Millers resident devoted to rescue of Great Danes


November 17, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FRAN SCOTT loves Great Danes.

The North Carroll resident has rescued at least 40 of the peaceful animals made famous by the Scooby-Doo cartoon, and placed them into compatible homes. Rescuing them began several years ago when someone referred a dog in dire circumstances.

She has rescued others, found weak from hunger, injury, or because an owner can no longer provide a home.

"I'm a vet tech, so I can take in the worst cases, and restore them to health," Scott said. "I get the dogs to socialize with other breeds and people and kids. I really know these dogs before they're placed in homes."

Her dog rescue home feeds into a network of volunteer rescue organizations. Scott is part of the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Inc., an all-volunteer, charitable organization founded in 1979 to serve Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Washington.It is headed by Gail McKenney in Virginia.

Similar organizations exist across the country. Members of the rescue league provide many services, including educating and providing grief counseling for dog owners, finding replacement homes, and restoring health to neglected dogs.

"Gail McKenney is totally unselfish, someone who contributes thousands of dollars to rescues each year," Scott said. "She will not put down a dog."

Scott's other love is playing the bass guitar. A few weeks ago, she staged a benefit concert, Rock for Rescue, and plenty of talented friends showed up at her farm on Millers Station Road.

The slate included bands from Baltimore, Virginia and Washington, including Rob Fahey and the Pieces, the Martians, Stereo Life, Splitsville, Iluvatar, Spit Shine, and Wild Rice, a Fells Point jazz band, all of whom donated their time. A stage, sound system and more were donated by Maryland Musicians, Baltimore Air Products and Dundalk Music.

When it rained, musicians and the audience moved indoors. The musicians played for almost 10 hours. The Rescue League received about $800.

"At least 100 musicians were here," Scott said. "My husband, Rick, and I cleared the barn out and the bands played in there. We had a jazz band in the house. It was all very cool. Musicians that straggled in just joined in. These guys were good."

Scott plans a concert next year, in addition to her annual canine carnival in the spring.

Dogs that she rescues are carefully placed in homes where the owner is interviewed and the home is reviewed. Dogs older than 6 years are free. A donation of about $175 is requested to cover expenses incurred in caring for younger dogs. Great Danes live six to nine years.

"They're quiet and don't tear up the house," Scott said. "They're not a yippy dog, either. They have a calming effect. They're excited to see you about five minutes, then they go off and sleep somewhere."

For information on the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, contact the Web site at http: // or Gail McKenney at 703-938-9332.

Fran Scott can be reached at 410-239-6516.


Everyone who enjoys Christmas enjoys Winterfest at St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church in Manchester.

Winterfest will be held from 9: 30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, at the church hall, 3071 Park Ave.

From Route 30 north, turn left at the light, and take the left fork uphill to the church on the left.

Handmade crafts by parish members are a highlight, plus food served by the Knights of Columbus.

Look for tasty desserts at the baked goods table, and fresh and preserved items at the harvest table.

For kids, a Santa shopping area is available. Santa arrives at noon Saturday.

Raffles include one for Beanie Baby toys and a 50-50.

Information: 410-239-8881.

Talent show

Local talent will be cookin' on stage Saturday at St. Paul's United Brethren Church of Christ in Millers. Proceeds will go toward a new kitchen.

The show takes place at 7 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, 5010 St. Paul Road.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Homemade baked goods and refreshments will be available.

Information: 410-374-1875.

Winery open

Tour a vineyard and taste wine for two weekends during the annual open house at Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road.

Traveling from Hampstead, take Black Rock Road south and turn left at Falls Road.

From noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28, and again Dec. 4 and 5, the winery will offer cookies, cider, crackers and cheese with sampling of the latest wines.

Admission is $3 per car.

Information: 410-472-0703 or

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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