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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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Special Needs Pet Feature: Dumplin'

There are so many caring pet parents out there who take care of special needs pets. To bring more attention to these joyful animals, and extraordinary people, this is a new feature to my blog. If you care for a special needs pet and would like your pet featured, please email my mom through her website contact.  Send a photo and she will forward the questionnaire for your pet to be featured in an upcoming post.
Dumplin' - Doggles
What is your pets name?
Dumplin’
How old is your pet?
10
Where did you get your pet?
Waggytail Rescue in NYC (www.waggytailrescue.com)
What is your pets physical challenge?
Blindness.
What is your pets favorite thing to do?
Eat!
What is your pets favorite thing to eat?
Almost anything, but if I had to pick one thing I’d say Bully Sticks.
What do you love most about your pet?
She is just the absolute sweetest.  She always has the sweetest look in her eyes.  Her eyes make me melt every time.  Yes, even though she’s blind now they still do.  Ironic isn’t it?
What has your pet most taught you?
To be a trooper.  Don’t let anything stop you or get you down -- just keep on truckin’.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Dumplin’ became blind from SARDs (Sudden Acute Retinal Degeneration), which causes dogs to become blind within 5-10 days.  It is due to a thinning of the retina.  There is no know cause or cure.  I want to raise awareness about SARDs and funding for research (http://www.sardsresearch.org/).
Thank you so much for sharing Dumplin' with us!  What I love is that you are trying to bring more awareness to SARD's by sharing Dumplin' with us. 


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2 comments:

bbes tribe said...

We enjoyed this new feature. We can learn a lot from our pets/furiends.
Thanks
Ernie,Sasha,Chica,Lucas & Mom

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

So glad you are enjoying my new feature! My mom and I feel so honored to share all these special animals.