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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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Posts Tagged “Kong King Kennel”

All SHOW, no DOG

n the wake of the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (aired on the USA Network) which wrapped up last evening in Madison Square Garden, I received a couple of comments as to why I haven’t registered my AKC number for competition.

Personally, I didn’t watch much of the dog show given that the Bulldogs played last night up at Milwaukee as
well, but I did catch some of it. But anyway, to speak to those
comments, I originally had hopes to compete in the show ring and even
pass along my genes to younger kin, but it wasn’t meant to be, I guess.

In
a nutshell, it is my understanding that the criteria in which these
dogs are judged includes their natural/pure representation of the breed
as well as their ability to “mate” with fellow purebreds, thus
transferring those great traits to offspring.

I think I do a
fair job of representing the breed, acting somewhat obedient, etc. It’s
a technicality with the sexual reproduction part that’s got me
ineligible to compete.

In addition to serving as Butler’s
mascot, there was a desire to make a show dog out of me as well as
allow me to sire a litter or two. However, a few months after I was
born, it was found that I had a condition known as cryptorchid…look it up and draw your own conclusion. As a result, my hopes of going pro were dashed by a couple of snips. (wimper)

Hindsight is 20/20, but it wound’t have worked out anyway given the eye surgeries to fix a couple conditions known as entropion and distichia. (A special thanks to Dr. Deborah Stephan of Indiana Veterinarian Specialists for taking care of that for me!) Once you get a little plastic surgery done, you’re out of the competition as well.

That’s
okay, we all know what I was born to do and I wouldn’t trade it for the
world. They can aspire to win some ribbons and I’ll see if I can’t get
my paws on some NCAA hardware!


Besides, did you know that a show dog trying to make it to the top
travels the country doing up to 150 shows per year! That’s hardly a
dogs life!

But back to the dog show…had I competed, would have
been in the Non-Sporting group coming out of the Bulldog breed. This
year’s bulldog bred winner was Ch. Cherokee Legend Rock.

Good looking bully. I’m no stranger to the Cherokee Legends. In fact, my great grand-father via my mother’s mother, was a Cherokee Legend. Cherokee Legend Mouser Bill to be exact.

You can learn more about the Cherokee Legends here:

http://www.cherokeebulldogs.com/

http://www.legendbulldogs.com/

I am a product of Frank and Jeane King’s Kong King Kennel in Lizton, Ind., and in my family tree I have eight champions.


Now you know where I got my stunning looks!

At
any rate, in this year’s WKC Dog Show, the winner out of the
Non-Sporting was some poodle. Look at that thing! It looks more like a
manicured shrub than a dog. The Bulldog was second within the group.


Best in Show was the Beagle named “Uno” who turned out to be a real
crowd pleaser. Uno made history last night, becoming the first of his
breed to win the event. Big deal, you might be Best in Show, but as
Elvis once sang, “you ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.”

Oh well, for all of us wannabes and has-beens, there’s always the annual Bulldog Beauty Contest at Homecoming. See you there!

Blue II

P.S. Voting Period 6 is now open in the BISSELL Most Valuable Pet Contest. Please be sure to vote for me again this week and get me on that vacuum box!

To vote for me, click on this link:
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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!