- 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.
Monday, April 27, 2009
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Can you do most dog things, like swimming?
I can do most all dog things just like before I hurt myself. Swimming is a bit of a challenge, but with a little help from my mom, I can swim. She has to hold up my back end and I dog paddle my front paws and legs.
Even though I may not get to swim on my own, I'm glad for my mom's help. But what is really great is that I now visit lots of local schools and libraries, plus I volunteer as a thearpy dog... all things I didn't do before I got hurt. So having wheels has really opened up my world and I have so many friends... just like all my friends in Canada!! Arf-a-roo! I'm one lucky dog!!
PS: Be sure and read the post below about the other "walk 'n roll dog" named Frankie!!
How does Frankie get around in the deep snow?
Two words: I don't. One of the best things about having wheels is that I don't have to go outside in the winter anymore to "do my thing" (that means going potty, since mom trained me to go on the toilet). I never did like the cold and the snow... burrrr... just too cold for a dog with 4-inch legs and belly so close to the ground. Though when I did have to go outside and "do my thing" my papa always shoveled a path for me, so I could run out fast, pee & poo, and then run like the dickens back into the house!
And besides that I don't have snow tires for my wheels, so I am lucky and stay cozy and happy in front of the gas fireplace all winter long. I know it's rough, but someones gotta do it, so might as well be me.
PS: Be sure and check out the post below about my new friend with wheels with the same name as me!!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Our friend, Joy, over at Books Go Beyond Reading wrote about my new activity book, so be sure and check it out. Thank you, Joy!! You are the best!!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
So if you can help all you have to do is purchase my book, which makes a great gift to teach children (and adults alike) that overcoming adversity is really easy with a paws-i-tive attitude. And it can really teach your child compassion. How great is that? Check out Rolling Dog Ranch today to see how you can help.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
For more stories written by the kids in Canada that were inspired by me and the doggie diva outfits they made for me, check out the website their teacher put together. The kids in Canada continually inspire me and my mom to want to do even more!!!
Does Frankie get stuck sometimes because of her wheels in small places?
Boy-oh-boy, did I ever at the beginning when I first got my wheels! Whew! I would get stuck all the time on the sofa, the chair, the bed, and going around corners. Sometimes I couldn't get unstuck, so I'd whimper and my mom would come rescue me. About a week after I had my wheels I learned how to back up. Well, then I learned that trick would also work when I got stuck! So if I got stuck, I would simply back up (kind of like putting the car in reverse), then put my wheels back in drive and away I'd go again! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Question submitted by Erika, Age 9
How many times has Frankie made people in the hospital feel better?
I have lost count! Not only do I help the sick people feel better, but I also have made the staff feel better. They work hard and seeing me makes them feel less stress and puts a big smile on their faces. One day I was asked to visit ALL of the nurses and doctors who work at the hospital. They had a contest about which department could raise the most money for a worthwhile organization. The department that won was able to choose which therapy dog they wanted a visit from as their prize. They picked me and I was so honored!! I had my picture taken with every department (like the one above). It was so much fun! One of my favorite things to do when I visit the hospital is to first visit any kids that may be there. It is sometimes hard for little kids to understand why they have to be at the hospital. When they see me come rolling in the room they are no longer scared and they smile and giggle. I love leaving a copy of my book with them so they can read all about me... and that makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside.