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Barbara Techel is the author of the multi-award winning Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog book series. When her dachshund, Frankie, suffered a spinal injury, Barbara had her custom-fitted for a wheelchair. Frankie persevered, and Barbara realized the beautiful opportunity she had to share Frankie and give others hope and inspiration to be the best they can be. Along with sharing Frankie’s story with children, Barbara and Frankie routinely volunteer as a therapy dog team at a local hospital, senior assisted facility, and hospice community, spreading joy wherever they go.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wiener Resolutions

This is Adley's thinker pose--he's very intent on accomplishing his resolutions this year!

Article and photo reprinted from Who's your Dachshund, Ten Bloggers, Sixteen Dachshunds, One blog

As much as I revere my pups and think they're brilliant, I am pretty sure that they have no idea that the new year is rapidly approaching, but if they did, I believe these would be their resolutions:

1.Eat more, and perfect those puppy eyes so we get treats every time we go in the crate. We do need to pad up for our move to the cold north, after all.
2.Lick more. Nails, post shower skin, rawhides, you name it.
3.Learn to hide things from each other better. It's so annoying when the other one finds my bone--wasn't hiding it under the blanket thorough enough?
4.Find more shoes and sandals to destroy. We haven't done this in a few months--isn't it time to pick up the slack?
5.Perfect our howling. We're obviously not loud enough if our mom and dad don't turn right back around to coddle us upon leaving home.
6.Teach Radish to burrow better. It gets old when we have to wait for our mom and dad to lift the blanket for her. We demand immediate access to warmth.
7.Provide more dog blog fodder. We're funny critters, right? RIGHT?
This is Adley's thinker pose--he's very intent on accomplishing his resolutions this year!

That's all they've got this year! What are your pups' resolutions?


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Art Showcase Offers Children Unique Opportunity to Share Lessons Learned

Author Yvonne Perry announces an online art and writing showcase and asks children to write a story or create an art piece to showcase life lessons they have learned.

Nashville, TN—After a successful 30-day Internet tour in which she visited more than 25 blogs to share her new book, Yvonne Perry has opened the lines of communication between parents and children with a online community project. Children ages 3 through 9 are encouraged to write their own story or create artwork that demonstrates a lesson they have learned by reading The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children (ISBN: 9780982572207). Every participant will get a free copy of the e-book comprised of the art and stories created by the children.

Inspired by adventures Yvonne has enjoyed with her first-born grandson named Sidney, each story in The Sid Series focuses on skills such as overcoming fear, being environmentally conscious, helping others, being true to one’s self, and following inner guidance. There’s even a story about recycling that alludes toward organ donation. This collection of body-mind-spirit stories highlights unique lessons about love, acceptance, self-worth, caring for the body, diversity, facing fears, dealing with change, experiencing the death of a pet, using mystical gifts today’s children exhibit.

To participate you must be familiar with the lessons taught in The Sid Series, but if a family is financially unable to purchase a copy of the book, you may let the author know which lesson your child wants to illustrate or write about, and she will send you a PDF of that story. For a list of stories and lessons contained in The Sid Series, see http://TheSidSeries.com.

“Spending time with my grandchildren has provided me with an opportunity to talk about some pretty adult topics—some that many parents and teachers are hesitant to discuss with children,” says Yvonne Perry, the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services. “By sharing the stories in The Sid Series through this art showcase, I hope to reinforce and enhance these and other life lessons, and help open lines of communication between children and adults.”

Children may share a story by drawing, painting, sketching, writing, or speaking about how they learned or experienced a Sid lesson. Parents are asked to assist the child with typing, scanning, and digitally uploading their child’s story or artwork . The child may color a picture directly from The Sid Series Coloring Book or record himself reading from the book by calling (214) 615-6505 ext 1210. Yvonne believes this is a great way to learn what’s on your child’s mind and offer supportive answers for their earnest questions. Entries may be sent between December 26, 2009 and January 25, 2010 by using the guidelines at http://writersinthesky.com/art-showcase.html

“The art showcase is NOT a contest,” says Perry. “I don't believe children should be judged or rejected for their heart-felt creativity. Instead, every effort will be recognized and everyone's work will be included on The Sid Series blog (http://TheSidSeries.blogspot.com) and in an e-book that can be given away to family and friends.”

