Hank the Ballpark Takes the Stage Once Again, This Time with Cesar Millan

Hank the Ballpark Pup was back in the spotlight on Friday night, this time as a special guest of Cesar Millan, star of “Cesar 911” on Nat Geo WILD and original host of Nat Geo WILD’s the “Dog Whisperer” series.


When Hank first arrived at the Riverside on Friday night, he had a dry run of his appearance by going out on to the Riverside stage a few times to get a feel for it. No stranger to the stage, the 2015 Dog of the Year was  mostly enthralled with the carpet on stage — not once looking out into the empty theater.

Cesar met Hank backstage before the show. Instant connection. Cesar was laser focused and Hank was so sweet.

Photo: Adam Miszewski

Next, Hank was taken to his own dressing room on level 5 where he drank water, took a couple photos and got a treat.


At 8p it was showtime — Hank was brought down stage left and met with Cesar. Cesar took the leash and walked out to 2,000 screaming fans. Hank started prancing and ran up to the edge of the stage and wouldn’t stop smiling and looking out into the sea of people — it was adorable.


Cesar told Hank’s story to the crowd. After which he thanked Hank for coming and walked him off stage. He walked back on stage and told the crowd, “If I would kept him here, you would’ve never paid attention to me. It’s my show after all,” he said with a smile.

Special thanks to Andy Nelson, PR Director for the Pabst Theater Group for his help with this story and thanks to Adam Miszewski for the photos!



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