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Hank the Dog makes Brewers roster

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Wagging his tail all of the way, Hank the Dog has been told by the Milwaukee Brewers that he has made the roster as a "walk-on rover."

And this is with just over two weeks left in spring training!

In an adorable video that features several of the actual power brokers of the Brewers, including general manager Doug Melvin, Hank is presented with his jersey (No. K9) and congratulated with pet, hugs and kisses.

"You've been a good teammate and you add to our ballclub," Melvin told the shih tzu mix.

Underdog? To some, perhaps. But this former stray pup probably had it made as soon as the Brewers realized he had crashed spring training in Maryvale, Ariz. The team got him cleaned up and current on shots and found him a permanent home, which will be in Milwaukee with the family of a Brewers executive.

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Hank, a stray dog that the Brewers recently found wandering their practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, helps …

Click the image above to see Hank's life with the Brewers.

And Hank is headed home to Wisconsin this weekend on a charter Southwest Airlines flight. The Brewers say in a statement:

"Hank will make the move north to Milwaukee this Sunday on a Southwest Airlines Charter flight, joining Brewers executives, sponsors and family members on the flight to Mitchell International Airport.

Dignitaries expected to be on hand for Hank’s airport arrival include Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

He's the biggest thing sinze Fonzi. That's the good news. The bad is, not every stray is as fortunate:

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.
“We are excited to welcome Hank as an official Milwaukee Brewer,” Wisconsin Humane Society President & CEO Anne Reed said. “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."

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