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It’s Hank!

The Great Pumpkin is fake. Paul is dead, Elvis lives, and man never walked on the moon. Sometimes myths and conspiracies have no end, no hard proof to end the debate.

But not today.

Through the wonders of advanced technology and modern medicine, baseball and dog lovers around the world can now rest easy. There is only one Hank, The Ballpark Pup.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine William S. Rice of Lakeside Animal Hospital, who has cared for Hank since his arrival in Milwaukee in the spring of 2014, confirmed the identity of Hank in an examination yesterday. Dr. Rice compared original and current dental records, which were a match. In addition, a microchip implanted in Hank when he moved from Arizona was scanned yesterday, and identification number matched Hank’s registration in the database.

For a second opinion, another scan was performed this morning by Dr. Nancy Weiss, Wisconsin Humane Society Veterinary Director, which reconfirmed that Hank is…Hank.

“Every day at the Wisconsin Humane Society, we see animals transform from scraggly strays to healthier, stunning pets simply because of excellent care and good grooming,” said Anne Reed, President and CEO of The Wisconsin Humane Society. “In Hank’s case, it’s evident that his transformation is solely due to the loving care he receives from his family. In addition, Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology not only helps to reunite lost animals with their families, but in Hanks’s case, verifies that he is indeed the true Hank.”

Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal's identification. This technology helps to reunite lost animals with their families.

Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology helps to reunite lost animals with their families.

The conspiracy stemmed from a post on BrewCrewBall.com that alleged that Hank was an impostor after comparing photos from the spring of 2014 to more recent images.

“We couldn’t ignore the dissimilarities, and while we all had a good laugh at the theory, we wanted to take the steps to reassure everyone through absolute proof that there was no Hank double,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “Hank is part of the Brewers family, and if anything, the interest in today’s story shows how one stray dog can capture the hearts of a community. Along those lines, we knew that this would be a great opportunity to work with our friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society to deliver important messages about animal care, tracking and adoption.”

Hank’s story dates to February of 2014 when he wandered into the Brewers Spring Training complex in Maryvale, Arizona. Hank quickly became a fixture at Brewers camp, participating in workouts and becoming a media star on an international level. He moved to Milwaukee later that spring and was adopted by the family of Brewers Vice President and General Counsel Marti Wronski.

Hank and his "mom," Marti Wronski at today's press conference.

Hank and his “mom,” Marti Wronski at today’s press conference.

His rise to fame included being named “Dog of the Year” at the nationally televised World Dog Awards in 2015. And just last week, he appeared on stage at the request of Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer.”

Screening by Annabelle Attanasio Tonight at the Milwaukee Film Festival

We’re in the midst of the 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which includes  341 screenings during its 15-day run. Tonight, one of those screenings is of the film, “One Man’s Trash,” directed by Annabelle Attanasio, the niece of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio.

“One Man’s Trash” is a video short about a man on a mission to compost a bag of spoiled produce at the Brooklyn Grange. however, when he gets to Greenpoint, the hipsters won’t let him pass. The project was funded by NYU Green Grants. It will be screened tonight at 7pm CT at the Fox Bay Cinema Grill as part of “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story.”

Annabelle is a filmmaker from Brooklyn, NY, the founder of Alacrity Productions. She is also an actress, with roles on television shows such as “The Knick,” “The Slap,” and “House M.D.” Her upcoming film “Drooler” will also be released this year.

This is not the first time an Attanasio has had an event at the Milwaukee Film Festival. In 2013, the Milwaukee Film Festival hosted “An Evening with Paul Attanasio.” Paul, Mark’s brother and Annabelle’s father, is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer. He has worked on projects like “Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco” and “House M.D.”  Paul also returned to the festival this year to conduct a master class for screenwriters and students.

Before her screening tonight, Annabelle Attanasio is taking in the Brewers vs. Cubs finale with her aunt and uncle.

Before her screening tonight, Annabelle Attanasio is taking in the Brewers vs. Cubs finale with her aunt and uncle.

We highly encourage you to check out Annabelle’s film tonight and to visit the Milwaukee Film Festival in general through the end of its 2015 run on Thursday.

