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 has legs.

The stray pup wandered into the Milwaukee Brewers' baseball spring training facility in Arizona last year. 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 on the field level concourse at Miller Park. 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 for the most dedicated Hank fans. There is even a Hank-worn All-Star game jersey that was made especially for him. It can be purchased for 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, with food residue still visible, has a $100 price tag. 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 worn by each. Shell out $175 and take it home.

"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 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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COMMENTS (55)
  • GavinS-Kut
    4/12/2015 - 11:53 a.m.

    That's pretty cool that Hank has a bobble head of himself! My dog would love a bobble head of himself!
    I have a use to have 2 dogs but they died but now I got my other dog mott

  • JordanC-Kut
    4/12/2015 - 08:20 p.m.

    I think that it is extremely unfair that that dog gets so much attention. He didn't even do that much! But I also think that it is amazing that he went this far and he has so many fans. So, although it is sort of unfair that he is famous and my dog is not, I still think that he is amazing.

  • SebastianH-1
    4/13/2015 - 12:19 a.m.

    In Milwaukee, Hank the Dog is all the rage! Once a stray who wandered into a stadium, he is now having bobble heads and other merchandise designed after him. He has some personal items for sale at Miller Park. This article could have included more on how Hank grew so famous among Milwaukee.

  • jackieawc
    4/13/2015 - 08:28 a.m.

    I think that walking makes anything easy even when you are running or even jogging.Sometimes it might be hard for someone to run or jog and when they to that they have to walk to gain back some energy from it.The story really is cute but the thing that stands out the most it that the dog there to raise awareness for pet adoption.So the dog will return to the park to see people or just what is he doing??

  • JackD-3
    4/13/2015 - 07:48 p.m.

    This article was about how a dog that is very popular in Arizona. A stray dog wandered into a baseball field during their practice. The team later decided to adopt the dog. For some reason, many people really liked the dog and the dog became very popular. Because of this, this dog raised awareness about pet adoption.

    I really like this article but I was wondering why this dog became so very popular so quickly. I honestly just don't understand.

  • HannahM-3
    4/14/2015 - 02:02 a.m.

    Hank the Dog was once a stray pup roaming Milwaukee. He was adopted and is now the face of the Brewers. Many items can be purchased at the Miller Park concierge such as a food bowl that Hank has eaten out of and a jersey worn by him. The Arizona Humane Society receives twenty percent of the profits made by the Hank merchandise and has raised about $200,000. I think that Hank the Dog is very cute and I'm glad he got adopted and now has a luxury life. I think the prices of the Hank merchandise are too large and that only a HUGE Hank fan would be willing to buy them.

  • andrea26
    4/14/2015 - 02:10 p.m.

    I think that it was nice of them to adopt Hank without even thinking about it. Hank is an example of how you can bring happiness to people by adopting animals that have been abandoned.

  • angiehorse12
    4/14/2015 - 02:18 p.m.

    I think that it is very kind that the Milawaukee Brewers' Baseball team executive adopted Hank. I wonder how Hank got so famous? I never knew that Hanks dog bowl has a price tag of $100 because there is residue still visible.

  • angiehorse12
    4/14/2015 - 02:19 p.m.

    I think that it is very kind that the Milawaukee Brewers' Baseball team executive adopted Hank. I wonder how Hank got so famous? I never knew that Hanks dog bowl has a price tag of $100 because there is residue still visible from his food.

  • rachelh10503
    4/14/2015 - 02:55 p.m.

    Yay! another dog famous. I love all of the animals/pets that they make famous because they are unique, and look different than all of the other pets out there.

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