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Friday, January 7, 2011

Uga health update

Uga VIII has been diagnosed with lymphoma, the most common form of cancer in canines. Here's the release Friday from the school:

Uga VIII, the mascot for University of Georgia athletic teams, has been diagnosed with lymphoma. He is responding well to treatment, and the mascot is expected to continue appearances at athletic events as his health allows.

The dog missed the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30, 2010, because of a gastrointestinal condition that prevented him from traveling with the football team. Further diagnostic tests revealed the more serious medical condition.

Uga VIII, whose registered name is Big Bad Bruce, is being treated by specialists at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine; his primary veterinarian is his namesake, Dr. Bruce Hollett. Dr. Hollett has provided medical care for the Uga line for many years, said Sonny Seiler, Uga’s owner, in announcing this mascot during the 2010 football season.

Uga VIII is the great-great-great-great-great grandson of the original Uga. He was introduced to Georgia fans at the Oct. 16, 2010 Homecoming football game against Vanderbilt. Uga VIII was born Sept. 12, 2009. The Seilers, of Savannah, have provided mascots for UGA sporting events since 1956.

If Uga VIII is unable to appear at athletic events, Russ, the half-brother of Uga VII, will fill in for him. Russ filled in at the final two games of the 2009 season following the death of Uga VII as well as the first six games of 2010. He also was present at the Liberty Bowl game last month because of Uga VIII's illness.

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CSA said...

As if this season couldn't get any worse. 2011 just may not be the year of the Dawg.

Anonymous said...

Our program seems cursed lately. Hang in there, Uga.

BulldogBen said...

Bulldogs in general have genetic health problems for the most part but does anyone think we should stop getting dogs from the Seiler family??

The neverending requirment to have a dog from the "UGA line" seems quaint but can also lead to terrible inbreeding that can cause more health issues.

Not to mention that they completely control when we get the mascot. It's ridiculous.

I realize these dogs probably live a freaking better existence than I do but this is 2 dogs now in 2 years that have had VERY bad health concerns.

Honestly, I could care less if he comes from the UGA line. As long as he's purebred and all white.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I think the breed has become a joke. Find a picture of of UGA I online. He looked like a tough athletic bulldog. Lately they've looked like fat puppies with serious health problems. In general the English Bulldog breed has gradually been bred (and inbred) in order to change them from tough protectors to toy lap dogs. I'd like to see the school switch to the Olde English Bulldogge breed that tries to preserve to true bulldog nature, health, and appearance.

King Jericho said...

@Anon 4:57

We'll see how they look after Tereshinski has been around for a year.

TrboDawg said...

+1 on the Olde English Bulldogges... These are NOT English Bulldogs , these are a much healthier, athletic, and free birthing breed. Olde English Bulldogges do not have a fraction of the health problems that English Bulldogs have, and they live as much as two times longer than an English Bulldog. If you are considering buying and English Bulldog, please look into the better alternative first, for more on Olde English Bulldogges go to​

Middle Georgia Dawg said...

We have two bulldogs, one English and one Olde English. The Olde English is a very regal, muscular dog, whereas our English bulldog is healthier than most, but is still much fatter, snores louder than my father-in-law with severe sleep apnea, and is just unhealthy in general. I certainly wouldn't mind a leaner Uga on the sidelines.

BuLLdawg said...

Damn Good Dawg

Now, what Bulldog football players got


today ?

We are still waiting, 3 days later now, for

MARK RICHT to tell us about


Mark Richt LIED that he would get back to us in a "couple of days" on


Anonymous said...

@Anon 4:34

it's just unbelievable, isn't it?

David said...

We ain't got no running game,
We ain't got no defense
Our pets' heads are falling off!

Anonymous said...

Ha ha David. That's the line of the day.

ChrisDawg said...

Check out this article. Seth I would like to see more articles from you in this manner if you could.

Basically a breakdown of our defense in SEC play as opposed to our past defenses.

We need more statistical articles like this on this blog. With news being kind of slow now might be a good time for such a thing.