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Reveille VIII, Former Texas A&M University Mascot, Dies at Age 12

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The “First Lady of Aggieland” and former Texas A&M University mascot, Reveille VIII has passed away. Serving as Aggie’s symbol from August 2008 until retirement to its Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center in May 2015, she passed on Monday, June 25 at the age of 12 after falling ill just two days prior.

Dr. Kate Creevy is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She explained to KBTX-TV, “She had a disease that involved her liver, her spleen, and many of her muscles. We could see this was a source of pain for her and not something that we wanted to ask her to fight. A final diagnosis will be determined and reported shortly.”

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Dr. Stacy Eckman is a clinical associate professor and chief medical officer (Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences), as well as Reveille’s primary care doctor. Dr. Eckman explained, “The critical care team and the internal medicine team that cared for her most recently did everything they could to find out what was going on and keep her as comfortable as possible. She was quite the lady. I went by to see her Sunday night in ICU and she was just like she always was—just such a good dog. Even sick, she was regal—she just had that air about her.”

Praising the veterinary team for Reveille VIII’s care, Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said, “We, in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, are profoundly saddened by the passing of Reveille VIII today. We are honored that she lived with us in the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center during her retirement, where she enjoyed relaxing while still able to hear the familiar campus sounds, including those from Kyle Field. We are also gratified to have been able to provide all of her health care needs throughout her life in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. In the end, after veterinary specialists did all they could for her in her final days, the decision was made to prevent her from suffering. She deserved that after being such a great First Lady of Texas A&M.” Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young reiterated those comments, adding, “Each Reveille for the last 87 years has played an important role in making our university feel like home for students around the world, and Reveille VIII fulfilled that role exceptionally well.” Reveille VIII will have a burial plot alongside her previous counterparts in Kyle Field Plaza located on the north side of the stadium and the details on her burial proceedings are pending.

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Beginning in 1931, the tradition of having a “Reveille” as a mascot started when members of Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets hit a small dog on their way back to the school’s campus from a trip to Navasota. Although pets weren’t allowed on campus, the cadets scooped up the injured dog, hid her in a dorm room, and cared for her. Their cloak-and-dagger efforts were exposed the following morning, however, when a bugler played “Reveille” to awaken the cadets, and she began barking. Hence the name by which Aggies world-wide recognize her today. The first Reveille was officially named the university’s mascot after leading the band onto Kyle Field for the football season following her discovery. The dog served as a mascot for the school until her death in 1944 – 13 years later.