The end of an era at Butler

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Butler Blue II (2004-2013)
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He was the top dog in Indy and the face of Butler University for nearly a decade. When Butler basketball embarked on back-to-back Cinderella story playoff runs, he won fans over for them nationwide. Dogs are like that. They bring people together.

And no one did that better than Butler Blue II.

(Photo: Facebook | Butler Blue II)

Blue and his owner Michael Kaltenmark before his last game in March
(Photo: Facebook | Butler Blue II)

In a varsity sweater, with his stocky build and wrinkled face, Blue may have been the hardest working dog in Indianapolis. But it was a labor of love. One he and his owners, Michael and Tiffany Kaltenmark, were committed to. Blue was Butler University. And Butler University was Blue. Butler Blue. It was hard to separate the two.

But that’s what happened on August 31st. After battling a heart condition for several months, Blue was separated from his family, friends, and fans forever.

Blue’s legacy will be carried on by his brother, Butler Blue III, or Trip. Big paw prints to fill, but we know he’ll carry the bone proudly alongside new Butler basketball coach Brandon Miller.

Butler Blue’s owners were good enough to share him with us. And we share in their grief.

Thanks for the memories, Blue. You made us proud every day. The not-so-big dog with the big heart and huge will, who helped put a small Indianapolis school on the map. Go chase that ball, chew that bone, play with those kids, and nap in the sun forever. God needed a companion and he knew where to find one.

Gone, but not forgotten.

Dogs live with us for a while, then forever in our hearts…

(Photo: Facebook | Butler Blue II)

(Photo: Facebook | Butler Blue II)

Good boy, Blue. RIP.

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