A grandmother of ten, Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics from American Institute of Holistic Theology. She is a freelance writer who specializes in articles and books that guide people on a spiritual path. She is also the publisher and editor at Write On! Publishing and the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services. Yvonne and her team assist people with writing and editing projects, as well as media releases. She has also ghostwritten and edited more than forty books.



Yvonne Perry

(615) 415-9861


Monday, December 28, 2009

Expressing the Bladder of a Paralyzed Dog

Ok, so I know, talking about our bodily functions can be kinda gross... but, hey, we all gotta do it, right? And since I happen to be a paralyzed dog, I need a little help on that end (pun intended!)

But here is your chance to help spread a positive message by sharing this video! Now that is a good thing, right? When I first became paralyzed my poor mom had a hard time figuring out when I had to go... so we had lots of messes, well, err, I had lots of messes. But with a little practice, my mom became a pro at helping me go to the bathroom. And you know what? I love her very much for that. You see, sadly, many dogs are put to sleep when they become paralyzed. Their mom and dad are afraid they may not be able to learn how to help their paralyzed dog go to the bathroom.

So my mom and I were very excited when we were asked to be a part of this very well done video on showing others how easy it really can be... you just have to practice... and isn't that like all things in life? We learn by practicing.

So here is where you can help!! Share this video with your local vets, with other pet parents, with your local humane societies, etc. Arf-a-roo! Thanks for your help!!


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Best Christmas Gift of 2009

Mom and I gave a copy of my newest book, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House to each of my "cousins" on Christmas Eve. My Dad is the only boy in his family with 5 sisters, so the family get togethers can be very loud and fun. But that didn't stop my cousins from sitting in the middle of the living room floor reading my new book. How hot-diggity cool is that??!! It made this dog feel very, very special.

I gave them each an extra copy so they too can make a difference, like one of the theme's of my book talks about. So Mom gave them suggestions on how they could donate the extra book, or to come up with an idea of their own.

So here are pictures of my cousins... they are the BEST and this was the BEST Christmas Gift of 2009!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Olive & Baci- Stars of "Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog" Book

This is a Christmas card photo I got today from Jodee and Dan of Hundenruhe Haven Senior Dog Sanctuary and Terrier Town of precious Olive and Baci. Aren't they the cutest??!!?! They star in my book Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog as two friends of mine that I met at the Farmer's Market in Elkhart Lake a copule of years ago. Jodee and her husband Dan have really big hearts and take in senior dogs. Much of their hard earned money goes to taking in and caring for senior dogs that would have not otherwise had a home. They are such wonderful people and all the dogs that get to live at their cozy house are so lucky, aren't they? You can learn more about them from an article my mom wrote about them. We think they ROCK! Arf-a-roo!


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog

A big tail waggin' Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you, my friends, who have followed along on my journey. My little heart is so full of joy for each of your friendships. Wishing you peace, extra biscuts, lots of pats on the head, soft squeezes, and most of all-- love.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wheely Willy Parapeligic Celebrity Dog Passes Away at Age of 22

Frankie and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to Deborah Turner and the passing of her celebrity dog, Wheely Willy, the tiny parapeligic dog that brought immense hope and joy to the world. My heart aches greatly for Deborah, but I know Willy is safely in God's arms and an angel like no other. God Bless Willy and Deborah for all their amazing work. Rest in peace little one.

This portion below is from Wheely Willy's website. Please visit his website to read more about all the beautiful work he and his Mom, Deborah did.

Wheely Willy, the tiny paraplegic dog passed away in his sleep this morning, December 22, 2009. Best known for his inspirational story of hope and courage, this 22 year old miracle lived one of the most amazing lives of any companion animal. Many years ago Willy was abandoned in a cardboard box having sustained serious back and neck injuries. His story was chronicled on many television shows including Animal Planet. Today, the facts surrounding Willy's birth, prior life, and injuries, still remain a mystery. Following his adoption by Deborah, and acclimation to his new family of rescued animals, Willy found ways of conquering his challenges, becoming a symbol for many, of strength and willpower. He became enabled by a K-9 Cart, which changed his life, allowing him to get around on his own by propelling himself with his front legs. His humanitarian endeavors of comforting patients of every age in hospitals, and giving people hope for their own lives gave him notoriety. The small dog's many visits to convalescent homes, civic groups and schools turned him into a teaching tool for children and adults that our actions are very important, because our lives are what we make of it.


Why My Mom Wrote Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Art Showcase for Children

My good friend, Yvonne (or as I refer to her, my BFF) has come up with a fun-filled activity for all children! It is a Children's Art Showcase, featuring your art via writing a story, creating artwork or a recorded audio based on what you have learned from her book, The Sid Series. Be sure to submit your art for a chance to be in an ebook she will put togehter of all entries! All art is wonderful and beautiful, so don't be bashful and submit your work beginning Dec. 26th. Here is information from Yvonne to help you.

Children are encouraged to write a story, create artwork, or make an audio recording that demonstrates a lesson he or she learned by reading The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children.The art showcase is NOT a contest! Children will not be judged or rejected for their heart-felt creativity. Instead, every effort will be recognized and everyone's work will be included in an e-book that can be shared with family and friends. Each participant will get a free copy of the e-book comprised of the art and stories created by participating children. See art showcase guidelines.

First, you have to be familiar with the lessons taught in The Sid Series. If you are unable to purchase a copy of my book, please let me know which lesson your child wants to illustrate or write about, and I'll send you a PDF of that story. The widget below shows inside the Sid book and may spark an idea.

Second, share your story by drawing, painting, sketching, or writing about how you learned or have experienced a Sid lesson in your life.

Third, you will sign a release that allows me to use your child's entry to create an e-bookand give it away to everyone who wants it. I will also post every story and piece of art turned in here on this blog.

Fourth, since an e-book is an electronic book, you will need to send me your child's writing as a Word document. You may need a scanner to convert your child's art into a jpg. The number to use for creating your audio recording is (214) 615-6505 ext 1210.

Get your copy of The Sid Series today and enter your art! Arf-a-roo!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Disabled Dachshund Found in Puppy Mill

I thought my heart would break reading this story about Rainbow the dachshund who was paralyzed and the breeder kept making her have puppies. This makes me very, very, very sad. I'm going to open up my piggy bank and send her new, kind caretakers some money so they can help her feel better again. If you have some spare change, I know it would help Rainbow.

Here is the article and where you can send donations.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

You Can Help Shelter Dogs Stay Warm this Winter

Very easy to help by recycling your old dog sweaters and sending, or donationg new sweaters, or by sharing this information with your list of friends and family. Check out their blog for more information! http://bignutshell.com/blogs/dogproject/2009/12/02/send-us-your-old-sweaters-and-help-save-these-shelter-dogs-from-the-winter-chill/


Friday, December 18, 2009

Almost Perfect Holidays: Keeping Holiday Homes Safe for Disabled Pets During the Festive Season

Everyone who has a pet, disabled or not, should read this excellent article on keeping your pets during the busy, hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Head on over to my mom's blog to read it and do share it with others who have pets. Arf-a-roo!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Can-do Canine Named Rudolph!

Meet Rudolph! I want him as my doggie boyfriend! I love you, Rudolph!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Friends at Libby's house

I have made so many friends at Libby's House, which my newest book, Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House is based on.

Above is Janet. When I first met her she said, "I don't like dogs! And I don't like cats and fish either." Mom told me not to worry or feel bad that Janet said this. Sometimes, she said, Older people do not always realize what they say." Well, it was true she didn't like dogs. But I came to find out it was because she was bit by many of them when she was little!

