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Dog-gone it!

Gazette staff May 2nd, 2012

A state collegiate legend is calling it quits after just five years on the job.


And he’s only 6 years old. Or is that 42?

Duke, Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s bulldog mascot, is retiring. According to a SWOSU news release, the canine was feted on the Weatherford campus with a five-hour retirement party May 1, complete with cookies, punch and photos.

Why is Duke giving up his public post? Because that’s what happens after you swallow 10 feet of cotton rope. Duke did just that in 2009, and while curiosity might kill a cat, the dog required two surgeries.

Duke, we “paws” to remember.

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