Western Bulldogs fans are mourning the death of their beloved mascot, Sid, who served the club for seven years. Sid, a British bulldog, was rushed to Wyndham Veterinary Clinic in Melbourne’s west on Tuesday night and was put on oxygen after suffering breathing problems. His devastated owners announced his death hours later, prompting an outpouring of grief from fans.
‘Nine and a half years ago our world changed with the arrival of my little mate Sid,’ his owner wrote in a moving Facebook tribute.
‘Over the years we have shared so many adventures, I’m honoured to have been there with him through the good times and bad. He loved being the Western Bulldogs mascot, he loved game day and the fans. God he loved the fans and he knew that the fans and the team loved him. ‘Tonight I held his paw, kissed his wrinkled head and said goodbye to my little mate for the last time.’
Sid’s twin sister Rosie died in her sleep on February 19, and fans had hoped Sid would live to see his tenth birthday. ‘Such sad news, I’m so sorry for your loss. I was so impressed watching Sid as a mascot with thousands of people and all that noise,’ said one fan. ‘Not many dogs could do that and he did it perfectly! What an amazing beautiful bulldog. Thinking of you and your family.’
‘Such sad news. Sid was amazing. Glad he got to be at our premiership win. Thoughts are with all his family. Run free over the rainbow bridge Sid!’ said another. Sid was a fixture at Bulldogs games since 2010, but retired in April last year after his eyesight started to deteriorate. His last game was his team’s premiership win over the Sydney Swans in 2016 in front of almost 100,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.