Nashville, TN (PressExposure) August 27, 2009 -- National Disabled Pets Day will be celebrated on May 3, 2010. This special day was created by pet lifestyle expert, author, and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige of Animal Miracle Network. The purpose of National Disabled Pets Day is to bring public awareness to the plight of disabled, special needs, and geriatric pets that live in shelters and sanctuaries. Many times disabled or elderly animals are overlooked in adoption shelters and rarely find a forever home. Some have special needs that make them expensive to care for.
âFrankie is the perfect mascot,â says Colleen Paige, the founder of Animal Miracle Network, National Dog Day, National Cat Day, and Editor in Chief of Pet Home Magazine, ânot only because she is disabled; but because Frankieâs courage and perseverance also serves as a role model for anyone who needs courage to keep trying after being dealt a hard blow in life.â
Frankie suffered a spinal cord injury in 2006 at a kennel where she was boarded while her owners were on vacation. After undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured disk, it was determined that Frankie would never walk again. It is at times like these that pet owners have to choose whether to euthanize the animal, send it away to a sanctuary, or take on the daily task of caring for a pet that cannot even use the bathroom without human help. Barbara Techel and her husband, John, chose to open their hearts and give their partially-paralyzed Frankie the best life they possibly could.
For the past four years, Barbara and John have worked to rehabilitate the daschund and even purchased as set of wheels to help Frankie regain her mobility.
Barbara Techel says, âSometimes life throws us a curve ball. That does not mean we should give up on our dreams. It just means we have to look at things in a new way. For Frankie, it was getting her a set of wheels. Now she just keeps on rolling, and she has a great attitude.â
In 2008, Barbara wrote her first multi-award winning book Frankie, the Walk âN Roll Dog to share Frankieâs inspirational message with children. Soon, she began taking Frankie on visits to schools where kids absolutely adored the wiener dog in a wheelchair. In 2009, the duo became a registered therapy team and began visiting patients in nursing homes and hospitals.
And, Frankie keeps on rolling as her tenth birthday comes along. As part of Frankieâs birthday celebration, Barbara is donating a portion of Frankieâs book sales during the month of August to the Handicapped Pets Foundation. For every 50 new people who sign up to follow her via Facebook or Twitter, Barbara Techel will donate $25 to Handicapped Pets Foundation. She hopes to help pet owners obtain wheelchairs for their pets who really need them.
Children are invited to follow Frankie, The Walk âN Roll Dogâs adventures on Frankie's Blog. Adults will find more information about caring for special needs animals on Barbaraâs blog at [http://www.joyfulpaws.typepad.com/]