- Paperback: 56 pages
- Publisher: Joyful Paws (January 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980005248
- ISBN-13: 978-0980005240
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,211,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby's House
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Frankie's journey from using a wheelchair to finding her purpose as a therapy dog is touching and also shows children how much joy and hope a dog can bring to this world.Outstanding!
--Linda and Allen Anderson, authors of Angel Animals books
From the Author
It is my hope with Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog book series I can bring positive awareness to animals with disabilities. Since sharing Frankie's story I'm thrilled to say we have also helped so many children see their challenges as stepping stones to something greater, and that they can always be positive no matter what their challenges. Frankie has inspired thousands to be positive and to give back to their communities despite any obstacle they may face.
Frankie has been my greatest teacher and not a day goes by that I don't thank God for the gift of her and the many blessings she has brought to my life.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is appropriate, entertaining and educational for all ages. It's difficult to communicate how lavishly it's illustrated with unique and charming renderings from Victoria Kay Lieffring. These pictures capture in stylized detail the range of emotions Barb writes about as the residents of Libby's Place discover, enjoy and finally, love Frankie.
The one of Daniel staring into the eyes of a rapt Frankie on page 30 is just perfect: sweet and the absolute embodiment of a clear conduit of bonding between members of separate species who nevertheless have discovered that matchless common ground of shared experience. And that's what this touching book is about, that which makes us all fellow travelers on this earthly plane: our shared vulnerability, and the reality that when all else is stripped away, all we have is each other and the comfort we can humbly share.
I challenge anyone to read this book and come away with dry eyes and without a smile of recognition. And it's that juxtaposition of the sometimes difficult realities of life with the always hopeful knowledge that each of us brings something of value to the world that we can share with each other that makes this little story something that will stay with you long after you've closed the cover.
I urge you to get a copy of Frankie Visits Libby's House for yourself, and consider it as a rich but affordable gift for those you care about. Kids will understand the straightforward lesson that therapy animals can reach older folks whose worlds may have contracted from their previous horizons. Teens and young adults will see a potential opportunity for public and personal service beyond their daily worlds. Adults will appreciate the many subtle messages of hope and inspiration.
There's no one who can't find an important and hopeful message in this true story, handled with such respect and grace by Barb Techel. Personally, I found it the perfect antidote to the insincerity and cynicism of so much of today's mainstream "entertainment" in the form of so-called "reality shows."
Refreshingly, "Libby's House" shows us a world where people still care for each other and try to soothe hurts instead of exploiting them; where humans can count among their proudest moments those they spend reaching out with love to creatures of other species; and where we can all recognize that those gifts can and do come full circle back to us from small, brown doggies on wheels, with big, floppy velvet ears and eyes that glow with the deepest understanding and concern for every living thing.
By Barbara Gail Techel
Frankie is a dachshund with a spinal injury. She is fitted with a special wheelchair so she can walk. Her owners, Barbara and her husband care for Frankie.
Frankie has the opportunity to become a therapy dog but first she has to pass some special tests.
Will Frankie and her owner be able to walk together with Frankie on a leash?
Will she allow strangers to pet her?
Will she be afraid around wheelchairs?
Will she be aggressive toward another dog?
The Last test is for Frankie and her owner to be well groomed
When Frankie passes the test, she becomes a therapy dog.
Frankie's owner, Barbara takes the little dog to Libby's House, which is a retirement home. Frankie forms a special bond with several of the older residents and she is invited to share in singing, birthday parties and many other activities.
After reading Franie's book, I loaned it to a resident at The Avenues Courtyard Retirement Home.
Nita, a retired teacher really enjoyed this book. "I read the book to my cat, and she purred the whole time. Princess and I really loved this book. Next time I hope the author writes a book about a cat."
The recreation leader read Frankie's book to the residents at The Avenues Courtyard and these are some of the comments. "Aw, the poor little doggie, she's in a wheelchair, just like me."
"Even though Frankie is in a wheelchair, she can still be a working dog and visit the residents at the home."
"I love this book about the little dog. I love Frankie and she makes everyone happy."
Bring Frankie into your home and your heart. She will teach you to never give up.
Jill Ammon Vanderwood
Author: Stowaway: The San Francisco Adventures Of Sara, The Pineapple Cat
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