|Johnathan, University of Connecticut|
Not everyone agrees with the practice, but some schools use live dogs as their mascots. Most, though not all, also have a "costume" version of the mascot, some person who runs up and down the sidelines at games or jumps into the stands to rev up the crowd.
|Smokey, University of Tennessee|
Live dogs certainly seem safer than some of the other live animal mascots out there - like a bison or a tiger. And when well cared for -- as they all seem to be -- it is not too bad a life for a dog, as long as they don't mind loud crowds at sporting events. Some dogs actually seem to enjoy the life.
|Bill Cosby with the Scotty he gave Carnegie Melon|
It is interesting to note how we believe that our "animal totems" represent characteristics and traits that we aspire to. The dogged determination of the bulldog, the strength and endurance of a sled dog, the spirit and tenacity of a terrier.
|Reveille, Texas A&M|
|Spirit, University of Washington|
Have you ever thought, if you were selecting a dog mascot to represent yourself and the ideals you either believe you have or that you aspire to, what breed would you choose? Or would you choose a mixed breed of a certain size?
I can see pieces of myself in all three of the girls I live with now: I can be a little distracted yet easy going like Jenny the Collie, a bit stubborn like Gracie the Bull Terrier, with a desire to get along with others like Lil the Lab. Then there are days when I'm very much like my Schnauzer Bonny was in her old age - its my way or the highway!
|You talking to me?!|
Anyone else care to share their potential doggy totem?