In just about three weeks, Texas A&M will say ‘howdy’ to new coach Jimbo Fisher in an Aug. 30 game against Northwestern State. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and it’s expected to be a good night for the Aggies.
But 11 hours before kickoff, the day will start with a more somber tone as students, alumni and more say farewell to Reveille VIII, the rough collie who served as Texas A&M’s mascot from 1998 until her retirement in 2015.
Reveille VIII died June 25 at the age of 12. She will be buried Aug. 30 during an 8:30 a.m. service at the north end of Kyle Field.
Reveille VIII’s seven predecessors are also buried at the site, where the dogs were once able to “see the scoreboard” — a tradition that fell victim to renovation and expansion of Kyle Field until, the Association of Former students reported, “a small electronic scoreboard (was) installed for them on the exterior of Kyle’s north end” in 2000.
The Reveille tradition at Texas A&M began in 1931, when a group of cadets hit a dog while driving through nearby Navasota. The cadets picked up the small black-and-white dog and hid her in the dorm. The next morning when the bugler blew “Reveille,” her enthusiastic barking earned her a name and a place on campus.