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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

 

 

 

 

A Day in the Life

As promised, here’s a run-down of my typical day…

7:00-7:15 a.m. – My parents get up and out of bed…I don’t move.


8:00-8:20
a.m. – My dad literally picks me up out of bed and sets me on the
floor. I then do my best to try and wake up and open my eyes. From
there, I groggily make my way through the house, (usually I try to
detour towards my bed in the living room) to the garage and in the car.
There’s lots of eye blinking and blank stares during this process.


8:20-8:30
a.m. – On the 7-10 minute drive to work, I typically just sit in the
front passenger seat of the car and just stare out the front window and
shut my eyes a lot. If I’m really tired, I’ll just climb back to the
back seat and put off the reality of having to wake up and face the
world. (Note: On weekends, I can be asleep by 9 p.m. and still have to
be woken up by 11:30 a.m. the next day. I’m that good.)

8:30
a.m. – Time to make my way into to work. This is where I take care of
business, if you know what I mean. From there, it’s on into Jordan Hall
and down to the office.

8:35-9:00 a.m. – I get my work day
started by making my rounds through the office. I go visit people, look
for some good rub-downs, massages, and any handouts. Once I see who has
reported for duty, etc., I head back to the office I share with my dad
and I see if dad has put out my food and water. Sometimes I dig in
right away and sometimes I save it for later…depends on what time I ate
the night before and how I’m feeling.


9:00
-11:30 a.m. – This timeframe can involve a number of things, most
likely of which includes napping. I also like to bark at my co-workers
until they are forced to play with me, shred boxes, go “potty,” show
off for visitors and students, etc. By lunch time I’m usually starting
to wake up.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – My dad takes his lunch hour
sometime within this two hour period so whatever he does usually
dictates what I do. Sometimes I just hang out in the office with him as
he eats at his desk. If he goes to workout at the HRC, sometimes I join
him there or I might stay back, and there are times when we get to go
run errands like visit the bank and such.

1:30-5 p.m. – More
sleeping, barking, playing, visits from students, faculty & staff,
and at least one more potty break. Also, more meetings with colleagues
as you can see by Kyle Smith and I discussing some paperwork below.
It’s a dog’s life!


5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – HRC
time. Most days my dad heads back over to the HRC for another workout.
I’m cool with the HRC. They have a cage behind the control desk for me
to hang out at, and I have toys and a water bowl stashed there as well.
Depending how much I slept that afternoon determines my mood there. My
favorite part about the HRC is getting to go on laundry runs with the
student workers. I love that elevator! It’s like magic. To have legs
like mine and be able to skip the stairs is pure bliss.

7-8 p.m.
– Dinner time at the Kaltenmark residence. If it’s a tough day, then I
crash on the living room floor or on my bed. If I’m hungry, I’ll see if
anything falls on the kitchen floor while they cook.

8-9 p.m. –
I try to squeeze one last play time from my parents. Lots of barking,
dragging my blanket and toys around the living room, etc.


9:00
p.m. til bedtime – I am sound asleep in the living room, either on the
couch, my bed or on the floor. My parents have to turn up the TV to
drown out my snoring. Just before bed, they’ll do their best to wake me
and get me to go potty one last time. It’s a chore for them and me.
After that, my dad lifts me up on the bed and the rest is
history…another day in the books.


I guess that pretty much sums it all up. It might sound kind of boring, but remember, I’m a dog. Not bad, huh?

Working like a Dog

I get asked a lot about what I do all day, how much I come to campus, etc.

Well,
like a lot of you, I’m a working stiff too. That’s right, I show up to
work 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., nearly every day. Granted, I take a lot of
naps and walks during that time, but I’m still in the office, so that
counts for something, right?


First I’ll tell you the story and the setup, then I’ll take you through a typical daily routine in my next post.

So my dad, he’s the Director of Annual Giving at Butler. That’s a section of Development which falls under the University Advancement umbrella. In a nut shell, he hits alumni and other university constituents up for money. So break yo’ self and send him a gift already!

Our office is in the basement (those glass half full types call it the “Garden Level”) of historic Jordan Hall where other Development and Advancement offices are located as well.

I
pretty much have the run of the place down there, but I call my dad’s
office home base. Below is a picture of me and my closest office
colleagues from the Office of Annual Giving.

Pictured:

Kyle Smith – Assistant Director of Annual Giving (left)
Michael Kaltenmark – Director of Annual Giving (right)
Shelby Roscoe – Sr. Secretary – Annual Giving (back left)
Leslie Renner – Assistant Director of Annual Giving (back right)

Anyway, my predecessor, Butler Blue I, (also a member of the Advancement team, but resided in the Office of Alumni & Parent Programs in Robertson Hall) used to only come in on Friday’s. I think they were affectionately called “Bulldog Fridays.”

Well,
I was headed down that same path, only coming in on Fridays, but
luckily everybody became too attached and too used to the idea of
having me around.

My first day on campus was May 20, 2004, also
the day (that’s me, first day on the job, down below) my dad picked my
up from the breeder (Kong King Kennel of Lizton, Ind.). I weighed 7-10
lbs. and was only about 7 weeks old. If you read up on English
Bulldogs, you’ll find that we aren’t the most sociable breed. In fact,
we can be quite skittish and scared of the most mundane, inanimate
objects.


So
to ensure that I would be tolerant of all things and all people, my
pops thought it would be a good idea to bring me in to the office early
and often. As a puppy I was introduced to many different situations in
an effort to over stimulate me and to get me as socialized as possible.

All
of that pretty much meant that I came into work everyday and I guess I
never really stopped. I think I got too used to coming in and everybody
else just got too attached. Makes for a pretty cool work environment,
that’s for sure!

It blew my mind when my dad told me that most
dogs have to stay at home all day, many of them in cages. Can you
believe that?! And I thought I was bored. (That’s me as a puppy in my
cage…for effect.)


If you are out and about on campus, come on down and say hello. Don’t
be surprised if I’m sleeping or out doing something else, but chances
are, I’ll be around. Hope to see you sometime soon!