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Meet Darcy (Deardorff) Spurgeon

Darcy and Pointer Puppy
Darcy and Pointer Puppy

I grew up in Wenatchee, Washington and spent most of my adult life there as well. I worked as a paralegal for 25 years. I am now happily retired. In 2014 I re-married and moved to my husband's home in Renton. With the arrival of our first grandchild in 2016, I feel blessed to be able to split my time between my husband's home in Renton and my home in Wenatchee, visiting my extended family.

Darcy and Huck Collage

When my kids were young they joined 4H through the WSU Cooperative Extension, and they raised and showed rabbits, sheep, goats, chickens, and alpacas at our county fairs. Dogs have always been a big part of my life so when we added our first Portuguese Water Dog to our family in 2000 I was thrilled that my daughter wanted to enroll in the 4H dog club. As the leader was getting ready to retire, I soon became the head leader of the Chelan/Douglas County "Doggonits" and served in that role for about 10 years until my daughter aged out. I taught dozens of students general dog care, basic obedience, rally, agility, tricks, and showmanship. Many of those students earned CGC titles on their 4H dogs, and each year several members qualified at County level to participate at the State level in Puyallup where a few went on to earn Grand or Reserve State Champion in Obedience, Showmanship or Agility each year.

Darcy and Winthrop Hike Collage

My work with 4H Doggonits led me to join the Wenatchee Kennel Club and we formed a great working relationship between the Doggonits club and WKC. As I became more involved with WKC I was elected to the Board of Directors where I served for 7 years. I also became an instructor there, teaching Puppy Class, Sr. Puppy Class, and Basic Obedience from 2006 through 2013. During this time I also bred four litters of Portuguese Water Dogs. Our family had PWD's for 19 years. We lost our last to cancer in February, 2019.

In May, 2019 I added a Belgian Tervuren pup to our shrinking pack and enrolled him in Obedience and Parkour classes at Seattle Agility Center. Diana recently offered me the opportunity to begin teaching classes again and I am looking forward to this new adventure! We currently have Huckleberry, our senior "mutt"; Kate, our English Pointer; Manny, our Belgian Tervuren; and two Tennessee Fainting Goats, Snickers and Doodles. Life is good!

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