Barbara Techel

Barbara Techel is the award-winning author of inspirational memoir, Through Frankie's Eyes: One woman's journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way and children's book series, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog.  She is passionate about helping others live a more meaningful and joyful life, which she just happened to learn from her disabled Dacshshund, Frankie.

After Frankie suffered a spinal injury she was custom-fitted for a wheelchair and Barbara realized the beautiful opportunity she had to spread a positive message that animals with disabilities can and do live quality lives if given a chance. From 2007-2012 Frankie and Barbara visited over 400 schools, libraries and organizations sharing their message: "Always be positive, make a difference, and keep on rolling!"

Barbara is passionate about bringing positive awarenss to paralyzed dogs and dogs in wheelchairs, so in August 2012 she founded National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day in memory of Frankie and in honor of all dogs in wheelchairs. She also started the Frankie Wheelchair Fund which helps dogs who need wheelchairs whose families may not be able to afford them, or for dogs in rescue. To date she has helped fifteen dogs with a wheelchair.

Barbara and Frankie's story has been featured in Woman’s World, The American Dog magazine, Doxie Digest, four books about animals, and countless other magazines and articles on line.

When not writing or sharing Frankie’s mission she loves spending time with her new “walk ‘n roll dog” Joie (pronounced Joey), her English Lab Kylie, and husband John. She also practices yoga daily, enjoys reading, riding her bike, going for walks, and relishes in the simple things of life.

Here’s where you can find Barbara:

http://www.joyfulpaws.com

http://www.facebook.com/joyfulpaws

http://www.twitter.com/joyfulpaws

Have You Become More Human Because of Your Pets?

   Recently I posed this question on Facebook:  Do you think you have become more human because of your pets? If so, how?...more

The Love of a Mother

Barb, Cassy and Pat (Cassy’s Mom)Yesterday we welcomed Cassy’s mom, Pat, visiting from Florida, to our home. But most importantly, Cassy was excited to share with her mom, (and help put her mind at ease) that her new home is a place of comfort, love and security....more

Giving Up the Idea of Living a Balanced Life

Yesterday I attended a webinar where the speaker talked about getting to the core of what your passion is. Then once finding it, giving up the idea of trying to live a balanced life. The idea being that when you find your passion, it should then just meld in with your life. I love this....more
@SaigeSawe So true, Saige.more

What Brings You Joy? Stop. Think. Make a List.

Today Daily Word  talked about what it is that brings us joy.  They suggested creating a “joy chest” of photographs, quotes, ideas, etc. that we can refer to when looking for joy in our lives. I smiled thinking about my blog. I seem to capture all those things right here. But I also decided to make a list of what brings me joy....more

Life Happens While You are Busy Making Other Plans

A friend was cleaning out her photos and sent this one to me that she had taken of Frankie. My heart fluttered with love for my sweet girl. So many wonderful emotions flooded my heart when I looked at her....more

Think Dogs with IVDD Can't Live Happily? Think Again!

 Barbara TechelAward winning author of Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog book serieswww.joyfulpaws.com ...more

I Gave Up Shopping Years Ago. You Won't Find Me at the Mall on Black Friday.

I love this sweet little tree and nest that I walk by in the woods with Kylie...more

What's In a Name? What Does Your Name Mean to You?

For nearly forty years I never felt like a Barbara. I felt like Barb, but not Barbara.  Nor did I like being called Barbie.  Barbara conjured up in my mind this graceful, beautiful, elegant lady.  I didn’t feel confident in that picture in my mind and applying it to me....more

An Experiment in Less Stuff in Time for the Holidays

It’s not about living in a small space, but about many things we have. How we let our stuff control us. Getting hooked into believing we need all these material things. Thinking those material things fill us up when all they sometimes do is make us want more, more, more. This is, after all, the American dream, right?...more
@SunbonnetSmart.com Thank you, Subonnet!  If you have a Kindle or ereader you could always ...more