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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 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.

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4 comments:

alexiperplexy said...

Hi. I was so sad to learn of Wheely Willy's passing. I know Deborah must be so sad. I came across your site while looking for more about Wheely. I am glad to learn about Frankie. What a cutie!

alexiperplexy said...

Hi. Thanks for the note about Wheely. My heart goes out to Deborah. And I am happy to learn about Frankie! Another little miracle dog.

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

Yes, it was so sad to read of Willy's passing. I can only imagine how difficult this is for Deborah. I hope knowing Willy leaves a beautiful lasting legacy behind will help her during this very difficult time. Our hearts are with her.

Barbara (Frankie's Mom) and
Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

How sad, but wow 22?!
That dog looked really cute:)