Uga VIII Takes Over as Georgia's New Top Dog

10/18/2010 at 06:30 PM EDT

Uga VIII Takes Over as Georgia's New Top Dog
Danny White
The University of Georgia's newest "Dawg" had his day on Saturday. Uga VIII, the latest in a long line of English bulldogs who have served as the school's official mascot, made his debut before Georgia's Homecoming game against Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

During a ceremonial "Passing of the Collar," interim mascot Russ – a 6-year-old who had served an eight-game tenure following Uga VII's sudden death last November – took his last bow and then appeared to plant a goodbye kiss on his consigliere. As Georgia president Michael Adams slipped the red spiked collar onto the barrel-chested Uga VIII (left), fans gave the 13-month-old, 55-lb. pup a rousing welcome, chanting "Bruuuce." (His registered name is Big Bad Bruce.) Bruce ... er, Uga VIII's reign got off to a good start – Georgia routed Vanderbilt 43-0.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Latest Photos

Stars and Their Pets

Gavin's Pooch Pick-Me-Up

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters