From the University of Georgia:
Uga VII, the
legendary Georgia mascot who roamed the sidelines at Bulldog football
games, died unexpectedly Thursday morning in Savannah.
He died of heart-related causes according to
owner Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler. He was four years old and finishing his
second season as the team’s mascot. His given name was “Loran’s Best”
and his first game was Aug. 30, 2008, vs. Georgia Southern.
“We are all in a state of shock,” said Seiler. “We had no warning whatsoever.”
There will be no live mascot at Georgia’s game
on Saturday but a wreath will be placed on Uga VII’s doghouse on the
“He was 10-3 last year which is not bad for a
‘freshman,’” said Seiler.“Uga VII was not as active or mischievous as
his father but more distinguished. He realized his role when he put his
shirt on. He was well-behaved and always appreciated the significance of
“This is a very sad day for the Seiler family
but also for all Georgia people,” said Damon Evans, UGA Director of
Athletics.“Just as his ancestors, he had captured the hearts of college
football fans everywhere as the country’s number one mascot. He had been
truly embraced by all those who follow the Georgia Bulldogs across the
country.We will miss him dearly.”
Seiler said there were options available for
Uga VII’s replacement but no final determination would be made until
sometime next year.
“Our hearts go out to the Seilers and the
entire Bulldog Nation at this unexpected loss,” stated University of
Georgia President Michael F. Adams.“Uga VII was both a family pet and a
symbol for millions of fans, and besides that he was just a sweet
dog.We will miss him.”
The College of Veterinary Medicine is saddened
by the sudden loss of our dear friend and mascot,” Uga VII,” said Dr.
Sheila W. Allen, dean of the College, and Dr. R. Bruce Hollett,
personal faculty veterinarian for Uga VII. “His playful personality and
winning spirit will be missed by all of us at the veterinary college,
and all of us at the University of Georgia. The Seilers are long-time
friends of the University, and we share in their grief.”
Uga's father in happier times.