Blue III will retire Sunday

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Check out the most recent Butler Blue bulldog pet prepared to hitch the Butler mascot crew.

Indianapolis Star

It is the finish of an period for the Butler athletic division. 

Friday, beloved Butler mascot Butler Blue III aka Journey, re-iterated his closing day as mascot can be this Sunday.

Journey touched the hearts of Butler followers and canine lovers alike by way of his work in the neighborhood, and the viral second in 2015 when he vomited on the Madison Square Garden court during the Big East Tournament. 

Journey hanging up his sweater was anticipated. After eight years as mascot, the English Bulldog introduced his retirement final October.

In January, Butler launched Blue III’s successor Blue IV, a bulldog pet, to the world. Butler held a passing of the collar ceremony between the 2 canine Feb. 29 earlier than the boys’s basketball crew confronted off in opposition to DePaul. 

Journey labored with handler and Butler Director of Exterior Relations, Michael Kaltenmark. Kaltenmark took over the reside mascot program in 2004 after earlier reside mascot handler Kelli Walker left for an additional job. Kaltenmark will relinquish the leash and the reins of the reside mascot program to Butler grad and Blue IV handler, Evan Krauss, his hand-picked successor.  

The transition to a brand new handler began in 2018 when Kaltenmark was identified with kidney failure after docs found drugs to deal with Crohn’s illness had harmed his kidneys.

Shortly earlier than his 40th birthday in January, Kaltenmark had a kidney transplant. His brother Doug was the donor. The day after his surgical procedure, one in every of his first guests was Journey.

“I like that canine,” Kaltenmark stated. “He’s an fool, however I like him.”

Blue III will grow to be a everlasting member of the Kaltenmark household upon retirement.

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“It’s been an honor and a pleasure,” Blue III said in a release posted Friday. “I can only hope that at some point along the way, I’ve lived up to your expectations, made you proud of Butler University, and maybe even brought a smile to your face.

“So for now, forever, and as always, Go Dawgs!”

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