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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.

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!!
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3 comments:

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

How cute:)
Everyone has their own time and doing things,
Glad she finally learned your a sweetie!

Andrea said...

Frankie,
I have experienced the same thing with humans. Sometimes it just takes them a little while to realize we are good furry guys and gals.
Woofs and Wags,
Sitka

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

Thank you, Toby and Andrea-- yes, we must all be patient and in time we build trust.

Frankie