ALINA AND MICHAEL MUILENBERG WITH OZZIE AND LUCIAN
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The Hounds and Harriers Run Raising Funds for St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

BY BARBARA RUSHMAN

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ--The 15th annual Hounds and Harriers Run was held in Loantaka Park on October 8. It was a beautiful, sunny day, starting out cool and warming up nicely for spectators. The overall winner for the 2nd year was Glenn Hartrick (Jersey City) and his yellow lab Jersey in a time of 17:50. Second place went to Brendan Brown (South Orange) and his labradoodle Ollie (17:59). The women’s division was won by Meredith Locasto and her lab/boxer mix Roscoe (Long Valley) in 20:44. Runner-up was Wendy Reed and her hound/beagle mix Bernadette (East Brunswick) whose time was 20:49.

One hundred forty-five runner/dog teams completed the three-mile course. Two dogs currently up for adoption at St. Hubert’s Animal Center participated in the race with volunteers. Cattle-dog mix Faye would do well in an active home. Shepherd mix McDougal has energy to run but is content just to hang out. Both look forward to finding their forever home.

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 eight dogs that participated in this event were veterans of the three-mile run and 16-year-old Max Brown was in the first Hounds and Harriers Run in 1997.

This race is a favorite of all that come because there are few opportunities to run a race with your dog. Here are a few comments sent in by the participants:

Ann Zouvelekis: “I just wanted to commend you on a wonderful event on Saturday. The course was great and the volunteers were just fabulous. I know you have worked for many months to organize and oversee all of the details. St. Hubert's is one of my favorite charities (I have adopted three cats from St. Hubert's), so I hope we raised a lot of money and awareness.”

Shelly Prebenda: “We all loved the race this year.  It may have been the most fun I've ever had. I think I loved it because there was less stress somehow, and more time to marvel at all of the wonderful dogs and dog owners. It is what I look forward to each fall. Thank you for giving all of us this special occasion with our devoted companions.”

 

TRACY BROWN AND MAX IN THE PAWS
FROM THE PAST (16+ YEARS OLD) WHO
SADLY PASSED AWAY TWO WEEKS AFTER
THE RACE.
DIANE RAU PHOTO
Karen Fox: “Rosie and I really enjoyed the 15th annual Hounds and Harriers event on Saturday. It is hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Tucker and I set out on our first of many enjoyable H&H days. I can’t even pick which one is my favorite. Thank you again for all that you do to make Hounds and Harriers possible. St. Hubert’s is so lucky to have an angel like you to help make their goals a reality.”

The race raised about $12 thousand this year for St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. The total funds raised over the 15 years it has been held is now about $114 thousand. Twelve individuals or families donated or raised between $100 and $600 each: Kimberly Brown, Robin Dawson, Chris and Debbie Kelly, Peter Hyland, Pat Koziol, Michelle Kaweak, Tim Hunt, Greg Mandak, Bill Winterbottom, Jackie Wright, Ron Reich, and Geri O’Brien. They received a gift bag from St. Hubert’s.

The grand prize was a $100 gift card for PETCO and the placement prize the other winners received: a custom designed show ribbon donated by MARDOG, and a custom calendar with photos of last year’s Hounds and Harriers Run. 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.

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. Each entrant also received a goodie bag with gifts from Avoderm Dog Food, Milk Bone, PETCO, Terry’s Pet Depot, and Simon and Shuster.

Milk Bone is the event’s main sponsor but other contributions were made by returning sponsors Avoderm Dog Food, Murray Hill Veterinary Associates, the Perambulating Pet Sitter, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the PETCO Foundation, Runners Haven (Randolph), Bark Ave. Mobile Pet Spa, Dog Guard--Out of Sight Dog Fencing, Morris Animal Inn, Triboro OBGYN, and Camp Gone to the Dogs. New sponsors Smart Tag, MARDOG also donated funds. Apples and water were contributed by Whole Foods (Madison). Other local contributors donating goods include Staples (Madison), Shop Rite (Chatham), San Francisco (Madison), Joyce Ferris Pet Portraits, and Fine Art and Westfield Veterinary Group. The race is heavily supported by local running club, the Rose City Runners (Madison).

