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Olympic Mascots: Creepy Cyborgs Over a Cuddly Canine?!

wenlock and mandeville london olympic mascotsThree years ago, i Love Dogs proposed that London use an English Bulldog as their mascot for this summer’s Olympic Games.

Over the years since mascots were first introduced at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France, two dogs have served in that capacity.

Waldi the Dachshund  was the mascot of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Cobi the Catalan Sheepdog held that honor for the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

Twenty years is a long time to go between pooch mascots – it’s like 140 in dog years! – but unfortunately, London didn’t listen to us.

Instead, the mascots are one-eyed, cyborgish Wenlock and Mandeville. And let’s just say the pair has proven to be less than a hit.

english bulldog puppyThe Wall Street Journal reported that the two are often described as either “creepy,” “sinister” or “menacing.” There are reports that the mascots, which design experts say “missed the mark,” have actually scared children.

In a “What do you think of this year’s mascots: Aww or Ugh?” poll on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last week, a whopping 94 percent of viewers voted “Ugh.”

Would an adorable Bulldog mascot have frightened kids, been called creepy or gotten a 94-percent “Ugh” rating? We hardly think so!

At least the three mascots for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will be slightly cuddlier than Wenlock and Mandeville. They’re a polar bear, snow leopard and dore hare.

The mascot for the next Summer Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, has not yet been decided.

i Love Dogs respectfully – yet very, very strongly – suggests a Fila Brasileiro, the national dog of Brazil.  Also known as the Brazilian Mastiff, this mascot would have two big, brown eyes and be quite huggable.

Rio, you’re welcome in advance.

PHOTOS: Department for Culture, Media and Sport; brykmantra

Laura Goldman

Laura Goldman is senior social media writer for i Love Dogs, Inc. She does love dogs. And elephants and turtles. Along with writing about the loves of her life, Laura likes to play with her two pound pups and tell anyone who'll listen just how awesome Pit Bulls are.

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