In keeping with their mission to positively impact the lives of children and families, the Brewers Community Foundation (BCF), along with Mark and Debbie Attanasio,” are also once again a big part of this amazing event. BCF is the Presenting Sponsor of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Education Screenings program, which admits over 8,000 students from 1st through 12th grades for grade-appropriate screenings of festival films.

Hank the Ballpark Pup also stars in this year’s sponsor trailer for the festival, which was a collaborative effort with the Wisconsin Humane Society.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Milwaukee Film Festival Unveils 2015 Sponsor Trailer Featuring Hank the Ballpark Pup

This morning, the 7th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, announced a collaboration with the Wisconsin Humane Society for their 2015 Festival Sponsor Trailer which will run before each of the 341 screenings of the 15-day film festival.

“This is an idea that was presented to us several years ago by local filmmaker and writer Ryan Plato. We always wanted to see it happen, and this year the partnership with the Wisconsin Humane Society and the great filmmaking team at Bunkerooney Films, Tate Bunker and Kara Mulrooney, made it possible,” explains Jonathan Jackson, Artistic and Executive Director at Milwaukee Film. “Our hope is that our film festival patrons who see dozens of festival films won’t ever get tired of these adorable animals. And even though I am a cat lover, I suppose it is acceptable that they allowed dogs in the trailer.”

The trailer highlights the film festival’s 2015 sponsors with a cast of adult dogs and cats as well as puppies and kittens, all Wisconsin Humane Society alumni or animals who were waiting to be adopted at the time of filming.

Thanks to the Brewers Community Foundation, Hank the Ballpark Pup is featured in the trailer as well. In keeping with their mission to positively impact the lives of children and families, the Brewers Community Foundation also returns as the Presenting Sponsor of the Milwaukee Film Festival’s Education Screenings program, which admits over 8,000 students from 1st through 12th grades for grade-appropriate screenings of festival films.

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“This partnership is a great case of nonprofit collaboration in Milwaukee,” explains Angela Speed, Vice President of Communications for the Wisconsin Humane Society. “There’s such a need for good homes and loving pet owners; we’re thrilled to see the work we do get this kind of exposure.”

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Join the Wisconsin Lottery, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Humane Society for Top Dog Ticket Launch on August 21

On Friday, August 21, the Wisconsin Lottery will unveil the five new Top Dog instant scratch tickets at a special event at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

“Hank, The Ballpark Pup” will be on hand to serve as the host ambassador dog of the day and the first 200 adults to the event will receive a free Top Dog scratch ticket and a Hank bobblehead.

This ticket launch event will also serve as a donation and adoption drive for the Wisconsin Humane Society.  Fans who bring in one of the donation items listed below will have the chance to win an individual game Club Level suite rental at Miller Park, autographed Brewers merchandise, and get a photo taken with Hank, The Ballpark Pup:

  • Soft dog treats
  • Dog toys
  • Canned cat food
  • Cat toys
  • Cat litter
  • Monetary donations

The event will take place on Friday, August 21 from 10am-noon. Adoption Avenue will open at noon.

 

Earlier this year, the Lottery received 2,375 submissions in the Top Dog contest and those with the most votes were chosen as the winners.  The pet owners received a $100 VISA gift card, a framed sample Lottery ticket featuring their pooch, and $20 worth of Top Dog instant scratch tickets.

Parra Defeats Cotts in Soccer Penalty Kick Shootout

In anticipation of the friendly soccer match between Atlas F.C. and Newcastle F.C. that will be held at Miller Park, Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra and teammate Neal Cotts competed in a penalty kick shootout for charity at Miller Park this afternoon.

A goal was set up in the outfield with  goalie Nick Vorberg, a former goalie for the Milwaukee Wave for more than a decade and a Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame member, manning the net. Vorberg currently serves as the volunteer assistant with the Marquette University men’s soccer team and as an assistant coach with the Wave.  He is the Wave’s second all-time leader in goalkeeper wins.

Parra and Cotts competed in a best-of-five shootout to “ready the field,” as Miller Park will soon be converted to a soccer pitch configuration, with the two players taking alternate shots at the net.

Both players agreed that the loser of the shootout will donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice. Parra chose Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund as his charity, while Cotts went with Wisconsin Humane Society. Several teammates and coaches were also on hand to watch the event.

