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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, September 28, 2010

Fall, Mum's, and Frankie Fun!

Fall is mine and my mom's favorite season.  Today Mom could not resist any longer and took me to Millhome Nursery so I could help her pick out mum's for our outdoor fall decorations.  Oh, how I love riding on the flower cart and smelling all the pretty flowers!!  Isn't it great all the things that have wheels to help me get around?  My wheelchair, my mom's bike as she takes me riding in my doggie basket, the car to take me to meet new people, and my doggie stroller to walk with my mom every morning.  I so love wheels!!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog LIVE STREAM this Thursday, 9-30-10

Hey my loyal followers- exciting news!  This is a first time ever event for me and my mom!  We will be coming to a computer near you, via LIVE STREAM!
We are so thrilled!!  Here's how it works:

Go to Stickam before this Thursday and sign up for a free account.
Then on Thursday join us on Rainbow Diamond's Stickam page as Rainbow and her parents interview us LIVE on the internet.

This Thursday, September 30th at 7:00pm CST (8:00pm EST)


Join us as our little Ambassador of Inspiration shares her story of hope. Learn about disc disease and how dogs diagnosed with this disease can live long, fulfilling lives (Frankie is proof, along with many others!).

We will also talk about our latest book, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House and how Frankie is bringing joy not only to Libby's House (senior assisted facility), but to patients in hospitals and hospice.

Rainbow Diamond, and her parents will be our host. Rainbow is an adorable dachshund rescued from a puppy mill. She was forced to live in a filthy bathtub and despite blunt force trauma to her spine, was used for breeding, despite all the pain she was in. She is now living a life of joy because of her loving foster parents. She is also now Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas Anti Puppy Mill Spokesdog and making a remarkable difference!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Audio Excerpts of Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog book series

Hey everyone!  My mom did something fun and created with Audioboo  audio excerpts from my book Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog book series.  I love it when my mom reads to me, so I though you might enjoy hearing a sneak peek of my books.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Frankie Dog House for Children's Literature Garden

Construction has begun!

My papa was hard at work this past Sunday with his nail gun, table saw and lumber constructing my dog house that will be a part of  Bookworm Gardens, which is a beeeeautiful garden based on children's literature and it is in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Grand opening is October 16-17 in conjunction with Sheboygan Children's Book Festival with events at the Sheboygan Mead Library, surrounding schools and John Michael Kohler Arts Center.  It is going to be a grand weekend of fun!

Here's a sneak peek of my dog house, which will have a cathedral ceiling (oh my!) along with my name on the front and will be painted periwinkle (as if you thought it would be any other color!).  Stay tuned for updates on the progress...

First wall is complete!

Looks like papa is in the dog house again... tee hee

Inspecting papa's workmanship now that all four walls are done!


Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome to Bookworm Gardens

Grand Opening for Bookworm Gardens is October 16-17.  Hope you can come check it out!  My dog house should be done by then and in the garden- my papa is working on it this weekend!
Take a moment to watch the video and lose yourself in nature, books, children playing and reading...


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog Upcoming Appearances

I'm off to a great start this fall sharing my message to be positive, make a difference, and keep on rolling despite obstacles!  I'd love to visit your library, school, or organization in person (depending on location) or we can visit via Skype too.... with a little help from my author mom, Barbara Techel (a.k.a taxi driver).  Id love to hear from you!  Be sure to watch our calendar page on our website for updates to added appearances!

Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog Upcoming Fall Season Appearances

*Monday, Sept. 13th: Portal Industries, serving adult citizens with disabilities, Grafton, WI, 5:30pm
*Saturday, Sept. 18th: Woodhaven Animal Health Clinic, Open House Health and Wellness event, Plover, WI, 10:00am-2:00pm
*Wednesday, Sept. 22nd:  My author mom, Barbara Techel will be on The Passions and Possbilities Radio Show talking about how animals with disabilities are her passion (I am her inspiration!).
*Saturday, Sept. 25th:  Alzheimer's Memory Walk, Kohler, WI
*Thursday, Sept. 30th:  Rainbow Diamond (Dachshund Rescue) Live Stream show
*Saturday, October 9th: Book signing and talk at LaDeDa Books and Beans, Maintowoc, WI 10:30am
*Monday, October 11th: Poynette Library presentation, Poynette, WI, 4:30pm
*Friday, October 15th: Reception and book signing at Sheboygan Children's Book Festival, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan, WI 6:30pm-8:30pm
*Wednesday, Oct. 20th: Presentation for Women's Auxiliary at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sheboygan Falls, WI, 1:30pm
*Saturday, November 6th: Key note speaker for "Celebration of Pets" banquet and fundraiser for Rudy's Fund to help bring Humane Welfare Animal programs to Sheboygan County, Breaking Bread Banquet Hall, Sheboygan, WI, 6:00pm-10:00pm
*Thursday, November 11th: Waunakee Public Library presentation, Waunakee, WI, 3:00pm
*Thursday, December 9th: Presentation at Longfellow Elementary School

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Paws A Palooza Health & Wellness Open House

My mom and I are very excited to be taking part in Paw A Palooza.  If you live in or near Plover, Wisconsin you will not want to miss this event!

Woodhaven Animal Health Center
Rain or Shine! * FREE to the Public!

Bring your friends and neighbors, along with any dogs that love to show off their best manners in public!

Free Point Root beer, Free Emy J's Coffee, Free Popcorn, Food Vendors, Clinic Tours,
Door Prizes & Raffle Items

PET BEHAVIOR SEMINARS presented by Chelsea of Dog's Best Friend Training (founded by Dr. Patricia McConnell): Reactive Rover, Peaceful Walk, Impulse Control, Four on the Floor

~Presentation and Book Signing by Barbara Techel with Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog

~Agility & Obedience Demonstrations by Jayson of 4-Paws

~Canine Search & Rescue Demonstrations by K-9 Emergency Response Team

~Free massage for pets and their people

~Free pet photos by Kismet Creations

...Plus local area businesses, rescue groups, and humane societies, featuring pets and pet related products and services

2660 Forest Drive, Plove, WI 715-341-9664
For more information visit Woodhaven Animal Health


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Pet Holidays to Celebrate


• World Animal Remembrance Month

• Responsible Dog Ownership Day, Sept. 25 (varies by community)

• National Dog Week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2