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A visit with author and special needs pet advocate, Barbara Techel

Some of you are familiar with Barbara Techel through her work with IVDD dogs, begun during her journey with the original Walk ‘n Roll Dog, Frankie. But were you aware that she’s recently published an inspiring memoir about her life since then? I’ve been privileged to know Barb since she and I were both relative newbies… Read more »



A New Treat From An Old Friend!

So happy to reporting here that our longtime friend and great supporter, author Barbara Techel (mom of the late Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog), today released a special edition of her latest book, Through Frankie’s Eyes: One Woman’s Journey to Her Authentic Self, and the Dog On Wheels Who Led The Way! She offered… Read more »



A Potpourri of Almost Perfect Pet News

This is our Happy Birthday, America! edition, and we hope you enjoyed your July Fourth holiday. Here at Almost Perfect Pets, we’re always celebrating freedom — from old ways of thinking about pet injuries and disabilities, from prejudice against almost perfect critters. For this special edition, we’ve got a roundup of news to share about a… Read more »



We Interrupt This Blog For A Sad Announcement…

It is with overwhelming sadness that we here at Almost Perfect Pets share with you the loss of our dear friend and colleague in disabled pet advocacy, Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog. Frankie crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday morning after a brief struggle with congestive heart failure. She left this world only a few… Read more »



We’re A Trend!

When we published Almost Perfect: Disabled Pets and the People Who Love Them, there was no other book available that was devoted solely to the stories of special needs pets. Within a year of its publication, there were three other similar titles. Conventional wisdom in the publishing industry is that if there’s no other book… Read more »



Wheels Are Wonderful!

The Mollinator in healthier times This post is in memory of Molly, our next-door neighbor, who lost her struggle with old age and a host of worsening ailments last Thursday. She was a beautiful soul and a Lab from nose to tail. I adored her. We moved into our current home more than ten years… Read more »



Frankie, the Walk n’ Roll Dog!

Barbara Techel blogs about her fabulous little dachshund, Frankie, at Joyful Paws, which is an extension of her website. Frankie suffered a ruptured vertebrae that paralyzed her back legs and now she rolls along instead of walking. And yes — we see that Frankie also has velvet ears! Barbara was so inspired by Frankie’s zest… Read more »



Diva Dog!

“There is an emotional connection where animals and human beings have created exactly what the universe wants, which is a bonding that saves each others’ lives.” Debra Wilson gets it right in “Diva Dog,” a Chris Cory film now running on YouTube. It’s a brief introduction to Coral, a spunky, lively and altogether charming pitbull… Read more »