Citadel mascots General
and Boo V are among several college mascots featured in a new book all about
(left) and General (right) listed among "the proud, the unusual and the amusing"
Dogs Most Wanted: The
Top 10 Book of Historic Hounds, Professional Pooches and Canine Oddities
by Alexandra Powe Allred features dogs that have served during wartime, myths
about dogs, famous rescue dogs and dogs in the spotlight alongside training
tips, breed recommendations and canine health information.
The Citadel’s pampered
pooches are No. 8 among 10 of “the proud, the unusual and the amusing”
General, who was born June
18, 2003, became the first live mascot to live on The Citadel campus since the
1950s. Donated by the late Hazel Groshon of James Island, S.C., General is a
relative of Uga 5, the famous and popular University of Georgia mascot, which
made “Dog’s Most Wanted’s” list at No. 2.
Boo V was born on Sept.
30, 2003, and was donated by Citadel alumnus Fred Ducker, '63. He is one in
a long line of Boo mascots and is named after Lt. Col. Thomas Nugent “The
Boo” Courvoisie, a former commandant of cadets.
The mascots’ main
duties are to provide morale for the Corps of Cadets, faculty and staff and
Bulldog athletic teams and to bark at opposing teams, eat numerous dog biscuits
and be pampered by the cadets who guard them for 12 hours a day while school
is in session.
The Class of 2003 created
the mascot program and raised $1,000 toward the program's startup. Private funds
and in-kind donations provide sole support for the mascot program and cadets
volunteer to work on the mascot detail.