- 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.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Just this past week Catherine interviewed Alayne Marker of Rolling Dog Ranch about the distinguished Henry Bergh Award they received. To follow on the heels of Rolling Dog Ranch and their mission to help disabled animals, is such an honor for my mom and me. Do listen to the recording of the show with Alayne. You will feel her heart as she talks about her life on the ranch. I think Rolling Dog Ranch simply Rocks!!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Doggie Carrot Cake
Ingredients1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon soy flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼-½ cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup honey
1 cup baby carrots, grated or ground
1. Combine flours, baking soda and peanut butter.
2. Mix in egg, oil, vanilla, honey and carrots until well combined.
3. Pour mixture into a 9x9-inch cake pan.
4. Bake at 325°F for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely.
Eat your carrots! WOOF!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It is with great sadness I share the news of a dear, sweet dog, Baxter, who died on Friday, October 16th. He showed the world the true beauty of therapy dog work, up until the last days of his life. He is my hero. I will miss him... but I do know this, he was not afraid to die, and he knows he will see his Mom and Dad again someday. I also know he is in heaven, reunited with all the friends he helped in their time of need, and he is surrounded my many, many angels. His Mom wrote an awesome tribute, and I wanted to share it here with all of you.
See you someday in heaven, dear pal, Baxter. I, and all my therapy dog friends will carry on the work of loving others, in honor and memory of you.
March 23, 1990-October 16, 2009
Baxter, the world's best, most devoted, and oldest therapy dog, 19 years and 6 months, eased peacefully from his life on Friday afternoon, October 16th.
Baxter began volunteering 7 years ago at Sand Diego Hospice. In a place created for making goodbyes gentler, Baxter comforted everyone who crossed his path. He licked tears from grieving faces, gave hugs to those at a loss for words, and warmed the hearts and souls of those who were making their transition. He would take his body and curl himself next to a patient for hours, making this intense eye contact that penetrated the human spirit in everyone, proving his undeniable loyalty, love, and sensitivity. Everyone loved Baxter!
I took in Baxter after he was rescued from a life threatening circumstance. He was 2 years old, and it took me 6 weeks to make him mine. It was not much longer and he became my heart. As I socialize him more and more, I realized Baxter was not like other dogs. He had a gift and everyone who met him witnessed it. Though perhaps difficult to believe, to meet Baxter was an experience. And, you never forgot that experience. He touched everyone he met.
When my husband, Dennis and I went through the volunteer orientation at San Diego Hospice to become volunteers, Baxter accompanied us because he went everywhere with us. During those many hours, he spread his magic spirit throughout the room. And, in the end, the knowing staff exhorted: "You must get Baxter certified. He's magical, and he would make the perfect therapy dog!"
What they recognized was Baxter's special ability to bring light to darkness, smiles to down turned lips, respite to tear swollen faces, and comfort to pained hearts. His mere presence brought joy to rooms that were filled with tragedy and imminent loss.
He was the perfect love affair. His love never ended, he was true to the bone, and his companionship was invaluable. Baxter taught me many of life's lessons. And when I forgot one, he reminded me in the subtlest of ways. He was consistent, reliable, and predictable. He was always in a good mood, prepared to volunteer and full of love, kisses and devotion.
There has never been a dog like Baxter in my life. And there will never be another Baxter. He truly was the world's best therapy dog.
Though Baxter is gone, his legacy lives on through his book. MOMENTS WITH BAXTER, a series of 36 true stories and photos that demonstrate the magical connection Baxter made with individuals at the end of their life.
Visit Baxter at his website.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO CHARITY IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF BAXTER.
~Melissa Joseph, Baxter's mom and author of MOMENTS WITH BAXTER
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tibby is adorable! She blogs A LOT and has her own doggy calender. She is very involved in her owner's lives and blogs about everything from birthdays to taking care of the family lizard.
5. Daisy Mae TalesThis Tennessee terrier definitely has that Southern charm. Daisy posts tons of photos which quick and cute captions. Whether hanging out in a teacup, riding in the local 4th of July parade or sporting her new outfit, her personality shines through.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
"I really liked when you told us that there is always a blessing in something bad that happens. It was also cool when you showed us how to put Frankie in her wheels." Ashlea Age 9"
I really enjoyed when I got to ask questions! I was very excited when I got to ask my question. Frankie must be a truly happy dog" Amanpreet, Age 9 "
Our Skype was so fun! I really like when Frankie put on her life jacket for the bathtub. I also liked her train costume. I really liked learning more about Frankie" Josh, Age 9"
My favourite part was when we found out what it was like to have a disability. I enjoyed talking to you and Frankie. I really liked the video of her walking. I think she should be in the Olympics." Cassie Age 9"
Our Skype experience was amazing. I liked learning about Frankie. Frankie looked cute in her costume." Stephanie Age 9"
I really liked how we got to Skype with you and Frankie. It was a great experience seeing Frankie. Thank you once more for choosing our class. That was very exciting. I loved it!" Jazzie Age 9"
Our Skype experience was so fun! It was so cool how we learned so much about Frankie!" Dakota Age 9"
I really enjoyed Skyping with Frankie and Barb. I really liked when Frankie was in the Pet Hall of Fame because I never thought that any kind of pet could actually be in the Pet Hall of Fame! Thank you Barb for skyping. I really really liked it!" Rachel Age 9"
My class and I loved the picture of Frankie and Kylie cuddled up together. We were amazed by the book you read us!" Brandon Age 8"
My favourite part was talking to you and Frankie and have a great experience with you. I loved learning about how Frankie got hurt." Aly Age 9
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Share Your Positivity and share yours too!! And remember my motto: "Always be positive and keep on rolling!!"
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
GIVE CHILDREN THE GIFT OF POSSIBILITY
**Inspire them to look past what may be considered misfortunes
**Teach them to face challenges head on
**Give them hope that no matter what, all things are possible
Official Mascot for National Disabled Pets Day & Hall of Fame Companion, Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog will leave an everlasting and loving paw print on their heart
My mom and I are asking for your help. It really is quite easy to do… and for helping us we have a free gift for you (keep reading for details).
We are now offering Virtual Visits with me, Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog! We are now able to do our Frankie presentations that we currently offer to our local schools in person (and rolling dog!) via the free software of Skype and a web cam, but these are done… well, virtually!! Here is a video clip explaining.
Would you be willing to forward this message to any elementary teachers or librarians you know? We would certainly appreciate your efforts. Just email us that you forwarded it and we will send you a link to download Frankie’s Activity E-book for free!
Please be sure to share with any teachers or librarians that you do forward this to that the first one to contact us will receive their Virtual Visit for FREE!
Check out this resource on how to set up a Virtual Visit...
Thank you so much for your help and for helping us spread my message of hope and inspiration!