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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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Frankie the Therapy Dog Visits Memorial Hospital

Getting ready for a visit!

My mom and I love it when it is therapy dog day!  The 1st Friday of the month we visit Memorial Medical Center, the 3rd Monday of the month we visit Libby's House, Senior Assisted Living, and the 2nd Tuesday of the month we visit Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

Therapy Dog work is sooooo rewarding!  It never fails that when I roll into a room or a facility there are many smiles... and that makes this dog feel awfully special.

If you'd like to be a therapy dog team with your dog there are many great organizations you can get your training from:

We highly recommend getting the training and having your dog as a certified therapy dog, then just popping into places for a visit. Many facilities require that you are a trained team, though there are some that don't. But being certified means you are professional, as well as you are covered under their liability insurance in the event something should happen.


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