Over the next few months of visiting, my mom would inch me closer and closer to Janet. Until one day when she reached out to pet me! Yes, she did! And now she likes me! She likes me! And I like her too-- well, I always did, but I just had to find a way that she could trust me... and with a little patience and kindness it didn't take long at all.
I'll share more of my friends in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Literary Ghost Dogs in Cynthia's Attic

(be sure to check out the cool book trailer video of the book below!)
Ghosts and dogs I think, make for a great story, don't you? I'm so excited to welcome Mary Cunningham, my guest blogger today whose book, Cynthia's Attic: The Magician's Castle features her beloved dog, Molly, who went to doggie heaven as she was writing this book. But her legacy lives on... as you will read. Welcome, Mary!!

I was in the middle of writing Book Four of my series, "Cynthia's Attic," when our furry, adopted "daughter" left for Doggy Heaven. Molly was 16, and had filled our lives with joy, laughter and love for almost 13 years. My friends knew what a hole this left in my heart, so one suggested, "Why don't you write Molly into the book?"

Oooh, great idea! Molly, the Time Traveling Canine. Love it! Okay, that's not the title. It's really "Cynthia's Attic: The Magician's Castle," but this little pooch plays an important role in helping best friends, Cynthia and Gus, find clues that might lead to a magician's missing assistant (and fiancée).

I don't want to give away too much about Molly's magical role, but the name and stature of Secretariat comes to mind. Heh-heh.

Although I didn't exactly write Molly's role as a Ghost Dog, she clearly has powers that allow her to travel back and forth through time, and change shapes along the way. I did some research on other fictional ghost dogs, and came up with some really scary examples!

"The Barking Ghost," by R. L. Stein in which Cooper and his friend Margaret are targeted by two evil dogs who cast a spell to switch bodies with the children, comes to mind. I can tell you right now, Molly has no evil intentions. Nor does she want to switch bodies with Cynthia or Gus. But, she does pull off some pretty amazing feats!

Just like our Molly, who stole the hearts of her mom and dad with her big brown eyes, wagging tail and boundless love so many years ago.

Who is your favorite literary ghost dog?

Thanks, Frankie for inviting me to your blog! You and Molly would've gotten along great!

Check out the cool video!!

Mary Cunningham is the author of the award-winning 'Tween fantasy/mystery series, Cynthia’s Attic. She is proud to announce book four, "The Magician's Castle," is due for release in December, 2009. Her children's mystery series was inspired by a recurring dream about a mysterious attic. After realizing that the dream took place in the home of her childhood friend, Cynthia, the dreams stopped and the writing began.

She is also co-writer of the humor-filled, women's lifestyle book, "Women Only Over Fifty (WOOF)," along with published stories, "Ghost Light" and "Christmas Daisy," A Cynthia's Attic short story.

Purchase your copy today from Amazon!

Be sure to follow along on Mary's blog tour and up next is:
DEC 11 - Laura Schaefer - Teashop Girls Blog - "Friendship in Cynthia's Attic"


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Review from Yvonne Perry, author of The Sid Series

My new book, Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House is making it's way out into the world and the reviews are coming in! If I could wag my tail, it would be wagging 100 miles a minute from this dog gone wonderful review from Yvonne Perry, children's author of The Sid Series. Big slurp on the cheek to you, Yvonne!

Yvonne gave it 5 stars! I love stars!

Appreciate the elderly and the disabled

When I think of all the animals that are destroyed because they have a disability, it saddens me-especially when I see the good that comes from using a disability to help others. That's the case with Frankie, the Walk `N Roll Therapy Dog. In Barbara Techel's new book, she tells how she and Frankie became a therapy team and the joy that visiting Libby's House brings to them and the residents. Libby's House is a senior facility where residents have Alzheimer's, dementia, or some physical challenge from aging.

Beautiful illustrations by Victoria Kay Lieffring enhance the telling of this story. Any child or adult will enjoy seeing Frankie perched in various places like the kitchen sink, her doggie car seat (where she serves as co-pilot), the teacher's desk, Daniel's lap, the dining room table (ready to help blow out the candles on 100-year-old Martha's birthday cake), and on the sofa or beside the wheelchair of an elderly resident. Each month, the folks at Libby's House eagerly await the arrival of Barbara and Frankie ready to pet the pooch who is paralyzed in her hind quarters.

I love the way Frankie tells her own story in a play-by-play narrative. You may forget that Frankie is not a human. She sure knows how to relate to people, and she's a really polite listener even when Edith tells about Schutzie, yet again! The lighthearted humor in this book will help children and adults understand that the elderly have a lot to offer younger generations--even when they are reminiscing and don't know what day it is!

This book provides an endearing glance to help us better appreciate the preciousness in all of life's stages. Highly recommended for family reading and classroom education.

For other reviews and to purchase the book visit Amazon. Can also be purchased from Joyful Paws website where special book bundle pricing is available.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tax Relief to Keep Pets at Home

I know my mom and papa could have used this when I had my major surgery. But glad to see something like this is in the works. Please do help by voting. So easy to do! Share with everyone you know!!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rip Curl Ricki

Check out this really cool dog helping others through her unique talent!! AWESOME!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Dachshund Delights Review of My New Book

I love Jerry over at Dachshund Delights! Each month he shares news about dachshunds everywhere via his newsletter. This month he featured your truly. And wow, what a great review he wrote. He is really good at that stuff!

So be sure to visit Dachshund Delights and read his review about my new book, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House.

If you think you just might want a copy remember I am donating a portion of my proceeds to disabled animal charities. This quarter I will donate to Tinkerbell's Fairy Dust Fund which helps animals get wheelchairs who may not have been able to get one.

And I can speak (speak!) from personal experience that my wheels are the BEST! I can be a dog and run and play and have so much fun... so I want all animals to have that too.

And just a reminder that my mom and I will be signing our newest book this Saturday. So if you live in Wisconsin, come see us! We will be at BookHeads in downtown Plymouth. 216 S. Mill Street. 11:00a-1:00p. I'll have my new holiday vest on compliments of April Scott of Hug-A-Dog. It is SO COOL! If you decide to order one for yourself be sure to use the promo code: FRANKIE when you are checking out and April will give you 10% off!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Animal Talk Naturally Radio Show TODAY!

Join my mom today on the Animal Talk Naturally Show as she talks about our newest release, Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House. Be sure to tune in at the top of the hour as the other guest will be Geoff Talbot, Veterinarian, award-winning fim maker, and actor talking about his upcoming film about two special three-legged dogs.

This will be a show packed with lots of warm fuzzies that disabled animals bring to human hearts!! My mom will also talk about National Disabled Pets Day and some cool things you can buy to support the Tinkerbell's Fairy Dust Fund to help animals get wheelchairs that need them.

Tune in at 1:30pm CST!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dealing with the Death of a Pet

Yvonne Perry & special grandson, Sid, who her book "The Sid Series" was inspired by

It is with tail wagging pleasure that I welcome a very special lady today to my blog. Yvonne Perry is the author of The Sid Series. A collection of twelve holistic stories for children that share messages to support the whole child-- body, soul and spirit-- by empowering and building self esteem. These lessons are modeled after Yvonne's grandson, Sidney.

One of the stories is called "Puppy Love" and it as about dealing with the death of a beloved pet. Yvonne has been kind enough to share an article with us that she wrote to help you if you have ever had to deal with this, or may in the future. Without further ado, I give you my BFF (best friends forever) wonderful article:

Dealing with the Death of a Pet

I’m Yvonne Perry and I’m the author of The Sid Series. The main character in my book is my grandson, who is now eight years old. His name is Sidney. In real life, he lives in the country. When his family first moved there, the house didn’t have a fence around it. He has owned several dogs and cats—all shapes and sizes, but it seemed like every time he got close to one of his pets, they would run away or die. Sid’s yard now has a fence so Queen and Lucy will stay home where it is safe.

I remember my first dog. Her name was Snooks and she was a German shepherd. I loved it when she had a litter of puppies! I hated it when she died of heartworms. I was about twelve years old. That wasn’t my first encounter with death, but it was the first time I had lost a pet and I was pretty upset because I couldn’t see her or play with her anymore.

