On hand were members of the Seiler family, and two of Uga VIII’s veterinarians, Dr. Amanda Perry and Dr. Bruce Hollett of UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who was the inspiration for Uga VIII’s AKC-registered name, Big Bad Bruce.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Wendy Seiler—whose husband Charles is the mascots’ chief handler—read a eulogy to Uga VIII:
“Just two months ago, Uga VIII was getting settled in our home. He seemed to take great pride in rearranging our furniture and redistributing our son’s toys in a neat pile in the backyard.
“Uga VIII never really got a chance to get used to the game day experience. . . . but he accepted the challenge and took his place along the sideline to carry on the honored tradition.
“It is sad to watch a young, vibrant dog get sick and have to face such a terrible disease. We are fortunate that Uga VIII passed away in his sleep, on his bed, with his toys.”
The Seilers issued special thanks to their Savannah veterinarian, Dr. Stanley Lester, and to a number of UGA administrative and athletic personnel, including President Michael F. Adams, football coach Mark Richt, athletic staff members Charley Whittemore and Kenny Pauley, and Athletic Director Greg McGarity, who made the necessary arrangements for Uga VIII’s burial.