About Sukey and the beginning of Blossomhil's Bassets:

After I graduated from UCLA, I taught school and did commercial and print work.  I had taken a hiatus from tournament tennis during college but returned to it after one of my students asked me for a lesson.  I taught tennis for 14 years.
 
After I married and while my daughter was growing up, we had two Bloodhounds from Trails Bloodhounds, Lillian Sayre.  Oliver and Wrinkles were wonderful and we had many good times with them. Many years later, my daughter shared my desire to have a Basset Hound. She and I flew to Pennsylvania and purchased a dog from Doc and Vicki Steedle of Halcyon Bassets. Barney was incredible. He flew in my daughter’s lap the whole way home and they were like two peas in a pod. Later, when my daughter began working in politics and traveled extensively, Barney became mine. I was thrilled to once again” to be owned by a Basset.”
I decided that Barney needed a playmate and thought I would like it to be a show dog. In 2001, that dream show dog became a reality, and I acquired Rebec’s Kiss Me Kate (Blossom) from Becky and Reed Pomeroy, Rebec’s Bassets.

Blossom was a little spitfire and was virtually into everything. She moved like the wind and had a temperament that was simply marvelous. She began her show career at six months being handled by Heather Simonek and won multiple Best of Breeds, a specialty and an AOM at Westminster in 2004. I realized that Blossom had the qualities needed to be out full time as a special.

I had always had a love for horses and rode Dressage for about ten years, training with Hilda Gurney, Steffan Peters, and Marie Meyers.  Horses had been a great passion, but I soon began to realize, showing Blossom, taking care of my mom and riding horses did indeed present a conflict.  I decided after ten years of riding that I would concentrate on my mom and Blossom.  I began traveling with Blossom extensively.
Mike Stone became her handler. Mike and Blossom were a good team and he brought out the best in her.  Blossom was a Multiple group and Multiple Best In Specialty Show winner with Mike and received an Award of Merit at the 2005 BHCA National Specialty and Best of Brood Bitch at the BHCA 2009 National Specialty.
 
My interest in the Basset continued to "blossom", so I decided to become a breeder.  After much thought, research and discussion with my mentors, the decision was made to breed Blossom to CH Topsfield-Cloverhill Buggybumpers. I co-owned Buggy (who was bred by Claudia Orlandi & Judy Tuck) with Kitty Steidel. I thought that a breeding between Blossom and Buggy would be a good first step in establishing my breeding program.
 
Blossom had a litter of 5 beautiful puppies and this litter began the Blossomhil’s line. I am lucky to have had such a good start with a wonderful foundation bitch.  Blossom’s 5 puppies:
  • GCHB. Blossomhil’s Mamma Mia (Violet)
  • GCHS. Blossomhil’s Hello Dolly (Dolly)
  • GCH. Blossomhil’s Movin’ Out ‘ (Henry)
  • CH. Blossomhil’s Anything Goes (Daisy)
  • CH. Blossomhil’s Ain’t Behavin (Scarlet)
The success achieved by Blossom’s litter went beyond my wildest expectations. Violet and Dolly made breed history, each winning Best of Breed at the Basset Hound Club of America Nationals in 2010 and 2012.   To my knowledge, no other siblings have ever done this.
 
Their accomplishments were numerous. Both garnered Multiple All-Breed Bests In Shows, Multiple Bests In Specialty Show and Multiple group wins. Violet became Number One All-Breed (AKC stats and Canine Chronicle) and Number One Bitch Breed in 2010. Dolly became Number One Bitch All-Systems in 2011 and in 2012 was Number Two basset All-Systems. Both Violet and Dolly have produced nice litters, their offspring are now beginning their careers.

Instrumental in the Breeding's and the success of those Breeding's were Mike Stone, Kitty Steidel, and Claudia Orlandi. Without their help, support and knowledge, my success would be limited. Their mentoring has helped me understand the pedigrees and the effort it takes to be a conscientious breeder. They continually mentor me and I am happy to have the opportunity to improve my knowledge about the breed. I would also like to thank Sue Frischmann for her continual encouragement, knowledge and support.
 
I look forward to the future and for the continued success of the Blossomhil’s line.
 
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