Friday, September 28, 2012

Mission Pawsible

4 Paws for Ability Papillion
I was talking to a woman on the phone. "Excuse the noise," she said. "I'm transporting a carload of papillions." In the background I heard little yaps and barks.

"No problem." I continued conducting the interview. I was speaking with Karen Shirk, director of 4 Paws for Ability, for an article I was writing for Guideposts magazine's website.

4 Paws for Ability provides service dogs for children with disabilities. Karen started the organization because she realized that many kids were turned down for service dogs. When she was a teen, suffering from a rare neurological disease, she had applied for a service dog and was turned down over and over again. They told her that she was too disabled to qualify. So she understands what it's like to struggle to get necessary help.

Karen explained that 4 Paws for Ability helps kids with autism, Down’s syndrome, diabetes, seizures, cancer, hearing impairment, loss of mobility, mental health impairments, and many other conditions.

Some golden retriever puppies at 4 Paws for Ability.
Over the phone, I heard her pull up to a fast food drive thru and order some food. I thought, this is a very busy woman, devoting all she has to help others, and animals. I felt honored that she took time out of her schedule to talk to me. I was inspired learning about 4 Paws for Ability, how she is helping people with disabilities, working with the dogs, and also how she is involving prison inmates in helping train and socialize the dogs, thus helping inmates feel a sense of worth and contribution to society as well.

You can find the complete article on Guidepost's website: Mission Pawsible.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup. Brooks and Kelly got new toys, but Kelly is only interested in trying to steal Brooks'. We're working on that.

Here are today's links:

* Do you restrain your dog when riding in the car? New Jersey may become the first state to require seat belts for pets.

* This great group recognizes that pets enrich children's lives, and are helping place pets in classrooms.

* I haven't seen the show, but I'm told that the Olate Dogs are amazing as they backflip, conga and wheelbarrow their way to a win on America's Got Talent.

* Meet Zeus, the world's tallest dog, a 3 feet 8 inch tall Great Dane, who also works as a therapy dog!

And now,chosen by random draw, the winner of the book Jimmy Mender and his Miracle Dog:
Houndstooth4! Congratulations!! Please send me your mailing address and we'll get the book right out to you.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Moses' New Home

You meet a lot of nice folk at picnics...and guess who we met?

This weekend we attended a reunion picnic for everyone who adopted their dogs from Peppertree Rescue. Brooks enjoyed meeting all the other dogs including....
Remember Moses, the beautiful, big golden retriever boy who came to join our family, however the sibling relationship didn't work out.

Moses' story was sad. He'd lived with a man who had become somewhat of a hermit, living alone in the mountains. One day the man died, and Moses stayed with his best friend's body for a week before anyone noticed the man had passed away and found him.

Luckily, Peppertree Rescue took Moses in, and he was fostered by a woman named Kathy. That's when we decided to adopt Moses. Peppertree gives a two week trial period before the adoption is final. During that time, however, Kelly and Moses weren't able to work out their differences. They both wanted to be top dog, and tensions in the house were so high trying to keep peace, sadly, we decided that he wasn't the right match for us and said goodbye.

Kathy readily agreed to take Moses back. And good news... she fell so much in love with him, she adopted him! Here's the happy family, Moses with his new pals.

It was great to see Moses! Kathy describes him as "happy and hungry." He's a wonderful dog, and I'm so happy that he has a wonderful family! And a happy ending for all, because Kathy has Moses, and we have Brooks, and everyone is in the best possible places.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day

Today is the first annual National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day!
Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog devoted her life to helping others believe they can accomplish their dreams. Her motto is ALWAYS BE POSITIVE...MAKE A DIFFERENCE...AND KEEP ON ROLLING!

In Frankie's memory, this special day is to  honor and celebrate all dogs in wheelchairs.
Check out the special photo contest. When I saw all the pictures, I couldn't believe how many dogs used wheelchairs. You can Like their Facebook page, or help the Frankie Fund to help provide wheelchairs to dogs in need.

 I'm so glad that they are being helped and supported, thanks to Frankie and her mom, Barbara.

