Just 15 months after being introduced with much fanfare at Georgetown University, its new bulldog mascot is going home.
The school announced Wednesday that Jack, Jr., the young puppy that was designated as the university's "mascot-in-waiting" last March, will return to his "home environment," the school said in a statement.
Officials say that Jack, Jr.'s caretakers have worked over the past 15 months to get him oriented to campus and trained for his mascot duties. However, his handlers and breeder have agreed that going home is what's best for the dog.
Jack, Jr. was in line to be the latest in a long string of bulldog mascots that date back to 1962. Two weeks before Jack, Jr. was introduced, his predecessor, Jack Sr., suffered from leg injuries in the run up to the 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Neve Schadler, the Georgetown student who heads up the Jack Crew, the group that walks the dog on campus, told The Hoya that the doesn't know of any incidents on campus that prompted Jack, Jr. to be taken home.
"If a student were to have been consulted, it would have been me," Schadler said. "For students not to be consulted in this is really upsetting."