After Years as a Stray, University of Alabama’s Beloved Unofficial Mascot, Lulu the Dog, Has a Home
After two years spent roaming the University of Alabama campus—sunning herself on the roof of the old Bryce building, hanging out at Newk's, and bouncing between a whole host of dedicated caretakers—Lulu has finally chosen her forever family.
Lulu, UA's unofficial and elusive mascot, is a timid Chihuahua mix who first showed up on campus in 2016. Friendly but self-sufficient, timid but streetwise, the small dog quickly became a fixture around campus. Some might even call her the most sought-after girl at school.
Tuscaloosa News reports that employees stepped up to care for Lulu by creating pit stops on her daily journeys, offering quick bites to eat and a heated bed when the weather cooled. Keeping Lula safe, warm and well-fed was a community effort. Through her Facebook group, more than 1,000 of her fans followed her daily comings and goings.
Her skill for evading capture lead many to believe that she was destined to live out the rest of her days in the wilds of higher education. So, when she disappeared from her normal haunts recently, her caregivers feared for the worst. That was until Kevin Mount posted a photo of little Lulu sitting on his couch with his dog Carter.
Lulu, it appeared, had chosen her family.
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Mount told Tuscaloosa News that Lulu began following him and his dog Carter on their daily walks around his condo near Bryant Denny Stadium. He recognized her from Facebook and didn't expect her to come close. But Lulu had other plans. She quickly made friends with Carter, a 4-and-a-half-year-old Catahoula mix, and even spent three nights in a row howling at their balcony.
Eventually Mount says she made her way upstairs and planted herself in front of the door.
"I opened the door and she gradually just kind of creeped in," he told Tuscaloosa News. "Next thing you know, she was inside and up on the couch. They were playing and having a great time."
She spent the entire week in Mount's house, hanging out with Carter and avoiding his human. Finally, one night she jumped on the bed one night and curled up under his arm.
"It amazes me that she went from being a dog that didn't want to be touched to where she will whimper and cry until I pick her up," Mount told the paper. "I look at her all the time and wonder how she went all these years without this kind of attention because she is a very, very affectionate dog. It's sad to think that she probably wanted that kind of affection, wanted that kind of attention, but she was just scared."
"I guess a lot of us are the same way," he concluded.