The little chihuahua with a huge heart went to doggie heaven on December 22nd at the age of 22. Wheely Willy, along with his mom, Deborah Turner helped so many kids and adults see that animals with disabilities can live a wonderful life. They also were great teachers in teaching compassion and kindness to all animals. There will be a memorial service for this little champion on Jan. 19th in Long Beach, CA. If you are in the area, I know Willy's mom, Deborah would love your support. My mom has been hugging me extra much since Willy died, because she feels so sad for Willy's Mom. But I know Willy is happy in heaven and Deborah and Willy will see each other again in heaven.
Below is the information on the memorial service, as well as an awesome video of "A Day in the Life of Wheely Willy." Thank you Willy, for all the GREAT you did in the world. I'll always think you ROCK (and roll!)
Memorial Service for Wheely Willy
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
12:00pm to 2:00pm
The Memorial Garden at Long Beach Animal Care Services, P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA 90815
The Memorial Service is hosted by the Long Beach Animal Care Services and Friends of Long Beach Animals. After the ceremony, all of Willy's friends and fans are invited for refreshments, conversation and reminiscences about Willy. In lieu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made to Friends of Long Beach Animals in appreciation for the role they play in improving the lives of so many animals in need. We recall that Willy began his life as a rescued pet.
You can also check out Willy's books, which I have both of them and love them!
- 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.