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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, April 7, 2010

Pets with Disabilities

"Because their spirits are not broken"

This is the saying on Pets with Disabilities website.  As a dog on wheels, I have to say, this is right on!  One big thing I taught my mom after I was hurt and my back legs didn't work so well anymore, was that I was still me.  I had not changed one teenie weenie bit!  The only difference was now I needed  a special tool to help me walk and that special tool is my wheelchair.
Each quarter my mom and I choose a disabled animal charity to donate a portion of my book sales to. So this quarter we chose Pets with Disabilities for all the extraordinary work they do to help animals like me that may not have been helped due to a disability. Below you can read more about them which is a blurb from their website.   I hear my mom tell people all the time how blessed she feels to have me in her life... awwwww shucks!  So next time you are considering adopting a pet maybe you might want to consider a special needs pet... they need lots of love too... and I promise they will love you so much in return you won't even believe it!

Pets with Disabilities Founders Joyce Darrell and Mike Dickerson

Joyce Darrell, along with her husband Michael Dickerson, founded the Pets with Disabilities organization in 2000. Their lives were changed forever after their rescue dog Duke broke his back playing as a puppy.

Having nowhere to turn for help in caring for him, they started the organization Pets with Disabilities - a rescue and resource that provides information and support to families caring for pets with disabilities. The story of Duke (and later Misty, another wheelchair-bound dog) has helped raise awareness about disabled pets and has reached thousands of people worldwide. The grassroots organization and Web site, www.PetswithDisabilities.org provides support and information to animal caretakers whose pets suffer from birth defects or have become disabled due to illness or injury.

Mike and Joyce travel all over the country with Duke and several other dogs, promoting their mission: "Provide a positive voice for dogs and cats with disabilities that desperately need homes"

Powerful spokes-dogs Duke and Misty have been featured on NBC’s Today show, as well as in Prevention and Dog Fancy magazines. They are always the center of attention at every pet exposition they attend!


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