Blue I, Butler's first live mascot, dies at 13


Butler Blue I, Butler University's first official live mascot, died Friday.

The white English bulldog was born September 23, 2000 at Frank and Jeane King’s Kong King Kennel in Lizton, Indiana. She served as Butler University’s official mascot from 2000–2004 before retiring to live with Butler grad Kelli Walker.

"For over 13 years Blue lived an extraordinary life. Her noble heart stopped today; instead of feeling empty, my heart is twice as full for loving her," said Walker.

Butler Blue I made her inaugural appearance on the court of Hinkle Fieldhouse, carried in the arms of the costumed bulldog mascot (now known as “Hink”). Blue I attended many collegiate sporting events at Butler, including a trip to the NCAA men's basketball tournament in 2003, where she was sneaked into a hotel with the school's pep band.

Last year, she appeared on stage in a Chicago performance of "Legally Blonde" as "Rufus."

Blue I will be laid to rest alongside her successor, Butler Blue II, in the Bulldog Memorial being erected on campus. The memorial is a gift from the Class of 2013 and other donors and will be dedicated at Homecoming festivities this September.

Butler Blue II died last August, shortly after his retirement from mascot duties. Butler Blue III, or "Trip," currently serves as the university's live mascot.