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Through Frankie's Eyes: One Woman's Journey to Her Authentic Self, and the Dog on Wheels Who Led the Way

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Renowned novelist E.M. Forster wrote: "I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves." If your authentic self has disappeared beneath a burden of should haves or could haves-pleasing everyone but yourself, worrying about everything that's out of ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 2nd 2013 by Joyful Paws Prints
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Abby Thomas
Feb 16, 2013 Abby Thomas rated it it was amazing
Barbara Techel’s memoir, Through Frankie’s Eyes, is a wonderful story with a very powerful message of hope and inspiration. Reading it is a true treasure to experience. My family recently experienced a situation similar to Frankie’s with our dachshund, Sophie. Because of the similarities between Frankie and Sophie, I related very strongly to her story and the inspiration behind it, as it is something that I have and continue to experience first hand. I was gripped word for word as Barbara was ...more
Kathleen Pooler
Feb 16, 2013 Kathleen Pooler rated it it was amazing
Once I started Through Frankie’s Eyes by Barbara Techel, I couldn’t put it down. It is a poignant love story about the profound healing impact a disabled dachshund, Frankie has on her owner, Barbara. Barbara chronicles her journey from health scare, stressful corporate job and unsettled, fearful woman to a woman who has found a place of authenticity and peace. It is amazing how this precious little animal shows Barbara the way to her purpose and mission in life.
Barbara’s writing is compelling an
Jackie Bouchard
Feb 14, 2013 Jackie Bouchard rated it it was amazing
As the subtitle states, "Through Frankie's Eyes", takes you along as author Barbara Techel seeks her "authentic self." There was much in this book I could relate to. Like Techel, I, too, was late to figuring out what I wanted to be/do with my life. I also have struggled with worrying too much about what others think and have wondered if I was normal because I preferred "fur kids" over the real kind. I've also had a dog with bone cancer, and I've learned so many important life lessons from my own ...more
Linda Hoye
Feb 13, 2013 Linda Hoye rated it it was amazing
Author Barbara Techel was searching for something that would give her a sense of purpose and significance and, in the face of what might at first glance seem tragic, found it with the help of a sweet little dachshund named Frankie. This story will bring you tears--probably more than once--but if you read it slowly, thoughtfully, savoring each word, you'll find that Frankie's legacy as a therapy dog lives on as her message of living with joy, accepting what is, and bringing comfort to others, ...more
Kate Meadows
Aug 22, 2013 Kate Meadows rated it really liked it
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Barbara writes with compassion and a swell of emotion. Her gift, her passion is clear: serving others by communicating the power behind dogs on wheels. Her words and her mission certainly have a place. Barbara has found her niche. A good read for fierce pet lovers; Barbara's love for her dogs is tangible.
Tamara Debord durbin
Apr 18, 2013 Tamara Debord durbin rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book about how a disabled dog helped a lady find her way in life, gave her courage, and taught her happiness. Frankie also helped others. Great story and very touching!
Feb 02, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Doxie Brings About Transformation From Pack of Two to Marley & Me, the best part of reading a dog book is seeing the changes and impact the dog had on the humans in its life. Barbara Techel’s memoir, Through Frankie’s Eyes, is no exception. While some books deal with the happy chaos an animal can bring to an ordinary life, others focus on the comfort they provide to humans facing a life change or a tragedy. In Techel’s book, it is her dogs, who face tragedy – from Cassie, her lab, who is ...more
McGuffy Morris
May 25, 2013 McGuffy Morris rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a dachshund named Frankie. Frankie was a special dog. Suffering from Intervertebral Disc Disease, she lived in a wheelchair for dogs. This can be a problem in dachshunds, basset hounds, and Corgis, but in other breeds, as well. IVDD affects the disc and vertebrae of the spine, causing sensitivity, pain, immobility and even incontinence as the disease progresses.

Frankie learned to live in a wheelchair, as her owner learned about living by seeing life through her little dog’s
Christina Hickey
Jun 25, 2014 Christina Hickey rated it really liked it
I just finished reading 'through Frankie's eyes' with my little dog curled up on my lap.. And i feel blessed to have my dog with me and so touched by this beautiful story! Her story is beautiful ! Frankie was a beautiful spirit! And Barbara has made it clear that we should be happy and enjoy our lives. God bless
Emily Capeles
Jun 01, 2013 Emily Capeles rated it really liked it
I do not like reading books about animals because they tend to get me upset and make me cry. That being said I enjoyed this book. The message that it gave was very moving. I think the story of Frankie should be told and this book told the story in a moving way.

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Nov 27, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
I admire the love and care the author gave all her dogs. And truly believe the message that our pets love and help complete us humans. A little too heavy on the self help and finding myself, but a nice read. 3.5/5
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It is my deep love of animals and the amazing lessons I’ve learned from them that encourage and inspire me to listen to my inner voice, and live a more meaningful life with integrity, intent, and joy.

As an author, animal advocate, SoulCollage Facilitator, and founder of Joyful Paws, LLC and National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day I encourage and inspire others to pause, listen and capture what it is that ma
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