Did you know that the University’s first unofficial mascot was a dog? His name was Chris, and he was a performing police dog. Owned and trained by Richard Armel, then a member of the OSU cheerleading squad, he was introduced in the fall season of 1941 to jump through hoops and perform other tricks at football and basketball games and rallies.
Chris appeared to have made it through only the fall season at OSU, but he certainly made an impression on the other team mascots. (See above.)
Okay, that’s enough of the history portion of our blog for this week. Now, let’s see the doggies!