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Brewers’ canine pal goes from stray to ‘Dog of the Year’

In February, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy petted Hank at spring training in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)
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The year 2014 turned out to be a big one for Hank the Dog, who showed up at the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training complex in February, in a sadly bedraggled state. That was the last time that Hank would go unloved, as the pooch was effectively adopted by the Brewers and their fans, and officially adopted by a loving family.

Not only did Hank find a good home, he was given another one by the team:

For their part, Milwaukee fans took to the dog so much that they raised over $150,000 for the Wisconsin Humane Society through sales of Hank-related merchandise. All that good work culminated in a big, barking win Thursday at the World Dog Awards. As announced by Paris Hilton (!), the Golden Hydrant award for Dog of the Year went to the Brewers’ best friend. Way to go, Hank!

Here’s a video to help you get to know Hank’s story a little better:

In other World Dog Awards-related sports news, Tennessee’s Jr. Smokey won for Best Mascot. And he was fired up!

But the night, and the past year, belonged to Hank. Way to go, little guy.