INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Butler University’s beloved mascot, Blue II, is the star of a new children’s book.
Blue II served as Butler’s mascot from 2004-2013. In that time he went with the Butler men’s basketball team to two Final Fours, met presidents and other dignitaries, and had more than 12,000 Twitter followers, a release said.
Blue II is now the star of his own children’s book, Good Boy, Blue!
The story was written by Michael Kaltenmark, handler for Blue II and Blue III.
It tells the story of Blue II as a puppy, trying to find his way and make sense of right versus wrong in his life. Kaltenmark said his intention was to offer positive lessons to children while conveying “The Butler Way.”
Blue II retired at the end of the 2012-2013 basketball season and died of heart failure in August 2013. He was nine.
Blue III, also known as Trip, took over as Butler’s live mascot.
Proceeds from the book support the University’s live mascot program.