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 Uga “Mascot” Bulldog VII

Uga “Mascot” Bulldog VII

Death 2009 (aged 4–5)
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Buried at the stadium
Memorial ID 44673674 · View Source
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No matter what college football team you support, this is sad news.

Uga VII, the four-year-old English bulldog who has walked the University of Georgia sidelines every game since last year's season opener, died yesterday, reports CNN.

The purebred pup's death is attributed to heart-related causes and took everyone by surprise, including his owner, Frank "Sonny" Seiler. "We are all in a state of shock," Seiler said on the University's athletics Web site, "We had no warning whatsoever."

This weekend, there will be no live mascot at the game. Rather, a wreath will hang on Uga's doghouse on the north sideline. The University doesn't expect to choose a replacement until next year.

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"'He was 10-3 last year which is not bad for a 'freshman,'" Seiler said on the "Uga VII was not as active or mischievous as his father but more distinguished. He realized his role when he put his shirt on. He was well-behaved and always appreciated the significance of his role."

Uga VII, whose given name was Loran's Best, took over for his father, Uga VI, who died of congestive heart failure. University officials have released statements about the sudden passing, including University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams, who said on the University's Web site, "Uga VII was both a family pet and a symbol for millions of fans, and besides that he was just a sweet dog. We will miss him."

The first Uga was Hood's Ole Dan, who walked the sidelines from 1956-1967 and wore out countless Jersey.


Uga I: "Hood's Ole Dan" (1956-66) was named in 1956 andwas given to Cecelia Seiler by a friend, Frank Heard of Columbus. The Bulldogs had a record of 53-48-6 in his 10 years of service.

•Uga II: "Ole Dan's Uga" (1966-72) led the Bulldogs to a 42-16-3 record, won two SEC championships and played in five bowl games.

•Uga III: "Seiler's Uga Three" (1972-80) closed out his six-year stint with a national championship and a record of 71-32-2. He retired after his 100th football game and died weeks later.

•Uga IV: "Seiler's Uga Four" (1981-89) was dubbed "Dog of the Decade" as he accompanied Herschel Walker to the Heisman Trophy ceremony and was given the highest honor available to UGA mascots -- the Georgia varsity letter. During his eight-year career, the Bulldogs compiled a record of 77-27-4.

•Uga V: "Magillicuddy II" (1990-99) was considered the most famous of the mascots. The cover of Sports Illustrated declared him the "nation's best college mascot." He appeared in Clint Eastwood's movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." The photo of him going after Auburn's Robert Baker in a 1996 game has become classic. He went 65-39-1.

•Uga VI: "Whatchagot Loran" (1999-2008) was the winningest dog in the history of the line, going 87-27 while reigning over a record 114 games. Said Sonny Seiler at his funeral: "His record speaks for itself. ... He had a great big heart, which finally played out."

•Uga VII: "Loran's Best" (2008-09) was the biggest of them all at 56½ pounds. He went 10-3 in his initial campaign. "Pretty good for a freshman," Seiler said. Just 4 at his death, his is the shortest of all tenures, 23 games. He was 16-7.


UGA has been buried Between the Hedges.
He was buried next to his father in Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia.

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