Karen B. London
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He’s A Penn State Dog
Does your dog wear your school colors?
Is he a dog or a Nittany Lion?

I recently got to dog sit for a friend who is a big Penn State fan. Actually, I didn’t know that until she brought her dog over and I saw his shiny new navy blue color, which says “PENN STATE PENN STATE PENN STATE” all the way around in white writing.

When I lived in Wisconsin, I saw lots of dogs with red and white collars or with ones adorned with badgers to show their allegiance to the University of Wisconsin. I’ve often wondered if schools with canine mascots, such as the Georgia State Bulldogs have even more dog fans, especially of the proper breed.
Our dogs reflect who we are in so many ways, including what we name them, and how we decorate them. Many people who do not actually dress their dogs up in clothes or costumes do like to personalize their dog’s attire with a collar that means something to them. Are you a proud alumnus whose dog wears your school colors? Does your dog’s collar reflect another of your interests?


Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Karen B. | December 16 2010 |

It's the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia State is the Panthers. There is a BIG difference between UGA and GA. State. :-)

Goooooo Dawgs! Sic 'em! Woof woof woof!

Submitted by Karen London | December 17 2010 |

Thanks for the correction! I really thought I had checked that to make sure I got it right. And you should know that I am appropriately embarrassed by my error. I hope you will forgive me if I promise to yell "Gooooooo Dawgs" really loudly.

Submitted by A.W. | December 18 2010 |

I live in Columbus, Ohio. Not only do Ohio State fans adorn their dogs in scarlet and grey, they name their dogs after the school: Buckeye (school nickname)or Brutus (as in the mascot, Brutus the Buckeye).

What else can I say, we're nuts (and proud of it). Go Bucks!

Submitted by Anonymous | January 30 2011 |

While he doesn't have a Penn State collar yet (I am ordering it this weekend, I wanted to wait until he stopped growing at crazy rates), my dog is named Nittany after the Nittany Lions. And we live in Texas, so people either get it or think I made up a word for his name! We will work on barking at scarlet and gray this fall :)

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