Uga VIII dies from lymphoma

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Uga VIII, Georgia's white English bulldog mascot, died Friday from lymphoma, ending his reign as mascot after only half of a season.

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Georgia senior associate athletic director Claude Felton said no formal funeral service had been scheduled.

Uga VIII died before serving a full season on the Sanford Stadium sideline. He took over as the team's mascot for Georgia's Oct. 16 game against Vanderbilt and was mascot for the final six games of the regular season.

The white English bulldog was diagnosed with lymphoma in early January, but the school said he had been responding well to treatment. He missed Georgia's Liberty Bowl loss to Central Florida with what was believed to be a gastrointestinal condition. Further tests revealed the more serious condition.

Uga VIII took over last season for Russ, Uga VII's half brother who filled in as mascot in 2009 and early in 2010.

Felton said Russ again will step in as the school's mascot.

Uga VIII, who was 17 months old, lived with the Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler family of Savannah, Ga. The family has owned the Uga line of mascots for 50 years.

The dog's registered name was "Big Bad Bruce" in honor of Dr. Bruce Hollett of the University of Georgia's school of veterinary medicine.

Hollett has helped in the care and treatment of the line mascots.

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scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 02/04/11 - 05:29 pm
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tears....rest in peace UGA

tears....rest in peace UGA VIII. Very beautiful dawg!

Truth Be Told In Bold
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Truth Be Told In Bold 02/04/11 - 06:12 pm
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Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service and the smiles, sir. Dang Good Dawg! Gone Too Soon!

smartie
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smartie 02/04/11 - 06:12 pm
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r.i.p. big bad bruce. damn

r.i.p. big bad bruce. damn good dawg!!

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Just My Opinion 02/04/11 - 06:37 pm
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So very sad, whether it's a

So very sad, whether it's a human or an animal, even when you knew it was coming.

Dan the Man
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Dan the Man 02/04/11 - 06:45 pm
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Many have shared time with

Many have shared time with this wonderful dawg. Rest in peace.

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chascush 02/04/11 - 07:22 pm
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'tears....rest in peace UGA

'tears....rest in peace UGA VIII. Very beautiful dawg!'
I agree 100%.

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Martinez 02/04/11 - 08:13 pm
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That's two dogs in a three

That's two dogs in a three year window. Is there something wrong with the breeder dogs being used? the bloodline? etc. This just seems incredibly odd, in addition to being sad.

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gibzgirl 02/05/11 - 01:16 am
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I was thinking the same

I was thinking the same thing, these dogs don't seem to live very long at all.... Might be time for a new breeder...

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habersham100 02/05/11 - 03:06 am
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Rest in Peace, Bruce...

Rest in Peace, Bruce... Sympathies extended to the breeders. Perhaps it is time for the blood line to take a sabbatical... Half a century of representing UGA will never go away; but the line can rest for a couple or three generations without losing face, and return in full strength when the line is rejuvenated... God bless everyone involved...

NAAustin
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NAAustin 02/05/11 - 04:44 am
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Go Gamecocks!

Go Gamecocks!

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