I’m really enjoying being in contact with Darby’s “birth humans.” (That never happened with our first three CCI pups.) Her birth dad, Rick, has sent us links to great photos of the earliest days of her litter and directed me to a Yahoo group for people interested in sharing info about all the offspring of Paxton III, Darby’s sire.
A full black labrador retriever, Paxton was the third out of a litter of five born on April 9, 2005, I learned. The Paxton group home page also says, “Out of the first 60 pups Paxton sired, 35 of them graduated : Four breeder girls, three Hearing Dogs, six Facility Dogs, 10 Service Dogs and 12 Skilled Companion Dogs. That is a 58.3% graduate success rate!” Sounds encouraging to me!