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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.

I
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.

Anyway,
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.


I
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.

As
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!


On
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.


Sunday,
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.


Needless
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.


As
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.


The
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.

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

 

Enough Room in this Town for 2 Blue’s?

I hate to bring up the Indianapolis Colts given that they probably
don’t need any more grief after their playoff loss to San Diego, but
since they are all over the news right now, it’s relevant, I suppose.

Now
make no mistake, when I’m not fulfilling my Butler duties, I support
Indy’s other sports and teams, sans other universities and colleges,
and I’ve been known to support the Colts. I enjoy watching their games
at home with my parents. I have a Colts leash and collar that I wore to
a Butler game prior to their AFC championship game last year. And, Tony
Dungy and Bill Polian even paid a visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse last year.
So they’re cool in my book.


My
only beef with the Colts are those play-off losses and that darned
mascot, BLUE! (pictured right) Really, I’ve got no problem with BLUE,
he’s got nothing on me. In fact, (kids, if you’re reading this, cover
your eyes) it’s just some guy in a blue Puff the Magic Dragon-looking
suit. I’m the real deal…born with my suit. That’s real fur, baby!

But
it’s that whole name thing that gets me. Afterall, the Colts’ BLUE
didn’t come around until 2006! My predessor, Butler Blue I first came
on the scene in 2000 and I arrived in 2004. It’s a fake horse and their
logo is a horeshoe, name him “Lucky” or something.

Colt’s BLUE Info: http://www.colts.com/sub.cfm?page=community_dynamic&id=142

Oh
well, it’s not BLUE’s fault. He probably didn’t name himself, and I
know I didn’t name myself either. When Blue I was donated to the
university by Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennel, Lizton, Ind.,
the university held a naming contest to come up with a name for the
school’s first “official” bulldog mascot.

The names most often
submitted were “Blue,” “Hinkle,” “B.U.” prn. “Boo,” “Hampton,” and
“Victory.” Over 350 submissions were made and “Butler Blue” was the top
choice and announced at the Feb. 3, 2001 men’s home basketball game.

Officially, Kristi Crofts Lowell, class of 1994 was credited with the winning name submission.

Thus,
I’m Butler Blue II and someday, I’m sure we’ll have Butler Blue III and
so on. As Paul Harvey would say, “and now you know the rest of the
story.”

So, do I wish the Colts’ front office would have been a
little more original? Sure, but I can live with it. In fact, I think
there’s plenty of room in this town for two “Blues.” Actually, we’re
elite company, that Colts’ BLUE and I.

So BLUE, sorry about that
loss yesterday. Enjoy your off-season on the farm with a warm stable
and plenty of hay… and be ready for a prosperous 2008 in your new
stadium and help bring another world championship back to OUR beloved
city!

I’m Blue II…………………(wait for
it)…………………………(wait for
it)………………………………..GOOD DAY!