Henderson Breeder's Permit #A11-062619

Amazon Grief and Loss Best Seller--A New Normal:  Learning to Live with Grief and Loss (2010, 2017), and Reinventing Normal:  How Choice and Change Shape Our Lives (2013) by Darlene F. Cross, MS, MFT, available on Amazon.  Also visit www.darlenecross.com for more information on the author/breeder. 

I fell in love at my first dog show when I was only in the fourth grade.  I was mesmerized by the dogs that seemed to glide effortlessly around the ring, almost as if by magic.  My favorite was the Afghan Hounds as I loved the flowing coats, but I honestly wanted to take home one of every breed I saw.

I never stopped going to shows or sharing my life with wonderful dogs.  My first great love that lasted 15 years was with my Beardie Collie.  Years later I stepped into the ring for the first time with Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.  I quickly learned there was nothing effortless about this sport!  As much as I loved Wheatens, my heart ached for my shaggy sheepdog and that led me to my forever breed, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (PONS). 

Today I am a proud owner/handler/hobby breeder.  My dogs live in my home and are part of my family.  We live outside of Las Vegas, Nevada where I work as a private practice psychotherapist, write books and raise dogs.  Willow was the first Champion PON in Nevada.  Her first-born puppy became the first Nevada-born PON to become a Champion and my first Bred-By Exhibitor Champion.  Her daughter, Bliss, became a Champion before her first birthday and now will be mother to our second generation born here.