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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.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Meet Libby- the Inspiration Behind Libby's House, Senior Assisted Living

Today's guest book is from someone I truly love... yup, my mom!  Take it away, Mom!

Frankie and I have been volunteering at Libby's House for a little over two years now.  Each and every month we visit I leave with a renewed sense of what this thing called life is all about... and the visits remind me to enjoy each and every moment in life... especially the simple joys and moments.
Libby's House is named after the owner, Christine Thill's very special grandma, Libby.  Just recently at the age of 103, Libby moved into Libby's House and there she celebrated her 104th birthday in November.
Frankie and I had the honor of meeting Libby in November and I was so touched to meet, not only someone who is 104, but someone whose spirit is still shining so brightly you just want to be around her all the time.
So Frankie and I returned for a special photo opportunity in early December to get Frankie's photo with the very special Libby.  I felt my heart overwhelm with joy when Libby crossed her hands on her chest and said, "It was such an honor to have my photo with Frankie."  Tears instantly pooled in my eyes because to me it was such an honor for me to have Frankie's picture with her.
As we were leaving I picked up Frankie and held her near Libby so she could pet her again.  Libby put her hand on Frankie's back and said, "Frankie.... love."
It is moments like that with Libby and many others that I am so grateful for my therapy dog work with Frankie... so many blessings I have experienced.
To learn more about our visits to Libby's House you can check out my book titled, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House.

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