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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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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

 

Costumes Still Missing; Reward Increased; Bulldogs are HOT!

 
It’s been a busy week in the life of Butler Blue II, and it’s only getting busier. I love it!

This
missing Butler Bulldog mascot costumes caper has kept me hard at work
and while we’ve yet to find them, the plot has thickened. For starters,
thanks to the Butler faithful, the reward for the safe return of the
costumes has been raised from $100 and one of my bones, to $550 and one
of my bones. Now we’re getting somewhere.

And sure enough, just
as the reward increases then so do the rumors, anonymous tips and
unsubstantiated leads as to the whereabouts of these unique suits. I
even got the photo below suggesting that our suit may have been picked
up by the dog catcher and sent to the pound. Very funny.


Following the example of one of my beloved heroes, McGruff the Crime Dog, I’m hot on the case and sniffing out all possibilities. Should you hear anything, keep me posted at blue2@butler.edu,
and better yet, call the authorities! You can reach the Butler
University Police Dept. at 317-940-9396. They would be happy to take
your call.


I hope to have another video
up next week that illustrates my detective work. The massive amount of
rain that we are getting today and this weekend isn’t really conducive
to shooting film so sorry for the delay.

The media continues to
pick-up the story and again, we’ve received national coverage. This
time it is the world-wide leader in sports, ESPN. Check out this clip

 

Since I am the only mascot that Butler has at the moment, I will be
especially busy tomorrow as we host our first home football contest of
the season and we welcome the Lugar Run to campus. My day gets started
at Hinkle Fieldhouse at 7 a.m. for the Lugar Run as WISH-TV will be on campus to do some live TV hits for that.

Then it’s on to the OBS
Gridiron Brunch and pre-game event and then kick-off against Franklin
College at 1 p.m. where I will get to run the team out on to the field
for battle. A win on Saturday will make the football Bulldogs 2-0!

It’s
looking like it might be a little warm, muggy, windy and wet tomorrow,
but I don’t care. No matter the conditions, I am ready!

Finally,
I’ll sign off with a story that show’s just how in vogue us English
Bulldogs are. Not only did we make it back into the top-10 of AKC registered breeds this year, but now we’ve been voted the hottest in Hollywood!

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/ask_the_answer_bitch/b28361_a-list_secrets_hollywoods_unlikely_hot.html

My good friend Jackie, a young Butler alumni who resides in our Nation’s capital, sent me a link to story on E! (watch The Soup on
E! w/ Joel McHale, Fridays, 10 p.m. EST…it’s hilarious) that explains
just how the English Bulldog has become all the rage amongst
celebrities (Adam Sandler, The Kaltenmarks, etc.) and just all around
“cool people.”

Specifially, the article states, “Hollywood’s dog
o’ the moment is an unexpected breed…That dog is the English
Bulldog.” It’s no wonder our bulldog mascot costumes were stolen!

By the way, if you have a chance some time, check out Adam Sandler’s website and watch his videos with his English Bulldogs. They are great! (http://www.adamsandler.com/index.php?section=matzomeat)

Have a great weekend, keep looking for those costumes, stay dry, and GO DAWGS!

Blue II 

The Case of the Missing Mascot…. Continues.

If you live in or around the central Indiana area, then chances are by now you’ve heard the APB put out for the mising Butler University Bulldog
mascot costumes. In addition to the University’s own announcement, the
local media outlets have latched on to the story as well and ever
since, my parent’s phones have been ringing off the hook with calls and
texts asking if I’ve gone missing. Below is a look at some of the media
coverage…

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080909/SPORTS0605/809090408


WTHR: http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8970750&nav=9Tai
http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974236&nav=menu188_2

WISH: http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8974277&nav=menu35_5

Word on the street is Dave Smiley from the Smiley Morning Show, WZPL 99.5
is going to have my dad on air this Wednesday morning, Sept. 10, to
discuss the matter and to clear up any misconceptions that I have gone
missing.

