CHRISTINE SCHEUCH IS THE FIRST (HUMAN)
FEMALE TO CROSS THE LINE WITH HER
DOG, ANNIE.
RON WHALIN PHOTO
Hounds and Harriers Run Raises
Record Donation for St. Hubert’s
Animal Welfare Center

BY BARBARA RUSHMAN

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ--The 12th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in Loantaka Park on October 11. It was a gorgeous fall day--sunny, cool, and dry, perfect for running. The overall winner was Daniel Seidel (Brooklyn, NY) and husky Sasha in a time of 16:56. It was Daniel’s first Hounds and Harriers Run, although his partner, Sasha, has run before with her owner Scott Johnson. The top four places were taken by race newcomers, three from out of state. Runner-up Kevin Bandru (17:15) came from Dickson City, PA. Kevin took it easy early in the race because he was running a marathon the next day, but decided to have a strong finish and passed many runners in the last half-mile.

The woman’s division was won by Christine Scheuch (Newton) and her German Shepherd Annie in 20:18. It was her second time at the race. Runner-up was Cheryl Maccaroni and her 13-year-old Australian Kelpie Dakota. Cheryl and Dakota won the woman’s division in 1998 and 1999.

One-hundred-forty-one runner/dog teams completed the three-mile course. Runners came from as far away as York Haven, PA (185 miles). Twenty-four runners were from out of state. Twenty of the dogs that ran the three-mile run were between 10 and 14 and, almost half were adopted from shelters or rescue groups. Over half of the human entrants were women.

A second shorter event called the “Paws from the Past” was held for dogs that are retired from running the longer course due to age or disability. All nine dogs that participated in this event were veterans of the three-mile run and were all 12 years old or older. That included two 16-year-old dogs, a pug mix Rudy Moorhead (Morris Plains) and the race director’s Brittany mix Sunchi Rushman (Florham Park).

 

THE RACE DIRECTOR’S DOGS, RYAN (BRITTANY)
AND DAISY (LEOPARD CUR), RUNNING WITH
COUSIN JOEL VAAG AND HUSBAND
JOHN RUSHMAN.
This race is a favorite of all that come because there are few opportunities in the Northeast to race with your dog. Here are a few comments sent in by the racers: Karen Giacomantonio (Madison): Grady Blu and I wanted to thank you for such a fun day. (You obviously have connections somewhere with the weather person). My dog was smiling from the minute we pulled into the parking lot until we got home. He was snoring so loud later in the day that you may have heard him at your house four miles away. He was definitely dreaming of the cute bearded collie that ran next to us during the race! Susan Dawson:
Another great day, great race, and only 363 more days to the next one and I'm counting. I'm so glad my sister-in-law got me involved with your race. You and the race have become an important part of my life. You organize the best race on planet. Jill Sanders (Butler) wrote to her running club: I ran this past Saturday with my beagle/husky mix Lucy. I have to say I think is the best experience we've ever had, and we've run the race five years now. The trails in Loantaka Park were all freshly covered with fine gravel which made the footing easy. The goody bag at this race was great?edible treats for me and for Lucy. We also got a few toys and even a leash. The T-shirt was cute, too, with a cartoon of two dogs that are begging to go running.

The race raised about $11,500 this year for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. The total for the 12 years it has been held is now over $75,000. Ten individuals or families donated or raised between $100 and $450: Chris and Debbie Kelly, Robin and Susan Dawson, Julie and Michael Burke, Pat Koziol, John Beers, Tim Hunt, Peter Hyland, Michele Kraweak, Ron Reich, Kimberly Brown, Tom McMillan, and Mark DePiano. They received a gift bag from St. Hubert’s. Other $25-or-more donors were given a membership to St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

The grand prize was a $100 gift card for PETCO. All placement and grand-prize winners received a custom designed show ribbon donated by PETCO, and a custom calendar with T-shirt art from the 12 Hounds and Harriers Runs. In addition to 10 placement awards for men and women, awards were given to first shelter adoptee or rescued dog, first veteran dog (age 10 or over), first small, and first large dog.

 

MICHAEL AND KELLY LYNCH, AND THEIR DOGS,
BAILY AND BRANDY.
The main goal of the event is to have a fun and safe event for runners and their most reliable and enthusiastic training partners, their dogs. The race prides itself on the amenities given to each participant. This included a specially designed T-shirt and bandanna. This year’s design from Swedish artist Eva Arvidsson of her English Setter Fanny and Fanny’s friend begging to go for a run.

Each entrant also received a goodie bag with gifts from Kraft Foods, PETCO, Morris Animal Inn, Cadbury Adams, and Madison Veterinary Hospital. Milk Bone is the event’s main sponsor, but other contributions were made by returning sponsors Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, the Perambulating Pet Sitter, Smith Barney Citigroup, the PETCO Foundation, TriBoro OBGYN (Madison), Runners Haven (Randolph), Bark Ave Mobile Pet Spa, Dr. Paul Banks (DDS), and Julie Corbin, Ph.D. (pet bereavement, Bernardsville). New sponsors contributing this year include I.A. Smith Contractors, Pet Butler, LMK Nutrition, The Illustrated Pet, Dog Guard Electric Fencing, and Net Worth Management Group. Apples and bagels were contributed by Whole Foods (Madison). Other local contributors donating goods include Schnippers Gift Shop (Madison), Well Bred (Chester), and Staples (Madison).

Paws from the Past: Jenny Deery & Bailey (13 years old), Karen Fox  & Tucker (12), Ann Moorhead & Rudy (16), Troy Prebenda & Stargazer (12), Collin Prebenda & Chinky (14), Barbara Rushman & Sunchi (16), Joe Sikora & Charlie (14), Gary Farishian & Hanson (13), and Greg Mandak & Beri (13).

MALE

1. Daniel Seidel/Sheba (Alaskan husky)
2. Kevin Bandru/Ralph (Border Collie)
3. Glenn Hartrick/Jersey (Lab)
4. Michael Koons/Mikey (Fr Brittany); first shelter
5. Peter Hyland/E.D. (Golden Retriever); first large
6. Chuck Paul/Lady (Speed Mix)
7. Steven Semple/Katie (Golden Retriver)
8. Chris Kelly/Brody (Weimeraner)
9. Christopher Joralemon/Otter (Black and Tan Coonhound)
10. Mark Depiano/Dillon (Border Collie)
11. Kevin Higgins/Sneakers (Golden Retriever)
12. Juan Yanez/Charger (German Sheperd/Hound)
18. John Bye/Archie (Lab/Pointer); first veteran
26. Carl Deddens/Bandit (Jack Russell); first small

 

THE SENIOR DOGS LINE UP FOR THE PAWS FROM THE PAST.
FIVE OF THESE DOGS WERE IN THE FIRST HOUNDS AND
HARRIERS RUN 12 YEARS AGO.
BARBARA VONHALLE PHOTO
FEMALE

1. Christine Scheuch/Annie (German Shepherd)
2. Cheryl Maccaroni/Dakota (Australian Kelpie); first shelter
3. Ali Locke/Victor (Australian Shepherd); first veteran
4. Jill Sanders/Lucy (Beagle/Husky)
5. Leslie Fox/Finny (Lab)
6. Tara Petti/Olive (Shepherd Mix)
7. Lisabeth Sunda/Jaeger (German Shepherd); first large
8. Karen Giacomantonio/Grady Blu (Boxer)
9. Kiran Koons/Sammie (Fr Brittany); first small
10. Pat Giaquinto/Autumn (Standard Poodle)
11. Jennifer Bona/Schatze (Germ ScHr Pointer)
12. Heather Welch/Callie (Mix)
13. Lucille Young-Talbot/Bailey (Border Collie Mix)
14. Susan Dawson/Sparky (Lab/Geryhound)

OVERALL

1. Daniel Seidel/Shelba 16:56
2. Kevin Bandru/Ralph 17:15
3. Glenn Hartrick/Jersey 17:19
4. Michael Koons/Mikey 17:23
5. Peter Hyland/E.D 17:36
6. Chuck Paul/Lady 18:39
7. Steven Semple/Katie 18:47
8. Chris Kelly/Brody 19:01
9. Christopher Joralemon/Otter 19:12
10. Mark DePiano/Dillon 19:23
11. Kevin Higgins/Sneakers 19:38
12. Juan Yanez/Charger 19:53
13. Christine Scheuch/Annie 20:18
14. Scott Johnson/Leyla 20:20
15. Edward Halvorsen/Marley 20:28
16. Joe Curran/Curtis 20:29
 

OVERALL WINNING DUO, DANIEL SEIDEL AND
SASHA.
PEGGY DOYLE PHOTO
17. Stephen Finlay/DaisyDukes 20:46
18. John Bye/Archie 20:58
19. Bill Winterbottom/Kate 21:08
20. Dante DiPirro/Riggs 21:12
21. Robert Lazansky/Fiona 21:30
22. Robert Tona/Blaze 21:31
23. Chris Curry/Fred 21:34
24. Joseph Doyle/Darla Blue 22:07
25. Cheryle Maccaroni/Dakota 22:45
26. Carl Deddens/Bandit 22:53
27. Andy McDonnell/Elvis 22:54
28. Brian Dwyer/Daisy 22:57
29. Ali Locke/Victor 23:03
30. Robin Dawson/Gretle 23:19
31. Shane Prebenda/Relic 23:21
32. Bob Bocchetti/Champ 23:21
33. Michael Valentine/Goliath 23:22
34. Paul Yurga/Bailey 23:23
35. Jill Sanders/Lucy 23:33
36. Leslie Fox/Finny 23:44
37. Bill Knudsen/Ginger 23:45
38. Tara Petti/Olive 23:51
39. Lisabeth Sunda/Jaeger 23:51
40. Bob Moran/Kelly 23:52