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Hank the dog is the Milwaukee Brewers new mascot. What a great story!

Min Carter 2014/03/21 16:07:39
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Not to be outdone by the many strays of Sochi, a homeless dog wandered
into the Milwaukee Brewers' spring training camp in Arizona this week,
where he was taken in by team staff and treated to a bath and a vet
checkup. The rest, as they say, is P.R. history. Named Hank, after the
great Hank Aaron, the camera-friendly pup has already become an
unofficial team mascot.

According to Brewers.com,
"Hank spends each day roaming offices and playing fields, visiting with
everyone from Doug Melvin, Ron Roenicke, players and coaches to ticket
office and concessions staff." So he's pretty much a cuter Craig
Counsell.

With his scruffy coat and goofy underbite, expect Hank
to be a fixture of Brewers spring training coverage for the next few
weeks as he poses with player after player,
spurring countless jokes about "tail"-gating and the like. There's
still no word on whether the team will be taking Hank with them back to
Milwaukee to pose with Front Row Amy, or when he will receive his own
bobblehead, but in the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the most
photographed dog in Arizona below.
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  • Junior the Outer Space Musi... 2014/03/23 01:48:22
    Hank's plight will help awareness of stray animals! Go Hank!
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    +1
    I love hearing stories like this about strays.
  • Min Carter Junior ... 2014/03/23 19:02:09
    Min Carter
    +1
    Me, too, Junior! Hank should be the poster dog for the Humane Society!
  • Junior ... Min Carter 2014/03/31 04:51:59
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    +1
    And he's so cute, too.
  • Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm... 2014/03/21 17:32:21
    This is a great human interest story!
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
  • littleb... Barefoo... 2014/03/21 17:41:23
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +2
    Lol...just out lapping up the great Spring training. "Hey there....It's running the bases NOT loafing the bases! C'mon get some pepper!" ;-)
  • Barefoo... littleb... 2014/03/21 17:57:25
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    +2
    He's chillin'..... loving the sunshine;)
  • Min Carter Barefoo... 2014/03/21 17:42:59
    Min Carter
    +3
    Caution: Cuteness alert but google for more pics and videos!
    He has his own team shirt - Hank K9! I want one! LOL
  • Barefoo... Min Carter 2014/03/21 17:57:52
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    +3
    How cool;) this is a great post Min....;) ♥
  • Min Carter Barefoo... 2014/03/21 18:16:20
    Min Carter
    +2
    Thanks, Barefoot! Sometimes we just need a little love and joy in our hearts!
  • Barefoo... Min Carter 2014/03/21 18:28:04
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    +1
    We need love and joy all the time Min;)
  • Danielle 2014/03/21 17:06:33
  • Min Carter Danielle 2014/03/21 17:22:21
    Min Carter
    +4
    Danielle, if you get a chance, Google Hank the dog! Some adorable pictures and videos. Caution: Cuteness alert! LOL
  • Danielle Min Carter 2014/03/21 17:29:40
  • Min Carter Danielle 2014/03/21 17:34:24
    Min Carter
    +3
    OHHH ! Maybe your brother can get a pawtograph or have a pic taken with the new pup icon! LOL
  • Danielle Min Carter 2014/03/21 17:34:49
  • littleb... Min Carter 2014/03/21 17:43:32
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +1
    I think SodaHead needs a Min Avatar with Hank in his jersey. A Classic!
  • Min Carter littleb... 2014/03/21 17:51:36
    Min Carter
    +2
    How sweet! But by now his pic is probably patented! LOL
    He's a Bichon Frise mix, and I can't change my avatar because Tootsie was my first Bichon who went to Doggie Heaven in August, 2013. She was 17 years old and we rescued her at 10 years old.
    However, I still have 2 Bichons, Trixie and Pearl. I'd love to get another but the little suckers would probably outlive me! :)
  • littleb... Min Carter 2014/03/21 18:04:19
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +1
    Lol...You could wind up in Copyright Hell? I think I can tell Tootsie was more than a friend. 17 is a pretty long life. It was just a thought....;-)

    Bichons are spunky in a fun way.
  • Min Carter littleb... 2014/03/21 18:17:52
    Min Carter
    +2
    Exactly! There's a lot of dog in those little fluff balls! LOL
  • littleb... Min Carter 2014/03/21 18:21:13
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +1
    Ha....maybe Hammering Hank will invite Trixie & Pearl to a game? Oooo.....Hotdogs!
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2014/03/21 16:47:40
    Hank's plight will help awareness of stray animals! Go Hank!
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +4
    Great story! GOOOO Hank!

