Happy Birthday!

It’s Mr. Rommel’s 13th birthday today! Wow, how time flies. It seems to me he was only a puppy the other day. Rommel is my very first dachshund and I love him so much. I always wanted a dachshund and I feel lucky to have him live with us. My husband got him for me for our 15th wedding anniversary. I had picked his mane out years before I got him. I’ve been happy with him ever since. I should have known the first day when he came home, what a ball hound he is. Rommel loves to play ball. He will do it for hours if you play with him. Ball is what he likes. If you don’t play with him, he will bark at you until you do. He is always happy to see me and brings me ball. Rommel does sleep with me under my left arm every night. When he is not burrowed under the blankness at my husband’s feet.

Helping Paralyzed Dogs in Need




We are doing a happy dance here at Joyful Paws headquarters!


Because Alex is the 50th dog the Frankie Wheelchair Fund has granted a wheelchair to!

Alex is currently with foster, Sandi, with Dachshund Rescue of South Florida. She sent me ths picture of Alex and said, “Here’s a pic of sweet n snugly Alex in his Eddie’s Wheels. He took to his wheels like a duck to water!”

Does not surprise me one bit. I’ve seen time and time again how these dogs get on with the joy of living life — now rolling through the grass, down the street, and over their human’s feet. Nothing stops them!

A very special thanks to Sarah of The Smoothe Store as the money she raised selling dog banandas last fall helped pay for Alex’s wheelchair which she donated to the Frankie Wheelchair Fund.

Alex’s wheelchair custom made by Eddie’s Wheels.

Keep on rolling Alex!
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This Frankie Wheelchair Fund helps paralyzed dogs who are in need of a wheelchair to help them regain their mobility and go on to live a full, happy, quality life. Funding is granted to families in financial stress and disabled dogs in rescue to improve their chances of getting a forever home.
Founded in August 2012 by author and advocate for dogs with Intervertabral Disc Disease (IVDD) and dogs in wheelchairs, Barbara Techel created this fund in memory of her beloved Dachshund, Frankie, who was in a wheelchair. Frankie cracked Barbara’s heart wide open to understanding the many blessings of a dog with special needs.
Barbara witnessed first hand from Frankie who became paralyzed after a fall and diagnoses of IVDD, that dogs in wheelchairs can live happy, long, quality lives if given a chance. We should not take pity on pets who lose their mobility but instead celebrate and embrace their perseverance and adversity.
Along with this special fund to help paralyzed dogs, Barbara also founded National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day. This day carries on Frankie’s legacy in bringing positive awareness to all dogs in wheelchairs around the world. You can find us on Facebook also where we share stories and photos of inspiring dogs in wheelchairs each week!
To date the fund has granted 40 wheelchairs to disabled dogs in need!

Depending on the size and the needs of a disabled dog, wheelchairs cost between $350-$1,500.

We want to help so many more dogs because we feel they deserve a chance to enjoy life to the fullest!



Thank you for your consideration of helping us with our mission to help disabled dogs in need of a wheelchair to give them the gift of mobility.
There are several ways in which you can help:

You can make a donation now by clicking on heart below which will take you directly to Paypal where you can pay with your Paypal account or credit card. If you prefer you can mail check to: 304 Kettleview Court, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020. Please make check out to The Frankie Wheelchair Fund. *please note your donation is not tax deductible, but you will receive a grateful letter of thanks from us!

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Purchase this 6 x 5.5″ decal for your car and proceeds will benefit to the Frankie Wheelchair Fund.

Bloodhound Sneaks Out of Yard to Run Half Marathon and Finishes 7th!http://www.akc.org/news/bloodhound-sneaks-out-of-yard-to-run-half-marathon-and-finishes-7th/

Participants of a half marathon in Alabama were given a run for their money by a dog last week. Just before the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon began in Elkmont, April Hamlin let her Bloodhound, Ludivine, outside to go to the bathroom, Runners World reported.

Ludivine wandered off the property and joined the runners lined up at the starting point of the race. In spite of some distractions (a dead rabbit, a dog in the cheering area along the course, a field of livestock) along the way, she managed to run the entire 13.1 miles and finished seventh with a time of 1:32:56. She was awarded with a finisher’s medal.

“She’s laid back and friendly, so I can’t believe she ran the whole half marathon because she’s actually really lazy,” Hamlin told Runner’s World, adding that this race is the first in the town and was started by parents whose kids run cross country at the nearby high school to raise funds for the program.

“Because of this dog, they are getting so much publicity, and I think that’s the best part,” she said.