The story of little Hank, the pooch the Milwaukee Brewers recently rescued, is at the same time terribly sad and quite heartwarming.
Sad…because he’s just one of countless homeless and/or mistreated animals in this country. Heartwarming…because there was a very happy “part 2” to his tale.
It appears the pup may have been abandoned. He wandered into Brewers training camp at Maryvale, Arizona in mid-February – where he was rescued by team employees who promptly took him to a vet for a checkup. There, it was determined the little guy (who is about 2 years old) had likely been run over by a vehicle.
Attempts to locate his owner came up empty.
Meantime, he was assigned a jersey (#1, of course), given a name (“Hank” – after Henry Aaron who began his storied career in Milwaukee) and became a fixture around the clubhouse and at spring training games.
The decision was made to bring Hank north along with the team, as he was adopted by the family of a Brewers executive. Now he’s the unofficial team mascot…and Bernie Brewer doesn’t seem to mind one bit! 🙂
Hank made his Opening Day debut at Miller Park to a standing ovation. You can see a slide show of him at the opener here.
20% of proceeds from the sale of ‘Hank items’ are being donated to the Hank Fund at the Wisconsin Humane Society.