
of students, I got to mingle with some College of Education majors on
Monday evening for a Global Opportunities event they were having on
campus. They all got to find out about opportunities abroad and eat
ethnic food while I got to walk around, get some free loving, beg for
food and pose for pictures. Below is a picture of me with some of the
COE majors who are also student athletes.


Oh, about those student athletes, in addition to a great season for our
fall sports, our men’s basketball team is set to begin practice for the
2008-09 season in a matter of hours and they were one of the subjects
in a athletic department fundraising dinner I attended last night at
Hinkle Fieldhouse with keynote speakers Gene Keady and Brad Stevens.

That’s
right, long-time Purdue University men’s basketball coach, Gene Keady,
was in the house last night and gave a great talk about his years of
coaching and how our Butler Bulldogs are fun to watch as well as a team
to get behind because they do things the right way: the Butler Way.

Coach
Keady said that former Michigan State coach, Jud Heathcoat always told
him that he was perfect for Purdue because he looked like a
“Boilermaker.” But, we think there may just be a little “Bulldog” in
Gene as well. You decide…


I’m going to be real honest, after cocktail hour dinner was served,
Coach Stevens and Coach Keady began their remarks and I studied the
back of my eyelids. No disrespect gentlemen, but it was a long day for
this old dog.


Tomorrow I’m filling in for our missing mascot, the costume version,
and heading to the south side for an appearance at Clinton Young
Elementary School. They are having an assembly for some of their
students regarding a program they have to get students interested and
excited about one day attending college. They’ve adopted Butler
University since it is close and I’m going to serve as the special
surprise portion of the event. Imagine how surprised all the kids will
be when I come strolling in. I love that stuff!

The best part
about being me is that more often than not, I put a smile on someone’s
face. Whether it is a student, faculty or staff, a fan, or just
somebody in the car next to me at a stoplight, I can usually evoke a
smile or even a laugh from folks. Imagine having the ability to lift
spirits like that…I think it’s one of the defining characteristics of
the bulldog breed.

So if you want to really smile and laugh,
make plans to come to campus on Saturday, Oct. 25th at 10 a.m. for the
ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest. We’ve got 55 dogs signed up so far
with the overwhelming majority of those dogs being bulldogs. So you can
just imagine how much fun this event is going to be! My dad has been
cooking up some good stuff for this year’s Bulldog Beauty Contest so I
think I may do a special post on it next week to fill you in. Good
stuff.

I wish everyone a great fall weekend this weekend and may the Bulldogs take down the Valpo Crusaders in the Hoosier Helmet Game!

Go Dawgs!

Blue II

A (new) View from the Corner Office

Sorry for my long delay in posting, but I’ve been a busy bulldog over
the past couple of weeks. Sure, I’ve kept my nose to the ground with
the enduring search for the missing Butler Bulldog mascot costumes
(more on that later), but I’ve also been helping my dad move our office.

Yep,
that’s right, I’ve moved offices at Butler, but this actually isn’t my
first move. We started in Jordan Hall office 11 and not too long after,
we took over office 13 where we spent the majority of the last four
years. But after a six year stint in the Office of Annual Giving, my
pops is changing roles in the development office and that has us moving
down the hall to office 16. I figure I’ll just ride his coattails
wherever they take me.

The move sort of had me a little nervous
and on edge at first, but once I got used to my food, water, cage, toys
and dad being in one spot, I became a little more used to the new
setup. Although I still get a little confused as to where I should
hangout from time to time. I miss my old pals down the hall in annual
giving from time to time.

The good news is that we are still in
the basement of Jordan Hall so it’s all familiar surroundings. And even
though we have smaller digs, we did get a corner office…even if it is
in the corner of a basement. And yes, it’s a basement. Don’t let anyone
tell you it’s a “garden level.” That’s such a joke.

It’s below
ground level, it smells like a basement, there’s moisture like a
basement and there’s those lovely insects and bugs that are often found
in a basement. Therefore, it is a basement…and it even has a lovely
1980s pink décor with worn grey carpet that might be older than my
father. Now you know why the development staff ventures OUT to see
donors.

Anyway, after my dad gets all of his pictures up on the
walls and it’s finally all put together, I’ll have him post some
pictures of our new office. Until then, you can always tune in to Blue2TV and
watch my live office cam. Whether or not I’m in view of the webcam is
hit and miss, but if you log on at the right time, you just might see
me. Click here during regular office hours to have a look: http://go.butler.edu/lifeatbutler/?pg=4724

Changing
bones back to the missing mascot story…I know that I said there would
be a sequel to the movie that I originally starred in, but I am not
really sure what happened to that second film. We did the shoot, but
the project didn’t make it out of production. Such is life in
Hollywood, I guess.


