Thursday, May 20, 2010

Noted Dachshund Author, Breeder, Judge Dorothy O. "Dee" Hutchinson Passes

Humble thanks to Helen Paradise for sending in the unfortunate news of the passing of Dorothy O. "Dee" Hutchinson - Dachshund author, breeder, and judge.  The hearts of the Dachshund community go out to Mrs. Hutchinson's family and friends.  Helen writes:  I thought you might like to know that one of the great Dachshund show breeders (Rose Farm Dachshunds) and author of The Complete Dachshund and a well know AKC show judge (including six Westminster assignments) has passed away in Connecticut. Below is some of the information on her, her life, book and one of the Best in Show winners one of her dogs had sired. The death notice is from the Greenwich times. I am also attaching her photograph. Those of us in the Dachshund world have lost a great lady who will never be replaced.

Thank you,
Helen Paradise
DOROTHY "DEE" O. HUTCHINSON died in peace at home on May 15, 2010. She was 71. Born in Boston, Mass., and raised in Greenwich. Dee graduated from the Low-Heywood School in Stamford, after which she married her lifelong mate and best friend, the late Bruce O. Hutchinson. Dee and Bruce had lived in Pound Ridge, N.Y. for 30 years before moving to Westbrook in 1998. Dee enjoyed an admirable career as a noted and respected breeder of Rose Farm Dachshunds. She was a valuable member of the Greenwich Kennel Club, the Dachshund Club of America, she served for many years as a delegate to the AKC and she was an irreplaceable mentor to countless dog enthusiasts. She spent more than 30 years honing her skills as an AKC judge and in 2001, she was appointed the title of All Breed Judge. She earned a reputation as a renowned international judge and she had the honor to judge groups at both The Westminster Kennel Club as well as the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. She was a member of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT and Old Lyme Country Club. Dee is survived by her children, Nancy H. DeLorenzo of Middle Grove, N.Y., Sandra O. Gray of Annandale, N.J., the late John O. Hutchinson and her twin sister, Katherine Brown of Sarasota, Fla. She was the proud grandmother of six and she had one great-grandson. A celebration of her life will be held at Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme, CT on Friday, May 21 at 1 p.m. Arrangements by Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook.
Dorothy O. Hutchinson, of Westbrook, Connecticut, the daughter of Dachshund breeder Nancy Onthank, was born into the sport of dogs. As the breeder of well over a hundred Dachshund champions in all coats and both sizes, Mrs. Hutchinson has kept her mother's Rose Farm kennel name alive and well. In addition to her famous Dachshunds, she has owned several other breeds.
An AKC judge since 1973, Mrs. Hutchinson is approved to judge all breeds. She has judged in forty-six of the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and thirteen foreign countries. Of her six Westminster assignments, she recalls her judging of the Hound Group in 1995 as her most memorable moment on the famous green carpet.
Mrs. Hutchinson is a life member of the Dachshund Club of America and has served the club as a board member and AKC delegate. She is also a longtime member of the Greenwich Kennel Club and spent nearly twenty years as the club's chairman.
The Complete Dachshund, published by Howell Books in 1998, was co-written by Mrs. Hutchinson and her husband, Bruce. The Hutchinsons have two daughters and six grandchildren. Between judging assignments, Mrs. Hutchinson enjoys skiing and sailing.

Feb. 11th 2008 Westminster Best of Breed: Smooth Dachshund

Ch Brodny Schoolhouse Rocketman
Sex: Dog
AKC: HP 03886603
Date of Birth: January 02, 2003
Breeder: Judy Anderson & Fred Vogel & Carol Vogel & Kaye Ladd
Sire: Ch Rose Farms Will He Be Good SS
Dam: Ch Schoolhouse Laddland Letsfly
Owner: Donna Caporale & Joshua Caporale & Carol L Vogel & Fred R Vogel


Anonymous said...

Mrs. Hutchinson was one of the Grande Dames of dachshunds. She will be greatly missed.

Leds said...

I ran across this website today and was sorry to see it, but we had heard of Dee's passing in 2010. It brought a smile to my face at the same time as my parents and our families (Stewart and Sheila Ledbetter) were friends of the Hutchinson's over the years. We visited often in the 60-80's, went on ski trips, and had many of Dee's great dachshunds over the years. They were great family pets as well as some ribbon winners. I was very sorry to hear of Dee's passing. She was a good family friend and a trusted and great breeder.

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