Jonathan I[ edit ] Served as mascot from July 23, —February In Rhode Island's ram mascot was kidnapped and the story gained interest in bringing a live animal mascot to Connecticut State College. A student poll selected the husky to be the college's mascot and thus, in January , Connecticut State College's first husky mascot arrived at the campus in Storrs.
Sadly, the day before the name was announced Jonathan I was struck by a vehicle in North Windham. Jonathan I was able to attend a few basketball games at Hawley Armory before his passing.
He is buried by the Old Whitney granite step and a plaque commemorates his life. Jonathan made his presence felt in September He scared Brown University's live bear mascot severely and chased the bear up a tree. Jonathan II made Brown's bear so timid, it refused to leave the tree.
The bear had to be rescued from the tree by Providence police and fire fighters. Byrd with Operation Highjump during the winter of to Bob Steiner, considered the most famous of husky trainers, would break an area of ice on campus's Mirror Lake for Jonathan to enjoy a cool swim in.
He was a Siberian-Eskimo-Samoyed mix with greyish markings. His first football game was against Yale, and he bit their bulldog mascot on the nose. While there he received a standing ovation after abruptly running onto the court. However, he was not able to handle the noise and commotion of large crowds.
This made appearances at football games unpleasant for Jonathan V, where he would roll onto his back and moan at the loud noises. UConn introduced a man in a husky costume mascot to serve as an interim mascot known as "Homer the Husky".
Jonathan VI[ edit ] Served as mascot from Just two months after being introduced to campus, Jonathan VI died after being hit by a car. The University of Alaska wanted to repay UConn for their assistance following a devastating earthquake in Alaska.
The beautiful all white husky almost became the last animal mascot for UConn. He wore a dog tag labeled "Number One," serving as a symbol for the Town Clerk's annual dog registration campaign.
Before retiring, Jonathan VII's final football game was in Finally, in , University trustees officially recognized the Husky dog as the official mascot of UConn athletics.
He was said to shy away from men but loved the company of women. However before his debut to the student body, the fraternity stated the husky was not Jonathan IX but actually Jonathan X.
There are no public records to dispute or verify this claim but it is the claim given by the University in publications and on tours. The fraternity mobilized and was able to find another husky in time, Jonathan X.
Even though it is unclear what the truth is surrounding Jonathan X, he served the university dutifully. Jonathan X is notable for having one blue eye and one brown eye, known as Heterochromia iridum.
Jonathan XI[ edit ] Served as mascot from — Jonathan XI arrived with about as much momentum a husky pup can arrive on campus. He made his debut 2 weeks after the unveiling of the majestic husky dog statue, and a month after the UConn Women's basketball team won its first NCAA National Championship.
Jonathan XI retired in but continued to represent UConn in a positive manner by participating in an animal therapy program. He continued the UConn tradition of being a majestically brilliant all white husky that was cared for by Alpha Phi Omega.
Jonathan XII was unable to deal with large crowds, and seemed stressed with being surrounded by large crowds. All of the heightened interest caused Jonathan XII distress, so he was retired. The delay in bringing in a new husky mascot was due to Alpha Phi Omega revamping their policies of caring for Jonathan.
Further, a professional handler was brought in to work with Jonathan full-time. He has the more traditional black and white coat, with blue eyes, to reflect UConn's recent change in their mascot logo. Jonathan costume version standing under a blow-up version of a husky.