A Georgia collegiate baseball team, the Savannah Bananas, has a brand new staff member.
Her name is Daisy, and she's a four-legged, fuzzy-eared, curly-tailed ball of adorable. She joins the ranks of the many canines that serve as bat dogs in minor league baseball.
Daisy was found crying outside an office door in the parking lot of Savannah's Grayson Stadium. At just seven weeks old, the puppy was found without any trace of previous ownership; she had no collar or microchip.
Savannah Bananas staff members took the puppy to the local humane society in hopes of reuniting her with an owner. However, no one came forward to claim her. So, the team president, Jared Orton, and his wife Kelsey, adopted her. They named her Daisy and made her the official team bat dog.
Orton believes everything happened exactly the way it was supposed to. In a team press release, he said, "It was just meant to be that we'd have a team dog as part of our staff...We took Daisy to the vet and aside form being hungry and dehydrated, she was in pretty good health."
These days, little Daisy lives on easy street. She goes to the office everyday, where she currently serves as the team's official greeter. No one knows how big she'll get, so whether or not she eventually grows big enough to retrieve bats and balls and bring them to the dugout - the official job of a bat dog - remains to be seen, "but as she grows, she'll be a fixture at the ballpark," says Orton.
Cool name...check. Adorable puppy...check. Good karma points for rescuing an animal...check. With the addition of Daisy, it looks as if the Savannah Bananas are hitting it out of the park.
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