A Horrible Week For Bulldog Mascots Continues

On Wednesday it was announced that Georgetown mascot-in-training J.J. was being drummed out after biting a child. Now, sad news: Butler Blue II, the mascot emeritus for the Butler Bulldogs, has just weeks or months to live.

Blue II served as mascot for nine years, finally retiring this past spring. That's fairly old for Bulldogs, who suffer a number of genetic ailments. In a first-person blog post, Blue II announced yesterday that he's suffering from Cushing's disease and dilated cardiomyopathy.

As our coaches often say to the Butler student-athletes, “Leave it all on the field!” I certainly left it all on the field and frankly, I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, I’m not certain there’s ever been a dog to live a life as charmed as mine.

No doubt, my diagnosis and subsequent prognosis is grim, but thanks to the great care I’ve received, I’ve recovered enough to be able to head home to be with those I love.

So the bad news is I have irreversible heart disease, and it’s likely I won’t be back to Butler any time soon. The good news is, I feel much better, I’m eating well, and I have some more time to spend with my family. I’m a lucky Dawg!

Blue III will carry on the important work of being adorable. The Bulldog Summit claims another victim.