Kelly and Brooks support Walk 'N Roll Dog Day!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Brooks Books- Natural Way to Healthy Pets

Book: The Royal Treatment, A Natural Way to Approach Wildly Healthy Pets
by Dr. Barbara Royal
(c) 2012 Atria Books

BROOKS: I only have an obedience school education, so this book was a little heavy for me. And I mean heavy--- it's 371 pages long! I left the reading up to my mom. But Mom says this book is all about keeping me healthy, and I'm all for that!

Me: Thanks Brooks.
To tell you the truth, I too set this book aside for a while, not sure I'd really get into it. I worried I'd be getting a lecture, and would feel guilty for any non-natural things I did. Or that it would be inaccessible, full of unfamiliar terms, and instructions to buy weird roots and ingredients I had no idea where to get. Surprisingly, this book has jumped from the bottom of the pile to the top, and will from now on be one of my top go-to references for all things dog. I love it that much!

Chicago veterinarian Dr. Barbara Royal was the first-known veterinarian to administer acupuncture to a zebra...and while that particular classification may not include a large circle of people, what that means is that she was thinking of, and practically applying, natural treatments before any others.

The Royal Treatment is filled with fascinating tales from her casebook of pets, wildlife and zoo animals, and includes useful tips for our own pets. A large part of the book is dedicated to pet food. "A rotten diet will spoil all of your best efforts to maintain your pet's health. Animals must be fed according to requirements of their species." There's even a section on dieting your dog and tips for fat cats.

According to her press release, Dr. Royal "promises to do for vet care what Dr. Andrew Weil has done for allopathic human medicine."

Some of the topics covered include:
*How to decrease the risk of cancer in pets
*Why not all vaccines should be given annually
*How to treat a pet's arthritis without drugs
*How we can better deal with a pet's diabetes

Although the book may look dense, it's clear, easy to read, and full of helpful charts. And all the information is fascinating and most of all,  designed beautifully to give my pets a better, healthier life. Check out the book on Amazon, and visit the website. I highly recommend The Royal Treatment for every pet parent. What could be more important than keeping our pets as healthy as possible?

*Full disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. The opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Brooks Books- Dogs and Flowers and Grass

Dog-Friendly Gardening
by Karen Bush
(c) 2012 Hubble and Hattie
USBN 978-1-845844-10-3

BROOKS: If I went to sleep and imagined my dream-yard, it would be here on the pages of this book. If only it was a catalog, and I could pick and choose the features I'd like to order, and have them all delivered to my own back yard! I didn't read all the words in this book, but I loved the pictures!

Me: If you have a dog (or two or three!) and if you have a yard (or garden, in the UK) then you know that sometimes the two don't always go well together. Dogs sometimes escape from fences, dig holes, leave "landmines", and at the very least yellow patches of grass. What's a person to do?

Well, for starters, you should get this book, Dog Friendly Gardening. This book covers everything you need to enjoy your space with your dog. It's packed with ideas on how to make your yard beautiful and pet friendly, and how to keep your dog safe and secure.

As for fencing, I was pleased to read that the author does not support invisible fences and the shocks they use for training methods. "If you care about your dog," she writes, "please do not even consider installing one of these systems."

Now on to grass. She talks about lawn repairs, which is a big topic at our house. The easiest suggestion is to keep a full watering can handy to dilute the urine. (Note: I enjoyed the author's use of the British term "spend a penny" as in, "whenever you see your dog spending a penny, immediately water the spot thoroughly to dilute the urine."  I hadn't heard that before!) 

The book is not just the same old obvious stuff. It's full of fun ideas, how to's, and beautiful photographs. I love the section on enjoying the garden, with ideas for wading pools, hammocks, sprinklers, digging pits, tunnels and even a ball pit! If I had a big enough yard, I dream of outfitting it with a big rock for climbing, agility equipment, and all sorts of multisensory equipment to experience.

Check out Dog-friendly gardening on Amazon or on Hubble and Hattie's website!