    milwaukee brewers hank the mascot
  • Min Carter littleb... 2014/03/21 17:00:35
    Min Carter
    +4
    I am now a Milwaukee Brewers fan! LOL Hank the dog
  • littleb... Min Carter 2014/03/21 17:05:21
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +2
    Lol....Hard not to warm up to him real quick! I saw this as I was searching. It's like he's giving a live interview to ESPN:

    milwaukee brewers hank the mascot

    I bet ole Hammering Hank Aaron loves the idea.
  • Min Carter littleb... 2014/03/21 17:25:12
    Min Carter
    +3
    If you get a chance, Google it for adorable pics and videos!
    Caution: Cuteness Alert! LOL
  • littleb... Min Carter 2014/03/21 17:38:31
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +1
    Lol...I already did.
  • **Bessie** 2014/03/21 16:23:09
    Hank's plight will help awareness of stray animals! Go Hank!
    **Bessie**
    +4
    I love people who adopt "unwanted dogs/cats...pets!". No problem with breeders, but the strays/mutts are so cute! I am sure Hank will go with them to Wisconsin!!!
  • Min Carter **Bessie** 2014/03/21 16:28:39
    Min Carter
    +3
    He did!
    Hank the dog headed to new home in Milwaukee
    That little white dog is now a big leaguer.
    By ANDREW WAGNER

    That little white dog is now a big leaguer.

    Hank, the bedraggled ball of fur who wandered into the Brewers' spring training complex back on President's Day looking for one more chance, will head to Milwaukee and his new home on Sunday.

    "There are so many people who have been part of the Hank story: fans, players and coaches, front office staff, media and all of those in his circle of caregivers," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Friday. "We're grateful to have an opportunity to make Hank a permanent member of the Brewers family, but even more important, we're thrilled that he is going to a great family that will ensure that he is loved and comfortable in his new Wisconsin home."

    Hank will fly back to Milwaukee on a charter flight with Brewers executives, sponsors and family members and will be welcomed to the city by Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele.

    The Wisconsin Humane Society received more than 1,000 offers to adopt Hank, but have not identified his new owners.

    The dog was found wandering around Maryvale Baseball Park by a security guard on Feb. 17. He was covered with dirt and it appeared the dog had been hit by a car. A team official took him ...









    He did!
    Hank the dog headed to new home in Milwaukee
    That little white dog is now a big leaguer.
    By ANDREW WAGNER

    That little white dog is now a big leaguer.

    Hank, the bedraggled ball of fur who wandered into the Brewers' spring training complex back on President's Day looking for one more chance, will head to Milwaukee and his new home on Sunday.

    "There are so many people who have been part of the Hank story: fans, players and coaches, front office staff, media and all of those in his circle of caregivers," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Friday. "We're grateful to have an opportunity to make Hank a permanent member of the Brewers family, but even more important, we're thrilled that he is going to a great family that will ensure that he is loved and comfortable in his new Wisconsin home."

    Hank will fly back to Milwaukee on a charter flight with Brewers executives, sponsors and family members and will be welcomed to the city by Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele.

    The Wisconsin Humane Society received more than 1,000 offers to adopt Hank, but have not identified his new owners.

    The dog was found wandering around Maryvale Baseball Park by a security guard on Feb. 17. He was covered with dirt and it appeared the dog had been hit by a car. A team official took him to a veterinarian, who estimated the pooch was 2-to-3 years old. Team employees hung lost dog signs around the Maryvale neighborhood on Phoenix's west side.

    He was named Hank in honor of Milwaukee Braves and Brewers great Hank Aaron and became an immediate hit with the players, who took turns walking and caring for the dog.

    Still no definitive word, by the way, on exactly what kind of dog Hank is. He looks like a sort of mixed breed, maybe with some combination of poodle, terrier, Maltese and Lhasa apso. But whatever his pedigree, he's earned his place on the major league roster.

    "We want to thank all of those who have made the effort to give Hank the care he needed down here in Arizona, as the top priority has always been to put his health and happiness first," Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said. "In addition to this being a captivating story, our goal has been to shed more light on the issue of stray and homeless pets, a problem that is not unique to just Arizona and Wisconsin."

    The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies to give Hank proper care and to help raise awareness of animals needing homes.

    "We are so grateful for the amazing care he has received, and for the way the players and the Brewers organization have used Hank's story to highlight the needs of homeless animals like him," Wisconsin Humane Society President Anne Reid said. "We know he'll love Milwaukee."
    (more)
  • **Bessie** Min Carter 2014/03/21 16:32:41
  • Min Carter **Bessie** 2014/03/21 16:35:32
    Min Carter
    +4
    Bessie, if you get a chance, google Hank the dog. Gotta warn you about the 'Cuteness Alert'! LOL
  • **Bessie** Min Carter 2014/03/21 16:41:31
    **Bessie**
    +3
    Will do!

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