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PORTERHOUSE PASSES: Popular Drake Mascot Dies

Posted on: 7:04 pm, December 29, 2013, by , updated on: 11:02pm, December 29, 2013

Drake University’s lovable mascot, the bulldog named “Porterhouse,” has died, according to a news release Sunday evening from the university.

Here is a 2010 video where Porterhouse shows off his moves as a model.

Here is the release from the university on Porterhouse’s death:

“We were saddened to learn this afternoon that Porterhouse, the University’s official live mascot, has passed away. We send our condolences to Erin and Kevin Bell, who have so openly and lovingly shared Porterhouse with the Drake University community since his crowning as Beautiful Bulldog in 2009. 

Statement from Drake University Director of Athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb:
“On behalf of the entire Bulldog Family, my heart goes out to Erin and Kevin Bell at the passing of our most beautiful bulldog and live mascot Porterhouse. His gentle nature and loving personality will be missed by everyone that has come in contact with him. Porterhouse allowed adults and children to pull on his ears, hug his neck, and take endless pictures by his side–indeed, no Bulldog has had such a meaningful and lasting impact on the Drake community. We sincerely thank Erin and Kevin for so lovingly sharing Porterhouse for the past four years.”
Porterhouse also had a blog. Here is the blog post about his death:

“Dear Friends,

I must share some news with you, even though it will make you sad.  I got my angel wings today – I am in Heaven now.  I passed away peacefully during one of my many naps in my favorite spot on the couch.  I was dreaming about apples with peanut butter and basketballs. 

My family is beyond devastated, as you can imagine.  To say I was loved by them would be a huge understatement.  Their hearts are broken in a million pieces.  However, they loved me with their whole hearts every minute of every day, and they have no regrets.  My mom often told me, “Porterhouse, we love you TOO much.”  She knew how hard this day would be.  But you didn’t love me “TOO much,” Mom.  You and Dad loved me just right.  I was the luckiest bullie every to live.”

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