Though the Pet Friendly House will only be opened to the media and public for 30 days after it’s completion; we will run additional events at later dates to raise awareness and funding for charities & projects we believe in! Prior to reopening the home for these special events; customizations, new artwork and furniture will be added to the home depending on the event.
We’ve included pets in each of these events as they are a big part of the family, with us during the good times and bad. When we are not well or need someone hear us out, they are often the best listeners, confidants and couch buddies while we recover.
Breast Cancer Awareness Event
Our reason for supporting breast cancer research is personal. Amy Beart, a partner on this project, our talented graphic designer, mother of 2, dog owner and wife of the founder, is currently battling stage 3 breast cancer.
For this event we will start by painting some of walls, update the furniture and add colorful flowers throughout the home. We will then fill the house with amazing photographs and paintings of women who have been through, or are going through breast cancer. Needless to say there will be several of our four legged friends decked out in pink to help out, this includes “Ollie”, our 2 year old Retriever/Maramar/Collie mix who has been with us as Amy goes through each stage of cancer treatment.
During this time we will run contests for photoshoots, bras, wigs, makeup etc. with all funds raised going to breast cancer research. Though breast cancer is treated in the hospitals, much of the battle is done at home with family… pets included, something we understand first hand.
Kidney Disease – Transplants Save Lives
This project would not be possible without a selfless donation of a kidney from the founders sister Brenda; the Kidney Foundation, a talented team of doctors & nurses as well as the support staff at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary AB. It has be 11 years since the David received a kidney transplant, it’s still going strong. Needless to say we have some special ideas to promote kidney awareness… but we are keeping them under wraps for now.
Pets have been part of David’s life since was a child. There have been dogs, cats, birds, fish and a horse. Shreddy, a wheaton cross accompanied him on walks shortly after after the transplant, then Jengo, a Old English/Wolfhound cross after Shreddies passing from old age at 16. David and his family currently have a dog named Ollie.
Autism Awareness & Service Dog Night
The house will be transformed to a Bright, Bold and Fun home that will be opened to families who live with Autism or have service dogs. During this time we will offer photoshoots, run contests and raise funding for Autism through a silent auction…etc.
We are well aware of how much of an impact dogs make in the lives of families who have autistic children. Our close friends son Zane was diagnosed with autism at 2, his buddy and friend “Indie” is invaluable to the family at home, school and out and about.
Pampering the Dogs – Bringing in Local Chefs
This event is simply about having a bit of fun while promoting a few local chefs & producers. We will have chefs come into the home, cook up prime Alberta Beef and share it with a few of the dogs that have helped us promote this project.
Quotes by those affected by Breast Cancer, Autism or Kidney Disease
“Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore.” – Melissa Etheridge
“There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.” – Ann Jillian
“Breast cancer is scary and no one understands that like another woman who has gone through it too.” – Mindy Sterling
Autism can’t define me. I define autism. “Kerry Magro”
Everyone has a mountain to climb and autism has not been my mountain, it has been my opportunity for victory. “Rachel Barcellona”
I was a healthy young man, and I thought I was invincible before I was diagnosed with kidney disease. “Sean Elliott”
Kidney transplants seem so routine now. But the first one was like Lindbergh’s flight across the ocean. “Joseph Murray”
You know that family is going to be there for you no matter what. My dad gave me a freakin’ kidney! “Sarah Hyland”