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'Final Four' Bulldog Mascot -- Flying Like a BOSS

3/30/2011 9:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The mascot for the Butler Bulldogs is getting the royal treatment -- in fact, the 7-year-old dog named Blue 2 not only has his own seat on a CHARTERED PLANE to the Final Four ... he's staying at a 4-star hotel.

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Blue 2's handler Michael Kaltenmark tells TMZ, the 63-pound English bulldog is leaving for Houston on Friday ... aboard a special chartered Southwest flight for Butler fans -- and get this ... Blue 2's got his OWN SEAT.

We're told it's Blue 2's second trip to the Final Four -- but it's the first time he'll be shacking up with the elite when he gets there ... at Houston's 4-star Intercontinental hotel.

In fact, Blue 2's so popular -- he'll be getting his own security detail once he lands.

But Blue's got a LOT to do before he takes off -- we're told Blue 2's got an appointment with a dog spa in Indianapolis later today ... where he'll get his hair washed and dried, his nails done ... and then finish things off with a little doggie cologne. Yes, it exists.



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Cujeaux    

Blue deserves to fly first class all the way. Too bad Uconn doesn't have a real huskie mascot so they could have a play date at the final.

1215 days ago
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urdaddy    

UR MY BOY BLUE!

1215 days ago
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JLS    

Safe journey, Blue. You are one cool dude. Don't forget to have some fun.

P.S. This is one of the best posts I've ever come upon late at night. I love the dog related posts. Thanks

1215 days ago
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janalal4    

This dog is adorable but he'll be coming home with his tail tween his legs. I'm rooting for the Cats. A Kentucky girl thru & thru!

1215 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

And the problem is... lol. Slightly more spoiled than out Yorkies. http://www.promisekept.net/pk01.jpg

1215 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

and if they lose instead of paying to fly him back he will be the main course at hongs chinese food buffet

1214 days ago
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Elizabeth    

As a student, trust me, we're not worried about it. BlueII is a part of our school just as much as we are. He comes to campus every day, and he's a great, well-behaved dog. We're all excited he gets to attend the Final 4, as we wasn't allowed in the earlier rounds. I know this article makes Butler sound very spoiled and wasteful, taking a dog on a plane, but he's riding on the team/coaches/cheerleader plane, so they're all sharing. Also, his "parents" need to stay somewhere, so a hotel it is. Go Dawgs!!

1214 days ago
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Elizabeth    

MightyMad I'm sure there are more philanthropic things the University could be spending it's money on, but it mostly likely isn't that costly. The plane is already going regardless of Blue2, so that cost is nullified. I don't know if his "parents" would have gone without him, so that may be a cost. Like I said though, we are all just thrilled to be back in the Final4 and have our live mascot there to represent us.

1214 days ago
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Indy Girl    

Donations pay for Blue's expenses.

1214 days ago
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tg    

All this for a dog and to think there are children starving somewhere in the world. I love dogs, too, but "I'm just saying"

1214 days ago
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sean    

Looks like lindsaylohan made it to N.Y.C..Wow ,talk about jet lag she looks like a dog in that picture

1214 days ago
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cindy    

Lucky dog.

1214 days ago
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ted    

Go RAMS!

1214 days ago
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Angie    

Blue will be heading to Good Dog Hotel and Spa at 1pm for their annual Bulldog party. He will then be pampered in preparation for the big weekend. Indy fans, come on by!

1214 days ago
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CzestCarter    

Both Blue and Butler deserve the treatment they're getting. Nobody thought Butler was going to make it back to the FINAL 4. Blue 2 is obviously a good luck charm. GO BULLDOGS

1214 days ago
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