PALATINE HILL -- With great sadness, we say goodbye to Buddy, the Newfoundland dog who represented the Lewis & Clark Pioneers for over a decade. Buddy passed away peacefully on July 2 with his family Pete Forgey and Katherine Kramer by his side.
"He is just away," said Forgey. "With a wave of his paw and a gentle woof, he is just away."
Buddy has been synonymous with Lewis & Clark since 2008 when the current Pioneers logos debuted, which include a Newfoundland dog. A Newfoundland had accompanied Meriweather Lewis and William Clark on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Buddy has been highly involved on campus—including leading the football team onto the field at each home game and making appearances at other Pioneers sporting and non-athletic events.
Buddy at a Pamplin Sports Center event in 2010.
Buddy was featured in The Oregonian, The Columbian newspaper and Newftides—the official magazine of the Newfoundland Club of America. Buddy also appeared in this year's Day of Giving campaign video and the Lewis & Clark holiday videos from 2017 and 2010.
Last October, Buddy was inducted into the Lewis & Clark Athletics Hall of Fame in addition to receiving an honorary varsity letter last April at the 2018 Excellence of Lewis & Clark's Year of Sports (ELCYS). (This video played before Buddy's Hall of Fame induction.)
"We are appreciative of Pete and Katherine for all the time they dedicate to our student-athletes, and we look forward to [Buddy's little brother] 'Garner' proudly serving as our mascot in the future," Play-by-Play Voice and Director of Athletic Communications Ryan Goff said. "Still, there will always be just one Buddy. He was special to our community and will be missed."
Buddy getting ready to lead the Pioneers football team onto the field in 2013.
A constant in celebrating Pioneers athletics, Buddy appeared in a parody of carpool karaoke that opened the 2017 ELCYS. Fond memories of Buddy have filled the comments on the official Lewis & Clark Pioneers Facebook page since it was initially announced last week.