Discussing dog breeds, dog-adoption, and the human-canine connection.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Univesity Mascots and your personal dog Totem

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

Uga, Georgia

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?


  1. Hmmm - I have an advanced degree from the UW (U of WA) and I didn't realize that there was a live husky mascot. Of course, abhorring most forms of college sports and alumni associations and having a very selective memory, this is less than surprising. Having had a bluetick and working with a U of TN grad, I WAS aware of the live Smokey.

    I suppose I like to think of myself as a golden retriever. But I can also be a scary - so insert some type of aggressive dog here. Kathy

    1. What fascinates me about UW is that while their teams are The Huskies, their dog has always been an Alaskan Malamute...when asked why it was speculated because many of the students always wanted the team to be the Malamutes, it just wasn't as shoutable as Go Huskies!

      Don't think of yourself as scary - think of yourself as determined and knowing your own mind. That makes you a terrier :-) Hey - maybe you're a Schnauzer too! We Schnauzers can be very nice but we know our own minds and if necessary, we will share our views with anyone who needs to know them (a judgment we make in the moment.) Go Schnauzers!

  2. Potential doggie totem? I wonder if Doberman, the breed of choice, fits the bill for me.

    Granted, the Doberman is more svelte than I currently am, but smart and frequently misunderstood (I'm sometimes accused of having been mean, when really, I just meant to be funny)? Yeah. Doberman.

    1. I'm sorry you're sometimes misunderstood Jen :-/ The same thing happens to us Schnauzers too!
      Is our sense of humor really THAT hard to follow!

      I'm very fond of Dobermans - your sense of humor is welcome here ;-)

  3. But the UW 'Husky' is REALLY a MAL-A-MUTE...