Through Frankie's Eyes

Lisa Smith-Putnam on Pet Life Radio

You talk about one passionate lady and a lady who loves life and animals? Then you must be talking about Ms. Barbara Techel! We here at Your Pets My Dogs must say we love when we here from YOU our listeners and you share with us a person that you think would make for a marvelous interview! Our loveable host Lisa Smith-Putnam really enjoys this interview with Barbara Techel-please take a listen and find out why… here is a little tease for you.

In Barbara Techel’s newest book, Through Frankie’s Eyes: One woman’s journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way, Barbara takes you on a journey that led her to live her own truth and live with more joy, all because of what Frankie taught her along the way. Her little dog, Frankie, never once felt sorry for herself and stood tall in her wheels, which helped her overcome her own insecurities. Because Barbara is so passionate about spreading a positive message about dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and dogs with wheelchairs. She created and founded National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day in 2012 to continue to bring positive awareness to the quality lives these dogs can live.

And find out how Lisa and Barbara are related…gotcha! Tune in and have some fun and laughter while your heart is touched and your sould inspired to “just be”. Just be what you ask? That’s the beauty of you…anything you want it to be! For more info.

From Barbara - “… I can say without a doubt that sharing my story about Frankie has saved many dachshunds lives and educated many pet owners about what to do should they face an IVDD diagnoses.  There is hope with IVDD and I want to give that hope to others! Education is key...”


Barbara Techel is an award-winning author and advocate for dogs with IVDD and dogs in wheelchairs. Barbara Techel is a passionate advocate for dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) and dogs in wheelchairs.

After Barbara’s dachshund, Frankie suffered a spinal injury (IVDD diagnoses) 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. To date, through the Frankie Wheelchair Fund (which helps dogs who need wheelchairs whose families may not be able to afford them, or for dogs in rescue) she has established in Frankie’s name she has help 19 other dogs with a wheelchair that may not have otherwise had the opportunity.

It has become Barbara’s mission to educate others about IVDD as well as help others understand more about the lives dogs in wheelchairs can lead. Frankie and Barbara visited over 350 schools and libraries in their state of Wisconsin, as well as many classrooms via Skype encouraging children to always be positive in the face of challenges.  Frankie was also a therapy dog and they visited a local hospice facility, assisted living facility and nursing homes on a monthly basis until Frankie passed over to the rainbows bridge.