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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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Checking In With My Parents!

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am spending the weekend with my
Grandma and Grandpa Kaltenmark in Wabash, Ind. You see, my parents get
into this Indy 500 thing…in addition to working at Butler University,
my dad also works on a part-time basis for Vision Racing, so he’s
really busy on race day and my mom, well, she’s busy tailgating and
watching the race, so that kind of leaves me out. That’s okay, grandma
and grandpa have come to my rescue once again.

I skipped town
with the grandparents on Friday so I decided to check in yesterday and
send my parents an email to let them know what I had been up to while
in Wabash. My grandpa helped me get the message below all typed up and
sent…

Dear Mom & Dad,

I just want you to
know that things are fine here at Grandma’s house. These old folks
don’t play with me as much as I would like, but they try to make me
happy from time to time. I am not confined to the living room, but I
spend most of my time there.

Grandpa took me to the hardware
store this morning so I could meet Chris Kramer’s (Purdue University)
grandpa. People there were really impressed with me. One lady walked in
and said, “That’s the dog I see on TV all the time.” She called me a
movie star. A teenaged girl who works there said I was so ugly that I
was cute. I don’t know where she got the ugly part.

Grandma
& Papa went to some senior open houses this afternoon. One of his
football players asked Papa if he had baby-sat for me recently. Papa
said that I was at his house at that very moment. I wonder if some of
those football guys will come see me later. I liked going to their
practices with grandpa back in the fall.

I have a new trick I
like to pull on Grandpa. I acted like I need to go potty. When we get
outside I head straight for his car. Grandma thinks I’m homesick and
miss my Mommy.

By the way my barking gets an immediate response
from people around here. It is easy to get their attention and get what
ever I want.

Hope you’re enjoying your time at the track. I’ll be watching the race tomorrow in hopes I can see you.

I’ll be home Monday morning.

Love,

Blue

So
as you can see, staying with the grandparents is definitely all it’s
cracked up to be…treats, attention, car rides and getting really
spoiled. It’s a nice break from the normal routine.

I hope you
will join me in watching the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500
today. It airs live on ABC at 1 p.m. (ET) and it should be a great
show. Remember to cheer on our driver, Ed Carpenter, driver of the No.
20 Menards/Vision Racing car…it’s bright yellow and easy to spot.
He’ll start 10th in his 5th Indy 500. Ed is a 2003 Butler grad and a
good friend. Go Bulldog (Ed)!

Ladies and Gentlemen, START YOUR ENGINES!

Blue II

Friends in High Places

Retired General and former Secretary of State, Colin Powell once said, “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

Sounds like a good plan to me, after all, as the old saying goes, “you are the comapny you keep.”

So,
I did just that, I spent my Monday with some pretty significant and
successful people…the type “who take their work seriously, but not
themselves.”

Maybe you will recognize some of the people I spent my day with yesterday…

That’s right, I got to spend the day with THE Colin Powell; Butler head men’s basketball coach, Brad Stevens; 2003 Butler graduate and IndyCar Series driver for Vision Racing, Ed Carpenter; the entire Butler men’s basketball team; and Indianapolis mayor, Greg Ballard. That’s just how I roll!

It started out as a typical Monday…lots of sleeping in the cage that’s in m dad’s office, a lunch time appearance at the HRC, and more sleeping for the afternoon. Settling into the work week after a busy weekend has never been one of my strengths.

Then,
come late afternoon things started to get interesting. My dad and I
headed to the car and made our way to my favorite building, historic
Hinkle Fieldhouse. Once there, we met up with Ed Carpenter and headed
into the arena to watch the men’s basketball practice.

You see, last May Ed gave A.J. Graves and the coaching staff a tour of the Vision Racing garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when
A.J. waved the green flag to start practice for the Indianapolis 500 .
This time the Bulldogs returned the favor by inviting Ed to come watch
practice, tour the locker room and basketball offices, etc. I was
fortunate to get to tag along.

Here’s a picture of Ed and Coach Stevens discussing the incracies of Butler’s motion offense and which Horizon League member
institution has the best cafeteria food. No, not really, but those
would be things I would like to talk about with the coach.


After that it was over to Clowes Memorial Hall where General Colin L.
Powell, USA (Ret.) was scheduled to enjoy dinner with some VIPs and
speak to a capacity crowd as a part of the Diversity Lecture Series.

That’s
where I ran into General Powell and Mayor Ballard, as well as some
other Butler and community big whigs like university president, Dr. Bobby Fong, and the Butler Board of Trustees.

