Steck said that after tweeting about the search, over 100 offers poured in. He has focused on local homes, sometimes visiting up to three a day, so he can help the family and J.J. acclimate to the change. He has been in contact with Janice Hochstetler, the bulldog breeder who donated J.J., to help him make the decision.
Because Steck has taken care of the mascot for over a year, he knows what a good home environment requires. The following is a list he tweeted of preferences, not requirements, for a new home:
A home with experience raising disciplined, well-behaved dogs.
Local residence, so that I can see the home and help get J.J. acclimated over a couple of trips (i.e., one short visit, one longer visit, then permanent transition)
A fenced-in backyard
Multiple adults living at home, and/or at least one regularly/often at home
Either no dogs, or a dog that has been shown to work well with J.J.
If children, would need to discuss
He said it was unclear how well J.J. could get along with other dogs. Steck recently dropped him off at a home in New Jersey that had a labrador to see how they would get along. Though that didn’t work out, he did get to see that J.J. did not suffer from separation anxiety when Steck left him at the home.
Fear not, Georgetown students! According to the Georgetown website, the administration likes having an adorable dog mascot around as much as you do—it’s still a “cherished tradition” that will continue, just not this time around.
It’s been decided that the Georgetown campus and sports games would be a little too exciting for little J.J.: “Recognizing that the lifestyle of a mascot is exciting and hectic, involving many people, thousands of screaming fans, and regular appearances at events both on and off-campus, we wanted to ensure that our puppy would be happy with this unique lifestyle,” the University said. Unfortunately, after 15 months of careful examination by staff, professional trainers and a breeder, it was determined that this wasn’t the life for J.J. He will move to a family home off-campus.
It is still unclear as to how or when the tradition will continue, however. Fr. Christopher Steck, who has cared for both Jack and J.J., released a statement that said, “I have not been told what exactly this means for the mascot tradition.
“My hope is that the university moves quickly to establish a transparent and collaborative process for determining the next steps, one that welcomes the various voices of the entire Georgetown community,” he said. “I am grateful for my time with Jack and JJ.”
Since most Vox staff were back home during commencement weekend, we didn’t get our usual photographs of Hoyas in their last moments on the Hilltop. However, on graduation day, former Vox editor and graduate of three days Jackson Perry captured Jack Jr. contemplating his last moments with the students he only recently came to know. It’s up to you, now, JJ, to keep their memory alive!
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As Jack Jr. stared at Jack Senior’s inflatable, he couldn’t muster up the strength to say, “if they’ll bring inflatables to my grand welcoming, why can’t the administration do the same thing for Georgetown Day?”
Oh, the places he’ll go! Georgetown’s new mascot-in-training Jack Junior is currently traveling from his birthplace in Southern California to Washington, D.C., visiting with Georgetown alumni and seeing famous sites like the Las Vegas Strip and the Gateway Arch along the way.
After a weeklong road trip, Jack Junior will arrive on the Hilltop at the end of his cross-country trip on Friday at 4 p.m. for a welcome ceremony at Healy Circle (you can follow his progress across the country here).
At the official celebration, JJ will receive his Georgetown collar and become a Hoya. Hoya Blue, the Pep Band, and the cheerleaders will be on hand to attempt to teach JJ the words to the fight song. All attendees will get a “special celebratory favor” after the ceremony.
Friday also promises the first meeting between JJ and his Mr. Miyagi, Jack the Bulldog, who is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.
While we anxiously await Jack Junior’s arrival in 48 hours, here’s another video of the young whippersnapper! That poor shoe! We wonder if the shoe’s Nike logo was intentional.