Boot Camp Boys Get a New Mascot

Cpl. Molly Marine is about to be replaced by an 11-week-old English bulldog from South Texas as one of the Marine Corp's three official bulldog mascots.

The champion-bred puppy from Castroville is unnamed. The new mascot is headed out next week for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. After obedience training, the youngest Marine will head to boot camp.

Depot spokeswoman Janice Hagar says that once the bulldog is ready, she'll be attached to one of the training companies, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Molly, who can salute with her paw, sit, bow, crawl and sing on command, is ready to retire after almost seven years.

Michelle Rodriguez said it was a great honor to have bred a Marine Corps mascot.

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