Retired Texas A&M mascot Reveille VII dies
MAY 30, 2013 4:22p ET
At least she got to see a Heisman winner.
Reveille VII, a 12-year-old dog that retired as Texas A&M's mascot in 2008, died Thursday, according to reports, succumbing to complications arising from an infection in her digestive tract.
This is big news in College Station, where dead Reveilles are honored with full military-style funerals and then buried in a plot that faces Kyle Field, the football stadium. There is a scoreboard on the outside wall so they can keep up.
While in service, the collies attend games and formal gatherings, sometimes press conferences. Reveille was in the building when Texas A&M announced it was joining the SEC and Reveille sometimes will attend weddings and such.
And so what you have to understand is that this is not just a dog that has died, this is a public figure in College Station.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Reveille VII had begun feeling sick earlier this week. Her long-time veterinarian discovered a hole in her digestive tract and after a couple days of treatment it became clear she needed to be euthanized. Time of death was approximately 8 a.m. Thursday.
She was owned by a College Station couple, Paul and Tina Gardner.
"She was Reveille right up to the end," Paul told the Chronicle.
The last Reveille funeral was in 2003, when Reveille VI died. An estimated 2,500 people watched as her casket was lowered into the ground.