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

ashley shaffer

November 19th, 2009
5:34 pm

Damn good dog. RIP, UGA VII

daslicksta

November 19th, 2009
5:34 pm

a sad, but fitting end to a lackluster season…gone too soon, but he will not be forgotten

Trae

November 19th, 2009
5:35 pm

So sad.

Can we get a puppy this time?

music city dawg

November 19th, 2009
5:35 pm

Billy Ray Valentine

November 19th, 2009
5:36 pm

Damn good dog

Gen Neyland

November 19th, 2009
5:37 pm

My condolences to the University of Georgia and it’s fans…

DawgTowne

November 19th, 2009
5:38 pm

The dawg went out like our season. We just need to group next year and start fresh. This season is over.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

November 19th, 2009
5:38 pm

Now do all you people ripping on VII feel bad? May you rest in peace UGAVII

Tilli

November 19th, 2009
5:38 pm

Damn Good Dawg! RIP

Hayley Howell

November 19th, 2009
5:38 pm

I love you UGA. RIP.

Love,

Lindsay Perdue and Hayley Howell

Frogger

November 19th, 2009
5:39 pm

He couldn’t take it no more.

Sara J. Kinard

November 19th, 2009
5:39 pm

I have loved all the wonderful UGAs. I DO hope there is another “in waiting”. Loved ya’, UVA

Bigdawg606

November 19th, 2009
5:39 pm

Poor guy. The last two seasons have almost killed me, too. Thanks Willie…

SEC

November 19th, 2009
5:39 pm

Damn good Dawg!!! its a shame

Sara J. Kinard

November 19th, 2009
5:40 pm

Enter your comments here TYPO — Please change that to “loved ya’ UGA

littleDawg5

November 19th, 2009
5:40 pm

I think this is a bad omen of things to come. Too telling, I dont like whats coming up for us.

shannon1776

November 19th, 2009
5:40 pm

Damn Good dawg. My three year old cherished you!!! RIP.

Tilli

November 19th, 2009
5:40 pm

Enter your comments here

BullDawg Rick

November 19th, 2009
5:41 pm

:( Condolences to the Seiler family as well as the BullDawg Nation..

shannon1776

November 19th, 2009
5:41 pm

It’s a shame that smart asses can’t at least let this go.

Tilli

November 19th, 2009
5:41 pm

Damn Good Dawg, RIP.

(not sure what happened to the first post)

Sara J. Kinard

November 19th, 2009
5:41 pm

MADE TYPO ERROR – SHOULD HAVE READ LOVED YA’ UGA

St. Bernard

November 19th, 2009
5:42 pm

Sorry to hear about the Uga, but let’s save our prayers for Chance Veazey.

merbertmoover

November 19th, 2009
5:42 pm

man i love uga and all, but this uga lost more than a canary in a casino, you know what im sayin? and i can see why he had a heart attack! looks like he be eatin too many cheese grits, you know what im sayin? but hey, no disrespect, i love my ugas and i hope he be up in doggy heaven chewing on some gator bones….and hangin out with some doggy ladies, you know what im sayin!

Fools Gold

November 19th, 2009
5:42 pm

DAMN GOOD DAWG !!!!! R I P Beat the CATS! GO DAWGS

ncjacket

November 19th, 2009
5:43 pm

Rest in peace. My condolences to the family and those who were close him.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

November 19th, 2009
5:43 pm

We haven’t had good luck with the mascots lately. Is there even another male in line to finish the season?

This is very sad…he was still just a baby. And with UGA getting the best vet care money can by with the university comp’ing everything, i don’t see how this happened other than it being just a freak thing that the vet’s didn’t notice.

Very sad. It is like we all lost a pet today.

Frogger

November 19th, 2009
5:45 pm

It’s a sign of a new beginning.

GoJackets

November 19th, 2009
5:45 pm

Condolences to the Seiler family. Rivalries aside… losing a family pet is always a sad event.

Gator Fan

November 19th, 2009
5:46 pm

Its just a dog, jesus christ you people act like the pope died

ab

November 19th, 2009
5:48 pm

The Ky game needs to be dedicated to Loren’s Best!

Dawg27

November 19th, 2009
5:48 pm

Gator Fan, imagine your local walmart closed, and you were no longer able to get jorts.
That is about the same type feeling that Georgia fan’s get win Uga dies.
RIP Damn Good Dawg

JoD

November 19th, 2009
5:48 pm

Whoaaa Gator Fan, I wouldnt go that low…. Insults headed your way in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….

Robert

November 19th, 2009
5:48 pm

DGD forever. RIP UGA VII.

Michael Scharff

November 19th, 2009
5:48 pm

To Sonny and Cecilia and the Seiler family, please know that I am deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved pet, and UGA’s beloved mascot.

ab

November 19th, 2009
5:49 pm

Rie,
You need to get somewhere!

Michael Scharff

November 19th, 2009
5:50 pm

Gator Fan and Rie, you people are the lowest of the low. Guess you’ve never been lucky enough to have a dog of your own to love.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

November 19th, 2009
5:50 pm

Rie,

Hope to see you at the Tech game. I hope one of us lights your a$$ up!

big uga fan

November 19th, 2009
5:50 pm

RIP UGA, you were a cutie! you will be missed :(

CHARLOTTE DAWG

November 19th, 2009
5:50 pm

Gator fan is just jealous that our university has a tradition that started before 1990.

TS

November 19th, 2009
5:52 pm

Condolences. I doubt “Gator Fan” is real.

tcdawg

November 19th, 2009
5:52 pm

Farewell UGA VII

Dawg

November 19th, 2009
5:52 pm

GatorFan and Rie are your typical Florida and Tech a**holes. Their comments don’t surprise me at all.

Gator Fan

November 19th, 2009
5:54 pm

As real as our NC. Oh you wouldnt know abou that.

Alabama Jack

November 19th, 2009
5:54 pm

Touch luck, dawgs

McDonger

November 19th, 2009
5:55 pm

Gator Fan, us losing UGA VII would be like you losing your favorite pair of jean shorts. Can you understand now?

I’m truly saddened to hear that such a great dog lived such a short life. RIP UGA VII.

JacketFan

November 19th, 2009
5:55 pm

Talk about your bad Omens.

SEC

November 19th, 2009
5:56 pm

Gator Fan,

If you have the balls you think you have post your address on here

DMWC

November 19th, 2009
5:56 pm

Condolences from a Georgia Tech fan who doesn’t take any pleasure in a dog’s death.

Johnny DangerDawg

November 19th, 2009
5:58 pm

The Uga Line will live on forever. They have plenty of Uga sperm frozen even if there no suitable heir, but I’ll bet Uga VII has some pregnant baby mamas out there.