There
have been some developments in the case of the missing mascot costumes,
but I’m not at liberty to divulge any details just yet. I’ll be sure to
share the news once it is official, but right now I’ve got other
pressing issues anyway.

My life as a mascot has me doing some
interesting things yet this week and weekend. On Friday I’ll be heading
over to see our neighbors at the Christian Theological Seminary for
their annual “Blessing of the Animals” service. I like to go because we
get to be outside and I get to mingle with a bunch of other animals,
but other than that I don’t really quite grasp what happens at that
thing. My dad seems to get something out of it and he says that it
gives me a Holy blessing for another year, so I got that going for me,
which is nice.

On Saturday I’ve got a busy day on the
books…first I’m set to appear in the annual Circle City Classic parade
with the Butler contingent and after that it’s back to campus as the 2-1 Bulldogs host our first Pioneer Football League contest of the season against the dreaded Drake Bulldogs.
Of course I’ll be there to lead the team onto the field, but I’m not
quite sure about my new friend Blue of the Indianapolis Colts. The
Colts are away this weekend so I’m hoping he’ll be in town to lend me a
hand again with the mascot duties since our new mascot costumes have
yet to arrive.


Thankfully, the weather is looking good for my duties this weekend. A
look to the weather forecast shows signs of plenty of “bulldog weather”
for me to enjoy in the coming weeks. Fall might just be my favorite
season…it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. It’s just right for us
bulldogs.

Speaking
of which, the ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest seems to be shaping
up nicely. We’ve got about 35 bulldogs registered with just three weeks
to go, which is more than where we were three weeks out last year when
we had our record turnout of more than 60 dogs.

Eagle Pack Pet
Foods, Inc. and City Dogs Grocery have been helping round up pries for
our participants and I think we’ve got another great event in the
works. If the weather cooperates, then the ninth year might be our best
year yet!

Well, I think that’s about all I’ve got to chat about
at the moment. I’ll make sure my dad doesn’t wait around another two
weeks before he posts for me again!

From a new office down the way,

Blue II

 

A New Week and the Search Continues…

After a busy weekend (which I will get to later) I came back to work
refreshed and ready to find those missing Butler Bulldog mascot
costumes this week. I was so fired up, that I shredded my red dragon in
an attempt to send a message of intimidation to whom ever took these
costumes. Here are a couple of pics of the aftermath…



As you can see, I mean business. Substitute the guilty for the red dragon and you get the message that I’m trying to send.

Tomorrow I’ll go from intimidation tactics to more video shooting as I work to make a sequel to my first film
from last week, which has over 5,000 hits and counting as of this
evening. In this new film I’ll cover the increased reward for the safe
return of the mascots as well as follow up on the tips, leads and
rumors that have been swirling about campus as to the whereabouts of
our beloved costumes. It should be fun and I think you’ll again enjoy
the finished product.

Speaking of fun, that’s exactly what I had
on Saturday. It all started early in the morning at Hinkle Fieldhouse
for the Lugar Run where I did a couple of TV hits on the local CBS
affiliate, WISH-TV channel 8. Below are a couple shots from that…


Of course, I am a bulldog, therefore, I do not run, so as I sent the runners and walkers on their way, I got rested up for the OBS Gridiron Brunch and our football season home opener against the Grizzles of Franklin College.

Unfortunately
we took it on the chin against Franklin to go 1-1 on the season, so
that hurt, but there was some good that came out of the game and that
was the Indianapolis Colts’ mascot Blue was there to fill in for our two-legged guy-in-suit bulldog mascot.

You
may remember in one of my first blog posts I suggested that this town
wasn’t big enough for two “Blues.” I stand corrected. Not only is
Indianapolis fit for a pair of “Blues,” but the Butler Bowl can handle
it as well.

I was just upset because I came along first and then
the Colts created their mascot and gave him the same name. Oh well,
it’s all water under the bridge, or as I like to say, water splashed
out of the wading pool, at this point.

So my new ally Blue from
the Colts came to campus on Saturday to fill in for our missing mascot
and lend me a hoof in entertaining the crowd. He also helped me run the
team out on the field which was cool. Below is a shot of Blue and I on
the sideline.


If that’s not all, Blue and the Colts also ponied-up (pun intended)
$1,000 to donate to Riley Hospital for Children should our missing
mascot costumes be returned. Classy. Thanks Blue!

After all of
that, I took a quick afternoon nap and then headed out to Zionsville,
Ind. for a little family gathering with the Kaltenmark side. That
pretty much lead to more sleeping (pictured with my mom below).


Then following that, my parents decided to make a late night trek over
to visit some friends of my parents where we watched even more college
football. I slept some more and enjoyed snacking on a football as you
can see below.


All of that made for a very long day so I pretty much slept on Sunday
while my parents attended the MotoGP. And that takes me to today where
the search for the missing mascots resumed. I also threw up some new
videos on BlueTube. Visit www.youtube.com/butlerblue2 to check those out.

There
are quite a few videos of a couple new friends (Addison and Xander)
that I made last week. I ran into a couple of nine to 10 week old
English Bulldog puppies last week, one owned by a Butler student and
another owned by Butler alumni. They both are participating in the
ninth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest on Oct. 25th.

And
speaking of the beauty contest, I’ll conclude with a quick progress
report. Again, things seem to be shaping up nicely as we now have 25
dogs registered. Remember, last year we had a record 60 dogs and thanks
to my vet, Dr. Kurt Phillips of Woodland Animal Hospital in
Carmel, Ind., his staff has sent invitations to 117 bulldog owners who
own a total of 254 bulldogs! Dr. Phillips knows bulldogs!

I’m optimistic that with an outreach like that, we can have record turnout again this year. Remember, just email blue2@butler.edu to sign up.

Blue II

 

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

 

In the Spotlight

 

An anonymous reader asked, “Blue, I think you are adorable!! I’m
sure with a job like yours you get invited to do all kinds of things…
What have been some of your most exciting moments in the spotlight??”

Great
question! The first few years on the job haven’t been dull, I can
assure you, but most of my time in the “spotlight” has been of the
local variety. Although, I’m looking to make my big break this March in
San Antionio, Texas for the Men’s NCAA Final Four. Coach Stevens, members of the basketball team, if you’re reading this, see what you can do to help me out. Okay?


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 (pictured),
greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my “tricks” during
a timeout at center court (pictured), or serving as the halftime
entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer
tecniques, 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. (picture below by Claire Corbin Photography)

I
also make appearances at university/campus events for University
Advancment, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. I’ve been used
in class presentations, atttended press conferences, and black tie
galas (pictured). At the press conference to announce the hiring of
Butler Athletic Director, Barry Collier,
I let out a loud bark during the middle of that event. I’m not sure
what came over me, I just felt like letting the media and attendees
know that I approved of the hire.

Oh
yeah, and there’s Butler’s Homecoming activities too, where last year I
hosted the “Family Fun Fest,” and the annual “Bulldog Beauty Contest
presented by the Ovid Butler Society,” as well as had my own Corvette in the parade.

I’ve
also been known to be a bit of a media hound too. From TV, to radio, to
newspapers, to magazines, to the internet, I’m blowing up! It’s not
uncommon to see my mug on the local Indy major network affliates when
they cover Butler basketball highlights after a game.

I can remember one time Dave Calabro of WTHR NBC Channel 13 (and
Butler grad) was doing a live shot from Hinkle Fieldhouse before a home
game. He wanted to get me on camera, so going to a break, he rolled a
basketball (one of my favorite things) on the floor for me to attack. I
didn’t disappoint. It was so funny that he featured it on his “Check It
Out” spot in the 11 p.m. broadcast. Guess you had to be there.

This past month I did get some national TV exposure as well as I made a couple of appearances on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

This season and last you can hear me on the radio broadcasts of the men’s home basketball games. Those can be heard at WXNT AM 1430. That’s me barking for the Ovid Butler Society and Bulldog Club commercials.

I’ve also made two or three appearances in Indianapolis Montly, with my most recent coming in the Feb. 2008 issue, page 100. No issues of Dog Fancy yet or Time’s Dog of the Year yet, though.


I’ve been in the newspaper quite a few times including this past Sunday’s edition of the Indianapolis Star. I also make appearances in Butler’s student produced paper, The Butler Collegian.

Okay,
that’s all I can think of right now, but now that I think about it, I
need to renegotiate my contract! That’s a lot of stuff I’ve done in
just under four years. My stock is hot, baby! Get Ari Gold (pictured) on the line, I need some representation!

I’m
sure there’s more that I’ve done, times I’ve been the center of
attention, instances where I stole the show, etc., I just can’t think
of them. If your reading this and something comes to mind that I didn’t
cover, then use the “comments” section to share.