Blue Makes Way For Trip At Butler
University will hold mascot "changing of the collar" ceremony in March
This basketball season will be the last for one of Indiana's most famous mascots.
Butler Blue the Second officially announced his retirement as Butler University's mascot on his Twitter feed on Thursday. The English bulldog turns nine next month - elderly for bulldogs, who typically live between eight and 12 years according to Blue's handler, Michael Kaltenmark. Kaltenmark is also Butler's Director of Web Marketing and says although Blue may have lost a step with age, he is still healthy and will likely be on campus just about every day after Trip takes over as mascot in March.
Trip's official name is Butler Blue the Third, but he was given the nickname when Butler brought the one-year-old on as mascot-in-waiting last year.
For the first time, Butler will hold a "changing of the collar" ceremony during Butler's home finale against Xavier on March 9, and it's no ordinary collar. Kaltenmark says a collar is being custom-made by Reis-Nichols Jewelers in Indianapolis; it's expected to be blue leather with sterling silver embedded.
Blue the Second will still accompany the team through postseason play, and Kaltenmark says Butler students will hold a birthday/retirement party for the mascot on March 29 at the Atherton Student Union on campus. It's from noon until 2pm and is open to the public. Also next month, Kaltenmark says they will release an official portrait of Blue that's being given to the university by local artist James Kelly.