Popular mascot Uga VI dies of heart failure
By Jeffrey Scott
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/28/08
University of Georgia’s beloved and Churchillian English bulldog mascot
Uga VI died peacefully Friday night in Savannah of congestive heart
failure after serving nine seasons on the sidelines as the Bulldogs’
VI, owned by Savannah attorney Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler, was the
heaviest in the line of six solid-white English bulldogs to serve as
UGA’s mascot since Uga I became a Georgia football game fixture in 1956.
was a good one,” Seiler said in a prepared statement. “What can I say?
He had a marvelous record. He was a very strong and healthy dog. He was
the biggest of all the dogs, and he had the biggest heart. It just
Damon Evans, UGA athletics director, bestowed the highest praise on the beast that he could Saturday, in a statement:
“Uga VI was a damn good mascot and a damn good dog,” said Evans.
With the passing of one Uga there’s always speculation regarding which bulldog will be heir to the throne, which comes with a few perks, including an air-conditioned doghouse, travel by Delta Airlines to away games,
celebrityhood (Uga V was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1997 as
the nation’s best mascot) and a fanbase that’s paparazzi-like in its
“People pet him so much his head gets sore,” Seiler once said of his
line of Ugas. “He’s like a politician who shakes too many hands.”
said Saturday that the “lineage is secure” and a successor will be
announced by the Seilers and the UGA athletic association later.
VI will be buried in a marble vault in the Southwest corner of Sanford
Stadium with his ancestors in private ceremonies expected to be held
early next week.
There had been speculation earlier
this year that the 2007 season might have been Uga VI’s last as a
mascot because of his age. He would have turned 10 on July 22.
said in a statement Saturday he noticed Uga VI was breathing heavily
shortly after Seiler arrived home from work Friday evening. He was
taken to Dr. Stanley Lester, the family’s veterinarian, who consulted
with Dr. Bruce Hollett at UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
noticed a little congestion in his throat, which usually is not cause
for alarm,” said Seiler in the release. “I gave him a bath, which he
always loved, to cool him off. After that, I called Dr. Lester, whose
office is about a four-minute drive from our house.
“His heart just played out. He suffered no pain and died peacefully.”
president Michael F. Adams said in a statement that Uga VI will be
“missed and remembered by UGA alumni and friends everywhere.”
his reign as mascot, the UGA football team compiled a record of 87 wins
and 27 losses, captured the 2002 and 2005 SEC championships, and won
seven of nine bowl games, surpassing Uga IV’s record of 77-24-4.
— Staff writer Chip Towers contributed to this article.