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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Inspirational Doggy Tale Gets Five Big Stars

Title:  Through Frankie’s Eyes: One woman’s journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way
Author:  Barbara Techel
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Genre or category:  Inspirational memoir
ISBN:  978-0-9800052-9-5
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Five star review
Reviewed by Paulo Levi originally for Amazon

While reading Through Frankie's Eyes, I was frequently reminded of Harold Kushner's now classic essay, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Frankie the dachshund became disabled through no fault of her own, much less of her guardian Barbara Techel's. But as Kushner points out in his book, we humans seem to have a need to view such events either as punishment for something we have done (or failed to do) or as destiny's cruel way of letting us know that our faith in God and in ourselves is being tested. Although Techel experienced the full impact of these feelings at first, she was able to transcend them through her determination to help Frankie overcome her disability, and through Frankie's own example in retaining the will to live the life of a happy and loving dog no matter what. In the process of adjusting to Frankie's new circumstances and to the changes brought about by them in her own life, Barbara Techel found her own calling in helping others through her work with special needs children, the elderly and the terminally ill, always with Frankie at her side as a therapy dog.

These may sound like the ingredients for a sad story, but this is definitely not the case. In fact, Through Frankie's Eyes is a celebration of the power to overcome and of the sheer joy of being alive. Techel's heartfelt and readable prose conveys a sense of forward motion, from the uncertainties in her own life and in Frankie's initial prognosis to a newfound serenity and an enduring sense of purpose. Read this book, and you will not fail to be moved and inspired by it.

About the Author

Barbara Techel is an award-winning author and advocate for dogs with IVDD and dogs in wheelchairs. Her book was an Indie Excellence Finalist Award 2013!  Sign up for her newsletter and receive her e-book free:  For the Love of Animals, A Collection of Short Stories
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