As the athletic program grew in the fledgling university, President
Speare felt that a mascot was needed. In 1927, the University adopted
a Siberian Husky named King Husky I, the first of seven living mascots.
Speare initially kept the lively dog at his home in Newton. However,
after King Husky I escaped twice and ravaged a neighbor's chickens,
forcing the university to pay restitution, Speare opted to kennel
the dog between University events.
Husky I held by Frank Palmer Speare, ca. 1930. From
Northeastern University Photograph Collection.