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Georgia mascot in line to serve one more year
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ATLANTA (AP) — Uga VI, Georgia’s mascot, is closing in on his 9th birthday, but his owner, Savannah attorney Sonny Seiler, said Thursday he expects him to be on the sidelines again this fall for the Bulldogs’ football season.
Seiler’s white English bulldogs have been serving at the school’s mascot since 1956.
“Uga is not retiring,” Seiler said from his office in Savannah. “He’s in excellent health for his age. Veterinarians tell us they see no reason why he can’t continue on. He’s a very active dog. He presents the kind of presence we think a mascot should present.”
Seiler said Uga VI and his daughter, Swann, will be at Georgia’s spring football game a week from Saturday. He also said the mascot is scheduled to do a television show for the Food Channel to be shot in Savannah in June.
“Generally speaking when they get to be around 10 we try to replace them,” Seiler said. “We don’t have to make any decision until August before the season starts. If we saw something we didn’t like, the first thing we’d do is tell the university and the AD (athletic director). I have a backup dog.
“God willing, he will be on the sideline when the ball is kicked in the fall,” he said.
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