Derby the Cavapoo is the fun-loving canine mayor of his neighborhood in Delray Beach, FL. On his daily walks around a nearby lake, he greets big dogs, little dogs and dog-less walkers alike—sitting and squirming impatiently while he waits for a greeting or pat on the head. “He makes everyone who meets him smile,” says mom Cindy.
He’s named after the biggest sporting event in his birth state: the Kentucky Derby. He first lived in New York City, where a picture of him sporting a quilted vest in the snow captured our hearts. “Derby arrived while I was recovering from foot surgery,” Cindy says. “I had recently lost my other dog, and he was an amazing comfort and a great puppy.”
He later relocated with her to sunny Florida and is learning to avoid alligators, swim in the ocean and embrace treats of papaya.
While Cavapoos are known for their expressive eyes, Derby is especially gifted and his Instagram is packed with the proof. “He loves posing for pictures, as long as there’s a treat on hand,” says Cindy. Always patient, he’s been photographed wearing props like bunny ears, large eyeglasses and a butterfly headpiece. Our favorite image shows him snoozing in a Santa hat, undoubtedly dreaming of the meat-flavored gifts that well-behaved doggies receive on Christmas day.
More fun facts about Derby:
Birthday: November 15, 2013
Nicknames: Derbalicious, Derbadoo and Derbils
Favorite toy: Water bottles and squeaker toys. He destroys anything with stuffing in minutes.
Can’t get enough: bully sticks, blueberries, carrots, pineapple, watermelon and papaya
Shedding status: no real shedding (only when brushed)
Favorite spot: He loves the sunny terrace where he can watch people pass by.
Crushin’ on: This Valentine from a cutie named Koda gives us a clue.
Mom’s Favorite Photo: While he doesn’t typically run when he hears the word bath, there was at least one time he was definitely not feeling it—and it’s shown below.
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