*Full disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. The opinions are 100% my own. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Two I Like, Two I Dont, and Two More

Wednesday Pet Roundup today is rounding up more great dog books! Today, I'd like to discuss Oprah's list of 17 Great Books for Dog Lovers.

Two Books on Oprah's List I Liked the Best:

* You Had Me At Woof by Julie Klam. Anyone who is involved in dog rescue, or has considered fostering a dog, must read this. Julie writes with such a wonderful friendly style, and she is so funny! Even if nothing happened, Ms. Klam could write about it in a way that makes it heartfelt and interesting to read. But plenty happens!

* Through a Dog's Eyes by Jennifer Arnold.  I think, when you get everything down to its basic elements, dogs just want to be understood. All dogs. The good dogs. The misbehaving dogs. The frightened dogs. And if we can understand them, then we can help them and give them what they need. Jennifer Arnold is one person who understands dogs. And, by reading her book, you'll begin to see through a dog's eyes, too. A must-read.

Two Books on Oprah's List I Didn't Agree With:

* I really wanted to like Katie up and Down the Hall by Glenn Paskin. The theme --a cocker spaniel uniting the multigenerational gang in her NYC apartment complex-- definitely appeals to me, but I just didn't feel it. The writing was stiff, reporter-like, and nothing seemed to happen. I skipped past pages of dog potty training and macaroni and cheese dinners trying to get to the good stuff. There was scenes of the devastating 9-11, but it still felt like just recounting the details.

* Nose Up, Eyes Down by Merill Markoe. I seem to remember that Ms. Markoe was a writer for David Letterman, and very funny. But I didn't enjoy her book. I never did relate to Jimmy the dog or Gil the man. Maybe it's more of a guy's book. I don't know. sorry. 

Two Books on Oprah's List I Haven't Read But Would Like To:

* The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving by Jeffrey Mousseaieff Masson.  I guess it's that picture that does it. And the title. A dog. A boy. Love. I'm there.

* Sophie by Emma Pearse. Oh my gosh, this little Australian cattle dog fell overboard, swam the Great Barrier Reef, and made her way in a wildlife reserve. She's had more adventures than I've ever dreamed of. I just hope it has a happy ending.

What about you? Which books on the list are your favorites? (See the complete list here) Which do you disagree with? Which would you add to her list, if you could?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Brooks Books- A Fistful of Collars

Book:  A Fistful of Collars
by Spencer Quinn
Atria Books (c) 2012

BROOKS:  I LOVE Chet the dog, hero of A Fistful of Collars, fifth in the fabulous Chet and Bernie Mystery Series. Seriously, I wish Chet and I were bros. I want to tag along with him on all his adventures. For those of you who don't know, Chet is the canine partner of detective Bernie Little. Honestly, I don't know where Bernie would be without Chet. How could that mixed-up two-legger fight crime and find the bad guys without my boy Chet? Speaking of which, if you wonder what kind of dog Chet is, he's a mixed breed. I'd like to think he has a little golden retriever, like me, in him. That would just make him even more awesome!

I'm a huge fan of this series, and A Fistful of Collars is no exception. I hang on every word Chet barks. Yup, he's the narrator, and boy does he have a story to tell. So do yourself a favor and pick up A Fistful of Collars, and if you don't have the rest of the series, don't forget to get The Dog Who Knew Too Much, To Fetch a Thief, Thereby Hangs a Tail, and Dog On It as well! 

Me: A Fistful of Collars is like taking a wild, crazy romp with a dog you love, letting your dog take the lead and never knowing where he's going to take you! With Chet the Dog guiding (or dragging) you along, you are sure to be in for a little mystery, a little drama, and a fistful of fun!

Here's Brooks with the book, and his own fistful of collars.
Quinn's canine tone is spot on, with his engaging style grabs you and never lets go--kind of like Brooks and his tennis ball. In A Fistful of Collars, Bernie and Chet are hired to keep bad boy movie star, Thad Perry, out of trouble. Of course, nothing is as easy or obvious as it seems, and they're soon involved in a mystery that will leave you in suspense, while at the same time laughing out loud. For you cat lovers, there's even a cat, Brando, in the mix. Hmmm, do you think he's a good guy or a bad guy?