Obviously, since I’m dictating this blog to my dad
right now, I haven’t gone missing, but the suits worn by my two-legged
counterparts have seemingly walked off campus. So, the search is on for
the specially designed suits.

I lent my support in an effort to
quickly recover the costumes. In addition to offering my voice for the
University announcement, I also threw in a bone as a part of the
whopping $100 reward.

Seriously, $100 is all they could come up
with? What is this, Bozo’s Grand Prize Game? “You get a crisp $100
bill, a year’s supply of Archway Cookies and a brand new 10-speed
Schwinn bicycle.” Seriously? I’m a dog and I realize that $100 and a
bone leaves a little something to be desired.

It appears that AOL Sports agrees with my assesment: http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2008/09/09/butler-wants-its-bulldogs-back-cheaply/

Perhaps
we really don’t want them back? After all, they were getting a little
rough around the edges and the smell that permeated the air around them
wasn’t exactly that of roses. Still, they are unique and a part of
Butler’s history so it would be nice to have them back.

The
costumes are approx. nine years old, so they’ve lived a full life. My
dad was one of the first to wear them as he was one of the men behind
the mask when the university got them his sophomore year. Prior to
that, my dad tells me they had a very old and crusty mascot costume
that was actually designed by Disney.

Well, it looks like I’m
going to be extra busy for a while since I’m the only mascot that
Butler has at the moment. A new costume will take about 6-8 weeks to
make and will cost well north of $10,000. Hopefully the university will
act now so we can have the new costume by Homecoming on Oct. 25th.

Speaking
of being extra busy, with all of the students back to campus and the
classes in full swing, my social calendar has definitely picked up.
Besides all of the additional love, attention and cat calls that I get
when I go outside to take a walk or relieve myself, I have also been
attending several receptions, social gatherings and athletic events.
Last week I attended the first home volleyball game in a very hot and
steamy Hinkle Fieldhouse and this weekend I will be hitting up the
first home football game of the season as well.

In addition, to
the game itself, Saturday will be a busy day for me. In the morning
I’ll be at Hinkle Fieldhouse to help kick off the Dick Lugar Run and to
do a live TV appearance with WISH-TV. After that I’ll hit up the annual
Ovid Butler Society Gridiron Brunch which
is a pre-game tailgate for OBS members. Then, once all of that is done,
I’ll run the undefeated Butler Bulldogs out to battle in the Butler
Bowl to take on Franklin. By Saturday afternoon I’ll be so exhausted
that I will voluntarily be practicing my “dead dog” trick on the living
room floor.

This past weekend my parents went off to Illinois for the final IndyCar Series race
of the season, so of course I went to Wabash, Ind. to stay with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark. Staying at the grandparents is always
fun b/c in addition to the extra attention, I also get to sleep in, go
on walks and typically get plenty of ice cream. While I was there this
time, my grandpa, the old college football player and long-time high
school coach taught me some football fundamentals in preparation for
Saturday and the rest of the season.

Granpa K. set up my teddy
bear so that he was holding my football. Then he would set me up and
taught me how to tackle through teddy to knock the ball loose. After
that, he showed me how to pounce on the football to regain possession.
I loved every second of it and I happen to think that I’m pretty good
at it…like Bob Sanders (pictured below) good. My dad said that he’d
try to get some video of it in the near future so you can see it for
yourselves.

While
my pops works to get my football prowess captured on film, this week we
just have more video of me playing with my best friend, Kirby! That’s
right, Kirby has returned! You may remember that Kirby and his mom,
Jessica Butler, had moved to Minnesota after Jessica graduated from
Butler. Well, Kirby’s mom has since joined the Indiana Pacers’ staff
and thus, Kirby has returned to Naptown!

As soon as he got in
town, he stopped by campus to see me. Although, I think Kirby was more
interested in checking out campus than playing with me, as you’ll see
in the video, but it’s all good. I was just happy to have my friend
back.

video

In
Bulldog Beauty Contest news, we have 13 Bulldogs, one Boston Terrier
and one Shih Tzu signed up so far for a total of 15 dogs. Last year we
had over 60 dogs attend so we are well on our way. Susan Smith of City
Dogs Grocery has been working with us and Eagle Pack Pet Foods to get
some great participant prizes and giveaways all lined up as well. It
shaping up to be a great event. Additional details are available in my
previous blog post below. To sign up your dog, just email me at
blue2@butler.edu.

Well, I think that’s about all that I know for
today. If there are any breaking developments in the case of the
missing mascots, I’ll be sure to post a new blog with additional
details. Until then, keep your ear to the ground and if you stumble
upon them, then notify the authorities!

Blue II

 

In the Spotlight

 

An anonymous reader asked, “Blue, I think you are adorable!! I’m
sure with a job like yours you get invited to do all kinds of things…
What have been some of your most exciting moments in the spotlight??”

Great
question! The first few years on the job haven’t been dull, I can
assure you, but most of my time in the “spotlight” has been of the
local variety. Although, I’m looking to make my big break this March in
San Antionio, Texas for the Men’s NCAA Final Four. Coach Stevens, members of the basketball team, if you’re reading this, see what you can do to help me out. Okay?


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 (pictured),
greeting the starters on the basketball court, doing my “tricks” during
a timeout at center court (pictured), or serving as the halftime
entertainment at a soccer match where I displayed my own soccer
tecniques, 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. (picture below by Claire Corbin Photography)

I
also make appearances at university/campus events for University
Advancment, Admissions, Student Affairs, and much more. I’ve been used
in class presentations, atttended press conferences, and black tie
galas (pictured). At the press conference to announce the hiring of
Butler Athletic Director, Barry Collier,
I let out a loud bark during the middle of that event. I’m not sure
what came over me, I just felt like letting the media and attendees
know that I approved of the hire.

Oh
yeah, and there’s Butler’s Homecoming activities too, where last year I
hosted the “Family Fun Fest,” and the annual “Bulldog Beauty Contest
presented by the Ovid Butler Society,” as well as had my own Corvette in the parade.

I’ve
also been known to be a bit of a media hound too. From TV, to radio, to
newspapers, to magazines, to the internet, I’m blowing up! It’s not
uncommon to see my mug on the local Indy major network affliates when
they cover Butler basketball highlights after a game.

I can remember one time Dave Calabro of WTHR NBC Channel 13 (and
Butler grad) was doing a live shot from Hinkle Fieldhouse before a home
game. He wanted to get me on camera, so going to a break, he rolled a
basketball (one of my favorite things) on the floor for me to attack. I
didn’t disappoint. It was so funny that he featured it on his “Check It
Out” spot in the 11 p.m. broadcast. Guess you had to be there.

This past month I did get some national TV exposure as well as I made a couple of appearances on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

This season and last you can hear me on the radio broadcasts of the men’s home basketball games. Those can be heard at WXNT AM 1430. That’s me barking for the Ovid Butler Society and Bulldog Club commercials.

I’ve also made two or three appearances in Indianapolis Montly, with my most recent coming in the Feb. 2008 issue, page 100. No issues of Dog Fancy yet or Time’s Dog of the Year yet, though.


I’ve been in the newspaper quite a few times including this past Sunday’s edition of the Indianapolis Star. I also make appearances in Butler’s student produced paper, The Butler Collegian.

Okay,
that’s all I can think of right now, but now that I think about it, I
need to renegotiate my contract! That’s a lot of stuff I’ve done in
just under four years. My stock is hot, baby! Get Ari Gold (pictured) on the line, I need some representation!

I’m
sure there’s more that I’ve done, times I’ve been the center of
attention, instances where I stole the show, etc., I just can’t think
of them. If your reading this and something comes to mind that I didn’t
cover, then use the “comments” section to share.