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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Barbara Techel & Frankie The Walk 'n Roll Dog


In June, Barbara Techel and Frankie will tour with us and share Frankie's touching and inspiring story.

Frankie the Walk and Roll Dog is a true, inspirational story about a dachshund whose life started out just like any other dog walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed. Frankie is custom fitted for a wheelchair and learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life will have you cheering and she will give you hope that all things are possible. Frankie will leave an everlasting and loving paw print on your heart. A book for all ages to teach overcoming challenges and also compassion for the physically challenged.


This book has the ability and charm to appeal to many people and I was surprised by how much this wonderful story touched me. We feel this story will reach out and touch the heart of many people - in particular: parents, grandparents, pet owners, people with disabilities, people with loved ones with disabilities, teachers, and many more.

Topics and Themes in Frankie the Walk and Roll Dog

  • Teach children and adults about compassion
  • Learning to overcome adversity
  • Not judging others
  • Helping parents of children with disabilities
  • Helping teachers with lessons on compassion
  • Frankie can benefit kids with physical challenges.
  • Help children and adults understand challenges are stepping stones to learn things in life.
  • Help people see challenges as a way to learn and grow.
  • Help people realize they always have the option to choose happiness no matter what.
  • Help dog owners realize the options for animals facing a disability.
  • Helping adults and children realize animals are a responsibility
  • Understand pets are not disposable when something goes wrong.
  • Bringing a positive light to animals with disabilities and the good they can do in the world
  • Helping dachshund owners (and many vets) understand this disease in doxies and know the option of a wheelchair is a viable, great option.

About Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog


The story of Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog is a true, inspirational story about a dog whose life started out just like any other dog walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed. When Frankie is custom fit for a wheelchair she enthusiastically learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life will have you cheering her on and give you hope that all things are possible.

Frankie’s story touches the hearts of young and old as she teaches us how a challenge can become a stepping stone to something more meaningful. Frankie’s motto is: “Always be positive and keep on rolling!”





















About Frankie

Frankie is best known as “the walk ‘n roll dog.” After suffering a spinal injury at the age of six, which caused partial paralysis, she was custom fitted for a doggie wheelchair. She now zooms through life with a joyous zest that never fails to make people smile when they see her.

Frankie shares her story of inspiration and hope in her multi-award winning book, Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog, written in Frankie’s voice with a little help from her mom, Barbara. Frankie’s poignant message is that we all have challenges, but we also have a choice in how we will deal with our challenges. If Frankie could speak human she would say, “Always be positive and keep on rolling!”

In 2009 Frankie was inducted into the Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame in the companion category. She was chosen because she positively affected her mom, Barbara, helping her find her purpose. She was also given this distinguished accolade because as a registered therapy dog she shares her endearing spirit and love not only with children during school visits, but also brings joy to the elderly, and hospital and hospice patients.

Frankie lives in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with the best parents ever, Barbara & John. She also shares her doggie bed with her best bud, Kylie, her three year old English Labrador sister. Frankie lives life to the fullest and being in her presence will give you hope that all things are possible.



About Barbara Techel


Barbara is the author of the multi award winning “Frankie, The Walk ‘N Roll Dog.” A true, inspirational story about a dachshund whose life started out just like any other dog walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed. Frankie is custom fit for a wheelchair and learns to keep on rolling. Barbara’s book was awarded the 2008 National Best Book (children’s picture book soft cover) by USA Book News, Merial Human-Animal Bond Award by Dog Writer’s Association of America and Editor’s Choice Award by Allbooks Review. It was also a finalist in the 2008 Indie Excellence Awards. Frankie herself was inducted into the 2009 Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame.

Barbara has been a contributing writer for the Depot Dispatch in Elkhart Lake since 2005. Her story, “Cassie and Frankie Inspire a Writer” won honorable mention from best selling authors, Linda and Allen Anderson of Angel Animals Network in 2006.

Barbara is a registered therapy dog team with her dog Frankie, volunteering at their local hospital, Libby’s House & Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. Barbara is also a speaker and shares Frankie’s inspirational message at local schools and various local organizations.

Barbara lives in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with her husband John, Frankie (the walk ‘n roll dog) and Kylie, an English yellow Labrador. Barbara truly believes that animals teach us how to live in the moment and teach us some amazing life lessons if we just pay attention. You can read more about Barbara at http://www.joyfulpaws.com

Meet Frankie --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJcC_xRTeE0

For much more information:

Website:
http://www.joyfulpaws.com/

Primary Blog Address: http://joyfulpaws.typepad.com/

Frankie's blog: http://frankiethewalknrolldog.blogspot.com/



2 comments:

Susan Wingate said...

Barbara,
It's great that you're giving your little dog so much care and love. We have a gentleman here in town who has a lovely little daschund that has the same issues as your little pup. You're doing a wonderful service for your companion. You're a true caregiver. I'll be sending your site along to him.
Thanks for the inspiration.
-Susan Wingate. www.susanwingate.com

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

Thank you so much, Susan for passing along Frankie's story to your friend who has a dacshund with back troubles. It is amazing how these little dogs persevere and really teach us what is important in life. I feel so blessed Frankie is mine... and blessed you took the time to share your thoughts with me. Thank you!

~Barbara Techel