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When her little lady dachshund Frankie became permanently paralyzed, Barb turned what could have been seen as a tragedy into a triumph. Facing a dachshund owner’s worst fear, Barb learned from Frankie’s relentless joy and excitement and the two have risen to great heights, bringing happiness and life lessons into the lives of many by sharing the story of Frankie’s happy ending.

Leave a comment for Barb on this post for your chance to win a copy of her heartwarming children’s book, Frankie the walk ‘n roll dog, which she has generously donated so we can share it with you. We’ll announce the winner on October 31!

Please give her a very warm welcome and thanks so much Barb for sharing this post with us!

I must be honest. Caring for a disabled pet at the beginning was daunting and overwhelming. I think one of the hardest things was hoping I was doing everything within my power I knew to do, financially and emotionally. I wanted to help my dachshund Frankie, who ruptured a disk her back and is now in a wheelchair, as best I could.

Frankie does not have control of her bladder and bowels. Getting used to poop and potty here, there and everywhere at first just about did me in. One day after cleaning up another mess, I decided to change my thoughts about it and I literally said out loud to myself, “There are worse things in life than poop!” From that day on acceptance took over. Acceptance gave me the patience to focus on the timing of her bathroom habits and things became much easier.

I am a person who listens to many motivational and inspirational speakers. Learning from all I’ve heard, I decided to look for the blessing in our situation. I realized Frankie was teaching me any challenge I faced could be overcome by looking for a positive solution. She never felt sorry for herself and over came adversity with grace and dignity. She also easily accepted her new way of getting around by scooting at first and then learning to roll in her wheelchair. She is still the same sweet Frankie she has always been. Nothing about her changed, except for not having use of her back legs. She faces each day with enthusiasm and joy.

Yes, Frankie’s paralysis was an adjustment, but the blessing of it is that she helped me find my life’s purpose, which led me to writing her story in the form of a children’s book. We now share our lessons learned by visiting schools, nursing homes and hospitals showing others disabled dogs can live quality lives and anyone can overcome challenges with a positive attitude.

To watch a video of Frankie please visit our website at www.joyfulpaws.com
Frankie still enjoys a good roll in the grass 🙂


2013 Georgia Dachshund Races, June 22-23, 2013


All proceeds go to DREAM Dachshund Rescue, an all-donation supported, all-volunteer rescue for dachshunds and dachshund mixes in our geographical area – Atlanta, North Georgia, and Savannah, DREAMDachshundRescue.org.

Georgia Dachshund Races is a member of the National Dachshund Circuit Races.

We follow strict rules for the safety of the dachshunds.

Winners are invited to the National Races in Ohio in September.


Races for adult doxies, mixed doxies, non doxies, senior doxies, puppy doxies, and wheelies

Doggie weddings

Dog talent contest NEW THIS YEAR


Junior Handler NEW THIS YEAR

Doggie weddings

Dog Talent contest NEW THIS YEAR

Costume contest for best female, best male, best group, best look-a-like

Coat contest for the best color, pattern, and type (short, long, wire)

Contest for the oldest, smallest and longest

Timed contest for best nose and obstacle course

Georgia Dachshund Races



TAMPA – Chain store pharmacies have more than just people drugs on their shelves.

Some retail giants now fill your cat or dog’s prescription too.

“Those compared to what you get at your veterinarian — significantly less,” said Amy Stanley, Target Pharmacy Business Partner.

Four bucks is what you’ll pay for some, but not all, pet medication at Target. Publix offers some pet antibiotics for free. Other big box stores like Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart will fill pet prescriptions too.

They are some of the same medications pharmacies stock for us, only in doggy doses, which is why dog owners like Kerry Dudley chose to fill and buy them here instead of from a vet.

“You have to shop, and its well, well worth it,” she said.

While saving money is a good thing, a local vet says it may not be the best option for your animal’s health.

“Our training in veterinary physiology and veterinary pharmacology or how drugs act in the body, is important,” said Dale Mabry’s Animal Hospital’s Hansel Leavengood, D.V.M. He explains that a regular pharmacist doesn’t have a vet’s medical expertise or training.

Florida law means vets are required to hand over a written prescription if a client requests it. Federal legislation would make vets go a step further, forcing them to physically give the script to the client every time — request or not. The client would then have the option to hand it back or take it somewhere else to fill.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is lobbying against ‘The Fairness to Pet Owners Act.’ An AVMD representative says they are not against cheaper or more available veterinary drugs but they do oppose the administrative burden it would put on vets.

“All they can do is fill the prescription, they cannot, in most cases, inform the client,” Leavengood pointed out.

He says he wants his pet owners to have both — good prices and the best care.

He matches low prices when he can, but when drugs are free, he says, he can’t compete.

By: Carson Chambers