This book has everything going for it. I'm already sitting up and begging for the next book in the series.
Check out my review of the fourth in the series, The Dog Who Knew too Much.

Connect with Chet the Dog
Chet the Dog website
Chet the Dog on Facebook
Twitter @chetthedog

*Full disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. The opinions are 100% my own. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Brooks Books- Jimmy Mender and his Miracle Dog

This week is book review week, so please come back every day to read about another great dog or pet book! Today I'm reviewing Jimmy Mender and his Miracle Dog by Leland Dirks and Angelo Dirks. Read on for a chance to win a copy of your own!

 BROOKS: Miracle Dog? Now that's a dog I'd like to meet in real life! And that is what really drew me into this book. The best parts were about Phannie, the miracle dog. We first meet her when she's traipsing along the road, and she has someplace to go.

"Along a highway in northeastern Nevada, a sort of shadow moved. A dog with a purpose ran at night to avoid the heat of day. She knew where she was going. She just didn't know how long it would take to get there. 
         In the daytime, when she slept, she got glimpses of the man she was pursuing. She had to hurry."

 I like reading about other dogs, especially ones on a special mission. I won't tell you what Phannie's mission turns out to be, you'll have to read for yourself. But of course, true to dog nature, she ends up helping the man. Good dog!

ME: Leland's writing is strong and his imagination vivid in this engaging story of Paul Young and his trek of discovery. The story takes you along on a journey of love and loss that will tug at your heart. As always, Leland's at his best when describing man's relationship with dog. I love the protagonist Paul's intuitive connection with border collie Phannie.

A little adventure, a little magic, a little dog story, a little love, a little "what might have been"...Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog is a book you won't want to put down. You can get the book on Kindle or paperback on Amazon.

GIVEAWAY!!!  And now, here's a chance to win a copy of your own! Just leave a comment below answering the question: What is one miracle you'd like to see a dog perform? For extra entries, "like" Leland Dirks on FB, "like" my page on FB,  and if you haven't already, follow this blog. (leave an extra comment saying you've done so.) Contest winner will be selected by random draw. Sorry, U.S. residents only. Contest closes Tuesday 9/25. Winner announced on Wednesday Pet Roundup 9/26.

What is one miracle you'd like to see a dog perform?

*Full disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. The opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, September 14, 2012

I'm Itchy Itchy Itchy

Recently I attended Petvocate's webinar on fleas and ticks. Petvocate is an online community supported by Pet Armor. I attended even though, I smugly thought, my dogs never had fleas. Then, about a week after the seminar....Brooks got fleas! I didn't know that would be a fringe benefit! But more on that in a moment.

Ticks--- now ticks we have. Kelly got Lyme disease (spread by deer ticks) and so did our previous dog Hudson. It's a horrible disease, so I also wanted to learn anything I could about tick prevention and treatment.

Dr. Karen "Doc" Halligan answered our questions about fleas and ticks, such as their life cycle and how they can harm pets. One question was how to tell if your dog has fleas, or if what you see is just ordinary dirt. The answer is to use a flea comb and get out the tiny black spots. They may not be fleas themselves, but "flea dirt" (yes, that's flea poo). Put on a paper towel and get it wet. If it turns red, then it's fleas. (the red is blood).
Kelly looks like a furry mop.
Then we learned about Pet Armor topical treatment. I'm not entirely comfortable about putting chemicals on my dogs, but my veterinarian says the benefits are worth the potential drawbacks, and I trust her care.  There may be some effective natural treatments for flea and tick prevention and I don't mean to dismiss them in this post. But because my dogs have been through lyme disease and because the health consequences of that are devastating, IN OUR CASE I feel it is warranted to continue using topical treatments.

Fleas and ticks are not just a simple nuisance. They can have many health consequences. Not only that, my vet told me that a flea bite is not just a little's like fire to a dog. Some dogs are more sensitive than others. Brooks just happens to be one of those super sensitive...and allergic to fleas. ugh.

