Dachshund in a Wheelchair Inspires Hope that We Can Find Joy and Live Authentically No Matter What Our Challenges

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  • Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI (1888PressRelease) March 14, 2013 - Award-winning author of the true children's book series featuring her paralyzed dachshund in a dog wheelchair has now ventured into adult memoir. She shares the profound teachings of her disabled dog who helped her overcome her own challenges such as shyness, worrying what others thought of her, and feeling like a failure, which led her to tremendous personal growth and healing.

    Through Frankie's Eyes: One woman's journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way shares how Frankie contracted Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), and became paralyzed in her hind legs early in life, ultimately opening the door to Techel's writing career and vocation as an advocate/evangelist for special needs pets. The new book is Techel's recollection of how responding to Frankie's needs brought her through her own challenging struggle for personal acceptance and ability to lead a fulfilling, authentic life.

    "I believe many people-perhaps especially women-struggle with many of the same societal pressures and mindsets that I did," Techel says. "I wrote the book to let these people know that not only are they not alone in their struggles, but that in fact there are those of us who came out the other side of that battle stronger, more fulfilled and able to be actively happy. Little did I know that what seemed a tragedy with Frankie's paralysis would actually lead me to my own healing and my heart's calling."

    In August 2012, Techel founded National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day to continue to bring positive awareness to paralyzed dogs and dog in wheelchairs. Her children's book series, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog and the story of Frankie have been featured in Dogs and the Women Who Love Them (featured in Oprah O magazine) and Animals and the Kids Who Love Them by Linda and Allen Anderson. Also featured in Woman's World, The American Dog, and Doxie Digest. Her children's books have been awarded National Best Book by USA News, Merial-Human Animal Bond Award from Dog Writer's Association of America and Indie Excellence award. Frankie was also inducted into the Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame as companion dog, as well as her legacy lives on in a children's garden called Bookworm Gardens.

    Through Frankie's Eyes ($14.95, ISBN-10: 0-9800052-9-9), a 176-page paperback published by Joyful Paw Prints Press is available at major online book retailers, independent bookstores, and at authors website. For more information and to read an excerpt from the book go to Visit Techel's press page on her website to view photos of Frankie or find her on Facebook at

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