UW Gets 'Dubs': Growing Huskies Unveil New Puppy Mascot

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Huskies have a new mascot with

plenty of room to grow - just like the downtrodden football team he

will most symbolize.

The UW introduced 3-month-old "Dubs" yesterday to replace

"Spirit," who had a season almost as bad as the 0-12 Huskies in


Spirit had been the school's mascot since 1999 until he was

forced into retirement last September when he injured his shoulder

chasing a squirrel.

He is now back with his owners, leaving "Dubs" as the new face

of Washington sports.

Like his predecessors, "Dubs" isn't actually a husky. He's an

Alaskan malamute, the 11th malamute mascot.

He will spend his games roaming the sidelines, and may make his

debut at Washington's spring football game in April.

"Dubs" is from a kennel in Burlington, and got his name from

an online vote on the school's athletic Web site.

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