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Handsome Dan X


Owned by Mr. and Mrs. John Sanders and purchased from the Bayside Kennels of Boxford, Massachusetts, through funds provided by the Football Y Association. He was 18 months old and was almost identical to Handsome Dan IX (white and light fawn markings). His name was Bayside Woodnought and sired by Ch. Bonny Boy of Fearnought out of Woodside's Christie Lou, and was a grandson of the famed Kippax Fearnought, the celebrated English import, who went Best in Show in 1954 at Westminster. At home, Dan was called Woodie or sometime Boodnick (beatnik bulldog) and loved to romp with the Sanders children. He was fawn color and weighed exactly 74 pounds. He started his assignment as the Yale mascot in 1959 and at the end of the first five football games was the only undefeated, untied and unscored upon mascot in the nation. He was on hand the following season when Yale had a perfect 9-0 record, its first undefeated, untied campaign in 37 years. On August 13, 1960, he was crowned Best Bulldog and 4th in the non-sporting competition at the Cape Cod Kennel Club. He was also well trained for his grueling fray that throughout the football season, he stood stock still in his most flattering pose, even after Yale touchdowns. Efforts by cheerleaders to restore his friskiness did not avail. He passed away of old age on October 21, 1971.