Butler fans will have a chance to meet Butler Blue III, or “Trip,” as he will be called, at his Butler debut at Saturday's men's basketball game against Indiana State at 2 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Joining big brother Blue II in welcoming Trip into the Butler family will be Butler's original mascot, Butler Blue. Now, 11 years old, Blue is enjoying her retirement in Illinois with her owner Kelli Walker '91, former Butler assistant director of Alumni and Parent Programs.
Trip was born on Dec. 23, 2011 and weighed in at 13.5 oz. He comes from Frank and Jeane King of Kong King Kennel, the same breeders that gave Butler Blue II, almost eight years ago.
Butler was not looking for its third mascot before Trip was born. Blue II is still in great health and has and will continue to be an active member of the Butler community. Trip was essentially “a great opportunity” for Butler – the only male in his litter and a descendant of championship Bulldog, Ch. Cherokee Legend Rock. Furthermore, having Trip on hand now means he will learn from the best and be fully prepared for the day when he officially takes the reins as Butler's “Top Dawg.” Until then, Blue II will continue to tweet, eat and nap around campus as usual.
Like Blue II, Trip will receive the best in care and support from partners such as City Dogs Grocery, Don Hinds Ford, Good Dog Hotel & Spa, Holistic Select, Nike, Butler Bookstore, WellPet and Woodland Animal Hospital. He will join Blue II in the Kaltenmark household which includes Michael '02, Butler's director of web marketing and communication, his wife Tiffany and their son Everett.
You can learn more about Blue III by visiting his website.