Darby left the pack the day before her 14th birthday. She was a life changing dog and left me with a wonderful legacy of offspring. Zar and Zia are her puppies and they are proving to be the performance partners their mother was. She was a great partner and I will always miss her sassy personality.
In Early 2000, I took a trip to England to get to know this breed a bit more. I found a 4 month old puppy on that trip that I just had to bring home. That discovery led to many good friends and mentors in this breed and I found the girls who would be the foundation of my lines today.
Darby started her journey with me on a transatlantic flight and gave me a run for my money her whole life. She redefined busy, and had an opinion which she freely shared. She was within 6 legs of her ADCH in USDAA and working on her MACH in AKC when due to an injury, I had to retire her.
We did rally, flyball, nose work and herding together but her favorite was definitely agility. I think she would have done well in herding if I had known more about it when she was younger. She has produced my two best herding Vallhunds. Darby got an AHBA herding instinct title but was beyond doing much herding by the time the breed was accepted into AKC.
Darby was OFA Good but was affected by the SV Retinopathy.