Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Through Frankie’s Eyes


One woman’s journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way

By Barbara Techel

This 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.

Frankie 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 herself, too.

Barbara 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.

This 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 life situations.

15 comments:

  1. It really take a special person to be able to care for a special need animal for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, I don't think that I could do it.

    Happy Wednesday Ann,
    Hugs,
    JB

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  2. Great review. I would like to read this book.

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    Oz

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  4. I love the concept of this book, our animal family members have much to teach us! This sounds like a great book, I'm adding it to my list!

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  5. One that I know I'll need a supply of Kleenex!

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  6. I think that is a book very well worth reading. xox

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  7. Sounds like a special book. Thanks for the review!

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  8. Sounds like a bittersweet story. Bless his little heart.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  9. This really looks good .. I would try to get a copy of this !!!

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  10. This sounds like a wonderful book. The cover had my eyes welling with tears!

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  11. If we open our hearts, eyes and minds, we can learn so much from our beloved animals. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  12. Books like this are so special...and so hard to read...I know it's happy but I cried just looking at Frankie!

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  13. We have a doxie who is getting older! I suspect this book would make me cry!

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  14. Interesting read, I'm sure, as a pet owner balances the needs of their pet with their ability to manage their care.
    We have many hospice clients who overfeed cats, and cannot manage their care. Very sad.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  15. Thank you Ann for the wonderful review and for everyone who left a comment. I really appreciate it!

    -Barbara

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