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Famous English Bulldog Mascots


The Famous and the Infamous !!

In the last century of intercollegiate athletics, no mascot in the country has become more well known than the University of Georgia's "Uga", a line owned since 1956 by the Frank W. (Sonny) Seiler family of Savannah. The original Uga was given to Seilers then-girlfriend (and later his wife), Cecelia, in 1955. The couple took the dog to a UGA football game, where it caught the attention of school officials, who asked Mr. Seiler if the dog could be the university mascot. (The university had two previous bulldog mascots Butch, from 1947 to 1950, and Mike, from 1950 to 1955.) The Seilers agreed, and when the 1956 football season began, so did the reign of Ugas. The current representative of the dynasty is Uga VI, who began his tenure in 1999. 
Uga is undeniably a member of the mascot elite. He was named best mascot in the country by Sports Illustrated, and also appeared on the magazines cover for an issue devoted to the countrys best "jock" schools. Hes the only live mascot to ever travel to the Final Four basketball tournament (in Albuquerque in 1983), and also appeared in a movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Mississippi State University
"Bully" The Bulldog
(MSU Live Mascot)

Mississippi State University athletic teams are called Bulldogs, a name earned and maintained over the decades by the tough, tenacious play of student-athletes wearing the Maroon and White. The official school mascot is an American Kennel Club registered English Bulldog, given the inherited title of 'Bully'.

As with most universities, State teams answered to different nicknames through the years. The first squads representing Mississippi A&M College were proud to be called Aggies, and when the school officially became Mississippi State College in 1932 the nickname Maroons, for State's uniform color, gained prominence. Bulldogs became the official title for State teams in 1961, not long after State College was granted university status.Yet references to school teams and athletes as Bulldogs actually go back to early in the century, and this nickname was used almost interchangably with both Aggies and Maroons, since at least 1905.

On November 30 of that year the A&M football team shut out their arch-rivals from the University of Mississippi 11-0 in Jackson, Miss. The campus newspaper, The Reflector, reported: "After the game, filled with that emotion that accompanies every great victory, there was nothing left for the cadets to do but to complete the great victory by showing sympathy for the dead athletic spirit of the University, by having a military funeral parade.

"A coffin was secured, decorated with University colors and a bulldog pup placed on top. It was then placed on the shoulders of a dozen cadets, and the procession started down Capitol Street, preceded by the brass band playing a very pathetic funeral march."

Other newspaper reports of the victory commented on the 'bulldog' style of play by the A&M eleven, and the Bulldog was soon publicly accepted as a school athletic symbol. Accounts of a 1926 pep rally in Meridian, Miss., had another bulldog parading with students.

Use as an official game mascot began in 1935 when coach Major Ralph Sasse, on 'orders' from his team, went to Memphis, Tenn., to select a bulldog. Ptolemy, a gift of the Edgar Webster family, was chosen and the Bulldogs promptly defeated Alabama 20-7.

A litter-mate of Ptolemy became the first mascot called 'Bully' shortly after Sasse's team beat mighty Army 13-7 at West Point that same year, perhaps the greatest victory in MSU football history. But Bully I earned other fame the hard way, in 1939 when a campus bus cut short his career.

Days of campus mourning followed, as Bully lay in state in a glass coffin. A half-mile funeral procession accompanied by the the Famous Maroon Band and three ROTC battalions went to Scott Field where Bully was buried under the bench at the 50-yard line. Even LIFE Magazine covered to the event. Other Bullys have since been buried by campus dorms, fraternity houses, and also at the football stadium.

For years Bully was a target for kidnappers, the last incident occuring prior to the 1974 State-Ole Miss game. The Bulldog team won anyway, 31-13. While early Bullys once roamed campus freely or lived in fraternities, today the official university mascot is housed at the School of Veterinary Medicine when not on duty at State home football games. For all their fierce appearance and reputation, today's mascot bulldogs are good-natured, friendly animals and favorites with children.

A student wearing a Bulldog suit, also answering to Bully, is part of the MSU cheerleading team and assists in stiring up State spirit at games and pep rallies.



"Jack"  the Bulldog - Georgetown University Mascot

Though the nickname for its sports teams (and students in general) is "the Hoyas," Georgetown University adopted the English bulldog as its mascot in 1962. A group of students had lobbied for the move, arguing that Georgetown athletes were, like bulldogs, "tenacious." A student committee purchased a two-yr old bulldog which they had hoped to name "Hoya." However, the dog stubbornly refused (as bulldogs do) to respond to anything but his given name, "Jack." The dog won, and students began to call him "Jack" -- beginning a tradition that continues today.

