The Rochester Red Wings announced the passing of their beloved bat-fetching golden retriever, Milo the Bat Dog, at the age of 7 on Monday. Milo’s owner, Josh Snyder, had trained him to retrieve players’ bats during games, making him a popular figure in the community. Last week, Snyder and the team revealed that Milo had been diagnosed with liver disease after spending time in intensive care.
Milo made his debut in 2019, appearing in two games. After the 2020 season was cancelled due to the pandemic, he participated in two games in 2021 and six in 2022. Milo was scheduled for a career-high eight appearances in 2023, with two already completed on March 31 and April 28. In a statement, Snyder emphasized Milo’s impact on the community, including the thousands of dollars raised for non-profit organizations and the joy he brought to fans who had the chance to meet “The Goodest Boy.”
To support Snyder and honor Milo’s memory, fans can contribute to a GoFundMe page for his expenses or donate to the Milo Make a Difference campaign, which benefits the Veterans Outreach Center and Honor Flight. The Red Wings are also selling Milo T-shirts and plush dolls, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the campaign.
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