Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog

Children's Books

By Barbara Techel

Publisher : Joyful Paw Prints Press

ABOUT Barbara Techel

Barbara Techel
Barbara Techel is a passionate advocate for dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and dogs in wheelchairs. She is also passionate about helping others see their challenges in a positive way. After her dachshund, Frankie suffered a spinal injury she was custom-fitted for a wheelcha More...



A true, inspirational story about a dachshund whose life started out just like any other dog walking on all four paws until a spinal injury leaves her paralyzed.  Frankie is custom-fitted for a wheelchair and learns to keep on rolling. Her zest for life will have you cheering and she will give you hope that all things are possible.  Frankie will leave an everlasting and loving paw print on your heart.  A book for all ages to teach overcoming challenges and also compassion for the physically challenged. 


*2008 National Best Book by USA Book News for children's picture book soft cover

*Merial Human-Animal Bond Award by Dog Writer's Association of America

*Editors Choice Award by Allbooks Review

*2008 Indie Excellence Finalist

*Frankie inducted into 2009 Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame

*Frankie is the official mascot for National Disabled Pets Day, May 3rd

When Frankie ruptured a disk in her back I was devastated. I had a hard time accepting she would need to be in a wheelchair. As I watched her heal and persevere, I realized I was being given a wonderful opportunity to educate others about animals with disabilities. I also realized as I took her out in public and how children were fascinated with her that I had an opportunity to help kids see their challenges in a positive way through Frankie's story.

This joyful book appeals to all ages. It is a story told by Frankie, a dog who has a devastating accident and through courage, love, and wonderful support, becomes an inspiration. The delightful illustrations are charming.
My 12 year old grandson, an avid reader, said it was one of the best children's books that he had ever read.
Dog lovers, children, and those of good heart will be carried along and moved by this very special book of Frankie, the dog with wheels, the walk 'n roll dog.
~Robert McCarty, Author


My father, after reading the book, called with tears in his voice to say how much the book had touched him.  He had thought that it would be “just a children’s book” and was surprised by how it had affected him.  His mind took him back to the dogs he had loved who were no longer with him.  He empathized with Barbara’s struggles and enjoyed the lighter moments.   He couldn’t believe how he could almost hear Frankie as she told of her life.  My dad continues to cherish the conversation he had with Eleanore (his granddaughter and my 8-year old niece) about the book.  Both of them especially loved how Frankie described the feeling of flight while riding in the basket in the front of Barbara’s bicycle!  When my niece first received the book, she said “oh, this is going to be sad”.  Eleanore was delighted to find that it was a positive and joyful story and couldn’t wait to show the book to her friends.  ~Diane Krause-Stetson, Coach, Consultant, Catalyst,

What a delightful story! Barbara Techel has written a children’s book about her very special dachshund, Frankie, from Frankie’s point of view. This energetic little tweenie weinie (an overly large miniature dachshund ) tells her story, beginning at the time she came into Barbara’s life. She describes her daily life, her friends, her training issues and activities in a way that will make adults smile, especially dog lovers, and children giggle. Believe me, anyone who owns a dachshund, as I do, will appreciate the personality quirks of these unique and lovable mini dogs. Sadly, Frankie has an accident, one that leaves her unable to walk. This is the fear of every dachshund owner, because the long spine of dachshunds leave them prone to serious injury. But, Frankie works hard with help from her mom, her auntie, the veterinarians and physiotherapists, to heal and regain her ability to walk. Though this does not happen as planned, her mom, Barbara finds a way to help and Frankie digs right in with fierce determination, a well known trait of dachshunds.

Author, Barbara Techel, who has written a popular monthly column known as "For the Love of Animals", has taken inspiration from her much loved pets and believes that her dogs have taught her the "valuable lesson" of finding "the blessing in every situation." Techel states that she is a much better person because of her dogs. Her first children’s book, Frankie, the Walk ‘n Roll Dog, definitely bears the love and determinations she finds in her dogs, and the beautiful illustrations allow us to see Frankie, as we travel with her through her story.

Barbara Techel has given us a truly inspirational story that has an important message for children and adults alike. Life does not always go as we plan. When adversity strikes, we can overcome it if we use the strength within ourselves and the help of others. Frankie’s story will also help children and adults alike, see the need to have compassion for those with special needs.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED                                                                                   ~Elaine Fuhr,  Allbooks Reviews,