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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.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Special Needs Pet Feature: Sugar

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What is your pet's name?
Sugar

How old is your pet?
13+

Where did you get your pet?
She was found next to Sugar Creek

What is your pet's physical challenge?
Has one eye now, vision is not the greatest, hearing is not the greatest, legs wobble, had to have some teeth removed, and gets a thyroid pill every day for the rest of her life.

What is your pet's favorite thing to do?
In the summer-sleep on the floor vent and get a cold belly from ac. In the winter-sleep on the floor vent and get a warm belly from heat.

What is your pet's favorite thing to eat?
Yogurt bites or Duck and Potato dog food roll.

What do you love most about your pet?
How she does not give up and keeps going. Plus how cute she is!

What has your pet most taught you?
She has taught me that if she can go thru everything that she has, I can to.

Anything else you’d like to share?
I like picking up and taking her outside. I like cutting up food for her. I like watching her sleep. She is the smallest of our 6 dogs but she snores the loudest!

 ***If you care for a special needs pet and would like your pet featured, please email me through my website contact. Send a photo and I will forward the questionnaire for your pet to be featured in an upcoming post.***



A Message From Frankie's Mom, Barbara Techel



My life changed for the better and my heart grew ten times it size when my dog, Frankie ruptured a disk and ended up in a doggie wheelchair.  That may sound odd, but it lead me to a calling that has brought me so much joy.

I love being an advocate for pets with special neeeds educating others that disabled pets are just as lovable as any other pet. I also feel so blessed to help kids of all ages see their challenges in a positive way through Frankie's example. Frankie is an incredbile gift not only in my life, but she has helped thousands of children through the book series about her, as well as the visits we do to schools in WI and schools across the US and Canada via Skype.

Sharing other pets with special needs expands on the message that all animals deserve a chance. Sharing these pets helps to spread a positive message and every time I meet a new special needs pet I feel my heart grow even bigger.  I hope it does the same for you and you pass on the love.

Learn more about Barbara and her love of special needs pets


Learn more about Barbara's special needs pet, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog

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