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Aggieland welcomes Reveille X as Texas A&M University’s next mascot

Reveille lX is retiring and going to live at the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center
Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 3:19 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 5:41 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Friday at the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Final Review, the next First Lady of Aggieland was introduced.

Reveille X has officially taken over as the university’s 10th mascot, with Reveille lX retiring and going to live at the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center.

Since February, Reveille X has been shadowing Reveille IX learning the ins and outs of the gig.

“At formation early on she would be walking and kind of tugging at the leash a bit but just by watching Rev IX she now knows how to sit and stay,” said Lucas Scroggins, Mascot Corporal. “Her being a puppy she’s obviously got a lot more energy than Rev IX, also she’s very curious.”

Reveille X is a sable and white American Rough Coat Collie and was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas by the same breeder of Reveille VIII.

Reveille Trainer and Mascot Corporal, Colton Ray says the breeders helped identify the traits they were looking for.

“We kind of sat down and came up with a list of traits that we wanted to see out of the next Reveille,” said Ray “Human interaction, high energy, tail up and just being able to interact with students as if we were interacting with students.”

Scroggins was selected earlier this month as Reveille X’s first handler. Scroggins’s brother, Jacob Scroggins was Reveille IX’s handler four years ago, he’s the one who handed off the leash to his younger brother.

“We trained Lucas to be making sure he’s upholding the tradition appropriately, respectfully, and making sure that he’s her eyes and ears,” said Ray.

Scroggins says it’s a tradition he knew was special but a bond he wasn’t expecting.

“It’s really just seeing how quickly you guys become friends is what’s surprising,” said Scroggins “I knew I’d care for the tradition I just didn’t know how much I’d care about the dog.”

For the next year, Scroggins and Reveille will be side by side, attending football games, on and off-campus events, and even in the classroom.

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