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Entered: 09/15/2014
Status: Rainbow Bridge
Age: 5; born 06/28/2014
Color: Black/White
Weight: 45 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Goochland, VA
Health: UTD, HW-, blind in right eye, cataract in left eye
Temperament: Good with people as young as 16 (younger startle him with their movements), good with other dogs, cats unknown

Darby's Story . . .

Update 01/26/2020: “Darby was such a sweet soul."  

Darby was doing extremely well in his foster home and had two more weeks before he went to the ophthalmologist.  Unfortunately, he bloated and his foster family and their vet were not able to save him. 

Darby was such a sweet soul.  His foster family is devastated by his loss and misses him sorely.

Run free, Darby.

Update 12/27/2019: “Darby's favorite activities are being outside playing with the other dogs in his foster home. They will run, play chase, and wrestle for hours.” 

Darby returned to MAESSR when his eye issues kept progressing.  The family felt that their situation was not optimal for Darby. This was devastating for them, but in Darby's best interest.

A sweet cuddle bug, Darby loves attention.  He loves to play with toys, especially a ball.  He thought Christmas was fantastic at his foster home since there were toys everywhere.

Darby pulls on the leash when being walked.  His foster mom uses an Easy Walker and that makes all the difference. 

Darby's favorite activities are being outside playing with the other dogs in his foster home. They will run, play chase, and wrestle for hours. 

Although he is crate trained, Darby’s house manners are excellent so a crate is not necessary. 

Darby will be going to the vet ophthalmologist in February to see what can be done to make him more comfortable and what the options are for his eye health.  Please keep checking in on this sweet boy for updates. 

Original:   “Darby is puppy perfect and is just such a precious guy, even allowing his foster dad to hold him like a baby.”

Darby came to MAESSR from a kennel in Maryland that was closing.  In his foster home, this precious pup is learning and doing all the great things a puppy should do in his first few months.  He is ALMOST there on housetraining and would be except for a persistent UTI which is now clear.  He will be taking meds for another six months to keep it at bay.  With a smear of peanut butter on his pill, Darby gobbles it down!
In his foster home, Darby has learned “sit,” “stay,” “crate,” “drop it,” and “come” when he is whistled to or his name is called.  He is still learning “off.”  Darby is tolerable on the leash, but his foster parents are still working on his walking skills.  He rides well crated in the car—no yelping or moaning for this happy guy.  Please note that  MAESSR only places puppies in homes that are committed to training and bonding with the pup in obedience classes. Puppies require a lot of care, attention, and patience, and they do chew on things! The decision to get a puppy and raise it to be a healthy, happy, and well-adjusted dog is a serious commitment. To reinforce this commitment, MAESSR requires all adopters of dogs under 1 year old to enroll their puppy in obedience classes within 60 days of adoption.  Considering all he has learned already, Darby will be a star pupil.  This basic training class will also help in reinforcing good manners.  
This cutie loves toys—especially squeakies, water, and his big older foster brother.  Darby also enjoys a fast game of fetch!   This fall, he really enjoyed chasing leaves and acorns.   He does everything the resident dog does-- he is learning from a good teacher!   Darby is interested in the neighbor’s cat but hasn’t had much exposure to it.  As a puppy, he would probably love a good game of chase the kitty, but only for play.

Darby is such a talker!   He loves to “chatter” when it is meal time or when he first wakes up!  And if he really wants another snack, he will bring his foster mom his bowl!  He doesn’t bark when he is outside but will sometimes announce it is meal time – he is so excited about the prospect of eating!  Darby is also up for a good snuggle, anytime, anywhere!
This new pup’s foster parents are playing with his feet and ears so he is becoming used to being touched.  Although his coat has not needed clipping so far, frequent brushings will help him get used to all the good Springer “things” that await him.  This silly boy likes to play in his water bowl or the toilet, so he’ll easily adjust to his baths.

This wonderful fellow would make any family happy!  Darby is puppy perfect and is just such a precious guy, even allowing his foster dad to hold him like a baby.  Is this the young one for you?  Keep an eye out on this wonderful little one as he grows in his foster home.