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Mascot, Nickname and Traditions
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Mascot Traditions: KING REDOUBT & HARRY
The Alaskan Malamute, a dog noted for its ability to pull sleds across the
frozen tundra of northern North America, also is known for warming the hearts
of Washington fans by representing the university as its mascot. Strangely
enough this breed finished second place in the school’s nickname race that
now is the lead dog when it comes to mascots
The tail-wagging tradition of incorporating dogs into Husky athletics began in
1922 when Frosty I began barking for the school. Frosty’s mascot career
lasted until 1929 when he was replaced by Frosty II. Other dogs in the mascot
line have included Wasky, Wasky II, Ski, Denali, Sundodger and King Redoubt
is the eighth breed of this type to wag his tail on behalf of the school’s athletic
teams. When King Reboubt stepped forward in the early 90s, he became the
eighth Alaskan Malamute to serve as the Husky mascot.
Husky mascots actually learned to walk on two legs in 1996. But before you
look for the segment on “Those Amazing Animals,” the walking Husky is a
person dressed in a Husky costume. The school’s furry friend is known as
Harry the Husky, who also helps to stir school spirit.
Before the Husky served its Washington master, a wooden statue that carried
two books under his right arm and a football under the other filled the mascot
role. The three-and-a-half foot figure named Sunny Boy served prior to the
1920s when the university’s teams were still known
as the Sundodgers.
The smiling statue was a sculptured replica of Sunny, a grinning character
who appeared in the university’s humor magazine.
Sunny Boy now stands firm in the school’s Alumni Association building
despite a 23 year disappearance that ended with his 1948 discovery in South
Bend, Ind. The statue’s lengthy journey began when it was abducted from its
fraternity house residence and smuggled out of state.