She is an absolutely amazing dog. Would have been an incredible addition to the gene pool if her hips were good - very strong, social female who excels in obedience, protection, and retrieve. Doesn't slow down (and has given herself heat stroke while at a boarding facility because of it LOL), doesn't back off of the helper. Very tough. It is super unfortunate, but I would take her temperament over excellent hips any day of the week. I definitely hope that she stays symptom free for a long time (vet says the fact that she is almost 3 and not is a good sign, and that most severe dogs with HD will show by 2 if a total hip replacement is needed).
"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland