Darby GH-748

On May 12,2021, Darby Bell 14 1/2, Good Canine Citizen, captain of the “Forever Friday” pontoon, Goldheart calendar model, senior advisor to the Bell household and most importantly treasured family member of Rick, Kathryn and Finnegan Bell crossed over the rainbow bridge.  We are sure his older brother, Seamus (GH 593) was there to meet him with a tennis ball and a wagging tail.

Darby came to the Bell family shortly before his 5th birthday when his loving give up family could no longer take care of him.  Darby helped to conduct 15 home visits for Goldheart and participated in numerous fund-raising events over the years.  Darby had a fan following of family, neighbors, friends, customers, and staff alike at Bass Pro and Cabela’s.  He could often be found posing for photos in the front of the large stone fireplace or waiting for treats at checkout.

Ever the patient and gentle leader Darby helped to train the 2017 addition the Bell family, Finnegan, in the fine arts of tug-of-war, wrestling, and chasing tennis balls in the yard.  When not in Maryland Darby loved his rides to his lake home, often delighting other motorists with his goofy smile as he looked out the window.  He found fish in the lake to be fascinating creatures, and if his dad jumped in the water, then Darby was sure to follow.

As he aged his favorite activity was to lay in front of the fire and snuggle with anyone watching a movie.

While we are so sad to have lost our beloved Darby, we know he had a wonderful life.  We were so blessed to have him for 9 ½ years, and cherish all the memories of our smart, loving, and loyal boy.

Forever loved and missed,

Kathryn, Rick, and furry brother Finnegan

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