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.