I wrote the stories in The Sid Series book to help kids find answers to some things they may have questions about. For example, it’s hard to understand death. It makes us feel sad when someone we love dies. Some adults say it means that you just don’t exist anymore. Others say being dead means the body can’t do anything, so the spirit leaves the body and goes to a wonderful place called heaven. Some people will tell you that dogs and cats don’t have souls so they can’t go to heaven, but I don’t believe that. I believe in a place known as the afterlife. It’s just like the place you existed before you came alive in the body you have now. Most of us don’t remember where we were before we were born, but I call it the Rainbow World. It must be a good place since none of us have bad memories of it.

Scrap is the family dog in my story titled “Puppy Love.” Scrap is old and she’s had a good life, but it’s time for her to go to the Rainbow World. One morning, her family finds her in her favorite sleeping spot, but she’s not moving; she can’t get up and she can’t bark or chase the tractor like she used to. That’s because she is dead. The family is sad and everyone cries. They wrap her in her favorite blanket, dig a big hole in the ground, and put her body in it. It’s like planting a flower or seed, but Scrap’s body is not going to grow like a flower or seed in the spring.

The family has a memorial service and talks about Scrap’s death. It’s good to talk about things that you are afraid of or don’t understand. That way, you get more information to help you decide what you want to believe.

You will get some ideas to help you create your own understanding about afterlife or the Rainbow World when you read my story. Don’t worry, it has a happy ending. If you want to read it, let Barbara or Frankie know and she will email a link to you or your parent. You may read more about each of the stories on my Web site: http://thesidseries.com./

I have learned a lot from children. So, I’d like to ask you some questions. You can answer them by leaving a comment below.

What does it mean to be dead?
Where do you think Scrap’s soul went when she died?
What do you think happened to Scrap’s body when she was buried in the ground?
Have you ever seen a person or an animal that is dead?

Yvonne is available to read her book to your classroom via Skype an Author.

To order your copy of The Sid Series you can visit Amazon. Receive The Sid Series coloring book for free when you order the print copy of the book!!

Thank you, Yvonne, my BFF, for sharing this well written article on the death of a pet. I can personally say that I know when I die my soul will stay here with my mom because I love her so much. She won't be able to pet me anymore or see me, but I will always be in her heart, loving her... and I know when my body is gone, I will one day be reunited with my mom in heaven, or as Yvonne says, "Rainbow World." I believe that we always stay with the ones we love, just in a different form.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Review of Children's Book, "The Sid Series"

I will have the honor to host Yvonne Perry, Author of The Sid Series tomorrow right here on my blog! Yvonne has written an article called"Dealing with the Death of a Pet." It will surely help every child, so be sure to return tomorrow, Dec. 1st to read this wonderful article. And on a side note, Yvonne calls me her BFF (best friends forever)... I'm a lucky, lucky dog to have her for my friend!

My mom read Yvonne's book The Sid Series to me and I thought it was dog-gone good! So good, I urged my mom to write a review. So here it is:

Bravo to Yvonne Perry for writing this book to help children through challenging issues in a gentle, kind and spiritual way! From dealing with the death of a pet, learning inner guidance and understanding destiny and making choices (to name just a few) these stories are tender, beautiful lessons a parent or grandparent can share with their children. This book is truly a treasure to help every child see themselves as a gift, and help them grow into the person they were meant to be.Purchase a copy of Yvonne's book today as a great gift for the holidays! Arf-a-roo!! Be sure to stop back again tomorrow for Yvonne's article.


Help Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog Win Money for Disabled Pets

So here is the scoop. My mom entered me in a contest sponsored by Hallmark Hall of Fame, titled, A Dog Named Christmas dog photo contest. If you vote for me (which you can do once a day until Dec. 15th) and if I win I would receive $1,000 to donate to a charity of my choice.
My choice is the Tinkerbell Fairy Dust Fund which is through the Animal Miracle Foundation. This fund helps animals who need wheelchairs.
So all you have to do is vote for me once a day up until Dec. 15th! Vote here!
The competition is stiff as you can imagine because there are many, many beautiful and cute dogs all over the world!! No matter who wins, the money won will be a great thing for the charity that receives it!
Thank you for your help!


