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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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Invite Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog & Her Author Mom to Your Classroom or Library Via Skype- No Cost!


Award-winning children’s book author Barbara Techel and her dog Frankie who is well known as the Walk ‘N Roll Dog because she gets along in a doggie wheelchair are offering free Skype programs (see details below) to the first 10 teachers or librarians that contact them. Frankie is the star of her own books, Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog  and Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House. Both books are true, inspirational stories about overcoming challenges by thinking positive and giving back to the world in our own, unique way despite our challenges.

Enjoy a program where children can virtually meet Frankie via the technology of Skype, learn about disabilities, help students overcome their own challenges in a positive way, see a demonstration of how Frankie’s wheelchair works and how she can "fly" in her wheels, as well as hear a selected reading of Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog book. Overall you and your students or patrons will have a dog-gone good time meeting and learning about Frankie and her mission to bring a positive face and voice to all animals with disabilities, and encourage others who also have challenges. To learn more, visit Barbara and Frankie on their author visits link on their website at or Skype an author.

We are offering 10 free presentations via Skype (one per school or library), first come, first serve and this is for a limited time and expires March 31st, 2010. If you are interested please contact us via email at joyfulpaws@yahoo.com Please feel free to share this information with the teachers and librarians in your life!


Students at my school in Canada used Skype to connect via the Internet with Barbara and Frankie who live in Wisconsin. The students were so excited and were amazed at the experience. It seemed as if Frankie and Barbara were sitting right in their classroom! The students were able to interact with Frankie and Barbara and asked and answered many thought provoking questions. They learned a lot about animals with disabilities and how to stay postive no matter what challenges they might face. The Skype has been their favorite part of the school year!

~Karen Keys, Teacher Librarian Canada


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