Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog Heads Back to School – In a New Way.

Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog Heads Back to School - In a New Way.

Two weeks from today I’ll be visiting Fair Park Elementary School in West Bend, WI.

It’s been a long time since I set foot in a school. I’m looking forward to talking about the writing process, life as an author, Frankie, compassion, empathy, and making a difference. And most of all encouraging students how important writing and reading is in their lives – whether they pursue writing as a career or not.

Of course, I won’t have my side-kick Frankie with me. It’s been almost four years since she has been gone, which is how long it’s been since I’ve done a presentation also.

But her message is still one kids and adults can learn from. And this time I’ll be talking more about the process of writing, which will be a new experience for me, and one I’m looking forward to.

I bought a stuffed dachshund toy to use for demonstration purposes and to show how wheelchairs work for dogs. I’ll be tying this in with talking about empathy. I really wanted a brown dachshund, but couldn’t find one big enough. So black and tan it is and will still make the point.

When the principal, a friend of mine, contacted me before Christmas, asking if I’d visit their school, I wasn’t sure I was up to doing it. Those old nerves certainly never seem to go away no matter how many times I’ve talked in front of a room of people! But a part of me was curiously open to the idea and wanted to give it a try.

Yesterday I received the list of questions the students prepared for me. We will be doing this mostly as Q & A sessions which I love to do. I’ll work on preparing photos to go along with some of my answers to add a visual component.

I’m so impressed with how organized the school is for the visit with an agenda they also sent me. In the morning I’ll talk with the K-2 students, then a lunch and learn with staff, and in the afternoon will meet with the 3-4 grade students. It will be a full day!

So… we go Frankie….in a new way!

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Are We on a Roll or What? Meet Canelo – #52 Disabled Dog to Get Wheels!

Are We on a Roll or What? Meet Canelo - #52 Disabled Dog to Get Wheels!

Canelo and Suzanne

Yesterday I shared Maui, a disabled doxie who got her wheels courtesy of The Frankie Wheelchair Fund…

and well, let’s just keep on rolling, shall we?

Meet Canelo!  He is the newest little fellow we’ve been able to help.

Such a sweet photo of him out on a stroll with his wonderful caretaker, Suzanne — who happens to take care of 22 other dogs — taking in strays and disabled dogs.

And isn’t it adorable how she and Canelo have matching coats?

Such love in this photo and such love in my heart to share these happy stories with you.

Canelo’s  wheels custom made my Eddie’s Wheels for Pets.

To apply, donate, or learn more about the Frankie Wheelchair Fund, please visit National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day.

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