Golden Dozer, the foul ball retriever, is receiving a nacho chip for bringing back a ball baseball game at Roughrider Stadium in Gillette. He loves the job and has naturally been a fixture at the stadium since he began fetching the balls two years ago. — News-Record photo by Nathan Payne
Dozer is a ball hound. Literally.
The 7-year-old Golden Retriever has forged his baseball skills into a popular distraction at the Gillette American Legion AA baseball games.
He’s known statewide, at least by some baseball fans, for his retrieval of foul balls.
At the sound of a hit, he’ll lift his head and watch, waiting to see if it will sail outside the playing field. If it’s a foul ball, he’s off and running. He sometimes catches the ball on the bounce.
And he’s always the first to arrive.
Enough so, that some officials have asked to have the four-legged phenom taken out of away game ballparks so kids have a chance to snag the foul balls and reap the rewards for turning them in.
Dozer has been plying his entertaining trade for years. He’ll snag the foul and wait patiently for his treat after he returns the ball to the concession stand. Last year, owner Rick Hutchison trained Dozer to stretch and place his front paws on the concession stand, and put the ball down on the counter.
His payment often comes in the form of a piece of hot dog, a nacho chip, or even a portion of a hot dog bun. “He’s very motivated by food,” one fan pointed out at a recent game.