UPDATE 4/17/2013: Exciting News! We are now officially designated! Watch for this special day to be a yearly celebration and observance with it’s official designation in Chase’s Calendar of Events- the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events, holidays, federal and state observances, historic anniversaries and more.
Founded in August 2012 by award winning author and advocate for dogs with Intervertabral Disc Disease (IVDD) and dogs in wheelchairs, Barbara Techel created this day in memory of her beloved Dachshund, Frankie, nationally and internationally known as the ‘Walk ‘N Roll Dog’, and in honor of all wheelchair dogs around the world.
Barbara witnessed first hand from Frankie who became paralyzed after a fall and diagnoses of IVDD, that dogs in wheelchairs can live happy, long, quality lives if given a chance. We should not take pity on pets who may lose their mobility but instead celebrate and embrace their perseverance and adversity. In Frankie’s memory Barbara founded this day to continue to bring positive awareness to all dogs in wheelchairs.
You can help us spread this positive message! Just go to our Facebook page and hit “like” and share with everyone you know. Be a part of our community advocating for dogs in wheelchairs and dogs with special needs. Also, please do share your dog in a wheelchair and their photo on our timeline. We love seeing and hearing your stories! They uplift us and make us smile.
The Frankie Wheelchair Fund
The Frankie Fund began as a memorial after Frankie’s passing on June 21, 2012. The memorial fund received over $2,700 in memorial’s and we were able to help six dogs who may not have otherwise been able to get wheelchairs so they will now live a long, happy quality life.
Because of this outpouring of love we decided to keep the fund going. In August 2012 for the kick off of the first annual celebration of National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day we offered special limited edition t-shirts for sale with all proceeds benefiting the Frankie Wheelchair Fund. That effort raised $900 and to date we have helped fourteen small dogs (see some of their photos here!). Stay tuned for more fund raisers in the future that will benefit this fund and help more dogs who need wheelchairs.
We also have a contribute button below if you would like to help us in our efforts and make a contribution. Contributions are forwarded to Eddie’s Wheels when a dog is in need of a wheelchair so one can be custom made for them. If you don’t have a paypal account, but wish to make a contribution, checks can me mailed to: 304 Kettleview Court, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 and made out to The Frankie Wheelchair Fund.
Click on contribute button which will take you to Paypal where you can enter dollar amount you wish to donate from your account or charge card.
Please note, contributions are not tax-deductible as we are not a non-profit but you will receive a grateful letter of thanks.
Before considering a wheelchair for your pet please read the following:
- If your dog has been diagnosed with IVDD have you visited Dodgerslist for advice in caring for your IVDD dog? It is highly recommended that your dog have 6-8 weeks strict crate rest before considering being fitted for a wheelchair.
- Each person requesting money from the fund when funds are available will be asked if they are able to pay something towards the cart. This way we can help more dogs. If you are interested in being considered for this fund, please contact Barbara Techel.
- We ask that you consider donating the wheels you receive from this fund back to Eddie’s Wheels when and if they are no longer needed.
After consideration of above items please feel free to fill out the Frankie Wheelchair Fund.
- Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dogs legacy lives on in this special day created for her as well as The Frankie Fund. Her motto also lives on in the young and young at heart of thousands we met in over 400 appearances we did from 2007-2012, as well as in the children’s book series written about her, Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog: