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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.

Friday, July 31, 2009

See how U can easily (& free) help this doxie on wheels raise $$ for Handicapped Pets Foundation, http://ping.fm/QVjIk

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog Will Turn Ten Soon! Let's Celebrate!

Hard to believe with as cool as I look in these pink shades that I could possibly be turning 10 already... but it is oh, so true! The big day is Thursday, August 20th! So, let's celebrate the whole month of August. Hey, why not? Life is short, we must celebrate each and every day!

So here is the deal... the best gift I want is to be able to donate some money to a really, really awesome foundation that provides wheelchairs for animals who may not have the chance to have one and who really need one. It is Handicapped Pets Foundation. And you can help... and it is really easy to do... and it is FREE. How great is this?

So for every 50 NEW people who sign up to follow me via Facebook or Twitter we will donate $25.00 to Handicapped Pets Foundation. My goal (and cap) is 1,000 new followers which will mean $500 to the foundation! Oh, how that would make my tail wag if I can accomplish this. So here is how you can help.

Sign up to follow me on Facebook or Twitter. If you are already following me, please let your friends and family know about my fund raising efforts and see if they can help... tell them it is easy and free! You can share this post with them.

If you have a Facebook account you can help spread the word by posting this message:

Help Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog raise money for Handicapped Pets Foundation simply by following her at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=93350378942

If you have a Twitter account you can share this with your Tweeple and ask them to Retweet, pretty please:

Help Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog raise money for Handicapped Pets Foundation by following her at http://tinyurl.com/nd78q8

And there is one more way you can help if you'd like...

A portion of all book sales for the month of August will go to Handicapped Pets Foundation. If you have not gotten a copy of my NEW activity book, now would be a perfect time. And there is always my first book, Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog which makes a great gift for anyone age 3-93 or any dachshund or dog lover.

It is a dog-gone honor to bring positive awareness to animals with disabilities and a foundation that helps disabled animals live long, happy, quality lives. So let's celebrate my birthday and all animals on earth! Arf-a-roo!!
A great resource for doxie's diagnosed with IVDD is http://ping.fm/qkAua
IVDD diagnoses in a dachshund is not a death sentence. If I can help, let me know. http://ping.fm/rPsh6

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Teaching kids about animals with disabilities makes my heart sing! http://ping.fm/ePKSj

Be Creative with Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog

Wow, what fun I had at the library today!! The kids decorated a "Flat Frankie" (that would be me, but flatter! ha!) It was "Be Creative with Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog" for one hour at our Elkhart Lake library. I reeeeaaaaaallllly liked how everyone decorated their Frankie's! ARF-A-ROO!!

Must see dog video in a wheelchair hiking and swimming and enjoying life to the fullest, http://ping.fm/eadnt

Monday, July 20, 2009

Meet Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog at the New Holstein (WI) Public Library, July 21st at 1:00pm!
Presentation & Book Signing.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

G.R.I.T.S Kidz Book Club

Hey kids! Do you like to read? Well, you should if you don't. Reading takes you places without ever leaving your favorite chair or ever leaving the comfort of your bedroom! Oh, the things you will learn and how interesting life can be when you read, read, read!

Ok, enough of my little sermon about reading... hee hee. But seriously, if you LOVE to read I want to tell you about a really cool on line book club called G.R.I.T.S Kidz Book Club.

You can meet other kids safely on line that like to read. What is really cool is this site is maintained by kid power (like this site is maintained by dog power)! You can even submit a review of your favorite books too! Hint: Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog might be a book you'd like to send in a review about, so other kids can learn about me!

Share your love of books and reading and meet kids from around the world! Check it out today! And if you decide to write a review about your favorite dog (hint: that would be me!)... be sure and let me know and I'll share it on my blog too! Arf-a-roo!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Coffee with a Canine talks with Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog (with a wee bit help from her mom) http://ping.fm/YKLEu

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Animal Talk Naturally Radio talks with animal ambassodors Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog & Hobo the cat 1:30CST, http://ping.fm/ZA5eu

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

FREE SHIPPING on children's activity book featuring Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog! Hurry! Ends soon. http://ping.fm/8ercU
See cover and read book excerpt from Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dogs new children's book coming soon!http://ping.fm/SwsJH

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog's New Book Cover

Arf-a-roo! I am so excited to share my new book cover with you! Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House tentative release date is January 2010.

My mom will be on Animal Talk Naturally Radio Show Wed., July 8th beginning at 1:30p CST talking about my new book. You can listen via your computer or call in with a question. 646-595-4693 (kids-make sure to get permission from your parents before calling).

Many of the residents at Libby’s house sometimes can’t remember things. The staff helps them remember when to take their medicine, when to eat, and when to go to bed at night. It is kind of like being a kid again like when your mom and dad had to help you with those things.

Spending time at Libby’s House with Daniel makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Sometimes older people feel lonely. When I visit, they share stories about their younger years and talk about when they had a pet. They also enjoy throwing my ball for me and feeding me treats.

The activity directors plan many special activities for the residents. On Tuesday afternoons, they all gather in the music room. A resident or staff member plays the piano and everyone sings songs from the old days. The whole time the music plays, Daniel smiles. He can’t always remember the words, but he hums along to the tune.


With this lovely book Frankie will win your heart and inspire children to overcome whatever obstacles they face in life. The journey from using a wheelchair ( dog cart) to finding her purpose as a therapy dog, told from Frankie’s viewpoint, is not only touching but also shows children how much joy, healing, and hope a dog can bring to this world. Outstanding!

~Linda and Allen Anderson, authors of Angel Animals books, Angel Animals Network

Barbara Techel takes us beyond our human reasoning and limited sight by engaging our imaginations grounded in truth through the eyes of her little dog Frankie - who doesn't allow her physical challenges to limit her purpose or her gift of healing to all those who come into contact with her. Into Libby's House we roll with the wide-eyed innocence and charm only a little dog in wheels can claim with unabashed healing love for those who are broken in spirit and body.

~ Dr. Kim Bloomer, veterinary naturopath, author and host of Animal Talk Naturally

Monday, July 6, 2009

Frankie's Fantastic Fourth!

My cart all decked out in red, white and blue

Here I am at our Farmer's Market

Two of my biggest Elkhart Lake fans, right before the parade and getting ready to sell cookies

Pooped out after selling cookies to support the library and getting ready to enjoy the parade. Check out my new wheels! A Jeep Rubicon dog stroller my mom bought for me so I don't have to walk (or roll) too far anymore.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wanna See Where Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog Hangs Out?

Hey friends! Whew, the world wide blog tour is complete! Am I pooped! Well, not really, since my mom did all the work and I slept most of the time in my periwinkle bed. Ok, so I know I should have helped a bit more, but my mom is so good at handling things, so I let her.
Thought you all might like to see the cool space I get to hang out in with my mom when she is working (and yes, I am catching Z's!). We were just featured in a very cool on-line magazine, so take a look . I love to hang out in MySpace.clam!

Where do you like to hang out?