Karen has been involved with dogs, horses and other animals since she was a child. Her Great-Uncle, Irving, bred German Shepherd Dogs with German bloodlines, and he was Karen's early mentor. Karen's parents have been actively involved with a Humane Society/Animal Rescue and no-kill shelter in Florida. Most of her life, Karen has owned and shown horses...American Quarter Horses, and the occasional TB or Dutch Warmblood. Sheep are also a part of Karen's farm and her dogs actively tend sheep.
Karen volunteered in a small animal shelter during college, (Karen's major at NU was psychology, with a concentration in Animal Behavior.) where she met Dr. Amy Marder; a veterinarian and animal behaviorist. Karen went on to become assistant trainer to Dr. Marder, who taught obedience classes at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital/MSPCA. From there, Karen became the Head Trainer at Dr. Marder's practice, New England Veterinary Behavior Associates.
In 2001, Karen moved to Townsend, MA and established Dream Weaver Farm. The farm was home to Karen's own horses, sheep, Angora rabbits, and, of course, German Shepherd Dogs and Zwinger vom Traumhof!
Traumhof was based in Townsend until 2012.
Currently, Karen, her son, & the dogs are based on a farm in the beautiful Lakes Region of NH.
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In addition to offering puppies for sale, from our Kirschental foundation bloodlines, we also offer dogs of our breeding, for adoption/ re homing and we provide sanctuary to dogs who are considered high risk/unadoptable, or in some cases, were born with a congenital defect. We do not euthanise animals with a defect that can be managed. Those animals are either cared for here, or placed in homes where their condition is managed. As a responsible breeder, we include a requirement to offer a dog we bred back to us, if for any reason the buyer can not keep the animal, at any time in the animals life. Our dogs are our dogs, forever. We do not want our dogs to ever end up homeless, abandoned, given to a neglectful home, or in a shelter. We have launched a sponsorship program and donation campaign to help offset the costs of caring for and housing these animals.