So back to the webinar. Maureen Svoboda discussed the topical product Pet Armor. She told us that Pet Armor contains fipronil, the same active ingredient as in Frontline Top Spot. It's also available at Petco, Target and Walmart. One downside, I've heard warnings about getting your flea treatments online or at department stores. Some claim they are not as well monitored and regulated. But we also learned that Pet Armor is the official brand of the ASPCA, and they use it on all their pets. Also, Pet Armor has been thoroughly tested and the results show that it is just as effective as Frontline. If cost is a factor, it's up to each person to determine if it is worth trying the less expensive product. The website has coupons, QandA and lots of helpful information too.

A few weeks ago we took a trip up to the mountains, where there was long grass, and I think that's where Brooks got fleas. Funny, because Kelly was there too, and she didn't get any fleas. I'm not sure what makes some dogs attractive to fleas and not others.We treated him, we treated Kelly just to be safe, we sprayed the entire house, washed ALL the linens and pillows, washed all their toys, scrubbed everything ceiling to floor. HUGE ordeal. Now the fleas are gone. But two weeks later Brooks was still itchy. He bit his tail until it bled. I checked and no fleas. So off to the vet he went. Turns out he's allergic to fleas. She said that the effects can last for a month after the fleas are gone. Poor Brooks. So, he's back on steroids for a little while, and topical creams and all that.

Do you use topical flea and tick treatments? Have you tried Pet Armor? Has your dog ever had a severe reaction to a flea treatment? Have you found a natural product that works?

* Full Disclosure: I was sent six samples of Pet Armor to try, along with a fun package of two dog Frisbees, bandanas and a travel water bowl. All the opinions and comments are my own, and I was not influenced in any way by the free products.I have not yet tried the Pet Armor on my dogs, so I can't yet speak to how they reacted and how well it worked on Kelly and Brooks.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blogville Back to School Bash--Doggone Dieting

Blogville Back to School Bash
Doggone Dieting 101

Good Morning Class! I hope everyone is enjoying Blogville School today. I'm your teacher, Miss Kelly. 

The blond at the door is our teacher's aide Mr. Brooks. He's checking out the window to make sure the buses have arrived and everyone is here.

When I call your name, bark "woof!" 
I see Frankie and Ernie...very good boys, you brought your notebooks. And Puddles, I did as you asked and put your desk next to Frankie and Ernie. Now don't pass notes in class or I'll have Mona and Aimee put you in line. And Weenie, even though you're skinny and don't need to diet, you can help by chasing us all around the classroom for exercise, okay? And Molly the Wally...I think you are quite the foodie, so you can help us out with recipes and such. Oh my gosh, class is getting full. Okay Paige is here too, and Chip, Tasha and Anna Rose, Ms. Chunky and Coupette and.... Put your thinking caps on now! 
Everybody here? Ok, let's begin!
I suppose that most of you signed up because your mom told you that you're a little chubby, or you no longer fit into your favorite doggie couture, or maybe you just want to get buff and toned to attract that special someone. Well here's what you need to know!

Lesson 1: What To Eat
Hopefully you're already getting a high quality dog food or nutritious home prepared food. I know we all would like cheese and bacon instead. But if you're overweight, that's probably what got you to that state in the first place. So ask for the good quality, low fat food with lots of healthy lean protein.
Diet Tip #1: Don't eat out of the container!

Some fruits and veggies are good too. I like baby carrots. Mr. Brooks enjoys bananas. Try this for a treat: PB apple (Remove the core and fill with peanut butter! Discard core: apple seeds aren't good for dogs.)
How to make a PB Apple

 Lesson 2: What to do when you're hungry:
Do This

 Lesson 3: How to get more exercise
Take your mom and dad on more walks. It's good for them too.
Diet Tip #2: Pull on the leash like this.

Try a new sport. Are you up for a game, Frankie and Puddles?
Football, anyone?

Lesson 4: How to help your mom and dad lose weight
Tell them to read my book. It's all about how I helped my mom lose weight. Oh, Mom had a little bit to do with the book, too. Paige and Ms. Chunky, you've already read the book so maybe you can put in a good word!