Paws from the Past:
Tracey Brown /Max (16), Troy Prebenda/Relic (14), Carl Deddens/Bandit (13), Robert Rau, Robert/Jett (13), Roseanne Micallef/Hallie (11), Debra Roseman/Hannah (11), Grace Cabanillas/Poppy (8), Kent Kollmer/Karmen (6)

MALE

1. Glenn Hartrick/Jersey (lab) 17:50 1st overall
2. Brendan Browne/Ollie (labradoodle) 17:59 1st shelter
3. Will DeRoberts/Casey(Alaskan husky) 19:04 1st veteran
4. Ken Alutin/Aztec (American Foxhound) 21:25 1st large
5. Bob Karp/Bodhi (chi/cocker mix) 29:27 1st small
6. Scott Moran/Eli (mix) 18:37 2nd overall
7. Peter Hyland/Cooper (lab mix) 18:48 3rd overall
8. Michael Talbot/Dixie(collie/chou) 18:57 4th overall
9. Mark Maldonado/Molly (lab mix) 19:02 5th overall
10. Chris Kelly/Brody (weimeraner) 19:07 6th overall
11. Reid Prebenda/Djuna (husky mix) 19:31 7th overall
12. Chuck Paul/Lady (speedmix) 19:38 8th overall
13. Mark DePiano/Dillon (border collie) 20:09 9th overall
14. Matt DePiano/Dakota (border collie) 20:20 10th overall

 

LIZBETH MULLER AND JAEGER
BENITA SHOR PHOTO
FEMALE

1. Meredith Locasto/Roscoe (lab/boxer) 20:44 1st overall
2. Wendy Reed/Bernadette (hound/beagle mix) 20:49 1st shelter
3. Heather Welch/Callie (mix) 22:54 1st veteran
4. Jocelyn Grier/Boomer (lab/greyhound) 23:03 1st large
5. Debra Roseman/Fenway (sheltie) 22:37 1st small
6. Cheryl Maccaroni/Blue (border collie) 21:54 2nd overall
7. Marie Quinn/Ryan (Brittany) 21:57 3rd overall
8. Katie Ferguson/Lucy (lab) 22:11 4th overall
9. Christine Fleming/Annie (German shepherd) 22:39 5th overall
10. Wendy Kerr/Cooper (Jack russell) 23:01 6th overall
12. Elizabeth Kim/Zeek (mix) 23:59 7th overall
13. Whitney Vandenberg/Grover (lab mix) 24:08 8th overall
14. Elizabeth Jewett/Oliver (Anatolian shep mix) 24:16 9th overall
15. Kathy Jackson/Treana (siberian husky) 24:24 10th overall

OVERALL

1. Glenn Hartrick/Jersey (lab) 17:50
2. Brendan Browne/Ollie (labradoodle) 17:59
3. Scott Moran/Eli (mix) 18:37
4. Peter Hyland/Cooper (lab mix) 18:48
5. Michael Talbot/Dixie (collie/chou) 18:57
6. Mark Maldonado/Molly (lab mix) 19:02
7. Will DeRoberts/Casey (Alaskan husky) 19:04
8. Chris Kelly/Brody (weimeraner) 19:07
9. Reid Prebenda//Djuna (husky mix) 19:31
10. Chuck Paul/Lady (speedmix) 19:38
11. Mark DePiano,/Dillon (border collie) 20:09
12. Matt DePiano/Dakota (border collie) 20:20
13. Meredith Locasto/Roscoe (lab/boxer) 20:44
14. Juan Yanez/Charger (german shepherd/hound) 20:46
15. Wendy Reed/Bernadette (hound/beagle mix) 20:49
16. Robert Curry/Slider (hound) 21:06
17. Ken Alutin/Aztec (American Foxhound) 21:25
18. Ronald Brown/KC (Germ ShHr Pointer) 21:34
19. Robin Dawson/Blue (English coonhound) 21:36
20. Steve Fisher/Herman (golden retriever) 21:37
21. Chris Curry/Fred (shepherd mix) 21:53
22. Cheryl Maccaroni/Blue (border collie) 21:54
23. Marie Quinn/Ryan (Brittany) 21:57
24. Katie Ferguson/Lucy (lab) 22:11
25. Michael Close/Jackson (pointer/beagle) 22:16
26. Tim Hunt/Silky (border collie) 22:32
27. Brian Jacobus/Luna (weimeraner) 22:34
28. Robert Barone/Allie (weimeraner) 22:35
29. David Osmun/Gypsy (golden mix) 22:36
30. Debra Roseman/Fenway (sheltie) 22:37
31. Bill Winterbottom/Miles (lab beagle) 22:38
32. Christine Fleming/Annie (German shepherd) 22:39
33. Noel Fitzgerald/Lexi (labradoodle) 22:44
34. Heather Welch/Callie (mix) 22:54
35. Wendy Kerr/Cooper (Jack russell) 23:01
36. Jocelyn Grier/Boomer (lab/greyhound) 23:03
37. Elizabeth Kim/Zeek (mix) 23:59
38. Adam Rotondo/Rocky (beagle) 24:03
39. Whitney Vandenberg/Grover (lab mix) 24:08
40. Elizabeth Jewett/Oliver (Anatolian shep mix) 24:16