Question submitted by Tom, age 11
Before I hand this question over to my mom, I thought I'd say something. Even though I was injured I am still me. I think sometimes humans think that just because I can't use my legs (or any other animal for that matter who can't) that it is just too sad. For me that is not true. I am the same happy dog. Here's my mom's answer...
I was sad, of course, when Frankie was hurt. If I could I would wish that she would walk again on all four paws. But I don't dwell on that. Instead I am grateful Frankie is so happy. I'm grateful God has chosen me to be Frankie's mom and to help spread a positive message about animals with disabilities. If I felt sad the rest of Frankie's life that would not do anything good. It wouldn't change the fact Frankie can't walk. But finding a way to bring good to her injuries is what it is all about. So all in all, even though initially sad and hard, Frankie's injuries and her recovery have been a big blessing.
- Barbara Techel
- 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.