Friday, November 20, 2009

EastMinster Pet Radio Show Replay

You can catch the replay of this show with Susan Bradley interviewing my mom on how our adventure began when I became paralyzed and how it has evolved to educating others about disabilities in animals.

EastMinster Pet Radio Show Replay


Greyhounds Need to Find Homes-- SOON!

Dairyland Greyhound Racetrack in Kenosha, Wisconsin will be closing on December 31, 2009.

900 Greyhounds will need to be adopted otherwise they will be euthanized, now is a great time to consider adopting a Greyhound. They are very loving and laid back. They don’t need the space people think they need. They are great for an active family because they have been crated almost all their lives and they sleep about 18 out of the 24 hours a day. They are just looking for someone to love them and supply them with a warm bed!!!! They test the dogs to see if they are cat friendly and or small dog friendly. They also know if a dog should be a single dog or if they would be great in a 2, 3, or 4 dog house!!! Please help me get the word out; we only have 6 weeks to get this task done.

Joanne KehoeOperations DirectorP: 312.559.0887Or Dairyland Race Track Adoption Center direct at (262) 612-8256


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Announcing Release of Second Book in the Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog Book Series!

Author Releases Second Book to Inspire Children andSeniors Who Have Special Needs or Disabilities

Author Barbara Techel and her 10-year-old daschund announce the release of their second book, Frankie The Walk ‘N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby’s House.

We all face challenges in life, but dealing them is much easier when there’s support and understanding from significant others—even animals. Frankie is a dachshund who is paralyzed in her hind quarters as a result of an injury. But, she does not allow her physical challenges to limit her purpose or her gift of healing to others. Custom-fitted for a doggie wheelchair (dog cart), Frankie The Walk ‘N Roll Therapy Dog uses her disability to bring a message of hope and encouragement to young and old.

Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby’s House is a true story told from a therapy dog’s viewpoint. This, the second book in the series, tells how Frankie became a registered therapy dog and gives several personal accounts of her visits to the residents of Libby’s House, a senior facility where many residents have Alzheimer’s or dementia http://www.libbyshouse.com/.

Frankie’s human mom and the book’s author, Barbara Techel, hoped for years to have a therapy dog and share the love that only a dog can bring. She wanted the dog to visit people who may not have animal contact on a regular basis.

“When Frankie was fitted for a doggie wheelchair, I wrote the first book and started taking her to local schools to entertain children,” says Barbara. “I realized Frankie would make a great therapy dog for adults as well as children. The fact that she is in a wheelchair makes her a bit more unique as she helps people in nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice identify on a deeper level. She has a challenge like many of them.”

Visiting Libby’s House once a month opened Barbara’s heart and eyes to realizing that people may not always understand what the elderly are going through, and all they want is someone to listen and spend time with them.

“I especially want children to not fear seniors who face the challenges brought on by aging,” says Ms. Techel. “I hope to encourage children to spend and cherish time with their own grandparents. I hope children will realize the beauty and wisdom in the elderly.”

“All one needs to do is see the expression in the eyes of those Frankie touches to know she is tangible love,” says Christine Thill, owner and RN administrator of Libby’s House where Frankie volunteers. “When the body fails, the spirit soars! Frankie’s visits along with Barb’s gentle nature are a true blessing to Libby’s House.”

Because she is bringing positive awareness to animals with disabilities through her therapy dog work, Frankie was awarded the Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame Companion and is the official mascot for National Disabled Pets Day. This little dog teaches us that patience, listening, and understanding opens our hearts to what matters most—love.

Through Frankie’s example, Barbara hopes to encourage anyone facing a challenge.
Having a disability does not mean we don’t have gifts to offer. Each of us can give back to the world in our own, unique way. Frankie’s volunteer work is a great way to prompt others to get involved in their own communities and find a way to be of service. Barbara says the rewards are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

Even though she and Frankie visit Libby’s House once a month, Barbara still enjoys sharing with children the messages in her books. In fact, she has found a new way to share Frankie’s story via Skype an Author Network whose mission is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual classroom visits. See http://tinyurl.com/SkypeBarbara to learn more.

