Frau Lore Schlechtingen passed away on June 9, 2012. She was a highly intelligent woman who focused the second part of her life on breeding and promoting Teckels. I came to know her in 1982 when I purchased one of her Zwergteckels for tracking and underground work. Olive vom Dornenfeld was the first of a number of Dornenfeld Teckels that I acquired from her as my passion for blood tracking grew.
Frau Schlechtingen was a hunter, who leased hunting rights in a large forest near her home west of Cologne in western Germany. She tracked there with her own Teckels and gave me valuable advice in the early years when I needed it most.
|Frau Schlechtingen was a hunter (picture taken in 1975)|
Jolanta and I visited her several times in
, and she was the catalyst
in the formation of the North American Teckel Club. It was Frau Schlechtingen
who approached Wolfgang Ransleben, then President of the Deutscher Teckelklub,
and told him of the plight of Americans trying to develop the German version of
the Dachshund as a hunting dog in Germany North America.
Jolanta and I met with President Ransleben in 1999, and arrangements were made to set up NATC, first
as an extension of the DTK Group Embken. Frau Schlechtingen was President of
Group Embken at that time.
Frau Schlechtingen also took a great interest in
New York’s State’s Deer Search
Inc., which was the
pioneer blood tracking organization in the . She donated the Schlechtingen
Prize plaque that is awarded each year to the Deer Search member who goes out
on the most deer calls. United States
In my files I have more than two inches of typewritten correspondence from Frau Schlechtingen, who must have stayed up late many nights writing to inform and advise me about training and breeding. She was always a formal person addressing me as “Mr. Jeanneney”, and I reciprocated always with “Frau Schlechtingen”. And I always signed my letters “Your respectful apprentice”. I meant it. More than anyone else, she was my mentor.
|Lore Schlechtingen and John Jeanneney in Spetember 1999 (Germany)|