Texas A&M University has selected its next mascot, a female collie. The selection upholds a decades-old tradition, according to Texas A&M. The 16-month-old collie is scheduled to assume her role May 9 as Reveille IX.
Selection of the next mascot involved a seven-month national search in which more than 15 applications were considered. The pool was eventually narrowed to four finalists, but in the end, a dog named Twix from Overland Collies in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, won. The owners donated Twix to the university.
“I could not be more pleased that owners Mike and Marcy Fine provided Texas A&M University with their beloved dog Twix to serve as Reveille IX,” said Tom Reber, interim vice president for student affairs, who chaired the search committee. “They were very helpful in providing us information throughout the search and were confident that Twix would be an excellent Aggie.”
Fine describes the future mascot as very outgoing.
“When my husband Mike and I first became aware of the national search for a new Texas A&M mascot, we both agreed that our beloved ‘Twix’ was the perfect collie for such a highly public role,” Fine said. “She is beautiful, lovable and has the natural personality that we believe makes her best suited to serve as Reveille IX and we were happy to donate her to Texas A&M.”
Reveille IX will formally take the role of mascot at the Corps of Cadets “Final Review,” the May 9 ceremony held in conjunction with the university’s spring commencement ceremonies.
Reveille VIII, who is completing her seventh year at the university, is set to retire to the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center operated by Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.