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Introducing The Cluster's Pet of the Week series: Meet Hank!

Hank showing off all of his toys. Photo provided by Stephanie Basey.
Hank showing off all of his toys. Photo provided by Stephanie Basey.

The Cluster is highlighting the furry (or feathered or scaled) friends who are members of the Mercer community! Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit photos of their pets for a chance to be featured on our website.

Although our first Pet of the Week is a dog looking to be adopted, we will feature pets of all kinds, even if they already have happy homes.

Click here to view the submission form.

Meet Hank!

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Hank is pictured proudly wearing a graduation cap after completing his PetSmart beginner's course. Photo provided by Stephanie Basey.

The Cluster's first featured Pet of the Week is Hercules, lovingly referred to as Hank, a 4-year-old mixed-breed pup who is looking for his forever home.

He currently lives with Stephanie Basey, a Mercer Ph.D. candidate in rural health sciences after his person was diagnosed with terminal cancer in November. Since living with Basey, Hank has worked very hard to become better socialized and learn new tricks. He can do all sorts of tricks now, including spinning and doing puzzles!

Basey recommends that Hank be an only-dog in his next home or be in a home with someone familiar with helping socialize dogs. His trainer has given him passing grades in every category, such as meeting new dogs, interacting with people confidently and calmly, walking nicely on a leash and, of course, cuteness. Hank is really just looking for someone that will feed him dinner, rub his butt and let him snuggle. 

Oh, and he has four extra toes.

For anyone interested in bringing Hank into their home, contact Stephanie Basey at

Mary Helene Hall

Mary Helene Hall ‘23 is a journalism and women’s and gender studies student who has worked for The Cluster throughout her time at Mercer. She has held internships at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and, where she covered a variety of topics including politics, crime and culture.


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