One woman’s journey to her authentic
self, and the dog on wheels who led the way
By Barbara Techel
is the story of a dachshund named Frankie. Frankie was a special dog. Suffering
from Intervertebral Disc Disease, she lived in a wheelchair for dogs. This can
be a problem in dachshunds, basset hounds, and Corgis, but in other breeds, as
well. IVDD affects the disc and vertebrae of the spine, causing sensitivity, pain,
immobility and even incontinence as the disease progresses.
learned to live in a wheelchair, as her owner learned about living by seeing
life through her little dog’s eyes. Together, they learned and grew on their
journey. Never giving up, Frankie put things into perspective with her
acceptance and will to make the most of every situation. Barbara learned from
each situation that Frankie encountered, not only about Frankie but about
Techel is open and forthright in her writing. She shares Frankie’s struggles
and her inspiration to others with dogs that have disabilities. Barbara also
shares her own personal struggles, including how Frankie’s courage has inspired her in
her own life.
is a beautiful story of the closeness between a woman and her dog. It is a
testament of their journey together, and their separate journeys within. This
is a very special and inspiring story of how love can triumph in even difficult
One long hot summer, young Sadie and her friend play a prank
on a neighborhood girl. It was just a harmless prank, all in fun, to pass the
lazy days of a youthful summer. However, shortly thereafter, the little girl
goes missing from a backyard cookout, and is never seen again.
Two decades pass, and Sadie is living her life is the same
area of her youth. She has a good marriage, and two sons. Life is good, until a
boy from her old neighborhood returns.
Suddenly everything changes, as untold secrets come to
light, and long-unresolved mysteries are solved. Karen Brown tells an unnerving
story of youthful pranks and their possible lasting repercussions.