OKC Events

Volunteers are needed to run a "Barn Hunt" at our Dog Show in Richmond, May 26 to 28th, 2018. 

The introduction of the Barn Hunt was a great success for our club in 2017. We now need volunteers to come forward to run the Barn Hunt for our May 26th to May 28th 2018 Dog Show in Richmond at the Richmond Fair Grounds. If no volunteers come forward, we will not be in a position to offer this well attended activity. Can you help? If so, please call Gail Somers at 613-741-7486 or email gailsomers@rogers.com

The Ottawa Kennel Club wishes to advise its members and friends of the recent death of our Honourary Member, Dr. James Hutchison. Following is the Tubman Funeral Homes' announcement.

Hutchison – James

Ottawa, Ontario – Dr. James Alexander Hutchison died peacefully on October 2, 2017 at the age of 91.

He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Cecilia Rachel Hutchison, his two daughters, Tracey Enright and Penelope Hutchison, son in laws Paul Enright and Stuart Poyntz, sisters Betty Joyce and Ruth Wright, grandson Hamish Hutchison-Poyntz, many loving nieces and nephews and thousands of grateful pet owners and their animals whom he cared for as their veterinarian for close to 50 years.

Jim found his passion for animal welfare early in life. He was the youngest veterinarian to graduate from the University of Guelph’s Veterinary College in 1947, the first veterinarian to have his own practice at the Ottawa Humane Society in 1953, and in 1958, co-founded what is now the largest veterinary hospital in Eastern Ontario – the Alta Vista Animal Hospital. As an eye specialist, he saved the sight of animals referred to him from across Ontario..
He was Ottawa’s James Herriot. Chief veterinarian for the likes of the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Save the Children Dog Show, numerous shows and sled dog races, and several Governor Generals and Prime Ministers. Governor General Vincent Massey so respected Jim’s dedication to animals that Massey bequeathed his portrait of his beloved dog to Jim – a painting which sat in pride of place on the wall of Jim’s living room for decades.

Jim championed the welfare of his furry friends large and small. One summer a group of swallows built a nest in Jim’s garage. He refused to let his family close the garage door and it stayed open all winter until birds finally flew away the following spring.

He was so well-loved and respected that the Ottawa Humane Society honoured his work by creating the Dr. James Hutchison Animal Welfare Award which each year is awarded to a veterinarian who defends and cares for the well-being of animals.

Jim was a charter member of the Rotary Club of South Ottawa from its inception in 1967. It was said that he was a quiet force behind many major Rotary projects, such as Rotel, a non-profit motel for families of Ottawa hospital patients. The Club dedicated a bursary to honour his community commitment in 2004. Every year, the James A. Hutchison Award is given to a Hillcrest High School student. Along with an honourary lifetime achievement award from his Rotary Club, in 1981, Jim received the highest award any Rotarian could earn, the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

He was known endearingly as “Hutch” or “Dr. H” by friends and colleagues. A kind and humble man, Jim was also well-loved for his dry sense of humour, which came out in force every Wednesday and Saturday, where you’d find him at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club playing a round of golf, followed by a round of martinis with the boys in the clubhouse.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 1 p..m. at St. Timothy’s Church, 2400 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. All who knew and loved him are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Ottawa Humane Society. Condolences or tributes may be made at www.tubmanfuneralhomes.com


The OKC received the following note from Squibs Mercier:

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Congratulation to Squibs, for receiving an Ontario volunteer award for her 60+ years of dedication to the Ottawa Kennel Club!


~ Past Events ~

Members' Meeting

Was held Sunday, Dec 10, 2017

The OKC's Annual Pot Luck Luncheon

Was Held Sunday, Dec 10th


Gone to the Dogs Rats!

Earlier this year the Ottawa Kennel Club asked Sandi Anderson, Chess Scottish Terriers, to host a “Barn Hunt for Fun” at the Spring Dog Show at Richmond. The event would be an introduction for dogs and their handlers so they could find out more about barn hunting and see if it was for them. 

OKC December Pot Luck Dinner
Wednesday 7th December 2016 

The OKC Annual Seasonal Pot Luck Dinner was held at The Ottawa Citizen Building. 

The Ottawa Kennel Club honoured 92-year-old Squibs Mercier, centre, who joined 
Canadaís oldest dog club in 1952.  See the Ottawa Citizen article here.