Age: 3 Years
Height/Weight: tbd / 29 lbs
Fenced yard required: Preferred
Location: SE Michigan
Foster Home: Kim
Likes Car Rides: Yes
Good with cats: tbd
Good with kids: tbd
Commands: Knows hand signals for sit, roll over
November, 2013: "The first week has gone pretty well. We're learning to communicate with each other.
Did Darby's first pedicure this week, did the hind feet a couple days ago and the fronts tonight. She was less than thrilled... Got it done, a little struggle, but a big reward with a peanut butter stuffed dental Kong at the end. Next thing is to work on her teeth. I'm giving her bones to chew, but I want to brush her teeth as well. I plan on only doing one "icky" thing at a time. I've never had a dog that likes having their nails trimmed or their teeth brushed, but it does help keep them safe. I saw a farm dog (not one of mine) tear off a toenail because they were too long. I NEVER want one of my own dogs to go through that!
"I also heard Darby bark for the first time yesterday. A big rumbly truck went by (that I heard) and then she pointed her little nose at the window and growled a bit, then BARK! Just one, then she did the same routine a couple more times. No idea if it was the truck, but that was the only thing that seemed to trigger it. Maybe she felt the rumble... not sure."
Darby was placed with a returning GLBCR adopter in November, 2013. Her foster mom writes: "Karen said that Darby was the first dog to "speak" to her since her Vanessa (GLBCR 2005) died. Darby brought toys to Karen, snuggled with her and eventually fell asleep on her feet. Karen looked full of joy and enthusiasm the entire visit - it was lovely to watch the connection developing so quickly between them."
"Karen hugged me and was crying with happiness when she left, but I was grinning ear to ear. Darby is home!"
Want to own a cool border collie, but secretly enjoy hugging lap dogs? Meet Darby!
Darby is sweet and affectionate with people, and because she makes people feel so good they are sweet and affectionate with her too!
Darby is housebroken, walks nicely on leash, and already knows hand signals for sit, down and roll over (she's deaf). She settles quietly in a crate, and travels well in a car. She likes to be brushed. She loves to be cuddled, hugged, kissed, massaged, and generally soaks up your attention. She is a fantastic, world class snuggler. She adores soft dog beds. She thinks belly-rubs are amazing. She would love to curl up on the couch with her head in your lap. Darby wants a person of her own.
Darby would do best in a family of kind adults and older (gentle) children. She would do well either as the only dog in a home or with other friendly dogs if they like to play.
She will chase a ball, pounce on it and return it to you - but unlike many border collies she won't want to do this forever. She likes chew toys and kongs, and will do tricks for treats. When she wants some entertainment from you, sometimes she'll ask by placing her paw on your arm. Darby has hip dysplasia, but she is able to walk, run, and jump without difficulty.
Darby loves to use her cute little nose. When she walks, she puts her nose to the ground and takes in every scent. She's not interested in passing cars, joggers, or cyclists and behaves nicely when other dogs pass, making walks in the park pleasant for everybody.
Watch Darby in action:
We're just getting to know this little girlie, but please say hello to Darby.
She's youngish, seems VERY gentle/affectionate with people and friendly (if exuberant) with dogs. She appears to be housebroken, walks nicely on leash, and already knows hand signals for sit and roll over. She settles quietly in a crate, and travels well in a car. She offers a sit or down when she doesn't quite know what to do with herself.
She's having a few quiet days at our house while she adjusts. She loves to be cuddled, soaks up attention and adores soft dog beds.
Darby at the shelter.
Darby's Freedom Ride!