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Trenton Thunder ‘bat dog’ dies at 13

Chase - Bat Dog

Chase, a golden retriever, longtime mascot and beloved bat dog for the Trenton Thunder, died Monday of Cancer, days after celebrating his 13th birthday at a retirement party at the team’s stadium.

Chase - Trenton Thunder Bat Dog

The pup — full name: Chase That Golden Thunder — made his debut with the team in 2002, and gathered bats, grabbed frisbees and entertained fans for more than a decade.

"Chase was such a tremendous part of the Trenton Thunder identity for more than 10 years," Thunder General Manager Will Smith told NJ.com. "His presence at Arm & Hammer Park or in the community was the epitome of the wholesome family entertainment for which we strive."

In February, Chase was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma, and he made sure to make the most of his last few months at the ballpark. In June, Chase became the first dog to be honored on the field at Yankee Stadium (the Thunder are the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate), and on Thursday, the Thunder hosted a birthday bash that also served as Chase’s retirement party.

Video: Chase that Golden Thunder

“He’s just a one-of-a-kind dog," Eric Lipsman, the Thunder’s senior vice president of corporate sales and Chase’s owner, told NJ.com at the retirement party. "That’s all I can say. He lived for this. He just absolutely loved to be out there on the field."

Chase leaves behind a bat-fetching legacy that includes his 5-year-old son Derby, the Thunder’s new bat dog, as well as another son, Ollie, the bat dog for the New Hampshire FisherCats.

Video:  Trenton Thunder – Chase the Bat Dog – July 3, 2007

July 11, 2013 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Events, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health | , , , , | 2 Comments

Three Little Minnesota Pigs

Provided by the Minnesota Zoo


These three little pigs are in the running to be the St. Paul Saints’ mascot this season.


Three little pigs — no, not those three little pigs — newly born at the Minnesota Zoo are competing to be this season’s mascot for the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team.

The Saints use a new pig for the ham-it-up role each year, but this is the first time the zoo is providing the candidates.

The winning piglet–and his name — will be unveiled May 18 during the Saints’ annual “World’s Largest Game of Catch” in downtown St. Paul. The event, free to the public, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Robert Street between 6th Street and 7th Place.

As mascot, the pig’s duties includes entertaining fans during home games and carrying baseballs out to the home-plate umpire between innings.

Last season’s mascot pig was named “Boarack Ohama.” He was returned to the western Wisconsin farm of Dennis Hauth, who has been the team’s regular provider of the mascot. In January, the no-longer-little piggy went to market.

“He got to be over 400 pounds, and it was time to say goodbye,” said Hauth of River Falls.

The same fate has met all of the annual mascots, except the first, who was named “Saint.”

“I kept him until old age,” Hauth said. “But it was too hard on him, and it was too hard on me. He reached more than 1,500 pounds,” causing Saint numerous physical problems until his death at age 3.

“We ended up burying him on the farm,” Hauth said.

Except for Saint’s successor, “Paula,” all of the mascots have been males. Hauth said that allows him to have the lucky fellas neutered, calming them down “whole bunches.”

By Paul Walsh – Star Tribune • 612-673-4482

Posted:  Just One More Pet 

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