Patrick Sheehan (COL ’81), the first to don the now-familiar Jack the Bulldog mascot costume, died in a car accident Saturday when an SUV lost control and slammed into his cab on the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx. The cab driver, Ata Noorzi, also died.
Sheehan was headed to LaGuardia Airport for a business trip when a northbound black SUV barreled over the divider into the southbound lane, tearing off the roof of the cab, according to the New York Daily News. The black SUV also hit another car in the southbound lane. The drivers and passengers of both SUVs were taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
“He was a funny, hardworking, very talented, creative guy,” Tim Sheehan, Patrick Sheehan’s brother, told the New York Daily News. “He knew how to tell a joke and put on voices and do impressions.”
Sheehan first wore the mascot costume in 1977, after the English bulldog Jack II retired. This came shortly after a student committee raised money to restore the tradition of having a live bulldog on campus in 1962, according to a 1983 article in the Georgetown Magazine.
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Georgetown’s new mascot, John B. Carroll, arrived on campus this past Monday, October 21st. The 14 weeks-old puppy took the journey from San Diego, California to Georgetown with breeder Janice Hochstetler.
According to Hochstetler, the trip here went smoothly. “He was an angel, and I was prepared for him not to be since he is 14 weeks old,” she said.
After selecting the University’s new mascot in late August, the Bulldog Advisory Committee has finalized many of the puppy’s living arrangements and is ready to bring the bulldog to campus. The puppy arrives this week.
Paul O’Neill (COL ’86), one member of the BAC, said in a press conference that the new mascot’s official name is John B. Carroll. He also revealed several changes to the mascot’s lifestyle, among them a move from living in a dorm to living in a townhouse. Unlike J.J., who had little privacy and room for himself due to his living in a dorm, John Carroll will have his own townhouse, complete with an official caretaker.
O’Neill explained that a townhouse leaves the mascot with his own space and some time away from the public eye.
Additionally, the Jack Crew will be drastically reduced in size to about four or five students. “It’s possible that a dog can have too many masters,” O’Neill said. The Jack Crew will also receive more training on how to handle the dog.
The BAC has begun the application process for the mascot’s caretaker. According to the position description, the University will choose someone who “who loves dogs, is passionate about Georgetown University and will facilitate visibility of the bulldog mascot on campus.”
O’Neill said that the BAC is looking for a long-term commitment from the chosen caretaker, which he explained means around five years. Ideally, the new caretaker would take care of John Carroll for his entire life. The position is open to anyone and the BAC will accept applications for the position through Friday.
NAWWW SO CUTEEEE. (Note: none of these puppies are the actual bulldog).
The Georgetown Community’s newest member is about nine weeks old, drools a lot, and snorts constantly.
Rachel Pugh, Director of Media Relations, announced earlier today that the Bulldog Advisory Committee (yes, there is an entire committee at Georgetown dedicated to dealing with the mascots) chose a new puppy to replace Jack Jr.
The BAC, formed this summer in response to the backlash towards the University’s controversial decision on J.J., went through the best offers that poured in after the University announced J.J. would retire.
The group, which is comprised of Pugh, Friar Fr. Christopher Steck, members of the Jack Crew, and alumni, settled on this new puppy Wednesday.
Pugh said the process is in its very early stages, so very little has been decided on for training, housing, care, and other needs the puppy may have. The group will take into account what they learned from caring for J.J.
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.
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!
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.
In two weeks, a four-month-old bulldog puppy named Jack Jr., or J.J., will join Jack the Bulldog as a Georgetown mascot-in-training. The puppy was a gift from bulldog breeders Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, the parents of two Georgetown students. In a University statement, Jack’s caretaker Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., noted that J.J. has “the bulldog penchant for wrestling and already enjoys ripping boxes apart.”
“J.J. has a very mellow personality,” Steck said. “He likes to sit in laps and is curious about the sights and sounds of the world.”
On the afternoon of April 13, the University will hold an official welcome party for J.J. A website will allow students to track J.J.’s progress as he travels from his birthplace in California to the Hilltop. You can also check out this Facebook page for more photos and information about J.J. He’s also on Twitter.
J.J. will live with eight-year-old Jack in Steck’s New South residence, taking classes on box-eating and nap-taking. As he has since 2003, Jack the Bulldog will still appear at Georgetown games in the fall, while J.J. learns the ropes.
“Jack’s presence will provide important support to J.J., since the older dog is already comfortable with his life as a mascot at Georgetown,” Steck said. “J.J. will be looking for signals from Jack, and Jack’s enthusiasm in different environments will encourage J.J.’s own.”
J.J.’s arrival signals the beginning of a transition period from one mascot to another, as age begins to take a toll on our current mascot. Jack tore his ACL while jumping onto a couch earlier this year, and is expected to have surgery in April.
“We are extremely grateful for the Hochstetlers’ gift of a new bulldog puppy to the Georgetown community,” said University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr in a statement. “We are thrilled that J.J. will be joining Jack the Bulldog on campus.”
Dog-centric website Paw Nation is going all out for the American Kennel Club’s 125th anniversary, hosting a series of contests about the top 125 dogs in pop culture.
The current contest involves the top five college canine mascots, and our own Jack the Bulldog is one of the contestants! The competition is pretty Bulldog heavy, with the University of Georgia’s UGA and Yale’s Handsome Dan are also in the running. The other contestants are Texas A&M’s Reveille, a Collie, and Boston University’s Rhett, a Boston Terrier.
Unfortunately Jack hasn’t been faring too well—he’s currently in third place out of five contestants, with only seven percent of the vote. Clearly the voters haven’t witnessed his significant box-battling skills…