Georgia mascot Uga VIII dies

University of Georgia President Michael Adams places a collar on Uga VIII before the Oct. 16 homecoming game. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

University of Georgia President Michael Adams places a collar on Uga VIII before the Oct. 16 homecoming game. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – Uga VIII died Friday, at not quite 17 months old and after only a half-season as the University of Georgia mascot.

The white English bulldog was diagnosed early last month with lymphoma, a common cancer in dogs.

“We all mourn the loss of Uga VIII, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Seiler family at this time,” said Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity, referring to the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family of Savannah, long-time owners of the Uga line of mascots.

Uga VIII, born Sept. 12, 2009, took over as the Bulldogs’ mascot at the Oct. 16, 2010, homecoming football game against Vanderbilt in Sanford Stadium. He served for the final six games of the regular season but did not travel to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl because of what was thought at the time to be a gastrointestinal condition.

After the cancer diagnosis, Uga VIII began chemotherapy treatments, which veterinarians hoped would extend his life.

Uga VIII died Friday morning, according to Georgia senior associate athletic director Claude Felton. A funeral service has not been scheduled, Felton said.

Russ,” the six-year-old half-brother of the late Uga VII, again will serve as the Georgia mascot on an interim basis, according to the Seiler family. After the November 2009 death of Uga VII from heart-related causes, Russ filled in for the final two games of that season and the first six of 2010, as well as at the Liberty Bowl.

Uga VIII, whose registered name was “Big Bad Bruce,” was the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the original Uga.

– Tim Tucker, UGA Blog

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Also: A dog’s life: All about Uga VIII | Photos of Georgia’s Uga mascots

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Dunwoody Dawg

February 4th, 2011
5:07 pm

Barkin'Dog

February 4th, 2011
5:07 pm

This is incredibly sad news. Rest in peace UGA.

Dunwoody Dawg

February 4th, 2011
5:08 pm

Very sad news. I feel for the Seilers for losing another beloved family pet too soon.

TXDawg

February 4th, 2011
5:09 pm

All UGAs are Damn Good Dawgs!! Rest in Peace.

Asheville Dawg

February 4th, 2011
5:10 pm

Just make Russ the mascot. Oh, wait he was there for the bowl game. We need a new UGA. I guess last years team claims another.

SKB

February 4th, 2011
5:10 pm

Why can’t we getting healthier dogs? This is sad..

When we GATA we GETA

February 4th, 2011
5:11 pm

RIP Bruce we love you

TXDawg

February 4th, 2011
5:11 pm

Dunwoody, you get a demerit for claiming FIRST on a death announcement for our beloved UGA…shame on you!! Borderline inconsiderate.

D A DoubleU G

February 4th, 2011
5:11 pm

RIP Little buddy.

But seriously…. what is the deal Sonny Seiler???

Before all the Techies jump on here and tell us the dogs are inbred, can we get an explanation as to what is going on to have these dogs so unhealthy??

I know they are a breed very prone to illness at a young age, but the last two Sonny has designated full time mascot have not lasted a full season.

Very sad news, and my condolences to the Seilers. While Uga is our mascot, he is also their pet. But maybe PETA is looking more and more correct…….

GO DAWGS!!

Yellow Jacket

February 4th, 2011
5:12 pm

This is a sad day as a dog lover. From a Tech fan, The University of Georgia and it’s fans have my condolences.

Jack

February 4th, 2011
5:12 pm

What sad news,,,,, he was just another in a long line of GREAT DAWGS,,,,

THE

February 4th, 2011
5:12 pm

What is wrong with that breeding line? It may be time to introduce some new genes.

MaconBulldog.

February 4th, 2011
5:13 pm

Really?!?!?!?!? I really hate this. I mean that is twice. We need to keep Russ. FULL TIME!!!

MS Bully

February 4th, 2011
5:13 pm

Beast from the East

February 4th, 2011
5:13 pm

Sad news. Need to look for another blood-line at this point?

dawg girl

February 4th, 2011
5:14 pm

RIP Big Bad Bruce this is so sad. If you jerks had a live mascot you may be able to understand. This is VERY sad. He may be a dog but he was someone’s pet too!

UGA Student

February 4th, 2011
5:15 pm

the dog is Uga, UGA is the abbreviation for the university of georgia

ak21

February 4th, 2011
5:15 pm

not to be disrespectful here, but i think it’s time for a new bloodline. these poor dogs are dying too fast. the inbreeding keeps the uga “tradition” alive, but it doesn’t keep the dogs alive.

Michael

February 4th, 2011
5:15 pm

what about the little puppy who was on ESPNU the other night?

“Isaiah’s Best”, aka Uga IX

cuz obviously this family isnt working

82Dawg

February 4th, 2011
5:15 pm

Maybe we can get the Crowell had at his signing….

harvey marion

February 4th, 2011
5:16 pm

Michael

February 4th, 2011
5:16 pm

Isaiah Crowell had a cute li’l bulldog pup with him at the signing. We got a twofer!

Cigar Guy

February 4th, 2011
5:16 pm

Tiger and I will smoke one for Uga tonight.

