Bone to Be Wild combines love of animals, motorcycles

July 19, 2009|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT -- Bill Netzer, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., rarely takes out his motorcycle without his Maltese, Tiffany.

"She gets mad if she doesn't go," Netzer, 50, said of the 6-year-old dog. "She hears the bike start, and she comes running."

Sunday was no different, and Netzer was one of several dog owners who brought his pooch along for the annual "Bone to Be Wild," the Dave Alderson Memorial Motorcycle Ride to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.

Humane Society Executive Director Paul Miller said 110 people had pre-registered for the ride, and he expected up to 100 others to participate. Last year 165 people attended, and the ride raised about $11,000.


He said he hoped to surpass that amount this year.

"It's getting bigger every year," Miller said of event, now in its sixth year.

Riders paid $25 to $30 to ride, and participated in raffles and drawings to raise additional funds. Miller said the money raised during the ride goes to items not funded through Washington County's budget. That includes educational programs, spay and neuter efforts, off-site adoptions and rescues, he said.

Miller said the ride was named in memory of Alderson, who was married to a Humane Society board member. Alderson suffered a massive heart attack and died in his 30s, Miller has said. He said Alderson was an avid motorcyclist and an animal lover, and the ride was established in his honor.

Sunday's 60-mile ride began at Harley-Davidson in Williamsport and ended at Camp Harding Park.

Carol and Buddy Sours, of Virginia, brought their 8-year-old Chihuahua named Isaiah to the ride. The dog wore a leather vest, goggles and a helmet for the ride.

The couple said Isaiah has ridden about 40,000 miles with them, and said this was their third "Bone to Be Wild" ride.

Doug Knott and his fianceé, Shari Schildtkneckht, both of Myersville, Md., brought their 2-year-old Chihuahua to the Humane Society ride, and said it was their dog's first time on a motorcycle.

Schildtkneckht held the dog, Cisco, while Doug drove the bike.

"We've been wanting to take him," she said. "And today was the day because it was for a good cause."

Tuck Koontz, 55, of Hagerstown, has participated in every "Bone to Be Wild" ride, and said he comes back each year because Alderson was a friend and because he supports the Humane Society.

Koontz is a member of five organizations for motorcycle riders, and is director of the Alliance of Bikers Against Totalitarian Enactments, also known as ABATE.

Koontz described Alderson as an "animal lover," and said participating in the annual ride is "a way to keep his name going."

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