Dog’s Best Friend: Being Smokey’s Handler

Jared Bruhin and John Edwards might have two of the most coveted jobs on campus. They’re Smokey’s handlers and his best pals. Bruhin and Edwards are responsible for everyone’s favorite bluetick coonhound while he’s on campus for game days and other appearances.

When he’s on Rocky Top, Smokey stays with Bruhin, the senior handler, in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house. The fraternity has been the on-campus home to UT’s mascot since 1977.

Watch the video below to hear from Bruhin and Edwards about what it’s like being a part of one of our most beloved traditions.

Bruhin, a senior, and Edwards, a junior, are both studying animal science.