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Hank the Dog has been adopted

Mar 14, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

Hank the Dog AP

Hank the Dog, the stray who wandered into Maryvale Baseball Park and became an unofficial Brewers mascot this spring, has a permanent home. In Milwaukee of all places:

The stray pup who has won legions of fans since showing up at Maryvale Baseball Park along with Brewers pitchers and catchers will move north to Milwaukee on Sunday. He will travel on a Southwest Airlines Charter flight with Brewers sponsors and family members and executives, one of whom is adopting Hank and taking him home.

The “of all places” is a little sarcastic, as this is clearly no coincidence. Nor is it, I suspect, a random adoption. My guess is that his role of unofficial mascot is going to soon become rather official, either on behalf of the Brewers or — more likely — on behalf of a Brewers sponsor. I mean really, you telling me that if Acme Widgets — the Official Widget Provider of the Milwaukee Brewers — had Hank at their Widget store at the corner of Appleton Ave. and Pilgrim Road in beautiful Menomonee Falls, that a horde of people wouldn’t come to see him? And maybe buy a widget?

I’m not trying to sound cynical here.  I don’t really care where he goes as long as he’s loved and has a home. Heck, maybe a charitable organization has adopted him and he’ll be a goodwill ambassador. That would be cool. And even if he is at the widget place, at least Brewers fans will get to see him. So that’s nice.

But yes, I do predict something promotional or quasi-promotional in the offing for good old Hank.

  1. barrypiatoff - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Reblogged this on The Second Time Around.

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM


    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      I want to name my blog “A Blog with Zero Original Ideas.”

      Then I will reblog everything!

      • natstowngreg - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        A Man With A Plan!

      • pjmitch - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Awesome!!! Big Thumbs up

      • dcarroll73 - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Or as my master palindromist friend would not lower himself to say:
        A man a plan a canal Panama

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Someone get that dog a beer!

    • thefugitivekind - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Someone get that dog an agent.

      • natstowngreg - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Saturday! See Hank the Brewers Mascot(tm) at [name of] Mall!*

        *5 Milk Bones(tm) per autograph (er, paw print).

  3. shawndc04 - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    He’ll go wild during the sausages races. Good for Hank. (Aaron)?

  4. pike573 - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Way to crap all over a feel good story…

  5. natstowngreg - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    All together now.


    Seriously, good to see another animal get adopted.

  6. jkcalhoun - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Dogs, cats, and monorails all in the same day?

    Spring Training: It Will End, Eventually.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Real baseball can’t get here soon enough to suit me. As far as I can tell this spring has been a graveyard of pitchers getting injured. Lets play some ball for real. All this practice is decimating the ranks of what should be some very good teams <—-(this last meant with tongue in cheek)

  7. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Put this guy in the Puppy Series and never mind that “Kitten All Star Game”.

  8. badger80 - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Miller Park will be the only stadium with random patches of overgrown grass on the field.

  9. badger80 - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    BTW Craig, do you actually know Menomonee Falls, or did you just pick an intersection on Google Maps?

  10. lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    It’s entirely possible also that the person who fell in love with the dog and wants to take him home to live with their family just happens to be a Brewers employee who follows the team to camp and then returns to Milwaukee. Could be something as simple as that.

    Who hurt you, Craig?

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