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.