Barbara and Gidget

It’s my love of animals and some pretty profound lessons I’ve learned from them that led me to appreciate and value my intuition guiding me to live a more purposeful and meaningful life.

As an Author, Intuitive Guide and SoulCollage® facilitatorI enjoy holding space for others to pause, listen deeply, and capture what matters most to them so they can live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

My first dachshund, Frankie, lived life to the fullest in a dog wheelchair due to paralysis from intevertebral disc disease (IVDD) and she was the inspiration for my first memoir, Through Frankie’s Eyes: One woman’s journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way and my children’s books Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog and Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Therapy Dog Visits Libby’s House.

It was because of her that I learned to stand tall in my authentic self and learned to see that in every challenge there is a blessing.

My second dachshund, Joie (pronounced Joey), I adopted in 2012 after the passing of Frankie. Though her time with me would be way too short, it was the teaching that she left behind of understanding transition as a gift and a pathway to expanding my true essence that I am forever grateful for… and what inspired me to write my second memoir, Wisdom Found in the Pause – Joie’s Gift.

Carrying on the legacy of Frankie, in 2012 I founded National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day and established The Frankie Wheelchair Fund which grants wheelchairs to disabled dogs in need through the generous donations from others.

Wisdom Found in the Pause- Joie's Gift   through-frankies-eyes

Frankie the walk n roll dog cover  libbys house cover

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 And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud

was more painful than the risk to let it blossom.

– Anais Nin

6 Responses

  1. Good Morning Barbara,

    I am inspired by you to write a children’s book with all profits going to an area non-profit children’s home. I am interested in resources that could assist me with this venture. May I ask how you went about getting your first book published? I would be grateful for any assistance you can provide.

    By the way, your children’s books are wonderful!

    Thank you.

  2. Hi Barbara ~

    I just bought your book, “Through Frankie’s Eyes” and I absolutely loved it. I am also a dachshund lover and currently have two little clowns named Tucker and Joe. Thank you so much for all of the work you do for our four-legged furry angels in wheelchairs.

    I’m an empty nester, and I am trying to “honor” this transition in life as I discover my authentic self. I married my high school sweetheart, and we are celebrating 34 years of marriage this summer. I am also an aspiring writer who loves children, animals, and nature. I want to write a vast array of books: children’s books, Christian books, “how to” books, and books about animals and nature. I am currently working on my autobiography. I have about 800 letters from my childhood that I am sorting in chronological order as those memories begin to resurface. It’s overwhelming, but I know that my story will help others someday.

    Barbara, I would appreciate any advice you can give a beginning writer. I’ve written my entire life in childhood diaries and journals as an adult, but I don’t know where to begin publishing my first book. What resources have helped you the most? Thank you for inspiring a fellow writer and animal lover. May God richly bless you and expand your life’s work as you touch people’s lives with animals.

    Grace & gratitude ~


    1. Thank you for your lovely note, Maria. Love the names of your doxie’s and that you call them clowns – as they sure can be that!
      Regarding your publishing question, this is a huge topic – so much to think about. My advice for now is to just begin writing your stories. Try not to worry about the publishing part of it too much yet – though you might want to give thought to your goals for your books and whether you want to publish with a publishing company or self-publish. If you have a local writers group, you may want to join that also. That helped me so much in the beginning as a new writer! Hope this helps. -Barbara 🙂

      1. Barbara ~

        Thank you so much for the great advice. By the way, I plan to have a writing cottage in the future. Your cottage rocks!!!

        ~ Maria

        1. I’m SO HAPPY for you, Maria that you will be getting a writing cottage! Be sure to let me know and share a photo when it is done. I’d love to see it! -Barbara 🙂

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