SAIT Students Create a Working Dog Documentary

It was late December 2017, when Dogs with Wings was contacted by two eager SAIT students of the Radio, Television and Broadcast News (RTBN) Program, Heather Comeault and Skylar Kokol.  They explained they were working together on a project to create a documentary about working dogs and invited DWW to be a part of the documentary.  We were thrilled at this opportunity to work with Heather and Skylar, and agreed to participate.

The purpose of the documentary is to bring awareness to various types of working dogs such as service dogs and search and rescue dogs.  Heather and Skylar wanted to educate their audience on how these dogs help citizens in our communities and why they do what they do.

After months of preparations, interviews, editing and hard work, these students have completed their documentary entitled, “Dogs on Duty”.  Please view below:

Alberta’s Promise Collaborates on News Article with Dogs with Wings

Alberta’s Promise helps businesses and non-profits in Alberta direct financial gifts, volunteers hours, and gifts in kind to charities that support the well being of children and families.  Dogs with Wings is a proud partner of Alberta’s Promise, who recently collaborated on a special article highlighting the Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK) 2018 Program.

To view the article, click on the link below:  

“While the perks of the program are undeniable, it can be difficult for newcomers to the program to grasp how to make the most of the opportunity.”

” . . . hear how the organization navigated their first year with Birdies for Kids, and what advice they would give to first-timers.”




Heather Hawley Fine Art, Edmonton, Alberta

We are pleased to present the original artwork of Heather Hawley, a local Edmonton artist who specializes in oil painting (including pet portraits), as well as digital painting.

Original oil paintings of your pet make a lovely gift and treasured family keepsake. Myha, Finn, and Lily, shown below, are examples of pet portraits Heather has done for dog owners.

Using a suitable photo of the subject, a digital painting is created with a computer using specialized hardware and software. “Jet”, as shown below, is an example of a digital painting. Digital paintings can be printed on a variety of materials, including stretch canvas and metal, and are generally less expensive than an original oil painting.




” Myha” Oil on Canvas (12 in x 9 in)







“Finn” Oil on Linen Panel (12 in x 9 in)







“Lily” Oil on Canvas Panel (12 in x 9 in)








“Jet” Digital Painting (18 in x 14 in)





 Digital Painting (18″ x 14″)

Printed on stretched canvas with floater frame: $495

Oil Painting (12″ x 9″) 

Original oil painting on stretched canvas with floater frame: $875


*Photography sessions are available if needed, for an additional charge.

Heather is donating 15% of all sale proceeds to Dogs with Wings, and $100 off for the first order placed using the promo code “WINGS”

To place your order, please contact Heather by email or phone as indicated below.

Heather Hawley Fine Art


Phone: 780 – 686 – 1246

Facebook & Instagram: HeatherHawleyFineArt



Sign up for Heather’s newsletter to receive notices on new paintings or special offers by visiting her website.


Happy National Puppy Day! March 23, 2018












Today is National Puppy Day and what better way to celebrate than to find yourself some puppy love!  Whether you’re able to snuggle up close and personal, watch a related video, browse through some puppy photos; you will definitely feel a boost in your day!

Did you know studies have found when you spend time with a puppy or a dog, it increases the level of serotonin in your body and produces a “feel good” feeling.  That’s right; we at Dogs with Wings are feelin great, and we want you to feel great too!  We’re looking for inspired Puppy Raisers and Adult Dog Raisers to help in our goal of matching our Clients with specially trained dogs to “Ditch-Our-List” (our waiting list that is . . . ) and re-open all of our Program applications to the public.  Check out our next Information Session which takes place on Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 pm located at our Training Centre at 11343 – 174 Street NW, Edmonton.  The Information Sessions are held every 3rd Thursday of the month.  If you are unable to stop by in April, there’s always opportunity for the next month!

Here’s a few photos of our puppies to get you started and send some PUPPY LOVE your way!  If you want to see more, we have 2018 DWW calendars that are loaded with photos of all our dogs.  The calendars are $20, with all the proceeds going to Dogs with Wings.  Stop by today for your copy and get you some Puppy Love for the entire year!


Birdies for Kids Partnership

Birdies for Kids
Birdies for Kids

All donations made today will be in partnership with Dogs with Wings and Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink.

All proceeds/donations will run through Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink (BFK), a fundraising program designed to give charities the opportunity to solicit donations and recive additional funding of up to 50%.

Participating charities will receive 100% of EVERY DONATION collected on their behalf.

Tax receipts are available upon request for donations of $20 or more.

For more details on BFK, go to: Shaw Charity Classic – Birdies for Kids

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January 31st is Contest Kick-Off Day!

Contest Kick-Off

Mary Butterworth School and Dogs with Wings have partnered with Hockey Helps Kids for their 2018 Charity Cup Challenge Video Contest!  We are #93 TEAM NUGENT-HOPKINS!  Mark your calendars as the Voting Contest will begin on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, when Hockey Helps Kids will air the five contest videos.  MBS & DWW invite you to vote for #93 Team Nugent-Hopkins, and help support DWW and the work we do!  Here are the details of the Contest:

  • Grand Prize Winner receives $25,000!!!
  • Voting Day begins on Wednesday, January 31 and ends on Monday, February 26, 2018
  • To vote, simply go to: and click on the “Vote” tab (Official Contest Rules can also be found here.)
  • To vote, you must be a minimum age of 13 years old
  • You are eligible to vote one time per day throughout the contest period
  • You can vote from any device as long as you have an internet connection
  • Mark your calendars to vote each day of the contest and PLEASE encourage everyone you know to vote for #93 Team Nugent-Hopkins!!! Together, we can Crush this Contest!

