Sunday, January 13, 2008

Long Time Barker, First Time Poster

Well, I've done a lot of barking in my day, but never really had my own blog site, so bear with me. Well, actually, bear with my dad, he does all of my typing...that whole opposable thumbs thing gets me everytime.

Anyway, I've got a blog now and that means that I have a place all my own to speak my mind, tell stories, etc. Sure, you can find me elsewhere on the web at places like Myspace (, Facebook,, and Wikipedia, but here at, I can really share my thoughts and opinions.

I don't take life too seriously so I hope you'll find my blog humorous and even get a nice chuckle from time to time. Afterall, I'm a dog, so other than "going potty," treats/food, toys, and sharp objects, what else is there to take seriously?

As the official mascot of Butler University, I'm a privelaged pup. I guess you could say that I'm not your average dog as I get to witness and experience so much. From daily campus life to university events, I've seen and done quite a bit. Hopefully with this blog I'll be able to document much of it.

When I'm out and about I get asked a lot of the same questions. It's no big deal and as a university ambassador, I'm happy to answer them, but I thought I might use my first post to answer some of those FAQ's as well as some of the funniest questions I've ever been asked. Here it goes...

Q. How old are you?
A. I was born March 27, the math. And no, the wrinkles give no indication of age.

Q. Are you a bulldog?
A. Are you a human? C'mon people! Yes, my dad was actually asked this question of me at a Butler basketball game. The best part was, this dude's sweatshirt said "Bulldogs" on it. Priceless. For the record, I'm a purebred ENGLISH Bulldog. Note the emphasis on "English" as there are such things as French and American Bulldogs. Knock-offs.

Q. Does he just stay at the university? Where does he live?
A. Yeah, my dad just shuts me in the office at 5 p.m. and wishes me luck for the next 15 hours. This is another one that cracks me up. Sure, I was donated to the university and selected as the mascot, but I have a family too. I live at the Kaltenmark residence and when I'm not working, I suppose I'm your typical pet. It's a good life.

Q. Since he's the mascot, does he get steaks? What does he eat?
A. Steaks! Are you kidding me?! Yeah, I've got St. Elmo's Steakhouse on speed dial. The fact is, I like people food just as much as the next dog, but us Bulldogs aren't known for our great digestive system. In fact, given my allergies and such, I'm on a special diet of dry dog food that's made primarily from fish. Those omega-3 fatty acids do wonders for the skin and coat. Thanks to City Dogs Grocery of Indianapolis, Ind. and Eagle Pack Pet Foods of South Bend, Ind. who work together to provide me with food throughout the year, I'm eating well and looking good.

Q. How did he learn those tricks?
A. I got a "Tricks for Dummies" book from and the rest was history. No, really, my mom taught me most of those. I'll do anything for food and I've got a mind like a steel trap, so if just show me what you want me to do, praise me and reward me, then I suppose I'll figure it out. My repitoire includes "hi-five," "roll over," "pout," "dead dog," and "speak."

Q.How much does he weigh? (He's fat!)
A. Stout or stocky, sure, but fat! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I'm not fat! I weigh 60 lbs. I've weighed that much for about 3 years now so for all of you people that think I'm "bigger" than the last time you saw me, you're wrong and you should call your eye doctor. If you've ever seen a "fat" bulldog, you'll know it. Otherwise, I'm right where I should be. No diet needed. And remember, those female bulldogs are supposed to be smaller, so don't judge me against any of my female counterparts either.

And one time I got asked if the university put in an electric fence around the entire perimeter of campus. I guess that's conceivable, but seriously, if you've ever seen me, you know I'm going nowhere fast.

Okay, enough for now. If you want to know something, ask me. Otherwise, I'll just enlighten all of you as I go.

Until then, be sure to add my blog to your "favorites" and Go Dawgs!


Lil One said...

I love you BLUEy. You are my favorite mascot EVER. Thanks for going to IR with me the other day - it definitely made my experience that much better. And you are definitely my cutest friend.

Anonymous said...

Blue, You have excellent taste in steaks, by the way...but don't forget the shrimp cocktail! You can't have st St. Elmos without the shrimp cocktail! It's just not done...

Anonymous said...

Dear Blue II,

What are some of your favorite treats/foods?