Hank, the Ballpark Pup, nominated for "Dog of the Year" in the CW's "World Dog Awards"
MILWAUKEE - 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.