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Hank the Ballpark Pup made his long-awaited return to Miller Park to inspire the Brewers

It was just another day at Brewers Spring Training back in 2014, until a scruffy stray dog with a tire mark on its fur wandered in and stole everyone's hearts:

And thus the legend of Hank the Ballpark Pup was born: The Brewers took him back to Milwaukee with them, where he soon became their unofficial mascot -- hanging with the Globetrotters, appearing on bobbleheads and running in the Sausage Race in his very own hot dog costume.

He even got his very own doghouse at Miller Park:

As the years went on, though, we started to see less and less of Hank. Some began to wonder whether Hank was -- gasp! -- still alive at all. Even in the midst of Milwaukee's magical run to Game 7 of the NLCS last season, he was nowhere to be found.

But fear not: Hank's simply moved on to living the life of a beloved household pet. And lest you think he's forgotten about the team that took him in, just look at how happy he was to pay a visit to Miller Park on Wednesday afternoon:

Find someone who looks at you the way Hank looks at third-base coach Ed Sedar.

Sure, he's found his forever home, but the Brewers will always hold a special place in his heart.