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Leaving loving paw prints on the hearts of readers through story.

Background Information

I came into the writing world via a very special path.  After the diagnoses of bone cancer in my chocolate lab, I realized my own mortality.  I took three months to explore deep into myself to see if I could find my purpose.  It led me to writing about animals.  I wrote for our local paper for 2 years with a column called, "For the Love of Animals."  In 2006 my dachshund became paralyzed.  Realizing the life lessons she was teaching me I pursued writing her story in the form of a children's book... the rest is history and I am having the time of my life!!


National Best Book Award for Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog
Merial Human-Animal Bond Award, for Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog
Editor's Choice Award by Allbooks Review for Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog
Frankie is Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame Companion Dog
Finalist for Indie Excellence Awards for Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog
Indie Excellence Award for Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House
Second place award for story, "Blessings of a Wheelchair-Bound Dachshund."
Honorable Mention for story, "Cassie and Frankie Inspire A Writer"

Additional Information

Barbara Techel is an advocate for animals with disabilities sharing the story of how her dachshund was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) persevered after surgery, physical therapy and then was custom-fitted for a doggie wheelchair. Frankie and Barbara educate children and adults through the Frankie the Walk N Roll Dog book series about seeing their challenges in a positive way, understanding disc disease, as well as encouraging others to be of service to their communities, despite obstacles they may face. They visit local schools, organizations, and nursing homes, as well as classrooms across the US and Canada via Skype. They are also active as a therapy dog volunteer team visiting a local hospital, senior assisted living facility, and hospice community regularly each month.

Favorite Links

Joyful Paws
Dedicated to Animals whose Spirits Teach Us to Live Life with Purpose

Joyful Paws Blog
Dedicated to Animals whose Spirits Teach Us to Live Life with Purpose

Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog
Frankie inspires children and adults through her blog to always be positive, make a difference, and keep on rolling!

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