I was born in Athens and am a life-long Bulldog fan so, it is with a heavy heart I report this sad news....
From Fox Sports -- Uga VII, the white English bulldog mascot for the University of Georgia's football team for almost two seasons, died Thursday of heart-related causes, the dog's owner said.
The 56-pound dog, nicknamed "Loran's Best," was known as a laid-back mascot who seemed oblivious to crowd noise during boisterous games and would sit patiently as excited fans snapped photos of him. He often roamed the sidelines in a shirt with a 'G' stitched on it, sometimes resting on a bag of ice to cool off in his customized dog house.
The school said there would be a no mascot at Saturday's game in Athens against Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky, but that a wreath will be laid on his doghouse on the field's sidelines. Sonny Seiler, the dog's owner, said he likely wouldn't name a replacement until next year.
"We are all in a state of shock," Seiler said in a news release issued by the university. "We had no warning whatsoever."
The Uga lineage is the most storied in all of sports. It's no wonder he/they are routinely voted the No.1 mascot in college football. Pure-bred English bulldogs have all kinds of heart problems but still, this one was relatively young....bummer. :(