Thursday, June 18, 2009's Featured Friend - Frankie The Walk 'N Roll Dog

There are weeks I search and search for someone or something to jump out at me to feature in's blog and then there are other times that it simply falls into my lap. I had noticed throughout our social network sites a friendly face continued to reappear. A kind comment, a thumbs up, and always words of encouragement with regards to disabled animals. Her name was Barbara Techel and I am so excited to have met her and am even more excited about the friendship I know will follow. Barbara is the author of Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog. An inspiring book about Frankie's will to keep on walking, even without the use of back legs. I have taken some excerpts from pages of her website and blog. I am so happy to have met her and look forward to following Frankie and Barbara's journey.

Do you ever wonder why you have challenges now and then?
Have you ever questioned or wondered, why me?

The story of Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog is a true, inspirational story about a dog whose life started out just like any other dog walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed. When Frankie is custom fit for a wheelchair she gradually learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life will have you cheering her on and give you hope that all things are possible.
Frankie’s story touches the hearts of young and old as she teaches us how a challenge can become a stepping stone to something more meaningful. Frankie’s motto is: “Always be positive and keep on rolling!”

A Letter from Frankie's Mom

I absolutely believe animals were put on this earth to awaken us and teach us what life is truly about.

My life took on new meaning when my chocolate lab, Cassie Jo was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer in 2004. Her diagnoses helped me to see the bigger picture of life. I was yearning to live with more joy, make a difference, and leave a legacy. I began writing a monthly column about animals to share the lessons they have taught me.

When Frankie ruptured a disk in her back in 2006, I questioned again why another challenge so close on the heels of Cassie’s death was happening to me. I struggled to find the answer, letting sorrow at first, take over. As Frankie began to heal I realized she was still the same Frankie even though she was now paralyzed. She did not let her physical handicap get in the way of being the same sweet dog she was before her accident. Realizing the opportunity to share this lesson with others, I wrote Frankie’s life story. It is told by Frankie herself, through me, her loving, human mom.
— Barbara Techel

Give the Gift of Possibility

If you know of someone who could use some encouragement, who you would like to inspire to

~ look past what might be considered misfortunes
~teach to face any challenge head on
~give hope that no matter what, all things are possible

The story of Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog will leave an everlasting and loving paw print on their heart.

Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog helps make the lives of people facing adversity more hopeful while helping others to be more tolerant.”
—Linda VervilleAuthor of “For Pete’s Sake”

We Always Have A Choice

It can be easy to let challenges overwhelm us and then lose track of what really matters. Frankie's story is about the courage, the determination, and the acceptance of "what is" that allows you to seek the guidance in your heart and know that anything you set your mind to is possible.

Struggling with a physical challenge can be overwhelming to people and animals alike. Frankie’s story will help anyone realize they always have a choice as to how they will respond to a challenge.”
—Yvonne PerryAuthor, editor and owner of Writer’s in the Sky Creative Writing Services

My father, after reading the book, called with tears in his voice to say how much the book had touched him. He had thought that it would be “just a children’s book” and was surprised by how it had affected him. His mind took him back to the dogs he had loved who were no longer with him. He empathized with Barbara’s struggles and enjoyed the lighter moments. He couldn’t believe how he could almost hear Frankie as she told of her life.
My dad continues to cherish the conversation he had with Eleanore (his granddaughter and my 8-year old niece) about the book. Both of them especially loved how Frankie described the feeling of flight while riding in the basket in the front of Barbara’s bicycle! When my niece first received the book, she said “oh, this is going to be sad”. Eleanore was delighted to find that it was a positive and joyful story and couldn’t wait to show the book to her friends.
Diane Krause-StetsonCoach, Consultant & Catalyst

With every copy of Frankie’s book you wll receive a free download of Barbara reading Frankie’s story. Perfect for those nights when you are exhausted and your child wants to hear Frankie’s story yet again. likes to feature those who share in our beliefs. Who rise to the challenge of caring for aging and disabled pets. If you would like to stay informed about Frankie and Barbara, follow them on their blog. Thank you Barbara for doing what you do and promise to stay in touch and keep us posted on all your upcoming projects!

1 comment:

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

Thank you, Handicapped Pets for featuring Frankie on your wonderful blog. Absolutely, without a doubt, animals with disabilities deserve life... and a good one...they are a bright light in our world.
Thank YOU for all you do to help people like me, to care for the pets we have come to call family.
Frankie and I think you ROCK!! And we just gave your wheelchair info to a woman on Saturday who needs one for her dog... I told them to check you out.

~Barbara Techel
Author & proud mom of Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog