The Citadel Bulldog Mascot Fund
The Citadel has two bulldog mascots, Boo and General, whose main duty is to provide morale for the Corps of Cadets, faculty and staff and all of the Bulldog athletic teams. Other duties include barking at opposing teams, eating numerous dog biscuits throughout the day and being pampered by the cadets who help take care of them while school is in session.
General, who was born June 18, 2003, became the first live mascot to live on The Citadel campus since the 1950s. The mascot program was created by the Class of 2003, which wanted to leave a gift to the college. The class raised $1,000 toward the program's startup. General was donated in August 2003 by the late Hazel Groshon of James Island, S.C. General's full name is General Thomas Curtis Metsker.
General comes from a long line of bulldog royalty. He is the nephew of Uga V, the former mascot for the University of Georgia. General's other relatives include the bulldog representatives for the United State Marine Corps and Mississippi State University. General was named by Corps of Cadets following a contest to find the best names that help take care of them while school is in session.
Boo IX was born on Sept. 28, 2003, and was donated by Citadel alumnus Fred Ducker, '63. He joins General as a member of the two-dog mascot team that attends special events, football games, parades and anything involving the Corps of Cadets. Boo IX is named after Lt. Col. Thomas Nugent Courvoisie, a former commandant, and comes from a long line of Bulldogs that have been serving The Citadel for more than 15 years.
Two new pups are in training to take over as The Citadel’s new mascots. They live on the military college’s campus with Assistant Athletic Director Mike Groshon and the current mascots General and Boo IX. Both of the older dogs are about 10 years old, which is quite old for bulldogs, and they need to slow down a bit. The puppies will take over as official mascots at the school’s parade Nov. 15.
The cost of maintaining and transporting the Bulldog Mascots is funded solely through generous donations. The Citadel does not provide any funding for these wonderful ambassadors. Your donation will help to provide food, treats, toys, harnesses, medicine, and transportation. Thank you in advance for your support!