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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 21, 2011

Special Needs Pet Feature: Elke

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 we will forward the questionnaire for your pet to be featured in an upcoming post.
What is your pets name?
How old is your pet?
2.5 yrs
Where did you get your pet?
Fayette Co. Humane Society
What is your pet’s physical challenge?
Paralysis in rear legs.
What is your pets favorite thing to do?
She loves to get toys and scoot around the floor with them.  She also loves belly rubs in the morning, when she first wakes up.
What is your pet’s favorite thing to eat?
Well, she is on a frozen raw diet, which she loves.  And she also loves to get Bully bits to chew on.
What do you love most about your pet?
That she is a survivor. Elke was hit by a car and sustained a crushed pelvis and two broken vertebrae in her lumbar region.  She was determined to get better, and right now, she sees herself as a normal little dog.
What has your pet most taught you?
Patience and to never give up. Even when several vets told us to euthanize her, I just took one look into those eyes, and I knew she was not ready to give up.
Anything else you’d like to share? 
With all that Elke has been through, she is still a loving sweet girl.  And in her condition, she is still enjoying life.  She makes each day count, even when she is having a bad day and not feeling the best, she always has a kiss for me.  
Elke's mom, Dona serves on the board for Dachshund of North America as well as foster mom for many animals.  Please check out DRNA's website for pets needing a loving, forever home.
Thank you Elke for stopping by and a big thank you to your mom for all she does to help the animals!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I hear and read stories like this it puts me in a better frame of mind..what a loving Fur Angel you have!