March 2016

It all began one day at a dog show. We were introduced to a wonderful breed, The Australian Shepherd. After much research we decided on the breeder. Her name came highly recommended in the breeding world. Her name was Margaret Lacey and her passion was Sunsplash Aussies. Like any good breeder, Margaret took a great interest in our lifestyle, our interests and our motivation behind the reason in choosing the breed. She wanted to be sure that we understood the responsibility that came with adopting a high energy dog, that we had a safe and secure environment and that our dedication was sincere. I soon realized that unlike some breeders, this was not a business to her-it was her passion! She was a matchmaker and an expert at knowing a good fit. She welcomed many visits so she could observe the family dynamics and interaction with the puppies. She reassured us that in the end, we or she would not have to choose but that the puppy would choose for us...and she did. Her name was Darla. We had our eye on another but Darla had her eye on us. She came to us on every visit. It was obvious- Darla found her new home.
One year later, came Skye. Margaret knew Skye needed a companion dog and a dedicated home to help bring her out of her shell. Darla and Skye complimented each other and they became two peas in a pod. Margaret was always available when we had questions or concerns. She wrote and distributed to her Aussie families a quarterly “Sunsplash Aussie Newsletter” and she hosted an annual Fun Day. She went above and beyond!
Darla and Skye have now entered Rainbow Bridge. Although this story began many years ago, I have remained in contact with Margaret. She has assumed a new last name and has returned to her passion. She will raise the best puppies and she will match them to the very best homes. You can count on that!

Marlene & Dave Girvan

* Margaret Lacey changed name due to marriage to Margaret Wardle
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Darla and Skye