Skip Navigation
Russell Refuge
Willie / 4 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Star / 7 years old / Female / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Sparks II / 6 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Sparks II
Scooby / 9 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Rocky 3 / 6 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Rocky 3
Pilot / 3 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Kimbo / 5 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Jetro / 8 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
James Brown / 2 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
James Brown
Cricket / 1.5 years old / Female / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Charley / 6 years old / Male / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier
Billie / 5 years old / Female / Rhinebeck, NY / Rescue Terrier

Benefit Weekend for Russell Refuge

Save the Date!      June 25-26, 2011

Why a Benefit for Russell Refuge?

As many of you know, I have chosen to do a weekend of terrier fun to benefit the Russell Refuge as my Gold Award project for Girl Scouts (this is comparable to the Eagle Scout award in Boy Scouts). The Russell Refuge, founded by Dale Mountan, is located in Rhinebeck, New York (the same place Chelsea Clinton got married) and is a haven for wayward Jack Russells. This is a wonderful organization, but as you can imagine, it is a never ending, thankless, and costly task to care for these poor dogs throughout the year. In speaking with Dale, the greatest Refuge needs are heated dog houses, skineez dog toys (no stuffing) and bath room rugs with the no slip, rubber bottoms. Through this benefit, we hope we can provide the Refuge terriers with all these items!

The benefit will be held on June 25 and 26, 2011 at Northgate Farms in Port Murray, New Jersey (directions below). It will include all of the usual terrier fun: a silent auction, raffle, lure coursing, go to ground, ultra-earth, ball toss, barn hunt, racing, and that beauty pageant known as conformation. Prizes will be awarded, but any donations in this area would be graciously accepted. All of the judges have offered to donate their time and expenses to this worthy cause. Please note that this is not a sanctioned trial - it is meant to be a fun weekend out with your terrier and your terrier friends to help raise money for the Refuge.

I hope you will save this date and plan to attend, as I will need all of your help to make the weekend successful.

Erin Tack     (more about Erin)


Latest Updates

  • Jun 29 - The benefit weekend was a huge success. Thanks once again to Erin and her family, the wonderful volunteers and all those who wished us well.
  • Jun 23 - The porta-johns arrived this morning and we would like to thank the MR. JOHN COMPANY and DAWN for their generous donation towards those! The pre-entry count is up to 204 Terriers!
  • May 26 - Bring a Skinneeez Toy to the benefit weekend and make a Refuge terrier very happy!
  • May 7 - Class Entry Forms must be postmarked by June 11th to qualify for pre-entry rates.
  • May 2 - Trial flyer is now available
  • Apr 18 - Blank entry/sponsorship forms for Saturday and Sunday now available (more)
  • Apr 14 - Team Lure Coursing "Rumble" - it's simple, the fastest combined time WINS! (more)
  • Apr 14 - Veterinary Q & A seminar by the Drs. Tacks and a Hunting Seminar by Linda Cowasjee on Sunday.
  • Apr 14 - Event List/Entry Forms are coming soon!
  • Apr 13 - Our conformation judges will be Ruth Arnold of the UK (Sat) and Linda Cowasjee of VA (Sun).
  • Apr 13 - Join Sandra Ferber for a grooming clinic and Michelle Ward for a handling clinic (both on Sat).
  • Apr 13 - Enjoy the raffle, silent auction and hot/cold food from the local volunteer Fire Department.

Entry/Sponsorship Forms

Donate a Skinneeez Dog Toy

Please bring a Skinneeez dog toy to donate to the Refuge! Skinneeez stuffing free dog toys bring out a dogs natural instinct to hunt. The stuffing free Skinneeez last longer than regular plush toys because there is no stuffing for the dog (even a Jack Russell Terrier) to rip out! Donate a toy so they can enjoy long lasting play while flip-flopping the stuffing free Skinneeez.

Here are a few links to a couple web sites that sell Skinneeez toys.

Many thanks to Mr. Kuny (from Ethical Products) for donating 50 Skinneeez toys for the Refuge Benefit weekend!

The Refuge does not specifically recommended these web sites. We provide them for information purposes only.

Weekend Events

Team Lure Coursing - "Rumble"

  • Silent auction
  • Raffle
  • Lure Coursing
  • Go to Ground
  • Ultra-earth
  • Ball Toss
  • Barn Hunt
  • Racing
  • Conformation
  • Team Lure Coursing
  • To be held on Saturday, June 25th
  • A Team consists of (1) Under and (1) Over Terrier
  • Terriers must be registered for Lure Coursing to participate
  • The runs counted are the runs being used for the regular Lure Coursing event
  • The fastest time out of 2 runs will be noted for each terrier on the team
  • Sponsored by Lisa & Dave Benoit


  • Ruth Arnold (UK) - Conformation (Sat)
  • Linda Cowasjee (VA) - Conformation (Sun)
  • Walt and Marla Lutter - Agility
  • Lisa and Dave Benoit - Lure Coursing
  • Shawn Garris - Barn Hunt
  • John Miranda (Sat), Doug Loranger (Sun) - GTG
  • Ron Northrup - Ultra Earth
  • Greg Tack - Ball Toss

Clinics and Seminars

  • Handling Clinic - Michelle Ward - Saturday
  • Grooming Clinic - Sandra Ferber - Saturday
  • Hunting Seminar - Linda Cowasjee - Sunday
  • Veterinary Q & A - Drs. Doug and Sue Tack - Sunday


Northgate Farm is located at 79 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Port Murray, NJ 07865. As you use the directions below, watch your odometer because roads are not well marked.

