Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston

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!

Debbie Grubbs – Beloved Friend and Family Member


Debra Lynn Santoro Grubbs

The family of Debbie Grubbs would like to thank all of the extended families and friends for their continued support during these very difficult times.

We all know that Debbie loved life to the very fullest up until she took her last breath. She loved her family, both 2 and 4 legged. She was proud of her children and very proud of their accomplishments. Debbie loved each and every one of them, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren.

Debbie had a true sense of family and friends. If you needed her, she was there. What was even so much more wonderful was that as she journeyed thru the last 9.5 yrs, Steve was always there with her. They truly made a great team. They shared their joys and their sorrows. They shared their values. They shared their lives.

Debbie also had a passion for her dogs. She, along with Steve, started volunteering with Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston in 2004 and continued to do so until her passing. In her memory, Steve and her three children will continue to volunteer with this group.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating Debbie’s life. Debbie was an incredible person in every endeavor she took on — be it mother, grandmother, wife, and/or friend.

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