You can find Dieting with my Dog on Amazon or any bookseller. Here it is on the bookstore shelves! Choupette, are you going to help your mum lose weight?

Lesson 5: Help for common dieting problems
Common Diet Problem: You weight to much.
 Help: Try standing on the scale like this:
Diet Tip #3: This technique will take off pounds safely and naturally.

Okay, that is all for today in Doggone Dieting. I hope you took good notes. **Puddles, put those tacks away!! Okay now, enjoy the rest of your day. Don't forget to go to the rest of your classes today, too. Oh, and if you're seriously dieting, you might not want to eat too much at Echo's burger food truck or Sasha's AWESOME POSSUM PIZZA food truck.

Now, it's not all school work....there's good cause too. Check this out. Weenie is going to be selling RIDES on his Fantastic BUMBLE BEE and Mona is "selling  APPLES fur you to give to your FAVORITE Teachers (remember how much I like PB apples??) and there will be 2 Door Prizes you can buy Raffle Tickets for at Pip's and Puddles' places. All proceeds will benefit Miss Sandra and the Houston Pittie Pack. And FrankieFurter's mom will match the donations (up to $500.00!) That's super generous of her.

Bye! Your homework is to enjoy recess, and have a healthy after school snack!

I'm working on the assignments.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Frankie Fund and National Walk N Roll Dog Day

I want to tell you about a special day coming up, to celebrate a fearless dachshund girl, Frankie the Walk 'n' Roll Dog, who crossed over the rainbow bridge this summer.

Better yet, I'm going to let Frankie's mom tell you a little bit about her, and about her special day.

Q: Tell us a little bit about Frankie. What was her goal? Did she accomplish that goal?

Barbara Techel: Frankie was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) in 2006. She had fallen, ruptured a disc, and was paralyzed. After surgery and physical therapy she didn't regain use of her back legs, so she was custom-fitted for a dog wheelchair. I was simply amazed at how she went on with life like this was no big deal. I was inspired to write a children's book series about her called, "Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog."
Frankie's mission was two-fold:
-To inspire children (and adults) to be positive no matter what their challenges, as well as encourage others to make a difference no matter what their obstacles.
-To put a positive face on IVDD and educating others that this disease is not a death sentence.  Many dogs can, and do, go on to live long, happy lives with the right care. (A wonderful resource for IVDD that I still advocate is Dodgers List.) 

Frankie indeed accomplished her goals, and then some! Though she passed on June 21, 2012, her message is still going strong. The books about her are still being used in classrooms to teach kids about being positive. She is also represented in a children's storybook garden called Bookworm Gardens. I also founded a day in her memory called National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day.

Q: What is National Walk 'N' Roll Dog Day?

Barbara: I founded this day in memory of Frankie, as well as in honor of all dogs in wheelchairs. I witnessed first hand that dogs in wheelchairs can live happy, long, quality lives if given a chance. Too often I think we take pity on a pet that may lose their mobility, when an animal does not see it that way. I think we should celebrate and embrace the perseverance and adversity of our pets who face a situation where they may need a wheelchair. This special day, is celebrated annually on September 22 (this year being the first!) to continue the positive awareness that Frankie began. Wherever Frankie went people smiled and they were amazed that a dog could be so happy in a wheelchair. Frankie also showed others, just by her example, that life can go on despite our challenges. 

Q: How can we be involved?

Barbara: Join us by liking our page on Facebook, which is super simple to do.  Then share with everyone you know! It's amazing what that one little, simple thing can do to help spread such a positive message. In turn, I believe with all my heart that this will help educate others, which in turn will save dogs lives when they may be faced with needing a wheelchair, instead of being euthanized. Education and sharing stories of other dogs in wheelchairs is key. Please feel free to also stop by our website and share with friends, also.

Q: What is the Frankie Fund? How can we get a t-shirt?

