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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 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

 

Jeremy Piven – The Next Addition to my Wall of Fame

You may remember back on January 30 I
mentioned in my blog that I was so busy and booked with appearances
that I might want to employ the services of a manager, and not just any
manager, but the infamous Ari Gold of HBO’s Entourage.

Well, on Thursday of this past week, I did jus that as Ari Gold made a visit to Butler University.

I suppose that in a fictional world I would have made it happen and I might have even been on the next episode of Entourage; running around with Vince, Eric, Turtle and Drama.

But this is reality, and in the real world, the famed actor who plays Ari Gold, the Golden Globe winning Jeremy Piven, came to campus on Thursday in support of presidential candidate, Barack Obama.


If you are unfamiliar with Piven’s fast-talking and often vulgar mega
agent role as Ari Gold in Entourage, then perhaps you may remember him
from such movies as PCU, Old School, Black Hawk Down and Smokin’ Aces.

Jeremy
spoke in the Reilly Room at Atherton Union and got in and out before I
could catch him, but I was able to track him down out in the parking
lot to “hug it out” and pose for a quick photo. He was very welcoming
and was quite complimentary of me.

Of course, Jeremy’s no
stranger to the English Bulldog, after all, he’s been spotted around
Hollywood with a bulldog pup of his own and he attended Drake
University…also the bulldogs.

A special thanks to Jeremy for
posing for pictures and for being so cordial. I will get some pictures
from the encounter uploaded on the blog very soon.

In case you missed it, Butler Bulldog and
NCAA men’s college basketball all-star, Mike Green, was honored this
past week with two national awards: the Chip Hilton Award and the
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award.

Not to mention, Mike also played
in the DiGiorno College All-Star Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio
on Friday. In addition, fellow senior guard, A.J. Graves participated
in the 20th Annual State Farm 3-Point Championship; making it to the
semi-finals.

Congratulations to both of those guys…I’m going to
miss you both next year. Hey Mike, now that you are done with Butler
basketball, can I get a play date with your doggie, Miss Hoops Green?!

Sorry
it has been a while since my last post. I have been busy making rounds
with my on-call medical staff. I met with Butler grad, Dr. Kurt
Phillips on Wednesday at Woodland Animal Hospital in
Carmel, Ind. for a check-up on my ear infection. The infection is gone,
but there’s still some bacteria in there so I got some special
antibacterial wipes for that. I also got my nails trimmed while I was
there.

On Thursday morning I got to visit Dr. Deborah Stephan at Indianapolis Veterinarian Specialists in Castleton. She took a look at my eyes and found that they were too dry so I got some ointment and drops for that.

It
was great to go to the vet…I love it! I got lots of treats, love and
great care. A special thanks to Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stephan, as
always, for their great support of me and Butler!

This weekend
has been a lot of fun for me. I got to go to Wabash, Ind. to stay with
my Grandma and Grandpa Richards house for the occasion of my cousin
Andrew’s birthday.

I got to ride the four-wheeler for a while
which is one of my favorite things. It had been since last fall since
I’d been on the four-wheeler and I was ready…so much so that when I
heard it, I ran outside and even jumped up on it myself!

After
my four-wheeler ride and went over to Andrew’s house where his Grandma
and Grandpa Dinkins had their dog, Pete. I had never met Pete before,
but we hit it off really well and played very hard.

Talk about a
perfect weekend…the spoiling of grandparents, four-wheeler rides and
play time with fellow four-legged friends. What’s not to like?!

I
have another busy week ahead of me. Monday I have a H.S. Junior Preview
Day with the Office of Admission and a video shoot for the ButlerRising Campaign.
Tuesday I have a freshman recruitment party for the College of
Education and a Rotary Club meeting down at the Scottish Rite
Cathedral. On Wednesday and Thursday I will do my usual thing and on
Friday, I have another early registration event.

I’ll keep the blog updated with the aforementioned fun this week. It should be a good time!

Blue II