Children are invited to follow Frankie, The Walk ‘N Roll Dog’s adventures on Frankie's Blog: http://www.frankiethewalknrolldog.blogspot.com/. Adults will find more information about caring for special needs animals on Barbara’s blog at http://www.joyfulpaws.typepad.com/.
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Contact: Barbara Techel
Phone: 920-377-1749
E-mail: barbtechel (at) verizon.net
Web site: http://www.joyfulpaws.com/

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Frankie "Virtually" goes to Paralympics in Whistler, Canada

I've got the coolest friends in Canada! They made "Flat Frankie's" of me and took me to the Olympics and Paralympics and then made this awesome video!! Wait till you see me on the bobsled!! ARF-A-ROO!!!



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Frankie's Activity Book On Sale!

I love a good bargain, don't you? Mom just bought me this really cool pumpkin sweater that was 75% off... WOW!

So, I want to have a sale too on my activity book... I know times are tough, so I want to help out where I can.

Now through December 25th my activity book is only $8.00! Normally it is $11.95. PLUS it is only $3.00 for shipping of 1-2 books.

Great time to stock up for those cold winter nights or rainy days.
**A portion of all book sales is donated to disabled animal chairities**


Friday, November 6, 2009

FREE Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog Coloring Page & More!

I love Friday's... well, OK, I love everyday cause I have a great life! But anyways, I wanted to give you a special gift because I love having you as my friends!!

So here is the link to download a Frankie coloring page AND Frankie word search puzzle. Be sure to print the coloring page out on a 8.5 x 14 legal size page so you fit me all on the page!!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the gifts... and oh, that's right. Mom reminded me to have you also check out the special we are running!! My activity book is just $8.00 through the holidays! Normally it is $11.95.

Please feel free to share the link above with your friends too!!


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Basket Ball Dog!

Ok, so this is way cool! Enjoy!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Meet a Dog Named Cheeseburger

Not all dogs are lucky like I am to have a warm, soft bed to sleep in everyday. I love being snug as a bug... especially on cold winter days. My mom shared this story with me of a homeless dog named Cheeseburger, so I wanted to share with you too. Let's be grateful for all that we have... just like Cheeseburger is... and remember to live in the moment and take one day at a time... just as he teaches us. Good dog, Cheeseburger, good dog.

Here's the story!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Psychedelic Fur has me Rocking and Rolling in a "Bone Jovi" T-Shirt!

My friends over at Who's Your Dachshund featured Psychedlic Fur as a sponsor giving away two very cool T-shirts... and I won!! Hot diggity Dog! So, I picked the T-shirt Bone Jovi, cause I am a real rock 'n roller!

Here's a little more information about this wonderful company:

PSYCHEDELIC FUR was launched in New York in 2005 by music industry executive and passionate dog lover, Lori Lambert, when she adopted her Havanese puppy, Louie. Unsatisfied with the merchandise she saw in the shops, Lori decided to create her own. Her true love for music, rock ‘n’ roll and (of course) dogs morphed into Psychedelic Fur! In June 2008, Los Angeles-based Teri Hertz partnered with Lori to launch their "official" line of paw-litical tees and bandanas. PetsVote.com products drew national and international media raves featuring specially designed campaign items for Bark Obama and McCanine.

PSYCHEDELIC FUR has been featured on The CBS Morning Show, The Style Network, New York’s WPIX-TV CW 11 News, Us Magazine, People Magazine, The Martha Stewart Show, the Associated Press, Home Shopping Network, New York Magazine’s Intelligencer, and Perez Hilton.com.Partial proceeds from all PSYCHEDELIC FUR sales are donated to a rotating list of local and national animal shelters.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Amazing Skidboot

Hey friends... Skidboot is the most amazing dog!! He will teach you so much about life and this is a MUST WATCH video for everyone.