Category Archives: 6-MSRH Memorials

Ben Harrington


March 22, 1938 – January 1, 2011

The Miniature Schnauzer world lost one of its best friends on New Year’s Day.  Ben Harrington was a big man with an even bigger heart!  Ben and his wife Carol have been Schnauzer lovers for over 35 years and volunteers with MSRH for over 8 years. They first adopted a 12-year old Mini named Oscar from MSRH back in 2003.  Oscar crossed the Rainbow Bridge in January 2009. The Harrington’s have adopted five other rescues, as well as fostered countless others for MSRH. In addition, Carol has done many transports and owner surrender pickups, as well as bathed and groomed many dirty, matted Minis, taken them to the vet, and done whatever we needed. All the while, Ben was there to support her in all of these selfless efforts.  Ben had been battling cancer for the past two years and finally succumbed to congestive heart failure.  Ben never met a stranger.  He loved life, he loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  And he loved his Schnauzers, whom he considered his children, too!  Carol has asked that in lieu of the usual remembrances to please send donations in Ben’s memory to MSRH.  Contributions may be sent to:  Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston;  1827 Ash Meadow;  Houston; Texas; 77090.  MSRH wishes to express our deepest sympathies to Carol and to both families for their great loss.  Our thoughts are prayers are with you all.

Marc LaValley


MSRH is sad to have lost our friend, adopter and volunteer, Marc LaValley.  Marc passed away on October 2, 2010.  Marc loved his Schnauzer, Cody, and began fostering for MSRH in late 2009.  He began fostering with Evan and Oscar and gave them a loving home until they were adopted.  He enjoyed the experience and later fostered both Rocky and Corbin.  A man of many talents, he was also one of our MSRH groomers and gave back to us in that way as well.  Marc was a kind soul who loved the Schnauzer breed.  We miss him!