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Barbara Techel
Wisconsin
My passion is bringing a positive face and voice to all animals with disabilities
Interests: A passionate advocate in spreading a positive message that animals with disabilities deserve a chance with a special emphasis on saving dogs diagnosed with IVDD. Also passionate about helping young and young at heart to see their challenges in a positive way. Volunteer as a therapy dog team with Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog touching the lives of the elderly, dying, and special needs.
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What an absolute wonderful program. I'll be sharing. Such a valuable and heartwarming resource. Thank kyou!
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I'm so happy to announce that my new website is up and ready for you to see and enjoy! Even better is my blog is incorporated right into my website, along with Frankie's blog too. I'd hate to lose you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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As I did a new Yoga DVD today I was reaching for my yoga strap to do a leg stretch. Just as I placed it around my foot I saw a big, black, creepy, crawly spider! I screamed and threw... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Another day in the life of the semi-retired Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog... a.k.a. the bum. I guess a dogs gotta do what a dogs gotta do, right? Some days I wish I was a dog... one with a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Meet Marley, the new addition to my dad's family. Isn't he adorable? He's a teddy bear puppy or also referred to as a ragdoll puppy. He had his first haircut today and is soft as can be. Somehow he has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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When I visit school's with Frankie one of my favorite questions I get asked is: "What is your favorite thing about being an author?" Wow - that is such a big question. There is so much I love about it!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Today I completed yet another full edit of my manuscript, Through Frankie's Eyes. At the end of January my editor, Yvonne left me with the task of editing the majority of my manuscript with suggestions/comments she made on a portion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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(click on flyer to enlarge) Local artist, Cassy Tully and I are very excited about our special and unique contest we are sponsoring. It is open to all third grade students in Sheboygan County school's. Be positive, make a difference,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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A little over a year ago I submitted a story to The Animal Anthology Project about Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog as a therapy dog. I completely forgot about it, so was very surprised to find out today that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Last night John and I attended our local chamber of commerce meeting. We are both very active in it and enjoy the people we have met. It has also benefited John's construction business greatly—as well as gives me an opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Joyful Paws
Thank you so much, Maya. This inspires me to keep writing and blogging- thank you. I love being a part of Bedlam Farm and White Feather Farm community and am quite honored you found me through two of my favorite bloggers.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2012 on My Inspirational Bookcase at Joyful Paws
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When I sit at my desk in my writing studio, all I have to do is look to my left for inspiration (and many times I look in front of me to see Frankie snoozing in the wicker chair)— This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Before I sit down to work on my new book, Through Frankie's Eyes: One Woman's Journey to Her Authentic Self and the Dog on Wheels Who Led the Way, I pour myself a cup of Yogi Tea. Each tea bag... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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I hug Frankie alot-- and I mean A LOT! And the last few days I am hugging her even more (if that is even possible!)... now that she has this adorable new fuzzy fleece bodysuit made by CJ Adams of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Drum roll please........ the winner is Kathy-- Congratulations! Kathy, I've sent you an email notifying you that you are the winner. Looking forward to hearing back from you and where I can mail you your prize package. Thank you to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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John and I haven't done anything for years for each other for Valentine's Day. We both agreed not to and really, it is just fine with me. So imagine my surprise when I came home today to find these lovely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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We love to share the love so we are giving away a fun Valentine package! All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section below about what you love about Frankie, or what you love about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow. In celebration of Valentine's Day I'll be giving away as special gift giveaway! Don't miss it. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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I looked here, there, and everywhere to finally find Frankie... Soaking up... the sunshine on the rug in our bedroom on this relaxing Sunday. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog wins 1st place in Dachshund Costume contest in 2008 at GermanFest in Milwaukee, WI As I perused Facebook this morning, I came across this photo above of Frankie on Everyone Loves a Dachshund Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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There is no end to the depth of a dogs love and what they can teach our children. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Shelly for sharing this story with me. Reprinted in part from Everday Health: Story by Amy Solomon Dogs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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Dying to Be Me, My Journey From Cancer, To Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani I just started reading this book last night. I tried desperately to stay awake to finish it, because it is quite the page... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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From left: My dad, Ken, my sister, Paula, me, my brother, Keith, his wife Tammy, Keith's daughter, Sara and his son, Dean My brother is only a few short days away from leaving and heading to Afghanistan. Today our family... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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The semi-retired life of celebrity, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog I liked this recent post by Jon Katz, "Animals Mirror Our Lives." He talks about since losing his dog Rose, how his relationships with his other three dogs has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Joyful Paws
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It's hard to believe it is has been since 2008 that Frankie and I have been teaching kids about special needs pets, while also encouraging them to see their own challenges in a positive way. This is such rewarding work.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Joyful Paws