Howling Woods Farm & Michael Hodanish – Not the wolves from Little Red Riding Hood. WolfDog Rescue in Jackson NJ – Hosted by TaraJean McDonald Vitale


StarDust – Not The Wolves From Little Red Riding Hood….

Featuring: Michael Hodanish

35 years ago Michael Hodanish didn’t know that when he adopted a stray pup that wandered on to his property in Arizona, that it would turn out to be part wolf. He also didn’t know that this small act of kindness would lead to a movement that would save wolfdogs all over the country. This time we found StarDust in the woods of Jackson New Jersey.

I had the absolute pleasure of meeting this kindhearted man who has made it his mission to save as many wolfdogs as he can. It is very apparent how much these animals love and respect him on the farm. Michael finds homes for the wolfdogs, working with the new owners and providing them with as much education that is necessary for the successful transition of a wolfdog into their lives. These animals are being bred all over the country but not all of the wolfdogs end up in safe happy homes. So many are euthanized because of the lack of knowledge or training an owner has for raising wolfdogs. I hope you enjoy the show and find some time to visit and learn about the mission to save wolfdogs in our country.

Howling Woods Farm Mission: “Education. It’s to teach people that wolves are not the dangerous animals that we grow up learning about through fairytales like Little Red Riding Hood.” – Michael Hodanish

“I am happy to give families a new family member they could cherish and the fact that people got educated.” – Michael Hodanish



StarDust – Hosted by TaraJean McDonald

Featuring: Michael Hodanish of Howling Woods Farm, Jackson NJ


There are stars all around us in the universe – After stars were formed, the intensity of their energies caused them to explode – their stardust traveled through the universe eventually clumping together to give birth to planets.

The earth is formed from stardust. Our bodies are formed from the earth – so in essence we are all made up of stardust. Every one of us is made up of stardust – the famous and the not so famous; the people who we look up to and admire, and the people who are homeless on the streets. I interview people who shine. Maybe you know them, maybe you don’t. But you are going to learn something about their lives, their passions and what motivates them. And in the end, I hope you realize that we all have the ability to shine, because after all – we are StarDust.


TaraJean is a versatile journalist who has produced numerous segments for NJDiscover. She is experienced in Production and Post Production of TV Commercials, Live News Coverage, TV Entertainment Segments and Live Theatrical Events. She runs the gamut from writing to shooting to scripting to editing to post-production. She studied Communications specializing in Advertising at Fordham University, New York City, but her passion for creativity and expression moved her beyond a Bachelor of Arts degree to where she also studied Theatre and Performance at both Fordham and Roundabout Theatre. Her incandescent spirit took her ultimately to the stage and television in Metropolitan New York as an aspiring actress. Along the way, with a few blinks of an eye, TaraJean was married and raising three young daughters. Next, TaraJean harnessed that spirited energy, becoming editor of Our Town, a Monmouth County newspaper and appearing as a TV host for local Channel 77. The next perfect fit for TaraJean was to channel her unlimited energy in central Jersey working with NJ Discover as TV Host, Reporter, Writer and Producer. She consistently brought a special warmth, caring, insight and humanity to her stories and her reputation flourished with on sight reporting about Hurricane Sandy, homelessness and Tent City, pervasive hunger in New Jersey, and Jersey’s iconic music and film scene. She is the epicenter of what’s happening around the county and state. Almost evolutionary, TaraJean went on to co-host NJ Discover LIVE radio and cable TV and still manages time (quintessential juggler) to be Reporter, SpokesModel, Copywriter, Producer, Journalist and now Sr. Editor for Fashion Haunts Magazine.  Blog:

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