Over time, the tradition of a permanent, on-campus mascot was replaced by a student in a bulldog suit. However, seniors in the class of 1999 began a "Bring Jack Back" campaign and succeeded in welcoming a new Jack to campus in March of 1999. Unfortunately, this Jack (now "the elder") had to retire in 2003 when his caretaker, Hoya alum Scott Pilarz S.J., became president of the University of Scranton.

Our present Jack was born on May 3, 2003. He arrived at Georgetown on July 19th of that same year. While not related to his immediate predecessor, Jack is from the same line as "Rocky," GU's mascot during Patrick Ewing's time on the hilltop.

One of the most recognized figures on campus, Jack the Bulldog spends his time celebrating life on the Hilltop and cheering for Hoya sports. When not occupied with his mascot duties, Jack passes his days resting in the lobby of the Jesuit Residence and the evenings at his apartment in New South (which he shares with Fr. Steck, S.J., Associate Professor in the Department of Theology).




The Marines Mascot

Sergeant Chesty XI is the official mascot of Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. The canine leatherneck is affectionately referred to as "Molly" by her fellow Marines at the "Oldest Post of the Corps." Molly gets her name from the term Molly Marines, the name given to the first women in the United States Marine Corps.

The brindle and white-colored pedigreed English bulldog enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Aug. 24, 1995 during a ceremony at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

The duties of this devil dog include serving as official mascot of Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., and appearing weekly at the renowned Friday Evening Parades held at the barracks during the summer months.


"Handsome Dan"

Yale Mascot Gracing the Cover of Sports Illustrated in 1956

Back in 1889 when Yale students wanted an animal to symbolize their football team's grit and pluck, the process was simple: One of them bought a bulldog for five dollars from a local blacksmith. Handsome Dan, they called the fierce little creature, and a tradition was born. But when Handsome Dan XV died of a possible heart attack last January after nine years on the job, finding a suitable replacement for America's longest-running live-animal mascot was not easy. First, came a press release, followed by stories in newspapers and on radio about the school's search for canine candidates, as the release put it, "athletic enough to climb stairs, walk the sidelines of a game for four quarters and dodge out-of-bounds football players." Then Steve Conn, Yale's director of sports publicity, evaluated essays and photos from 40 applicants, and enlisted Chris Getman, Handsome Dan XV's caretaker, to help him winnow the field to 10. On April 26, as the Yale Precision Marching Band played How Much Is that Doggie in the Window and several hundred spectators gathered on the New Haven, Conn., campus to watch, the finalists competed to become -- with apologies to Georgia's UGA -- college sports' boss bulldog.

Even though Handsome Dan earns no money for prowling the sidelines at home games (and, often, away games, graduation ceremonies and hockey matches as well), the stakes felt high and the tension was palpable. Five judges evaluated the dogs on their ability to walk near the band without getting flustered, and also observed the animals' reactions to a crimson blanket (symbolizing Harvard, of course) and a stuffed-toy tiger (Princeton) that band members waved. Judge Jeff Mr Oz, Yale's quarterback, said he was also interested in "how the dogs interact with little kids." Cheerleader Christie Yang, another judge, said she was "looking for a dog that smells clean."

The dogs quickly sorted themselves out according to ability. A four-month-old male named Genugh seemed terrified by the proceedings and spent most of the day nestled in his female owner's arms. Meanwhile, five-year-old Lars emerged as an early favorite after he repeatedly lunged for the tiger with a fury that would have made Handsome Dan I proud. (Legend has it that the original mascot, who now sits stuffed in a gymnasium trophy room, would work himself into a foamy rage when told to "speak to Harvard.")

The winner, though, was two-year-old Mugsy, who impressed the judges with his size (69 pounds, the largest there) and his decision to focus on the red blanket instead of the tiger. "We beat Princeton three of four years," Mr Oz said. "We want to beat Harvard." Mugsy's owner, Bob Sansone, a 63-year-old middle school language arts teacher from nearby Hamden, said he looked forward to attending games with his pet: "He loves big crowds," Sansone said.

