Butler Blue I
Breed: English bulldog – female
Birthdate: September 25, 2000
Dates of Service: 2000 – 2003
Weight: 45 lbs.
Fur Color: White
Occupation: Mascot Emeritus, Butler University
Official Breeder: Kong King Kennel – Frank & Jean King, Lizton, Ind.
Butler Blue I (Nickname: Blue) is the first in a young lineage of English Bulldogs bred by Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennels in Lizton, Ind., which have served as the mascot of Butler University since 2000.
Kelli Walker ’91, a Butler alumna and staff member at the time, selected the all-white female from the Kings’ litter and agreed to care for the dog on behalf of the University. The name “Butler Blue” was selected in a University-wide naming contest, and Blue made her debut as Butler’s official mascot at a men’s basketball game in February, 2000 to a standing ovation in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Walker would eventually leave the university’s employment in 2004 which allowed Blue to take an early retirement in the spring of that year after four honorable years of service. Blue passed in May of 2014.