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Walk ‘N Roll Tiny Writing Cottage

Tiny Writing Cottage Guest Post by Barbara Techel (Award-winning author/Advocate for dogs with IVDD (disc disease) and dogs in wheelchairs/Founder of National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day)

Twelve steps is all it takes from the patio doors of my bedroom to the writing cottage where I spend much of my time.

This place of my own where I can write, read, retreat, relax, sit in stillness, create and dream. Built with the loving and skillful hands of my carpenter husband, John, he dubbed it Myspace.calm when it was complete. It was then that I realized he truly understood how important this is to me.

Here is where I wrote my two children’s books (including Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog) and my memoir about my dachshund, Frankie, who was in a wheelchair due to paralysis from a disc disease. I also founded National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day in her memory and started The Frankie Wheelchair Fund. To date, the fund has granted 30 wheelchairs to paralyzed dogs in need.

Six large windows surround my writing desk so I feel as if I am out in nature. A small half-moon shaped window with a stained glass rendering of my second dog, Joie who was also in a wheelchair, makes me smile each time I look up from my laptop.

It is in this space that I share my heart through writing for my blog, Joyful Paws. It is here that my constant companion at my feet is my dachshund, Gidget. It is here that I find solace and dream of new adventures and projects. It is here that I am authentically me.

Author Barbara Techel’s Walk ‘N Roll Tiny Writing Cottage


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  • Maureen Baisden August 27, 2014, 6:45 pm

    Just darling.

  • Elizabeth August 27, 2014, 9:18 pm

    How I love this space. The colors, the windows, the dogs on wheels, the plants, the coziness of it all.
    I have a black and tan longhair (dachshund of course!) she is my best buddy, and getting up there in years (over 13, not sure, first owners were not nice to

    Thank you for you fabulous work with the wheel chair doggies!


    • barbara techel August 28, 2014, 2:49 pm

      Thank you, Beth! I feel so blessed to have this little place to call my own. Give you doxie a hug for me – my favorite breed!

  • barbara techel August 28, 2014, 10:42 am

    Thank you, Alex for featuring me and my cottage (and Gidget!) on Tiny House Talk! I hope I inspire others whether it be for a tiny house, a space of their own, their love of dogs, or writing!
    Keep up the great work featuring tiny houses – I always look forward to your email in my inbox.

  • ElizM August 28, 2014, 8:04 pm

    I love this and your work with the doggies. It’s all about the doggies. Following you on FB. Your tiny house is wonderful!

  • Lindy August 28, 2014, 8:56 pm

    This looks so restful. Beautiful.

  • Aleksandra August 30, 2014, 4:01 am

    Beautiful! Lucky, lucky dog!

  • Kuh Koh August 31, 2014, 9:58 am

    I’m madly in love… very lucky who owned this lovely home.

  • Kaleb September 2, 2014, 12:46 pm

    What a relaxing, cozy, inspirational nook to work in. I also love how it is connected to the house. Away and quiet and yet close enough for breaks. Thank you for sharing this intimate place. Obviously your DH knows how to make you very happy!

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