Barbara: The Frankie Fund began as a memorial fund when Frankie passed in June. So many of her fans wanted to pay their respects for the little dog on wheels they truly admired. So the Frankie Fund was started to help less fortunate dogs that need a wheelchair be able to get one. We work directly with Eddie's Wheels and help families in financial stress or rescue groups who may need a wheelchair for a dog in need. The memorial fund was able to help six small dogs so far, and will likely help one more. You can see some of the dogs we have helped on our Facebook page  or our website for National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day.

After the memorial fund I decided to keep the Frankie Fund going with a limited edition t-shirt that can be purchased. All proceeds from the t-shirt will help more dogs who may need a wheelchair. To date t-shirt sales have generated enough sales to help three more small dogs. What makes the t-shirts limited is that they have Frankie's photo on the back and her paw print signature. One of the sleeves also has her pawprint signature encircled in a heart. The front of the T-shirt has the National Walk 'N Roll Dog logo and is dated September 22, 2012. Click to join in the effort and purchase a t-shirt. But hurry, as these limited edition t-shirts are only available through September 12, 2012.

Going forward we will offer more products for sale to keep the Frankie Fund going and help more dogs in need of wheelchairs, so stay tuned!

Q: What do you miss most about Frankie?

Barbara: Wow- this is a big question.  Honestly, I miss everything about her. Our work together, her sweet, lovable, inspiring personality, the way she lit up a room when doing her therapy dog work, taking her for rides in her special dog basket on my bike handlebars, walking her in her doggie stroller, and the list goes on and on.  I was so blessed to have had her in my life. She truly helped me become a better human being and my work with her I think will go down in my history book as a space in time in my life that meant so much to me. I often tell people I'll be the little old lady who sits on her front porch rocker with my scrapbook of Frankie and will be so thrilled to continue to share Frankie's story with anyone passing by who is willing to listen.
As I've moved through the last two months since her passing,at the core of what I miss most is taking care of her. She required extra care because of her paralysis and incontinence that came with that. At the beginning it was difficult, but as we moved through the years, and as I reflect back, it was the caring for her that I miss the most. I'd have done this for her until the day I died because it brought me so much joy to help her live the best possible life. She was truly my best friend and partner... and the best snuggle bug a girl could ever ask for.

Q: What is next for you?

Barbara: Though my journey feels uncertain in some aspects, I am excited about the release of my memoir in early 2013 called, Through Frankie's Eyes: One Woman's Journey to Her Authentic Self and the Dog on Wheels Who Led the Way.  I think the title pretty much speaks to what the book is about. But it was one of the last projects Frankie "helped" me with before she moved on. She was my constant companion at my feet as I wrote the story of how this little beautiful dog changed my life for the better. Though I found it hard at times to be in transition, knowing our work together was ending, I feel so grateful to have been chosen to be Frankie's Mom. I know now that the work we began goes on, just in a new way. I'm also open to where my next path will go and I've learned to trust that it will be revealed when it is time.

Watch for upcoming photo contest for National Walk 'N Roll Dog Day!  I'll announce on Facebook and website on Sept. 11th.  Will be giving away prizes! 

Watch for my new book early 2013!Through Frankie’s Eyes: One Woman’s Journey to Her Authentic Self and the Dog on Wheels Who Led the Way
Sign up for my newsletter and receive my free ebook: For the Love of Animals
Become a fan of National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day and help us honor and celebrate all dogs in wheelchairs and the lessons of love, hope and joy they teach us.
Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn

Monday, September 10, 2012

Blogville Back to School Bash and Kelly's Dieting Class

Kelly's teaching a class in Blogville's Back to School Bash 2012. It's called:
Doggone Dieting 101
 She'll be filling you in on all her best tips on how to slim down and get fit! And, it's sure to be fun! All you have to do is leave a comment here that you're signing up--super easy! And then simply stop by anytime this Wednesday and check out our post to "attend" class.
That's it!

 What will we be covering?
*What to eat
*What to do when you're hungry
*How to get more exercise
*How to help your mom and dad lose weight
*Help for common dieting problems

We're going to learn something, and have fun too. Please leave Kelly a comment here and say you'd like to be in her class! Don't let her teach to an empty classroom!