(Mark Guerrero/Texas A&M Marketing & Communications)
“I never dreamed it would be this time consuming,” Miller said of her non-stop schedule.
“It’s been one event after another. But it’s been fun, and Rev and I are doing what we should be doing – meeting people and representing Texas A&M as best as we can.”
Miller earned a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship in high school and chose Texas A&M, although both of her parents, Randy and Rachel Miller of Waco, are Texas Tech grads.
“Her E-2 unit has given her a lot of encouragement and stood by her,” Randy Miller told the Bryan-College Station Eagle.
“They’ve been like a second family to her and we appreciate it very much. All of this is a great honor for her and she knows the responsibility she now has.”
Reveille, known as “The First Lady of Aggieland,” has been Texas A&M’s mascot since 1931 and the current collie is officially labeled as Rev IX. Miller was selected over 14 others to be Rev’s handler, and she admits “that I was a little bit shocked when it happened.”
Both she and Rev have gotten to know each other well, Miller said.
“She is a wonderful partner and she has a distinct personality,” Miller added.
“She just likes to be a dog. She likes to play with her stuffed animals and chase people. She can be a little bit goofy, which I love. I think we’re a good match.”