I got Darby from Detroit--sort of.
A few years ago, my sister and I were returning to San Diego from our annual visit with our aunts and cousins in Michigan.
While we were waiting for our luggage at the carousel, I noticed an "I 'heart' Cardigans" tag on the bag of a woman standing next to me who had been on our flight.
I said "I'll bet that's not referring to sweaters, is it?" and she, Mary Gretchen Belloff, said "No! I breed Cardigan Welsh Corgis." We chatted for a bit about my daughter's cardigan (dog, not sweater!)and about the dogs Ms. Belloff bred and I asked for her contact information.
When our two big dogs died early this year and I was ready for a puppy, I couldn't find Ms. Belloff's contact information so I started "Googling" and eventually "detroit cardigan corgis" or some combination of words took me to her website.
I sent her an email, but didn't hear anything for a few weeks. Then suddenly one day, I received an email. Her website was defunct, she said, but she just happened to check its associated email box that day. She no longer bred cardi's--only judged them--but she put me in touch with Kim Shira and Leda Thompson of Coedwig Cardigans and the rest is history!
So, in some round-about way, I got Darby from Detroit!
(Never posted this cute photo from her first week with us.)