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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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One Blessed Bulldog

 I don’t know what you did this weekend, but this bulldog had a pretty
solid couple of days. In fact, if you stretch it from Friday through
Monday, I got blessed, helped my fellow Bulldogs
go 5-0, entertained house guests, hosted a Colts viewing party, and
attended a golf outing. The only setbacks I faced were being denied
access to a parade and seeing the doctor for an ear infection. Not bad
for a dog, right? It’s just another weekend in the life of this mascot.

suppose the logical place to start would be Friday when I was invited
by Butler University neighbor, the Christian Theological Seminary
(CTS), for their annual Blessing of the Animals service. You may have
noticed that this past weekend there were these types of services going
on all over the country. Reason being, the Feast Day of St. Francis
occurs annually on Oct. 4th and just in case you don’t know who old St. Francis is,
he was a friar known for his love of animals. Unfortunately, he’s not
with us any more (he passed away just a few years ago in 1226), but his
teachings as well as his love for animals and God’s creation lives on
and thus the reason why we have these services today. There’s a free
little history lesson for you…don’t say I never taught you anything.

it was a good service, but my dad was real serious during it. He got
real emotional and kept hugging on me, but I just wanted to go play
with the other dogs that were there. My parents always tell me how
blessed and fortunate of a dog I am, so I’m not sure why I needed to go
get blessed some more, but I was happy to get out of the office and
outside for a bit, so it was fine with me.

A photographer from The Indianapolis Star was there along with a videographer from WXNT-TV FOX 59,
but I never saw if any of those images made it in print, on television
or online. Fortunately Chris Varnau, the Sr. Director of Communications
at CTS, took some photos of the event and I’ve included those below.

guess the blessing must have worked because the Butler Bulldogs went on
that Friday and Saturday to go 5-0 on the pitch, in the field, and
behind the net. Our men’s and women’s soccer teams both took victories
on Friday, as did the volleyball team and then on Saturday, our
football team took down the Drake bulldogs and the volleyball team
again took victory. Besides the blessing, my presence in the Butler
Bowl on both Friday and Saturday might have had a little something to
do with it as well. Regardless, I’m proud to be a Bulldog right now as
our fall sports student athletes are doing a great job this year.

I mentioned last week, the changing weather has allowed me to get out
more and make it to more of these athletic contests. Below is a picture
of me and my dad getting ready to run the football team onto the field
for their big win over Drake. There’s nothing like a pleasant fall day
in the Butler Bowl for some football. It’s a bulldog’s dream! The next
home football game in the Bowl comes at Homecoming on Oct. 25th versus
Morehead State. I hope to see you there!

the home front, I was just as busy this past weekend. My parent’s
friends, Jason and Betsy Weatherly came up from Nashville, Tenn. and
brought their miniature daschund, Reese (like the peanut butter cups).
You may remember some of my escapades with Reese from this past summer
when I went down to her place. I really enjoyed getting to see my old
friend. I wasn’t the best at sharing my toys with her, but we had a
good time tearing through the house and around the yard together. I
rather enjoy being an only “child,” but it is nice to have some
four-legged company once in a while.

some of my parents’ friends and colleagues came over to the house for a
little Indianapolis Colts viewing party. That was a lot of fun as
well…plenty of attention, table scraps, people to play with me, and
lots of excitement. Not to mention, the game turned out to be fairly
entertaining and successful as well.

to say, on Monday I was pretty exhausted, but as they say, there’s no
rest for the weary. So dad and I headed north to Carmel, Ind. for the
men’s basketball Blue Team golf outing at Plum Creek Golf Club. In
addition to greeting guests and welcoming the players, I also got to
hang out on the golf carts, attempt to chase golf balls on the putting
green and see old friends like former Bulldog standouts, Julian Betko
and A.J. Graves.

I alluded to earlier, it wasn’t all treats and toys this past weekend.
As you may remember from my previous post, I was all set to appear in
the annual Circle City Classic parade. My good friend and Butler
colleague, Barry Rector, was kind enough to lend me his beautiful 1991
Corvette to ride in for the parade so early Saturday morning we made
our way downtown to join the Butler contingent who was also set to
represent BU in the parade. Unfortunately, the parade staff denied me
access and forced my dad to turn the Corvette back around and take me
home. Can you believe that? Their loss.

other setback I had is the discovery of a double ear infection, so
after my trek to the golf outing, I headed across Hamilton Co. and over
to Woodland Animal Hospital to
see Dr. Phillips who gave me some medicine to get better. I’m not too
fond of the meds, but if it helps my ears from itching and keeps me
from wanting to shake my head all of the time, then I suppose it’s
worth it.

As you can see, minus a few small speed bumps it’s
been a pretty good couple of days for me. I hope that you enjoy some
good fortune of your own and here’s to a hope for a little good fortune
on the horizon for America after all of this economic crisis stuff I
keep hearing about on the news.

As a matter of principle, I
tend to refrain from discussing politics and religion. After all, I’m a
bulldog, and my expertise lies in animal behavior and school spirit and
not worldly things. But I already touched on religion tonight, albeit
objectively, I might as well as speak to politics given that as my dad
types this blog post, I’m snoring through live coverage of the
presidential debate and wondering about these politicians who are vying
for your vote next month.

I like to think of myself as a pretty
good judge of character (a lot of dogs are) and from what little I saw
of the debate tonight, I’d vote for that Tom Brokaw guy…just some
free advice from your mascot.

Here’s to a blessed week of your own,

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.

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

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:

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.

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

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