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Georgetown bulldog mascot’s reign short-lived

Jack Jr. is introduced to the press as the Georgetown Hoyas\' new mascot in March at the Verizon Center. Georgetown announced Tuesday that Jack will be giving up his mascot duties to return to life as a house pet. (WTOP/Jonathan Warner)

WASHINGTON – Georgetown’s bulldog mascot-in-training will be changing careers.

After 15 months of training, Jack Jr. will give up his mascot duties for a return to home life, the university announced Wednesday.

The university introduced Jack to the campus and basketball fans in March at the Verizon Center during the last home game of the season.

Jack Jr., also known as J.J., worked with professional trainers to adapt to life on campus, screaming fans and regular public appearances.

“We wanted to ensure that our puppy would be happy with this unique lifestyle,” the university said in a statement.

“In consultation with these experts and the breeder, we determined that returning to a home environment is what is best for J.J.”

Jack Sr. retired from his official duties last year and continues to live on campus.

Despite the short-lived reign of J.J., the university pledges that the tradition of a live bulldog mascot will continue at Georgetown.

It is unclear where J.J. will be placed or whether he is available for adoption.

Both Jacks welcomed the bulldogs from Indiana’s Butler University when the schools’ men’s basketball teams played in February.

Jack Jr. also made an appearance at the spring commencement ceremonies, according to the mascots’ Facebook page.

The Washingtonian posted this video in March detailing J.J.’s training to become a mascot:

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