Having the name “Bulldogs” lends pretty easily to a live bulldog mascot for schools around the country. It’s never quite so easy, however, when those adorable, loveable school symbols pass away.
Born in 2004, Butler’s Blue II passed away on Tuesday at the ripe old age of nine. The puppy enjoyed two amazing runs to the NCAA Tournament Finals (along with former coach Brad Stevens and his players, of course) and maintained an active social media presence.
Only days before he passed away, the humans – still alive and strong – behind Blue II’s voice updated his blog with one more post. Not only does it detail plans for a memorial, but it also includes what is truly a heartbreaking description of “the end of the line” so to speak, whether for a dog or person.
True to the prognosis I’ve recently been given, my health is now in serious decline. I sense the end is near as my heart rate is increasing in an effort to capture more precious oxygen. Frankly, it’s hard work and quite exhausting. I wish I felt better, but I’ve known for a while that my best days were behind me….
I say thank you. Over the last nine years, the Butler faithful have not only accepted me as their official mascot, but your pride in me has also made me America’s Dog. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no dog has lived such a charmed life.
He sent one more tweet. Blue III will be taking over with the passing of Blue II. The new Butler mascot also has a Twitter account, and you can see its loving, heartbreaking post below. Finally, the bottom of the page features a memorial video that might just be the most adorable few minutes of film ever created.
Here’s Blue III’s post. The young pup has had a tough few days.
[H/T: SB Nation]