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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.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Out of the Mouths of Babes

I had a super fun time at Lakeshore Elementary School today and met K-5th graders who were very excited to meet and learn all about me.
My mom shows photos of me via PowerPoint before my IVDD diagnoses and after.  One of the photos of me that she shows is how I ride in the car in my doggie car seat.  I get strapped in, just like you would put your seat belt on.  Here's a photo of me in my doggie car seat:
So as the kids stood in line to get a close up glimpse of me after the presentation, one very curious little boy said to my mom, "Where does your husband sit?"  At first my mom did not understand his question.  Then all of a sudden sher realized what he meant and grinned and said, "Do you mean when Frankie rides in the doggie car seat?"  He shook his head with a very concerned look on his face.  My mom said, "Well, actually, my husband does sometimes sit in the back seat!"  And yup, it's true!  Even my mom's best friend had to sit in the back seat one time when I was in my doggie seat in the front.  What a life I have, huh?

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4 comments:

bbes tribe said...

Frankie that is so kool that you and your mom can help kids and other people to understand that a disability doesn't mean one can't do things or have a good life.
Ernie,Sasha,Chica,Lucas

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

Thank you, Ernie, Sasha, Chica and Lucas- my mom and I love spreading our positive message!!

chandra said...

Love your car seat Frankie! Where can I find one of those?

-Chandra at Daley's Dog Years

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

Hi Chandra,
My car seat was a gift from a friend. My mom googled dog car seat and found many, many choices, so you might want to give that a try. Hope that helps! I love mine!