Georgia Mascot Uga VII Dies At Age 4

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No matter what college football team you support, this is sad news. Uga VII, the four-year-old English bulldog who has walked the University of Georgia sidelines every game since last year’s season opener, died yesterday, reports CNN.
The purebred pup’s death is attributed to heart-related causes and took everyone by surprise, including his owner, Frank “Sonny” Seiler. “We are all in a state of shock,” Seiler said on the University’s athletics Web site, georgiadogs.com. “We had no warning whatsoever.

This weekend, there will be no live mascot at the game. Rather, a wreath will hang on Uga’s doghouse on the north sideline. The University doesn’t expect to choose a replacement until next year.”‘He was 10-3 last year which is not bad for a ‘freshman,'” Seiler said on the georgiadogs “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.”Uga VII, whose given name was Loran’s Best, took over for his father, Uga VI, who died of congestive heart failure. University officials have released statements about the sudden passing, including University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams, who said on the University’s Web site, “Uga VII was both a family pet and a symbol for millions of fans, and besides that he was just a sweet dog. We will miss him.”

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The first Uga was Hood’s Ole Dan, who walked the sidelines from 1956-1967 and wore out countless jerseys, according to the University’s Web site.

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