Frankie the walk and roll dog

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 »






From Inspiration To Action: Evolution of A Pet Author

Back in February, I announced here the publication of our friend 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. Today, I’m sharing an interview I recently did with Barb about how that book came to be. As people interested in… 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 »






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 »






New News About An Old Friend

Just sharing a great article that appeared in today’s edition of the Green Bay Packers’ hometown newspaper about our friends Frankie and Barb over at Joyful Paws. Way to go, you two!!






Who’s Savin’ Who?

Starting this Sunday morning, I’ll be pleased to share facilitator duties with my great friend and author colleague, Barbara Techel, leading the discussion about special needs pets and the wonderful and unexpected ways they change our lives, on the Facebook fan page of bestselling author and pet expert Darlene Arden! Darlene is a respected animal… Read more »






Petpourri

Today, I just want to share a little bit of this and a little bit of that, all of it about disabled pets. Daisy was always looking up to the positive side of life. Look at that smile! First off, it would hardly be fitting to start with anything other than a nod to Daisy,… Read more »






Idgie Has A New Pal

Barb Techel and her little girl, Frankie the Walk ‘n Roll Dog, have become Skype pals of Idgie’s and mine. Wanted to share Barb’s blog post over at Joyful Paws on the subject with you. I never would have believed how creating Almost Perfect has changed my life, especially through all the wonderful people and… Read more »






Fame Finds Frankie!

Frankie has an important new job! Woot! Woot! Guess what, folks? Everybody’s favorite dachsie-on-wheels, Frankie the Walk n’ Roll Dog, has been named the official mascot of National Disabled Pets Day, the newly minted observation by the Animal Miracle Network! Check out their website, where you’ll see an absolutely ADORABLE photo of Frankie and her… Read more »