MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life

MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
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Friday, May 29, 2009

Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog Virtual Book Tour - June 2009

On June 9 Barbara Techel will be a guest blogger on my blog, Dawn Kairns and Maggie the Dog. Barb is the author of the wonderful children's book, Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog, winner of several awards, including the DWAA Merial Human-Animal Bond Award. Please read the press release below to learn more about this inspiring story of how Barb and Frankie overcame adversity and about Barbara Techel's upcoming blog tour. I am very excited to have her share her story on my blog. Be sure to read Dawn Kairns and Maggie the Dog on June 9. Better yet, subscribe now and Barbara's post will come to you!

Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog, an Inspiring Story About Overcoming Adversity, Tours Cyberspace
Stephanie Marshall Ward
Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours – Tour Coordinator

In June 2009 - Barbara Techel will tour cyberspace to promote her multi-award winning picture book, Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog. This book tells the true story of her dachshund, Frankie, who was paralyzed by an injury. Frankie recovers, thrives, and keeps on rolling with the help of a custom-fitted wheelchair. Children love this book, and it resonates with dog lovers, families of kids with disabilities, and book lovers of all ages.

About Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog

Frankie is a dachshund, and this story is told from her point of view. She survives the normal challenges of puppyhood, including a struggle with house training, after Barbara and John adopt her. After a spinal injury, her human family nurtures her through a long period of rehabilitation and buys her a custom-fitted wheelchair. It takes a while to adapt to her new wheels, but soon she is joyfully rolling and playing.

Barbara wrote this book to offer hope and inspiration to people who face challenges. A lifelong animal lover, she realized Frankie's paralysis was an opportunity to spread a positive message.

Topics and Themes in Frankie the Walk and Roll Dog

  • Teaching children and adults about compassion
  • Helping readers learn to overcome adversity
  • Providing encouragement to children with disabilities and their families
  • Helping people see challenges as a way to learn and grow.
  • Showing animals with disabilities in a positive light
  • Helping dachshund owners (and many vets) understand this disease in doxies and know that a wheelchair is a viable option
About Barbara Techel

Barbara is a writer and animal lover. Her column, "For the Love of Animals" has appeared in the Depot Dispatch. Frankie the Walk 'n Roll dog, her first children's book, was awarded the 2008 National Best Book Award (children’s picture book soft cover) by USA Book News, the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award by Dog Writer’s Association of America, and the Editor’s Choice Award by Allbooks Review. It was also a finalist in the 2008 Indie Excellence Awards. Frankie herself was inducted into the 2009 Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame.

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For more information see Barbara's site:

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Dawn Kairns
Author of MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life

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