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Hall of Famer George Brett uses Twitter to find lost dog

Hall of Fame Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett joined the Twittersphere earlier this month. Like countless current and former athletes before him, he probably viewed the platform as a place to interact with fans and others in the baseball business, promote himself and work on reducing his writing style to the socially acceptable 140-character format.

((via @GeorgeHBrett))

He tweeted that his dog, Charlie, was missing. He followed that with a photo and the offer of a reward. Brett then went after heavily-followed sports reporters including Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and ESPN’s Buster Olney. People began to retweet Brett, and soon #FindCharlie began trending around the country.

At 8:23 a.m. Wednesday — less than eight hours after his first tweet — Charlie was back home, safe and sound and Brett had a new appreciation for the power of Twitter.

We got him! Thank you for all the support! It is so touching to see how many people care! You all were a big help! Thank you

— George Brett (@GeorgeHBrett) May 30, 2012

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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