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!

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About the Author: Terri Osterfeld

I'm a certifiable dachshund fanatic and lover of anything that involves doxies. I have four -- Rommel, Franzi, Montgomery and Hank -- plus two German Shepherds, Noet and Sunna, who think they're dachshunds.
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