Many (or most?) towns in the United States have unofficial mascots' statues around their towns. We are not sure why exactly this phenomenon began, except to raise money for city governments.
Naturally, Athens has a bunch of bulldogs sitting around town. Just as naturally, Rebekah wanted to ride the dogs. Still wearing her "R" hat from the playground, she was cooperative in sitting on this dog with children's handprints and signatures all over it.
And she was also glad to ride the patriotic bulldog outside the fire station.
And we even posed with her, although James's polo shirt & basketball shorts style leaves something to be desired.