Uga VIII laid to rest in Sanford Stadium; ‘passed away in his sleep, on his bed, with his toys’

Uga VIII was laid to rest at a private burial ceremony Saturday in Sanford Stadium, according to a statement from the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family, the long-time owners of the University of Georgia’s English bulldog mascots.

All of Uga VIII’s predecessors also are interred at the stadium — in a mausoleum in the stadium’s southwest corner.

Uga VIII died Friday, just a month after being diagnosed with lymphoma, a common cancer in dogs. He was 16 months old and served a half-season as Georgia’s mascot.

On hand for Saturday’s private ceremony were members of the Seiler family and two of Uga VIII’s veterinarians, the family’s statement said. Wendy Seiler, whose husband Charles is the mascots’ chief handler, read a eulogy to Uga VIII:

“Just two months ago, Uga VIII was getting settled in our home. He seemed to take great pride in rearranging our furniture and redistributing our son’s toys in a neat pile in the backyard.

“Uga VIII never really got a chance to get used to the game day experience. . . . but he accepted the challenge and took his place along the sideline to carry on the honored tradition.

“It is sad to watch a young, vibrant dog get sick and have to face such a terrible disease. We are fortunate that Uga VIII passed away in his sleep, on his bed, with his toys.”

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