IN MEMORIAM – “Darby,” Wheaten Travel Reporter

Celebrated Wheaten Travel Reporter and rescue success story

Darby the Travel Dog - photo by Rosemary McClure/For the Los Angeles Times

photo by Rosemary McClure/For the Los Angeles Times

An appreciation of Darby, who took Times readers along on dog-friendly adventures around California

If all dogs go to heaven, resident angels are greeting a well-traveled pooch this week.

Darby the Wheaten terrier, an L.A. Times Travel section mascot who tested dog-friendly hotels and activities for six years, died Sunday. He was 13.

A San Diego native, Darby was a rescue dog who came to live with travel writer Rosemary McClure in the South Bay when he was 6 years old.

The handsome dog then ambled his way through some of the state’s most interesting hotels. His photogenic mug and happy personality put him on the Travel section cover regularly and on the front page of the newspaper twice.

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