August 29, 2008
Samford to Have Real Bulldog Mascot
Samford has gained a new, spirited fan as it joins the Southern Conference. Her name is Libby, and she is Samford’s newest live bulldog. Libby will be on the sidelines with her doggy bowl and pompoms during home football games, cheering on the Bulldogs to victory.
Libby, owned by David and Rhoda Oser of Vestavia Hills, Ala., has come down through six generations of breeding and is registered with the American Kennel Club as Oser’s Lady Liberty. Her name is particular fitting because many of Samford’s benefactors --including Frank Park Samford, Ralph and Dwight Beeson, Andrew Gerow Hodges and F. Page Seibert—have been affiliated with Liberty National Life Insurance Company.
The Osers contacted Samford’s athletics department in the spring about the possibility of providing a live mascot for the university. The university agreed and now has a real bulldog to work alongside its costumed human mascot, “Spike”.
Libby has toured the campus but feels most at home in Seibert Stadium, according to the Osers. Libby also welcomed Southern Conference fans to the FanFest event Aug. 12.
Samford has had live bulldog mascots before but Libby will be the first in many years.
“I'm so excited that Libby is a new addition to the SU family,” junior English major Tai Richardson said. “I think that she will bring more school spirit to Samford.”