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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, November 30, 2010

Holiday Specials from Joyful Paw Prints Press On-Line Store!

Original photo (without holiday embellishments) by Legacy Studios

Beginning TODAY through December 24th, 2010 check out our Holiday Specials in our online store (be sure to check out our book page, as well as product page)!!
  • Free Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog Activity ebook with every purchase
  • Free Shipping on orders of $35.00 or more (will be shipped US Postal)
  • Free Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog 3" round magnet
This holiday give a gift of inspiration to those you love- Frankie continually inspires those around her to be positive no matter what, and give back despite obstacles we face... so share the inspiration with those you love and feel free to share these holiday specials with those who might want to inspire the loved ones in their lives.
Our online bookstore contains Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog book series, as well as the book our story is featured in and recommended by Oprah's O Magazine, Dogs and the Women Who Love Them.

We also feature on our products page "I Love Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog" T-shirts, tote bags, pins, and magnets, as well as exclusive Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog 2-piece magnets and pins from Silly Dog Magnets.

And in the spirit of all that Frankie teaches others about giving back, remember that a portion of all proceeds from our online store are donated to various charities and organizations that care for animals with disabilities.

Happy Inspirational Shopping!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Gift from the Heart

Well my papa really out did himself!  He surprised my mom for their 26th wedding anniversary by commissioning a painting of me and her writing studio.... she was super dooper surprised!!  To read the full story of this touching story please visit my mom's blog, Joyful Paws.

Artwork done by the talented Cassy Tully of Plymouth, Wisconsin and artwork framed by Gina's Custom Framing of Elkhart Lake, WI.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Special Give-Away for Blog Jog Day

Yup, even dogs can take part in Blog Jog Day! What do you mean you don't know what Blog Jog Day is! Well, let me tell you. It is a special day where many bloggers come together to share each others blogs. We have special contests, give-ways, and just plain fun.
So I have a special give-away for stopping by today... and stay tuned until the end of the post so you can move onto the next blog for some more dog-gone fun!


I am giving away a "I Love Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog" tote bag! Great to take shopping, groceries, carry books, knitting, etc. So how can you win it?

Tell me in 50 words or less the best thing you love about your pet? If you dont' have a pet tell me the best thing you love about pets or a pet that you know. One name will be drawn on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd to win the tote bag! (If your post does not have a way to lead me back to you, please leave a way for me to contact you if you win). Good luck!

Arf-a-roo!  Now head on over to Travel Diversions with Doreen!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Have You Hugged Your Dog Today?


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

An inspiring and uplifting event for the whole family!  Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog and her author mom, Barbara Techel will share their story at Waunakee Public Library.

When:  Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Time:  Program begins at 3:10pm
Where:  Waunakee Public Library, 710 South Street, Waunakee, WI


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Friends Forever: Special Needs Boy and Special Needs Dog

It is a day my mom and  I will remember as pure joy for as long as I live...

Two years ago, a 3-year old little boy named Jackson was having a hard time accepting wearing a night brace on his leg because of a form of Cerebral Palsy he has. His mom found my book, "Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog" and read it to him.  Almost immediately he saw the connection and said, "I have to wear my brace like Frankie!" He now refers to his brace as his "Frankie brace."

He just turned five and his mom planned a birthday party for him. When she asked who he wanted to invite he said, "Barb and Frankie."  Now keep in mind, my mom and I met him when he was three, then again a year ago, but have only been with him twice. Jackson and I have this amazing connection.

Jackson lives near Barrington, IL which is roughly a 3-hour trip from our home in Elkhart Lake, but when a darling little 5-year old special little boy makes such a request, it is hard to say no.  Besides, how often does one turn five?!?!  The best part is his mom decided to make it a surprise... and indeed it was.

Jackson's mom, Dawn blind-folded him so he couldn't see me come in (decked out in a birthday hat I must add!).  When he and his mom knelt down, Dawn put Jackson's hand on my head and said, "Who is this?"  Jackson pet my head and said, "Frankie!"  He then could not get his blind-fold off fast enough to see me forever friend!

So in pictures and video the wonderful event...


Friday, November 5, 2010

Goodbye to Blind Callie of Rolling Dog Ranch


One of my favorite doxie's, blind Callie, of Rolling Dog Ranch went to dog heaven this week.  She will be greatly missed.  She was a very endearing dachshund and loved by so  many.

Though my mom and I are sad to hear of this news, we smiled once again watching the video of Callie "pretending" not to hear when it was time to go out for her nightly duty.  What a character she was!  Heaven just gained a sweet, funny, little dog!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Pet Holidays to Celebrate


• National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

• Adopt a Senior Pet Month

• National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Nov. 7-13