I
even got to take a picture with General Powell! Unfortunately, I do not
have the picture to post right now, but I will do so in a future blog.
It was sweet. All of these important folks got to meet General Powell
and get a picture with him. I’m pretty important, so yes, I got a
picture with him as well.

When I arrived, he smiled, kneeled
down, clapped his hands once and said, “come here boy!” So I quickly
ran over (when a General calls, you come) and he proceeded to pet me
and love on me a little. He then stayed in a kneeled position and we
took a picture together. It was cool.

Here I am, just an English
Bulldog from Indiana who ended up mascot of Butler University posing
for a picture with the one-time military leader of the free world. Eat
your heart out “Spike,” the Drake University bulldog!

Yeah, we’ve
got a big game against No. 16 Drake on Saturday at Hinkle, so I am
starting to prepared for that. It airs on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. (EST) and has
been billed the best ESPN “Bracketbuster” matchup ever…of course it
is, after all, both teams are represented by the English Bulldog! By
the way, the Bulldogs of Butler are ranked a school-high No. 8 this
week in both polls. That’s pretty impressive! Go Dawgs!

Today,
wasn’t quite as exciting, but that’s not to say I didn’t get to have a
little more fun. Each semester, my dad’s favorite professor while in
school, Dr. Steven Vibbert, invites me to come visit his public
relations classes. He usually asks me to come mid to late semester when
the students are starting to get restless. So today I stopped by class,
did my tricks, and got a little love from the students. Below is a
picture of that…

Note
that class size. That’s a student to teacher ratio of 16:1. Nice. Gotta
love a Butler education! Although, it’s not quite as good as my puppy
class, but still, it’s pretty good.

Okay, my bed time is quickly approaching so I’ve got to get going. Thanks for reading and before you leave, please vote for me again this week for the Bissell MVP contest! You can vote here: http://www.bissell.com/redirect.asp?page_id=47088&Pet=7217.jpg

Blue II

 

Hairy Inquiry

bulldawgamy writes, “Hey Blue! I think you are soooo cute. Anyways, I
was wondering if you shed alot? I remember a year or two ago when some
students were petting you in the dawg pound and you shed like
crazy—hairs everywhere :) Did your new diet fix this problem?”

First
of all Amy, if it’s been a “year or two ago” since you’ve seen me or
petted me yourself, then that’s a year or two too long!

Second,
sorry I am just now responding to your question. I had a couple of ball
games to attend recently. I started writing my response while my dad
was watching the Rolex 24 at Daytona (go Vision Racing!) and didn’t get finished until President Bush’s State of the Union address. Again, my apologies for the delay.

It’s true. I shed. A lot. I can’t really help it. It’s just a characteristic of the English Bulldog breed.

Consider those little hairs I leave behind a souvenir…something to remember me by.

If
you think the shedding is bad, just be glad I didn’t slime you as well.
Sometimes I’ve been known to get worked up or excited, which means I
start breathing heavier, and salivating more. And when that happens
sometimes things tend to get slimed.


Check
out my dad’s pant legs sometimes. Between the hair and the slime, I
wreak havoc on those wool suits! Think “Turner and Hooch.”

Speaking
of my dad, I’m not the only one in the family who sheds. My dad sheds
too, but unfortunately for him, his hair doesn’t grow back like mine.
Hair today, gone tomorrow.

Shedding is natural for dogs. The
hair loss allows the new coat to come in. All dogs shed; some more then
others. Actually, the English Bulldog’s shedding is listed as “average.”

My
shedding is constant, but the degree of hair loss comes and goes. I
don’t really know if it can be controlled, but I bathe weekly, eat food
high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and if my parents remember, I will get
brushed.

I don’t know how much those things help, but I don’t think they can hurt.

My
dad always says he wishes that he invented the lint roller. I don’t
know if that’s because he thinks that would have made him wealthier or
if it’s because he thinks he could get them for free if he invented
them. Maybe both.


Speaking
of business opportunities, if scientists could figure out the hair
growth hormone (the new HGH) in me, maybe we could bottle it and people
like my dad wouldn’t have to sweat that receding hairline anymore. We
could put the Hair Club for Men president right out of business. Still
a “client,” buddy?

I
digress, back to my fur coat. People often ask if I ever get my hair
cut/groomed. The answer is no. English Bulldogs are short-haired by
nature. There’s no need for a trim for me. So I’ve got that going for
me. Which is nice.