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 and in honor of all wheelchair dogs.
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 lose their mobility but instead celebrate and embrace their perseverance and adversity. In Frankie’s memory, Barbara founded this special day to continue to bring positive awareness to all dogs in wheelchairs around the world.
In conjunction with this special day, Barbara also created The Frankie Wheelchair Fund.
This fund helps paralyzed dogs who are in need of a wheelchair to help them regain their mobility. Funding is granted to families in financial stress and disabled dogs in rescue to improve their chances of getting a forever home. To apply for this fund, please click here to fill out application.
To date the fund has granted 55 wheelchairs to disabled dogs in need!
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Frankie touched the lives of thousands visiting over 400 schools and libraries and logging over 250 visits to a senior assisted living facility, hospice and hospital as a registered therapy dog. She spread love, joy and hope wherever she went.
You can learn more about Frankie in two children’s books written about her, Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog and Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby’s House, and a memoir, Through Frankie’s Eyes: One woman’s journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way.