Dog to accompany beloved late owner on one final journey

Mary Hutchinson with two of her spaniels.

A dog who still searches for his late owner every day will accompany her one last time tomorrow when he joins the funeral procession.

Richmond resident Mary Hutchinson passed away on February 11, aged 79.

Mary, who lived at Station Cottages with husband Len, had a small holding besides the River Swale, and was well-known in the town as a breeder and keeper of springer spaniels.

Mary, who was born in Brignall, near Barnard Castle, had just one dog left before her death — Haze, a ten-year-old black and white spaniel.

Haze will make one last journey with his late owner.

Due to Mary falling ill and then convalescing at Scorton Care Village, Haze had not seen his owner for several months.

Haze has been looked after by Mary’s husband Len and family.

Mary’s daughter Sharon Hood said: “Haze hadn’t been able to see her for ten months due to the lockdowns and restrictions.

“She was there one day and then she was gone.

“He would look for her every day and is still looking for her now.”

Mary’s family decided Haze should accompany his owner one last time as part of the funeral procession tomorrow, walking from The Station to nearby St Mary’s Church.

The route is one the pair would have walked many times together.

The funeral procession will travel along Theakston Lane before passing The Station at 12.45am on Friday.

Anyone wishing to make donations is asked to make them to Richmond-based Border Collie Rescue at www.bordercollierescue.org or to Wetheriggs Animal Rescue at www.wetheriggsanimalrescue.co.uk

Mary Hutchinson with her spaniels.