Former Texas A&M Mascot Dies

Reveille VIII was 12

Former Texas A&M mascot Reveille VIII died Monday at 12 years old, according to The Battalion, Texas A&M's student newspaper.

The collie became sick early Saturday and did not recover.

Reveille VIII will be buried next to the other former Reveilles near Kyle Field.

She made her first appearance as Texas A&M's mascot in 2008 and was replaced by Reveille IX in May 2015.

The Reveille tradition began when the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets hit a small dog on their way back to campus, according to Texas A&M Today. They decided to care for her in a dorm room although pets were not allowed on the campus, according to Today.

When a bugler played "Reveille" the next morning, the dog barked and blew her cover, Today wrote. She earned the name and was dubbed the official mascot when she led the band onto the field the following football season.

Details on burial proceedings have not been released.

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