From Northeast and NYCFrom West/Northwest (PA/Poconos)From the South
I-80 West to exit 26, Rt. 46 West towards Budd Lake. Go 5.0 miles and turn left at the traffic light onto Naughright Rd. (it is called Sand Shore Road on the right side) There is an Exxon and Chrysler dealer on the corner. Go 2.7 miles and turn right onto Flocktown Rd. Take this to the end, 1.7 miles, and turn left onto Schooley’s Mtn Rd. Take the first right onto Pleasant Grove Rd. (0.2 miles). Go 3.3 miles on Pleasant Grove Rd., turn left on Mt. Lebanon Rd. After 1.6 miles on Mt. Lebanon Rd., turn right into Northgate Farm. I-80 East to Exit 4. Take Rt. 46 East to-wards Hackettstown. After a few miles, you will turn right onto Rt. 31 going towards Washington. In Washington, turn left onto Rt 57. After 3 miles, you will turn right at a stoplight onto Point Mountain Rd. After 0.5 miles, you will go over another bridge and the road will fork. Stay to the left, on Pt. Mountain Rd. for another 2 miles. You will turn left at the top of the Mountain onto Mount Lebanon Rd. Northgate Farms is 0.5 miles on the left. I78 to Rt 31 North (Clinton area in western NJ – about exit 17 on Rt 78). Take Rt. 31 North for 7.5 miles and turn right just after the McDonalds/A&P onto Rt 632(Asbury-Anderson Rd.) Take this all the way to the end and turn right onto Rt. 57. You will only go 0.2 miles on Rt. 57 and you will turn right onto Pt. Mountain Rd. Go over the bridge, and when the road splits, stay to the left on Pt. Mountain Rd. You will go a total of 2.5 miles on Pt. Mountain Rd., and then turn left onto Mt Lebanon Rd. (Old church and cemetery on corner). Northgate Farms in 0.5 miles on the left.

Arriving early? Join us at the house Friday night at 6PM for a BBQ and brain storming session on how we can all help be part of the solution and not add to the problem of Jack Russell Terrier abandoment.

Area Hotels

Comfort Inn - Hackettstown
1925 Rt 57 West
Hackettstown, NJ
No dogs in rooms;
7 miles from trial site
    Hampton Inn - Clinton
16 Frontage Dr.
Clinton, NJ
Dogs allowed in rooms
20 minutes from trial site

Note: We have a negotiated a special rate at both hotels. The rate is $95 per night. The rooms are booked under Northgate Terrier Trials. Please reserve your room by June 1st to get the special rate.

Erin Tack

Erin is now a Senior Girl Scout in her 11th year of scouting which will culminate with the awarding of the Girl Scout Gold Award for service. Since she has been involved with Jack Russells her entire life, it was only fitting that she put her energy into the Refuge. Erin and her entire Troop have made many trips to the refuge and have collected toys, treats, towels, paper towels, crates, and other needed items at various events over the years. They have also had a cookie sale and penny drive for the refuge. Erin is a 10th grade honor student, a three sport varsity athlete, was the 2010 JRTCA National Youth Handler Champion and was the recipient of the 2010 JRTCA National Youth Sportsmanship Award.

Erin hopes this benefit and educational weekend will help raise awareness to the growing problem of dog abandonment. She asks that everyone think twice before getting a dog that they may not be able to provide a life-long home for. If you would like to help and can not attend, or if you would like more information, please email Erin. Details will also be available on the Northgate web site.

Girl Scouts Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout 14-18 may earn. Someone once described the Girl Scout Gold Award as being "what you really want to be remembered for" in Girl Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from "going for the Gold" set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into "going for the Gold." It is something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action. The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl's community (whether local or global), creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing. If it is an event, the event should be something that people will want to continue for the next year; if it is a service, it should be something that creates change or action with long-term possibilities, empowering others besides just the girl; if it is something tangible, it should come with a plan for use and maintenance within the community. The project is more than a good service project—it encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. If a group of girls work on the project together, each girl must be responsible for a specific part of the project and must evaluate her participation as an individual and a member of the group.

Home  |  News  |  Dogs  |  Courtesy |  Adopt  |  Donate  |  Starlight  |  Volunteer  |  Resources  |  About Us  |  Guardian Angels  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy
 Facebook Twitter © 2017    Russell Refuge, Inc.       PO Box 725       Rhinebeck, NY 12572             Jack Russell Terriers Books