Saturday, June 28, 2008
Uga VI Suffers Heart Attack, Dies
Uga VI, the latest in the line of solid white English Bulldogs to serve as a mascot for Georgia, died Friday night in Savannah of a heart attack.
Owner Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler returned home from work Friday evening and noticed Uga was breathing heavily. He took the dog to Stanley Lester, the family's veterinarian, who consulted with Bruce Hollett at the Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
"I noticed he had a little congestion in his throat, which usually is not cause for alarm," Seiler said. "I gave him a bath, which he always loved, to cool him off. After that, I called Dr. Lester, whose office is about a four-minute drive from our house.
"His heart just played out. He suffered no pain and died peacefully."
Uga VI would have turned 10 on July 22. He will be buried in a marble vault in the Southwest corner of Sanford Stadium with his predecessors. The private ceremonies are expected to be held early next week.
Uga IV was the biggest of all the mascots at 65 pounds, 20 pounds heavier than his father, Uga V. His registered name was "Uga V's Whatchagot Loran?" — a reference to the famous question of Georgia radio play-by-play announcer Larry Munson when communicating with sideline reporter Loran Smith.
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