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Former Butler University mascot Blue II died Saturday at the age of nine due to complications from congestive heart failure.
Blue II had served as Butler's live mascot from 2004-2013, and was with the Bulldogs for two trips to the NCAA men's basketball championship game. Blue III took over for Blue II in May. Butler is planning a memorial outside Hinkle Fieldhouse.
A handler posted the following goodbye message on Blue II's official blog:
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.
So while I still have a little stamina left, I thought I would pen one last blog post for Pops to post after I'm gone. I know it's morbid and sad, but given my hospitalization and near death experience just a few weeks ago, I'm lucky to still be around to do this.
So with that, 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.
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