Darlene is holding Crysteena of Drgon, a Pekingese bred and owned by Nancy Ross. Photograph Mary Bloom.

Darlene Arden’s passion for helping animals live longer and better lives shines through in all she does. Whether she’s writing books or articles, speaking to breed clubs and other animal-related groups, attending veterinary conferences to increase her own knowledge and as a presenter, or interacting with individual pet owners, her goal is always the same -- to enhance the lives of dogs and cats.


  • Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Clinical Member, IAABC
  • Dog Writers' Association of America - Former Member (1985-2009)
  • Cat Writers' Association
    Board of Directors, 1995-1997 and 2000-2002
  • Animal Trainers Forum
  • Boston Authors Club
  • American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians
  • World Canine Freestyle Organization
    WCFO Certified Judge
    Advisory Board Member
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • World Dog Press Association (WDPA)
  • Massachusetts Advisory Board of Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
  • On Honorable Withdrawal from SAG, AFTRA, AEA, AGVA
  • Formerly a professional actress / singer / dancer

Puppy Love! Darlene is bonding with an Affenpinscher friend.
Photo by Mary Bloom


Freelance writer. Articles on a variety of topics including celebrity profiles, business, travel and animals have appeared in a wide variety of publications including:

  • Family Circle
  • Dog World
  • AKC Gazette
  • Good Dog!
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Cats (former Contributing Editor)
  • Catnip
  • Catsumer Report
  • Pan Am Clipper
  • Car & Travel
  • Entrepreneur
  • The Boston Herald
  • New York Post
  • Amtrak Express
  • Soap Opera Digest
  • Soap Opera Weekly
  • Satellite Superguide (former Contributing Editor)
  • Carlson Voyager
  • Daytimer's Diary (former Editor)
  • Northeast Canine Companion (former Columnist)
  • Veterinary Technician Magazine (former Columnist)
  • In Summer 2000, helped Harcourt develop and write a Distance Learning Course for Dog Trainers.
  • Art Show Public Relations for abstract artist Doris Weiner and jewelry maker Yehudit Shorr.
Current Books
Dog Articles
Cat Articles
Travel Articles
Celebrity Articles
Words of Appreciation

Read Darlene's column at NK Concepts:


The Complete
Cat's Meow


To book Darlene for speaking engagements and interviews you may contact her directly: