Milwaukee fans are crazy for Hank the Dog
Milwaukee fans are crazy for Hank the Dog "Hank the dog" sits on the field before a spring training game. At left is a Hank bobblehead doll (Getty Images)
Milwaukee fans are crazy for Hank the Dog
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The fascination with Hank the dog continues.

Last year, the stray pup wandered into the Milwaukee Brewers' baseball spring training facility. It is in Arizona. The dog later was adopted by a team executive. Now the fluffy white pooch has become a fan favorite.

A kiosk of Hank-related items has been erected. It is located on the field level concourse at Miller Park in Milwaukee. That's where the Brewers play their home games. The kiosk features a variety of items for sale. They include Hank t-shirts, plush toys and dog leashes.

A locked display case features an array of expensive collectibles. Considering the prices, these are only for the most dedicated Hank fans. There's even a Hank-worn All-Star game jersey. It was made especially for him. The price is a whopping $1,200.

The Wisconsin Humane Society receives 20 percent of revenue from the sale of Hank merchandise. To date, more than $200,000 has been raised the team said.

The dog's bowl has a $100 price tag. Food residue still is visible. A bed on which Hank once slept can be had for $250.

Want a framed picture of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy with the precious pup? It includes swatches of jerseys they each wore. A buyer can take it home for $175.

"This is just a function of the demand for Hank merchandise," Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said.

Hank again will be honored with a bobblehead doll. It will be adorned in pink. The doll will be given to fans that attend a Mother's Day game.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hank is extremely popular," Schlesinger said.

Hank visited the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Arizona last week. The dog was there to raise awareness for pet adoption programs at the Arizona Humane Society. He will make appearances for charitable causes in the Milwaukee area during the season.

He will return for several visits to Miller Park, too.

Critical thinking challenge: What did Rick Schlesinger mean when he said, "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hank is extremely popular." What does Hank have to do with rocket science?

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  • Nikhiln-Cla
    4/08/2015 - 05:43 p.m.

    Hank the dog is a famous baseball dog that walked in on a baseball game as a stray

  • Tiffany0307-yyca
    4/08/2015 - 09:09 p.m.

    I think that Hank the Dog is very famous too. I is actually obvious this article is basically talking about how people love him and other things like that. How can a dog be so popular just when he pretty much didn't do anything? I think it's kind of strange. It just joined a baseball team that everyone loves and it was adopted by them and then now people love them. I think that is just a little awkward. But besides that, the Hank merchandise is really expensive. I wonder why it would be so expensive just for a dog. It's not like he was some kind of rock star or a team member of the baseball team that everyone likes. But I think it's worth it for the people in Arizona because they do obviously like Hank a lot and they want to buy his stuff.
    Critical Thinking Question: What did Rick Schlesinger mean when he said, "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hank is extremely popular." What does Hank have to do with rocket science?
    Answer: He means that it isn't difficult to know that Hank is very cool, famous, and popular. It just means that pretty much a lot of people know about Hank the Dog, so there doesn't have to be a expert knowing and telling everybody this.

  • Krystalp-Cla
    4/09/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    Hank the dog use to be a stray dog but then someone adopted him.Hank the dog was adopted by the baseball team executive and Hank became a fan favorite.some people woould wath the baseball game so maybe people could visit Hank while watching the game.Hank visited a park to raise awareness for pet adoption programs.I like this story because it talks about a dog that use to be a stray and became a fans favorits the next day and i also liked this story because it talks about dogs and how they lived there like and thats why i liked this story.

  • orahf-
    4/10/2015 - 12:36 p.m.

    Hank the dog is very popular so people buy lots of Hank souvernirs. Hank is the fluffy, white pooch who is a fan favorite. Hank does not have anything to do with rocket science. It is easy to see that people like Hank.

  • caitlynnk-Hyl
    4/13/2015 - 12:08 p.m.

    That is such a cute dog. But those prices are crazy. I like how 20 percent of all the hank things that people buy go to the Arizona humane society. i wonder if the team executive travels with Hank

  • FrankE21-Cla
    4/13/2015 - 12:08 p.m.

    Whoa Hank is pretty famous and popular hope you guys feed him and play with him you guys are good owners.And thanks for taking adoption for hank and caring for him thanks for keeping him alive and good luck on your next game guys :D

  • samuelw-Hyl
    4/17/2015 - 12:00 p.m.

    Well this article was really cool the fans are really crazy for hank the dog at a baseball games. So I personally like this article even know it was a little weird.

  • kaylal-Hyl
    4/17/2015 - 12:04 p.m.

    I loved this article. First of all I love dogs so much. Then there's how that its so amazing how the people raised 200,000$ in the fundraiser. This wasn't my favorite article but it was one of the best.

  • KayleeF
    4/28/2015 - 01:59 p.m.

    Well first, it doesn't mean that he is a rocket scientist. It meas that he is extremely popular. Second, I love dogs and i know what the owner means!

  • KayleeF
    4/28/2015 - 02:04 p.m.

    The text feature help me because it said in the story the stray pup was in Milwaukee Brewers and that was the text feature to help me out in the picture.

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