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.

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rollo

November 20th, 2009
6:34 pm

When I look at these HS kids that support GT (surely you dawg fans aren’t dumb enough to not realize these are HS students flaming)over here making fun of a pet’s death, it doesn’t surprise me in the least they supported Michael Vick’s dog torture antics.

Even if people hate UGA, there’s really no call to laugh about a person’s dog dying. But I also know that HS students tend to be more cruel than the average person.

DOCDOG

November 20th, 2009
11:12 pm

There is a vicious rumor going round that UGAVII committed suicide,responding to the sorry state of affairs during his short reign. However I strongly suspect he died of a broken heart from the anticipation of a second consecutive Jacket victory and a BB defeat by the Terrible Terriers of Wofford in the same month! I’m afaid the ailment may do in many of the beloved UGA’s human fans efore this nightmare is over.

R.I.P. UGA VII « Stories Behind the Fur

November 21st, 2009
7:35 pm

[...] Junkyard Blawg reports that UGA has lost its mascot and Sonny Seiler of Savannah has lost his family pet. The Seilers have provided UGA’s mascots since 1956 and the question Bill King poses in his blawg is…”is there a all white sire to take over as UGA VIII?” Hopefully yes and the next UGA will have a longer run than a little over a year. [...]

StingThatMutt

November 23rd, 2009
3:10 pm

Let these man made abominations die off once and for all. Evolution would have never produced such helpless creatures.