Finally, the band played the school's Bulldog fight song, and Mugsy put his paw print on a contract, agreeing "to serve as the Yale University Athletics mascot, to be patient with young and old alike and to bring good fortune to the playing fields." As the crowd thinned and the losers trotted back to anonymity, Sansone took out Mugsy's favorite toy, a football, and hurled it across the quad. Then Handsome Dan XVI tore happily after it, his tongue flapping in the wind.

Issue date: May 9, 2005 



Mack Truck Mascot

For many years the Bulldog has been associated with the Mack Truck also known as "The Bulldog". This truck is often referred to as "the truck that built America" because of its wide range during the major construction period in this country between the two World Wars. In 1914 genius Alfred Fellows Masury designed the powerful machine to be known throughout the world as the Mack Truck. Of course he did not know that the truck and the Bulldog would lead to innumerable replicas, toy trucks and reproductions of the Bulldog.
All of the early trucks models had sloping front hoods to allow easy and clear views of the road ahead. Eventually the hood would be trimmed and shaped to allow the Bulldog figure to stand out on the front of the truck as a radiator cap. In 1917 a British company referred to the trucks as Bull Dog Macks because of their sturdiness. In the 1920s the name was changed to the single word Bulldog as used by dog fanciers. The trucks were used everywhere: the US Army Corps of Engineers, firetrucks, fuel trucks, snow plows, rail cars and even to haul circus equipment and a Wild West show through Oklahoma. Bulldogs began to appear in truck advertising: a white-coloured Bulldog tearing apart a book titled "Hauling Costs". The message was that the ferocious Bulldog could slash costs of transport merchandising and just about anything else. In 1920 The Mack Bulldog was edited, a Mack company house organ newspaper. 

The first usage of the Bulldog as a symbol was on a sheet metal plate riveted to each side of the cab. It was first drawn on June 3, 1921 and was released, printed, and specified for the ABE chain drive (CD) and dual reduction (DR) carrier drive trucks. The plate shows the Bulldog as two words, i.e., a bull dog chewing up a book entitled "Hauling Costs," "Mack" on his collar, and International Motor Co. of New York. This plate was used much later on M model off-highway trucks, except that the plate then showed Mack Trucks, Inc., Allentown, PA.
Early in 1932, Alfred Fellows Masury, Mack's Chief Engineer, was admitted to the hospital for an operation. Masury was one of those individuals who wasn't used to his hands being idle for any period of time. During his recuperation in the hospital, Masury decided to carve a bulldog. (Some rumors indicate that he carved the first bulldog from a bar of soap; other rumors indicate the first was carved from wood.) Whether the first bulldog hood ornament was soap or wood, we do know that shortly after his release from the hospital, he did in fact carve a bulldog in wood. Masury applied for and received a patent for his design; that Bulldog design has adorned Mack trucks ever since!
During the following years there were several variations on the Bulldog mascot as the truck models changed along with the times. The Mack Bulldog has come a long way since 1917. In 2000, Mack proudly celebrated its Centennial anniversary with a wide range of activities, including the Centennial Trailer Tour, which toured North America in 2001.


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Celebrity Bulldog Owners:

Wondering what celebrities are smart enough to own a beautiful bully? Check out the list of celebrities whose decision to own a bulldog may be their finest accomplishment. 

Gloria Estevan (Noelle)Jessica Biel
Kim Clijsters (tennis player)
Fred Durst
Regina Hall (King's Ransom, named Zeus)
Sanaa Lathan (star of Something New, a bulldog named Pops)
AJ McLean (Backstreet Boy, that's who he is, not the dogs name)
Osbornes (Lola)
Adam Sandler (Meatball)
Howard Stern (Bianca)
Ashley Simpson


English Bulldog Stars
 in Gloria Estevan's Book:

Gloria Estevan's english bulldog, Noelle, stars in a new children's book written by the Miami Sound Machine singer. "The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog" tells the story of a bulldog (duh!) trying to fit in to a new neighborhood. An allegory of the importance of accepting differences or an attempt to exploit the bulldog's beauty and appeal for financial gain? You be the judge. Read the story and see Noelle's picture.



The Skateboarding Bulldog


 A Star!!

Look at Tyson the Skateboarding Bulldog. He was recently featured on the Martha Stewart Show. Watch the clips. Tyson is amazing.

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Ashley Simpson and Pete Wentz

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz get Bulldog Training from the Dog Whisperer - As new parents and pet lovers know just how important it is to have a submissive and accepting pet when the new baby arrives.

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