Meet Our Staff
Alton & Barbara Kauffman
Alton and Barbara Kauffman are the owners of Albark Kennels. As CEO, Alton spends his days matching up the parent dogs to create puppies with amazing temperaments and personalities. He is in charge of all the tiny details that come with owning and managing a kennel. He has a lot on his plate and mind. You may or may not have the pleasure of meeting him when you come out to visit.
Barbara is Alton’s lovely wife. She does all the paperwork that comes with puppies. She is the friendly voice or response on the other end of the line, email, or the Facebook page. She helps arrange pickup dates and make sure that all the paperwork is lined up so it flows smoothly on pickup day. If you use our delivery option or use an airline, Barbara will likely be the person who brings your puppy to you.
Each of our staff members are dedicated to taking great care of the puppies.
Deborah has been caring for our puppies and dogs since she was six. At thirteen, she was the main Customer Service Personnel. At twenty, she has now graduated from the daily care of the dogs, but does help with customer service if needed. She is our amazing photographer and social media manager. If you message us on Instagram, you will probably be talking to her. And all the pictures on our website were taken by her.
Melissa Horst recently began working for us and has quickly become a valuable asset to our business. She helps Hannah in the nursery with the puppies. She works on socializing, and getting to know the puppies. She brings a valuable work ethic that will allow us to take our business and customer service to the next level. She is also most likely the one you will meet when you come to pick up your puppy at the farm. Melissa is twenty.
Hannah is an important part of the team here. As the person in charge of the nursery, she is responsible for keeping the puppy pens clean and fresh and the food bowls full. She provides excellent care to all the mamas and puppies under her care. At seventeen, she is excellent at coaxing reluctant puppies to swallow their deworming medicine. Hannah sometimes assists with the puppy vet checks and she may also be the one to bathe your puppy right before it comes home.
Michael is a Kennel Attendant. He spends his mornings cleaning, making sure the adult dogs’ kennels are clean and bright. If there is a puppy or adult that needs attention, Michael is excellent in providing special care for puppies or dogs, and acts as our home doctor under the instruction of Dr. Wendy, our vet. He also helps with the puppy vet checks if he is available or will be here to meet you if needed. Michael is 16 years old.
Ten-year-old Abigail is a big help as well. As another Kennel Attendant, she helps keep our adult dogs’ pens clean. She’s mostly responsible for feeding the adults and keeping the water buckets clean, sparkling, and full of water. Abigail often assists during the vet checks as well, helping to weigh the puppies. Abigail would love to take on the job of photographer, so she helps Deborah and is learning all the tricks to the trade.
Gabriel, Hadassah and Keziah
Eight year old Hadassah (center) loves the puppies. Currently, school is taking up most of her time and she doesn’t get to spend as much time with the puppies as she’d like. Gabriel is five and the youngest of the family. He loves to tag along when you come to visit. He also appears in quite a few photos because he’s absolutely adorable. Three-year-old Keziah (left), Alton and Barbara’s oldest grandchild, comes over quite often and almost always has a puppy in her arms. Together, these three make sure that your puppy has been introduced to children.