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About Me:

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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Blue II needs YOU!

I need your help, the costume is still missing.  Yesterday I searched campus high and low.  Watch this video to check out my journey.

For more on the story, look at my previous blog post

The story was featured on Oddball with Keith Olbermann as well, watch the clip and then help with the search!

ESPN Sportscenter is also helping us! We’ve gotta find it.  Watch the ESPN story.

When you’re done here, make sure you check out the other Butler Bloggers

Checking In With My Parents!

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am spending the weekend with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark in Wabash, Ind. You see, my parents get
into this Indy 500 thing…in addition to working at Butler University,
my dad also works on a part-time basis for Vision Racing, so he’s
really busy on race day and my mom, well, she’s busy tailgating and
watching the race, so that kind of leaves me out. That’s okay, grandma
and grandpa have come to my rescue once again.

I skipped town
with the grandparents on Friday so I decided to check in yesterday and
send my parents an email to let them know what I had been up to while
in Wabash. My grandpa helped me get the message below all typed up and
sent…

Dear Mom & Dad,

I just want you to
know that things are fine here at Grandma’s house. These old folks
don’t play with me as much as I would like, but they try to make me
happy from time to time. I am not confined to the living room, but I
spend most of my time there.

Grandpa took me to the hardware
store this morning so I could meet Chris Kramer’s (Purdue University)
grandpa. People there were really impressed with me. One lady walked in
and said, “That’s the dog I see on TV all the time.” She called me a
movie star. A teenaged girl who works there said I was so ugly that I
was cute. I don’t know where she got the ugly part.

Grandma
& Papa went to some senior open houses this afternoon. One of his
football players asked Papa if he had baby-sat for me recently. Papa
said that I was at his house at that very moment. I wonder if some of
those football guys will come see me later. I liked going to their
practices with grandpa back in the fall.

I have a new trick I
like to pull on Grandpa. I acted like I need to go potty. When we get
outside I head straight for his car. Grandma thinks I’m homesick and
miss my Mommy.

By the way my barking gets an immediate response
from people around here. It is easy to get their attention and get what
ever I want.

Hope you’re enjoying your time at the track. I’ll be watching the race tomorrow in hopes I can see you.

I’ll be home Monday morning.

Love,

Blue

So
as you can see, staying with the grandparents is definitely all it’s
cracked up to be…treats, attention, car rides and getting really
spoiled. It’s a nice break from the normal routine.

I hope you
will join me in watching the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500
today. It airs live on ABC at 1 p.m. (ET) and it should be a great
show. Remember to cheer on our driver, Ed Carpenter, driver of the No.
20 Menards/Vision Racing car…it’s bright yellow and easy to spot.
He’ll start 10th in his 5th Indy 500. Ed is a 2003 Butler grad and a
good friend. Go Bulldog (Ed)!

Ladies and Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES!

Blue II

Did Somebody Say "Treats"?

An anonymous guest writes…”Dear Blue II, What are some of your favorite treats/foods?”

Ah
yes, the infamous “T” word. Say it, and my ears perk up. Say it again
and might even cock my head and look at you very intently. Pull out the
bag of treats and I’m salivating like I belong to Pavlov.


Unfortunately, my old man scaled back the treat intake, both in
quantity and brand. I used to work the system by wandering around the
office and giving that irresistible “feed me” face to any sucker that
would look my way.

I had people feeding me right and left. Even Butler University President, Bobby Fong, keeps treats for me in his office.

It
was all going as planned until my my digestive tract and eating habits
caught up with me. In spite of eating all of those treats, I still
managed to maintain a steady weight at 60 lbs., but that was because I
was so full from treats by the time I got home from work I skipped
dinner.

In addition all of those different makes and models of
treats gave me flatulence that could choke a horse. I mean, this gas
could bring a tear to the eye it was that pundgent. I was already known
for clearing out a room from time to time and my treat intake was just
compounding the issue. Finally, enough was enough.

It all came
to a head this past fall as Susan Smith of City Dogs Grocery (49th
& College – Indpls.) came forward and offered to provide me with a
food sponsorship. The sponsorship is a partnership between Smith’s City
Dogs store and Eagle Pack Pet Foods.

Due
to allergies, I was already on a special blend of prescription dog
food, primarilly made of salmon and potato when I got the call from
Susan. As it turns out, Eagle Pack had a blend of food, also
fish-based, (those fatty acids help my skin and coat) that would work
for me. It’s an anchovy, sardine and salmon mix from their Holistic Select line.


So
when we began switching foods, my dad limited any foreign substances,
including treats, to ensure that the switch went well. Sure enough, the
discipline on food intake and limited to no treats solved the gas
issue. Thus, it’s pretty evident to tell when someone slips me a little
contraband.

But, a dog cannot go without treats! That’s just
cruel and unsual punishment. So we found some treats that compliment my
current diet. Also made by Eagle Pack and sold at City Dogs Grocery,
the Holistix Menhaden Biscuit is on the approved list.

You
ask about other favorite foods…of course, I’m generally not allowed
table scraps, people food, or whatever you want to call it, but I still
have my favorites. I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last
night. I know the good stuff.

I love anything made with
milk. Milk, ice cream and cheese are all favorites. I have a nose for
those things as well. I am also a huge fan of eggs, plain spaghetti
noodles and rice. Other than that, I pretty much like it all except
lettuce and pretzels.

Okay,
enough about all of this talk of treats and food! I can’t take it any
more. I don’t want to suffer a relapse. Hunger management isn’t a dog’s
strong suit. They say that reason should direct and appetite should
obey, but they forgot, I’m a dog…therefore I don’t reason.

All
in all, I’ve been coping well with life without treats, or life without
A LOT of treats, anyway. The lack of gas, if nothing else, has been
good for everybody. I like treats as much as the next dog, but I
suppose the refrain has been for the best.

BTW,
thanks for the question. I saw where I was asked about a girlfriend…I
will tackle that one later in the week. Keep up the comments and the
questions and thanks for reading. Until next time…bon appetit!