Let us introduce ourselves to you. We are Sam and Connie Kaehr (pronounced car). We were born and raised in the Bluffton, Indiana area. Raised only a few miles from each other, we had no idea that the other existed until I noticed Connie in church one Sunday afternoon. Thirty years later, after raising a family, building a farm, and paying the bills (the American dream really), we found ourselves approaching the "empty nest", part of our lives. Our boys grew up. Dan married our beautiful daughter-in-law, Caitleigh. Matt, who now helps with sales and managing; just recently married Olivia; another beautiful daughter who also enjoys helping with the puppies. Ben is soon to be a full time student at Ivy Tech, studing for a Physical Therapist Assistant Degree.
It's been said that opposites attract. No truer statement can be said about us. I love fast boats, motocross, hockey, and anything else that my body will still let me do. (Thirty-three broken bones and counting.) Connie, on the other hand, enjoys baking, reading, and home improvement projects. The reality of how opposite we are didn't really set in until our busy lives of raising the boys slowed down. That's where raising puppies came to our rescue. Dogs have always been part of our lives and raising puppies have been some of our fondest memories. It's something that we both really enjoy and can do together.
Aubrey Gerber works part time here at Puppies By Design. Originally she was going to just help us with playing with and socializing our puppies, but we quickly found out she can do anything. Aubrey seems to have a natural gift to connect with dogs. We are thankful to have her!
Reese, one of our resident yorkies, loves anything that has four wheels and a motor. It doesn't matter if it's the ATV, truck or tractor, Reese wants a ride. Here Reese is catching a ride with Matt in a tractor.
Kaylee Prichard works full-time as a physical therapist assistant, yet she still finds time to bathe and groom our dogs. Thanks to Kaylee, our dogs stay clean and neat. Kaylee adopted her puppy, Russell, from us in September 2011.