Uga VII’s reign the shortest of the line

Uga VII. (Georgiadogs.com)

Uga VII. (Georgiadogs.com)

The death of Uga VII, who was officially introduced as to UGA fans at the Georgia Southern game in Athens on Aug. 30, 2008, makes his tenure the shortest of the Uga line of pure-bred white English bulldogs owned by Sonny Seiler of Savannah.

Previously, Uga II, who was mascot from 1966 to 1972, held that distinction. The Seilers have provided UGA’s mascots since 1956 and generally have served about nine years each.

At 56 and a half pounds, Uga VII, whose official name was “Uga VI’s Loran’s Best,” was second only to Uga VI as the biggest mascot in the line. He was 4 years old.

The Ugas are among the nation’s most popular and celebrated college mascots, especially with the TV networks that cover football. Uga V was perhaps the biggest “celebrity” of the line, having had a role playing his father in the film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and been named America’s best college mascot by Sports Illustrated.

Uga VII’s time with the Bulldogs was too brief to make much of an impression other than the initial one of him asleep in his air-conditioned doghouse at Sanford Stadium during a game. In a statement released by UGA, Seiler said, “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.”

I’m assuming that, as with the other Ugas, he will be buried inside Sanford Stadium — an honor apparently not given to any other college sports mascot. There will be no live mascot at Georgia’s game on Saturday but a wreath will be placed on Uga VII’s doghouse on the north sideline, UGA announced.

One question still to be answered is whether the Seilers have another pure white dog in the line to take Uga VII’s place. When Uga IV died, there was no suitable heir in place (all his sons were considered too old), but it turned out that a mate was expecting and the pup that became Uga V was the ony all-white male in the litter. Similarly, when an aging Uga III became ill, he had no pure white heir but a last mating produced a single all-white male. Update: According to UGA, Seiler said there were options available for Uga VII’s replacement but no final determination would be made until sometime next year.

It should be remembered that in addition to serving as UGA mascots, the Ugas are family pets of the Seilers, and our condolences go out to them on the loss of the latest damn good dog to wear the famed red sweater.

354 comments Add your comment

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
8:56 pm

Why did they even need to announce his death, anyway? They could have easily replaced him with any other slobbering mutt. No one would know. I’ll tell you why. My previous scandal speculation was incorrect. They FAKED his death. Now TA-DA: UGAVIII will be unveiled at the Tech game to rally the troops. This gimmick was probably devised by the black helmet guy. It won’t work any better.

David Crisp

November 19th, 2009
8:57 pm

My heart aches. We love you and will miss you.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 19th, 2009
8:58 pm

The dog looked like Sonny Perdue.

[...] This just in from the AJC UGA VII passed away tonight from a heart attack at age 4. My deepest condolences to Georgia Dawgs fans. So very sad for all who are fans of Georgia and all who love Bulldogs (like me). [...]

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:01 pm

Why did they even bother to announce his death, anyway? They could easily have replaced him with another slobbering mutt, and no one would ever know the difference. Forget my previous scandal speculation. I think they FAKED his death. But they’ll still unveil UGA VIII at the Tech game, to rally the troops. This idea was probably thought up by the black helmet guy. But it won’t work. Nothing will.

Mike T.

November 19th, 2009
9:01 pm

VolNation

Yout a classless piece of trash.

WestOfAthens

November 19th, 2009
9:01 pm

Damn good dog, Rest In Peace!

dd

November 19th, 2009
9:02 pm

Did you know that the tooth brush was invented in florida?

If it had been any other state, it would be called a teeth brush

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:03 pm

This just in: Hairy the Dawg is now being listed as a “person of interest” in the death of UGA VII.

GR82BAG8R

November 19th, 2009
9:03 pm

Sincere condolences to Uga’s family and the rest of the Georgia Bulldog fans. This is no time to be taking swipes, denigrating, or belittling schools, teams, or fans.

WestOfAthens

November 19th, 2009
9:03 pm

It is a shame this blog is littered with classless individuals.

I guess every moron can afford the internet these days

SAVANNAHDAWG!!!

November 19th, 2009
9:05 pm

MY FAMILY AND I SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE SEILERS AND THE BULLDAWG NATION. UGA VII MADE HIS DADDY AND EVERYONE WHO WATCHED GEORGIA FOOTBALL VERY PROUD. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT EVEN ALL THE OTHER SEC FANS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN THEIR HEARTS FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL MASCOT !! THEY JUST WON’T ADMIT IT. R.I.P. LORENS BEST !! YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED !!

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:06 pm

I heard there is a search committe looking hard for a new Uga. Word is that the Yale bulldog turned down the job because he didn’t want to get involved with a declining program.

Caps lock police

November 19th, 2009
9:06 pm

Hey……Stop.

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:07 pm

Oops. They buried Loren by mistake.
“Larrah…it’s cold down heah.”

GR82BAG8R

November 19th, 2009
9:10 pm

May the new Uga be as loyal as his ancestors. The footage of Uga going after the Auburn player is one of the defining symbols of SEC football.

Herschel Talker

November 19th, 2009
9:12 pm

Let us hope this is foreshadowing for the death of the Willie Martinez coordinatorship.

Mike T.

November 19th, 2009
9:12 pm

stiggywiggy

That’s what you dumb dawgs get for picking a mortal as your mascot. Buzz is eternal.

Your all class Nerd.Why don’t you get five or six cans of Raid especially design for
Yellow Jackets and do the right thing.

Halsey

November 19th, 2009
9:13 pm

I’m sorry to hear that Uga VII died, but I need to get this off my chest: They need to stop breeding these genetically flawed bulldogs that die so young. Uga VII looked sad and lethargic from the first appearance he made. He appeared to struggle just walking on game day. He was bred to look cute with no regard for the negative effects if had on him. Shameful really. I know a lot of people will get mad and disagree with what I said, but I don’t care. It’s the truth.

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:14 pm

Enough about your damn mascot. the Rambling Wreck is suffering from a clogged carburetor. But we’ll get over it. Get over yours.

Hillbilly redneck type

November 19th, 2009
9:15 pm

BOO HOO WHERE SO SAD UGA DYED HE WAS THE BESTEST MASCOT EVERY IN DAWG HISTRY I SHURE HOPE THEY REPALCE HIM WITH A GOOD DAWG 1 THAT IS NOT SO SIC ALL THE TIME MY SON SO SAD 2 HE NOT GOING TO SCOOL TOMRROW AND I M NOT GOIN TO WORK CUZ OF THIS RIP GOD OL DAWG

Sam

November 19th, 2009
9:16 pm

RIP UGA VII. It will be sad to see the wreath in place of him at Saturday’s game. Condolences to the Seiler family, he was a great dog.

Rectal Belleding

November 19th, 2009
9:16 pm

I agree with Halsey.

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:17 pm

This Just In: He wasn’t Uga VII after all. He was just Uga V. They miscounted.

Mike T.

November 19th, 2009
9:18 pm

It is a shame this blog is littered with classless individuals.

I guess every moron can afford the internet these days

Stiggywiggy
Vol Nation
Gator fan
Elvis Hindu
Go Jackets

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:18 pm

I hear they’re going to fly Red Man wrappers at half-mast.

Big time?? Not

November 19th, 2009
9:19 pm

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes. BTW “buzz” was designed by a Dog. Losers, losers, losers.

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:19 pm

Dawg fans: A word of advice. As much as you’ll be tempted to wear black to Uga the Whatever’s funeral, DON’T DO IT!!!

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 19th, 2009
9:20 pm

It’s Hindu Elvis Pimp! Don’t make me get midevil on you with a blow torchand a pair of pliers.

Not Disappointed!

November 19th, 2009
9:20 pm

“UGA VII is dead and I don’t feel so good myself.”

Nothing like the loss of a family pet. UGA VII has a large family and friends like myself.

My heart goes out to the BaseBall player that was injured. I wish him a speedy recovery. God bless you young Veazey!

Ramblin Wreck!

icedawg

November 19th, 2009
9:21 pm

Or maybe we’ll sport a pure black Bulldawg in keeping with the new fashionable uniforms and look!

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:22 pm

THIS JUST IN: UGA VII has risen from the dead. He states that He’d like the dawgs to beat Tech, but there are some miracles that even He can’t pull off.

Mike T.

November 19th, 2009
9:23 pm

It’s Hindu Elvis Pimp! Don’t make me get midevil on you with a blow torchand a pair of pliers.

Good luck puke.

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:24 pm

Say, I hear Richard Samuel was scheduled to be a pallbearer, but he kept fumbling the casket.

flagboy?

November 19th, 2009
9:24 pm

Sad for the Seiler family and UGA for losing a mascot.

My daughter seems to have enjoyed watching Uga more than she did the actual game. . . can’t win them all i guess.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 19th, 2009
9:25 pm

OK Mike T….Just for the puke thing, I will charge you full price for that jerky and YooHoo

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 19th, 2009
9:25 pm

Oh and Please Come Again

icedawg

November 19th, 2009
9:27 pm

AWWW StiggyWiggy you must be the Joker, that’s who you really are.

flagboy?

November 19th, 2009
9:27 pm

stiggywiggy. . . a guy (hopefully not. .hopefully a child) who takes time to make multiple posts about the death of an animal for the purpose of either total self enjoyment or to get a reaction from people. . .

is there really anything else to say about that?

icedawg

November 19th, 2009
9:28 pm

I’d much have a bulldog for a pet than a yellow jacket.

AllDawgs3

November 19th, 2009
9:31 pm

RIP UGA VII…Undefeated vs. AUBURN !!! … Tell you daddy that we miss him.

Cautiously Optimistic

November 19th, 2009
9:33 pm

All you haters are just jealous that you dont have a mascot with the tradition of the Uga’s. GTF off our blogs you classless POS.

RIP “Loran’s Best”!

Go DOGS

November 19th, 2009
9:36 pm

stiggywiggy…..what’s wrong with you? Seriously, you may need to go see a Psycologist. Wow! Never received any love from your father so you feel that you are some sort of “against the world’ punk?

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:37 pm

Loren’s Best?? The best he could do was provide a program heading into Baylor-ville with a sickly mutt? You’re probably right.

“Larrah….. whos’ gonna keep me wahm at night now?”

Brooks

November 19th, 2009
9:39 pm

Too many night games.

the real OLD GOLD

November 19th, 2009
9:40 pm

I always hate to hear an dog died, but I mean come on, this breed is a freak of nature. They are impossible to keep alive.

Minnesota Dawg

November 19th, 2009
9:43 pm

Tell me, is there anything better than a junkyard dawg? I’ll always remember those dawgs on the sideline, especially the one that snapped at the Auburn player.

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:46 pm

Mom, I was only wearing your bra and panties to pay off a debt. I bet a dawg fan at the beginning of the season that the dawgs would be in the Top 25 toward the end of the season. I also bet him that the dawgs would have a winning seaon, so look for me to get into more of your unmentionables in a couple of weeks, dear old Mom.

Mikey

November 19th, 2009
9:47 pm

Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel- he is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it- Mark Twain

This is for all you fu__ing idiots that find pleasure in an animals passing. Go f__yourselves.

stiggywiggy

November 19th, 2009
9:48 pm

His heart attack happened during practice. I hear he actually witnessed the defensive line stop a run, and succumbed on the spot.