D A DoubleU G

February 4th, 2011
5:16 pm

Why doesn’t the University tell the Seilers “Thanks but no thanks”, and adopt that ADORABLE puppy that Isaiah Crowell held up at his announcement.

82Dawg

February 4th, 2011
5:16 pm

NapaDog12

February 4th, 2011
5:17 pm

Dang it can we stop gettin defective dogs?

Chaz

February 4th, 2011
5:17 pm

I have seen these poor dogs die one after another..Something isn’t right here…I think we need PETA to investigate!!!!!!
Think I will send a email!

boots

February 4th, 2011
5:17 pm

So sorry to hear this. Bruce was one of the nicer dawgs, too. Good size, look and tempermant. He was a DGD.

Zoobs

February 4th, 2011
5:19 pm

Get Crowells bulldawg

BornInAthens

February 4th, 2011
5:20 pm

Oh, UGA!! So sad!! Damn Good Dog! Go the the Rainbow Bridge!! Watch over your Dawgs forever!!!

Norcross Bulldog

February 4th, 2011
5:20 pm

Damn good dawg!

Richie_Rich86

February 4th, 2011
5:21 pm

What in the world is going on with the UGA line? RIP UGA VIII

Unknown Hinson

February 4th, 2011
5:23 pm

What in the world is going on with these dogs lately?? Maybe time to find a new line breeder. I know Bulldogs have health problems but this is getting kind of crazy

Will truly miss Bruce

February 4th, 2011
5:23 pm

Though there might be problems in the bloodlines, Bruce having lymphoma was bad luck. He was still like a puppy and the only thing he did wrong was steal the heart of anyone who spent anytime with him. He was very sweet and adorable and will truly be missed!

Dunwoody Dawg

February 4th, 2011
5:23 pm

Folks, Uga VIII had lymphoma, Uga VII died of heart failure…these are not significant risks of in-breeding. The first six generations of Ugas lived long and healthy lives. The Seilers know what they are doing, don’t try to armchair dog breed as they mourn the loss of a family pet.

Dbalcer

February 4th, 2011
5:23 pm

Sam

February 4th, 2011
5:25 pm

Dunwoody Dog, the American Kennel Club still disagrees with you.

DJC

February 4th, 2011
5:25 pm

I can’t believe this is front page news on the AJC. Really?…….

Big Bubba

February 4th, 2011
5:25 pm

WOW…we may need to try a ceramic dawg….

Wat Wat Wat

February 4th, 2011
5:25 pm

Poor little dude. rip.

not a UGA guy, but they represent the state. And i love bulldogs.

sad news.

CONservative Johnson

February 4th, 2011
5:26 pm

Time for UGA to find a new breeder, and switch to the American Bulldog . . .

GTBob

February 4th, 2011
5:26 pm

Thats too bad. RIP UGA VIII.

pac dawgspbpark

February 4th, 2011
5:27 pm

Georgia needs to change the breeder

Breeder

February 4th, 2011
5:27 pm

So sad, and my condolences go to the family. BUT, Cancer is the scourge of dog breeding. We keep seeing increased occurrence and yet breeders don’t make changes. Inbreeding is a core part of the problem though food and environment are contributors. Until people stop patronizing breeders who inbreed and fail to outcross their lines -this will continue to happen.
And the AKC is hardly innocent in this. They will register an inbred litter no problem. Quite disgusting really. You should see what the foreign kennel clubs think of American breeding practices.

Dunwoody Dawg

February 4th, 2011
5:29 pm

Sam — oh really? I just pulled this off their website:

Why do you allow inbreeding and line breeding?

The relationship between the Sire and Dam of the litter has no bearing on registration eligibility. Anyone who considers breeding their dog must consider temperament, health, and finding mates that complement each other. Breeding dogs that are closely related can fix certain characteristics, both desirable and undesirable. Therefore, we would expect that only very experienced breeders would consider inbreeding and line breeding. However, there is no rule that prohibits inbreeding and line breeding; this is left to the discretion of individual breeders.

Source: http://www.akc.org/about/faq.cfm?page=10

dawg

February 4th, 2011
5:29 pm

he should be named “The Dream Team Dawg” he fought until the dream was completed

Iceman

February 4th, 2011
5:31 pm

@ UGAVIII

February 4th, 2011
5:32 pm

GT Alum

February 4th, 2011
5:32 pm

BiggdawgK – If you think Dawg fans are so classy, you obviously don’t spend as much time on the Tech blogs as some of your fellow Dawgs do.

That said, I wondered how much longer he would have when they announced he had lymphoma. As an animal lover, I can’t take any joy in this news. It’s rather interesting that the “too impure” Russ is outliving his “superiors”. I don’t know enough about the facts or dog breeding to know if this is just a run of bad luck or if there’s something that can be done to mitigate the risk of another early death, but I hope the next Uga has a long life (and a losing record against Tech!).

RambleOn84

February 4th, 2011
5:32 pm

Please understand I mean no disrespect, but I think people should stop breeding bulldogs. They are such unhealthy dogs that it seems cruel to let them keep procreating.

The same goes for bassett hounds, as they all have painful back problems late in life.

I also believe pit bulls should not be bred any longer, but for a different reason of course.