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After five years of greeting people across campus, sharing the
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
story, and providing tail wags and morale boosts to cadets, Growley Ii (call sign “Tank”) will retire at the end of this semester.

The 8-year-onetime yellow Labrador has served honorably equally the corps’ faithful canine ambassador. His reward? He soon will become a happily spoiled pet.

The adoption procedure is already underway amidst corps’ alumni who served as Growley’south handlers or on his 12-member team. Electric current Growley Team cadets are also working with Ciao Bella Retrievers of Troutville, Virginia, to train Growley 3.

Meanwhile, Growley 2 and team are looking forrard to a few more months on the job.

Growley II is a happy, bouncy domestic dog who loves to play ball. “He’s fiercely loyal, eager to please, and the virtually expressive dog,” said his handler, cadet Dara Qualter, a senior in the corps’ Citizen-Leader Runway majoring in biomedical science in the College of Science.

Trained every bit a companion dog, he enjoys the attention of being an ambassador, and his buck team ensures he has a good for you, fun, and stress-gratis life on campus, where he lives with Qualter on Upper Quad.

Growley II
arrived on campus during summer 2016
as a 3-year-old Lab, the unexpected issue of a miserable winter morning for then cadet Zack Sever.

“It’s hard to believe information technology’s been five years,” said Sever, now a U.Due south. Navy lieutenant and F-18 pilot with Strike Fighter Squadron 103 at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Embankment, Virginia. He graduated in 2017 with a caste in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Homo Sciences.

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Then cadet Zack Sever, at center, gives a command to Growley II. Behind them, from, left, are veterinarian Lara Bartl of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and breeders Sybille and Mark Nelson.
Then cadet Zack Sever, at eye, works with Growley II on his first day on campus in Baronial 2016. Behind them, from left, are veterinarian Lara Bartl of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinarian Medicine and breeders Sybille and Marking Nelson. Photo past Shay Barnhart for Virginia Tech.

That morning of Sever’s junior year, everyone was in a mood. Grousing turned to possible solutions. Someone mentioned the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&G had a dog, Reveille. Someone else mentioned the story of Virginia Tech’south corps having a domestic dog decades ago.

Afterward that 24-hour interval, Sever was still thinking almost a dog. His roommate pushed him to try to make information technology a reality.

The way Col. Patience Larkin, who retired from the U.S. Air Force to serve as the corps’ alumni director, remembers it, Sever showed up in her office with a document detailing why the corps needed a dog. A 1987 corps alumnus who earned a degree political scientific discipline, she had been a fellow member of Echo Company, like Sever.

Larkin listened and offered to bring the thought to Commandant of Cadets Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart. But, she warned, Sever’due south plan needed more details. A lot more than details.

“When people come up to me with good ideas and so they meet how much work information technology is, they unremarkably go away and never come back,” Larkin said. “But he went away and did all the work.”

Sever researched Texas A&One thousand’s long-established mascot programme. He proposed that a corps dog be licensed by the USDA as an exhibition animal, a now voluntary program that requires specific requirements for an animate being’southward care, daily documentation of those requirements, and unannounced inspections.

When they approached Fullhart with the plan, he was impressed with its thoroughness. He also saw a unique opportunity to back up the mental well-beingness of cadets and meliorate connect the corps with the whole of Hokie Nation.

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He said yes. Sever became the first handler and under Larkin’s guidance the program took shape.

“We weren’t focused on the idea of creating a new corps tradition when we started,” Larkin said. “We only wanted to make the Growley program viable. With a dog, you can’t say, ‘Nah, this isn’t working. We’re going to stop and practise something else.’ Nosotros needed to create a program that was as correct as it could be and so make small adjustments so it worked for united states of america.”

They did just that.

Today, Growley II is beloved across campus and has even been featured on several Virginia Tech course rings. As a cadet brigadier general, he’south the highest-ranking cadet. He wears a “tankerchief” that matches the uniform of the twenty-four hour period for the cadets. He goes to classes with Qualter, and he makes a dozen appearances a month, both in the cadet residence halls and across campus.

If you lot encounter Growley on campus, say hello to the cadet with him and requite him a few extra pets to thank him for his service to the corps and the campus.

Growley II is on Instagram and Facebook every bit @vtgrowley. His website is