Representatives from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to watch the Parra vs. Cotts Shootout against Goalie Nick Vorberg. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

In round 1, Parra took the early lead, 1-0.

Gerardo Parra took the early lead and never looked back. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Gerardo Parra took the early lead and never looked back. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Neither scored in round 2.

In round 3, they both scored to make it 2-1.

Neal Cotts put up a good fight.

Neal Cotts put up a good fight. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

In round 4, Parra clinched the win–and a $5000 donation to the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship fund–with one more goal.

Parra's final shot slips past Vorberg.

Parra’s final shot slips past Vorberg. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Final: Parra 3, Cotts 1. 

Final: Parra 3, Cotts 1.

However, everyone was a winner as it was announced that Wisconsin Humane Society would also be receiving a $1000 donation.

Here’s a video of the shootout:

Tickets are now on sale for Atlas. F.C. vs. Newcastle F.C. at Miller Park on July 14.  Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Fans can purchase tickets online at Brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, or by phone at 414-902-4000.

In addition, all fans who attend the match will receive a voucher at the gate that will allow them to receive $15 off a future Brewers home game in the month of August. The voucher is valid for 14 games in the month, excluding August 1, 2, 8 and 15. And the first 10,000 adults 18 and over will receive a reversible soccer scarf featuring the logos and colors of the Newcastle and Atlas Clubs, courtesy of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

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The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m.  Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Parra & Cotts to Compete in Soccer Penalty Kick Shootout Against Standout Pro/College Goalie

In anticipation of the friendly soccer match between Atlas F.C. and Newcastle F.C. that will be held at Miller Park, Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra and teammate Neal Cotts will compete in a penalty kick shootout for charity on at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Miller Park.

On that day, Parra and Cotts will compete in a best-of-five shootout to “ready the field,” as Miller Park will soon be converted to a soccer pitch configuration. A goal will be set up in the outfield of Miller Park and the two players will alternate taking shots at the net.

The only thing standing between the two Brewers and the goal will be goalie Nick Vorberg, a former goalie for the Milwaukee Wave for more than a decade and a Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame member.  He currently serves as the volunteer assistant with the Marquette University men’s soccer team and as an assistant coach with the Wave.  He is the Wave’s second all-time leader in goalkeeper wins.

After five kicks, the player with the most goals will be crowned as champion.

Both players have agreed that the loser of the shootout will donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice.  Parra has chosen Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund as his charity, while Cotts will go with Wisconsin Humane Society. Teammates, coaches and Manager Craig Counsell will attend the event to cheer on their mates.

Tickets are now on sale for Atlas. F.C. vs. Newcastle F.C. at Miller Park on July 14.  Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Fans can purchase tickets online at Brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, or by phone at 414-902-4000.

In addition, all fans who attend the match will receive a voucher at the gate that will allow them to receive $15 off a future Brewers home game in the month of August. The voucher is valid for 14 games in the month, excluding August 1, 2, 8 and 15. And the first 10,000 adults 18 and over will receive a reversible soccer scarf featuring the logos and colors of the Newcastle and Atlas Clubs, courtesy of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

MB-15_Miller-Park-Soccer-Match-Social

The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m.  Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Bring Pet Supplies With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend is the first Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity for 2015, with a pet supplies drive during the Brewers series against the Cardinals.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new pet supplies with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers pin featuring Hank the Brewers Ballpark Pup.

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Items that will be collected for animal shelters include canned or dry puppy, dog, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; towels; stainless steel food and water bowls.

Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.

-Cait

@CMoyer

#VOTEHANK for Dog of the Year

Yesterday, I shared that Hank, everyone’s favorite “Ballpark Pup,” has been nominated for “Dog of the Year” in the CW’s World Dog Awards, which will be hosted by George Lopez and set to air on the CW Network on January 15, 2015. the awards show puts the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlights special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

Coincidentally, today, we received this holiday photo from Matt Clark, sporting one of the new Hank sweaters. Guess we know who he is voting for! And, is that a Hank ornament we spy on his tree?

Matt Clark Hank

Fans are encouraged to #VOTEHANK at WorldDogAwards.com under the category “Dog of the Year.” Voting will take place in two periods, the first continuing until December 22.  The second period of voting will occur between December 22 and January 9.

-Cait

@CMoyer

HANK, THE BALLPARK PUP, NOMINATED FOR “DOG OF THE YEAR” IN THE CW’S “WORLD DOG AWARDS”–VOTE NOW!

The Milwaukee Brewers’ lovable dog, “Hank, the Ballpark Pup,” has been nominated for “Dog of the Year” in the CW’s World Dog Awards. Hosted by George Lopez and set to air on the CW Network on January 15, 2015, the awards show puts the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlights special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

 

Being nominated for “Dog of the Year” means Hank is one of five dogs who have made the biggest impact on pop culture in 2014. Votes will be tallied through January 9 to see which of the five dogs will be awarded the title.

 

Hank first appeared as a stray at Brewers Spring Training on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. He became a fixture at camp and immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet lovers across the world. Stories on Hank appeared everywhere from the London Daily Mail to PEOPLE Magazine, and nearly every major national news and talk show across the United States.

 

Hank has teamed up with the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) to initiate fundraisers benefitting the efforts to feed, care for and shelter homeless animals. In addition, 20 percent of Hank merchandise sales, such as his book and other Hank collectibles, are also donated to the WHS. To date, the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 through this program.

 

Hank’s rise to the pop culture limelight since first walking on the field in February has been nothing short of tremendous. He has warmed the hearts of thousands of Brewers fans and dog lovers alike and continues to make a positive impact on the Milwaukee community.

 

Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite baseball dog on the CW’s website: http://cwtv.com/world-dog-awards/ under the category “Dog of the Year.” Voting will take place in two periods, the first continuing until December 22.  The second period of voting will occur between December 22 and January 9.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

“SANTA HANK” DELIVERS TOYS AND SUPPLIES TO WISCONSIN HUMANE SOCIETY

Early this morning, Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” rang in holiday cheer with a visit to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Dressed as Santa, Hank and his elves delivered toys and supplies to dogs and cats at the facility.

“Wherever Hank goes, he brings cheer to those he meets along the way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the holidays upon us, we wanted to have Hank visit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society as a reminder that many share a similar experience of being strays. The Humane Society does tremendous work and we appreciate their efforts as partners with the Brewers and Hank.”

Thousands of animals come through the doors of the Wisconsin Humane Society every year, and hundreds of them are looking for a “forever home.” Hank, a former stray, visited with his friends today, bringing loads of toys and supplies donated by the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation.

“The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to open your heart and home to a needy animal,” said Anne Reed, Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “The holidays are also one of the busiest times for us for adoptions, and we look forward to welcoming Hank back to visit with all of us and to make some new friends.”

 

The holiday décor included the limited-edition Hank holiday ornament, which decorated the tree on display at the Wisconsin Humane Society. The ornament is included as a bonus gift for every fan who purchases two of the Brewers popular Holiday 4-Packs.”

The Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 for the Wisconsin Humane Society this year through the sale of Hank-themed merchandise and other fundraisers. The newest Hank-themed merchandise will also be on display at the event.

Here’s some more fun and photos from today’s event:

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12/12/14 Update:  When the doors opened to the public at noon yesterday, the Wisconsin Humane Society had several families waiting in line for them outside their doors to adopt Myrtle and Minerva, a couple of the pups that were featured on our social media sites and the morning shows who came out to cover Santa Hank’s visit.

Myrtle (the elf we memed above) went home with Jamie and Pete of Menomonee Falls, where she’ll have a cat sibling to keep her company and a 1-year-old (human) sister to grow up with and Minerva went home with Jennee & Dan of Milwaukee. She’ll have two cat siblings and a dog brother who was also adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Here are some photos of the puppies with their new moms.

Jamie and Myrtle

Myrtle with her new mom, Jamie.

Jennee and Minerva

Minerva, with her new mom Jennee.

It’s likely only a matter of time before Millie and the rest of the dogs and cats find their own happy homes–maybe it will be one of our readers, so be sure to write in and let me know so we can feature you!

12/12/14 Update #2: I just received word that Millie was also adopted! She found a home with the Kott Family from Ixonia:

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Millie and her new parents.

 

I’m so happy I can bring you this good news to kick start the weekend.

Be sure to let me know if you become a new cat or dog mom or dad!

-Cait

@CMoyer

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