Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 20: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs watches game action against the Murray State Racers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at HP Pavilion on March 20, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
A beloved and well-respected iconic figure of a small Midwest university received heart-breaking and saddening news that was then made public for fans on August 1. Butler University, the small university in Indianapolis, Ind., learned of a melancholy situation. As though the university has not taken enough blows to the jaw from this summer’s unfortunate chain of negative events dating back to this year’s U.S. independence day. On July 4, head coach of the Butler University men’s basketball team, Brad Stevens announced he would be leaving the program for the Boston Celtics. Stevens had previously built up the program to amazing standards, leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA Basketball Final Four championship game appearances. Signing a contract a few months ago, for eight more years with the Bulldogs, proved insufficient in keeping him at Butler. Less than a month later, Butler fans were given notice of another famous Butler icon. Again, this time it was depressing and more unwanted news. Unlike the loss of Stevens to Boston, this news brought tears and sorrow into the eyes of countless people. Blue II, the famous Butler bulldog who recently passed down the Butler-legendary Bulldog mascot collar to Blue III (Trip), broke the most somber news to his fans that he, in fact, was dying. Blue II just retired in May, looking at possibly three more long years of his life to live in luxury and peace with Trip at the Kaltenmarks, their owners. Alas, the 9-year-old English bulldog will have to enjoy his luxurious peace in a shorter amount of time. In a Butler blog, featuring Blue II, stated last Thursday, “you know those people who work their whole lives only to retire and almost immediately fall apart? Well, to no surprise, I seem to be the dog version of that phenomenon.” Blue II’s owner wrote on his behalf, giving awareness to his followers that his death was coming around the corner. The Kaltenmarks noticed something significantly wrong with Blue II, so they popped him in his “Blue Mobile” vehicle and drove to Circle City Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Carmel, where veterinarians directed them to Purdue University for a better look. There, at Purdue University Small Animal Hospital, the news was given, notifying the Kaltenmarks that Blue II has suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy, which affects the heart. With only a few weeks possibly left to live, the Kaltenmarks, rest assured, are making sure he is eating his favorite meals, treats, ice cream, you name it. Blue II is a bulldog that will forever live graciously in the minds, thoughts, and memories of Bulldog fans everywhere. Thank you for your services, Blue II.
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