Monday, September 7, 2009

New Bully Acts the Part

By Patti Drapala

MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- With the transfer of the fabled, leather harness and leash from father to son during pregame festivities Saturday at Davis-Wade Stadium, Mississippi State University’s new bulldog mascot Champ stepped into a role he was born to assume.

The public introduction of 3-year-old “Tonka’s Golden Sun” as Bully XX to the Maroon faithful was a bittersweet moment for the mascot’s official handler, Lisa Chrestman, and the staff of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Chrestman, who is a certified animal health technician at the college, works with Dr. Margaret Kern and other medical staff there to take care of MSU’s bulldog. The two have supported the current mascot, Tonka, through a remarkable run as Bully XIX. ... Read More