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Col­lege mas­cot New Haven, Conn.

The pres­sure is on for Ivy Lea­guer Hand­some Dan XVII, the heir to a tra­di­tion dat­ing back to 1889 when the orig­i­nal Dan be­came Yale Univer­sity’s first mas­cot—and the first mas­cot at any U.S. col­lege.

A 60-pound English bull­dog who also goes by the name of Sher­man, to­day’s Dan was born in Ten­nessee and adopted at 6 weeks of age by Chris Get­man, Yale class of ’ 64, who also had three pre­vi­ous Dans.

Dan keeps a busy sched­ule, at­tend­ing games, wad­dling in pa­rades and rais­ing money for wor­thy causes both on cam­pus and off. Along the way, he has met celebri­ties in­clud­ing Paul McCart­ney and for­mer pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter, and had his por­trait painted by an­other ex­pres­i­dent, Ge­orge W. Bush, Yale ’68.

When he’s not at­tend­ing to his of­fi­cial du­ties, Dan likes to play with his “brother,” a Scot­tie named Ed­ward. He also en­joys a well-de­served snooze. “He loves his job,” Get­man says. “He is a man about town, to say the least.”

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