Thank You!

Thank you for 20 amazing years!

We look forward to spending the next 20 working with you as well.

It would be wonderful if we could personally thank all the amazing people who have befriended, volunteered, supported, and advocated for Dogs with Wings over the past 20 years but that list is near endless. However, if you are new to our newsletter or have missed reading about Dogs with Wings history through our Friday Facts, please visit our newsletter sign up page to subscribe. We have captured some of the highlights on how we reached this milestone and how much we appreciate our Dogs with Wings family.

Season’s Greetings from Dogs with Wings!

Cathy Cross
Interim Executive Director/Fund Development Manager

Elisa Irlam
Director of Client Services

Maria Illes
Director of Training

Moira Wegner

Kerri Davis
Volunteer Coordinator

Kim Zahara
Fund Development Coordinator

Erin Tilley
Health & Kennel Coordinator

Taylor Eastman
Trainer (Apprentice)

Veronica Fraser

Caitlin Mungham-Bonaldo
Breeding Coordinator

Michelle Douglas
Volunteer Coordinator, Calgary

Kim Jeannotte
Puppy Leader Calgary

Rebecca Hayes-Copeland
Puppy Leader Grande Prairie

Carol Walker

And all our dogs in training of 2016:
Apollo, Archer, Aria, Axel, Breeze, Briggs, Burke, Cagney, Cessco II, Chai, Chewie, Chili, Cider, Coal, Cooper II, Cypress, Darby, Dee, Deuce, Dublin, Ember, Everly, Fawna, Fernie, Flora, Gemini, G-Litter, H-Litter, KC, Indy, Lacey, Luna, Madison, Manny, Maple, Matlock, Mulder, Pepper, Polo, Reign, Rio, Robson, Rugby, Sota, Spirit II, Summer, Sylvie, Turbo, Ultra, Unity, Vaughn, Venus, Waldo, Walker, Watson, Waverley, Webster, Wilbur, Willow, Wynne, Yola, Yoshi, Yuma, Zara, Zaya, Zed, Zeke, Zelda, Zena, Zeus II, and Zoe!

Holiday Items

Cards and Calendars

Cards and CalendarsDogs with Wings has both Christmas Cards and 2017 Calendars available. The cards feature five of our amazing dogs out and about enjoying winter. The photos are winners from our 2015-2016 photo contest. A set contains 10 cards, 2 of each design, and 10 envelopes.

Our 2017 calendar is a fundraising project by long-time volunteer, Marsha Johnston. It opens to 11” X 17” and features more of our dogs at their best.

You can purchase a set of cards or a calendar for $20 at Dogs with Wings or order by phone and pay an extra $3.00 for shipping and handling. Call 780-944-8011 to get yours today.


Dog in Christmas ClothesIt may be getting cold outside, but we’ve got three wonderful reasons to bundle up and head out.
Shopping Spree & Cookie Walk!
November 17th
5-8 pm
Crestwood Community League
14325 96 Ave NW Edmonton, AB
Come browse the vendors and select a box of your favorite cookies!

Potluck Dinner – Edmonton
November 25th
6-8 pm
Crestwood Community League
14325 96 Ave NW Edmonton
Bring along your favorite dish and gather round as we share joy and laughter!

Potluck Dinner – Calgary
December 10th
5:30-8 pm
Redwood House
Redwood Meadows, AB
Celebrate the season with friends old and new, good food and good cheer!

Sporty Names

Olympic Dog TagDear DWW Walker was a celebrated visitor to six assistance dog schools across the United States this summer. While there he gifted these schools with litters of strong Walker babies. Dogs with Wings gets one puppy from each of these litters and because Walker was such a good sport, we decided to name them after the summer Olympics. DWW Rio, Archer, Polo and Maple have already arrived and are loving their new Canadian homes. There are two more puppies coming as well whose names are pending in case someone wants to sponsor them.

There are always opportunities available to sponsor a DWW dog.

Bequests and Memorial Donations

Signing a WillIn 2016, Dogs with Wings has been the beneficiary of several bequests and memorial donations. These funds have helped us tremendously to carry on our work and ensure our future.

If you are creating or updating your will, please consider including a bequest to Dogs with Wings. Share your commitment to our organization with your family members so they understand what is important to you and why. Letting your family members know what causes are closest to your heart can help them make the most meaningful choice when directing mourners where to send memorial donations.

You can find more information on bequests and memorial donations perusing this site.

We Are Listening

We’ve Got Our Listening Ears On!

Dogs in ParkOn August 16, Dogs with Wings hosted a Town Hall Meeting welcoming volunteers, stakeholders, and friends to come out and talk about the best way for the organization to move into the future. There was a wonderful turnout of committed and passionate individuals from all segments of the DWW family. We truly appreciate the comments, questions, suggestions and concerns that were brought forward.

We listened. We learned. Now we are acting. One of the primary topics was communication and we want to let everyone know that we are taking a close look at what has and has not worked in the past. Trying to come up with the best plan to meet the needs of our DWW family in the years to come will take some time, but steps are being made and you can watch for announcements coming soon.

We also heard that many of you are ready, willing and waiting for a chance to offer your unique skills, education and talents to help Dogs with Wings grow. We are working on that too and have some exciting plans for the future.

Thank you for being the solid foundation on which this organization is built and continues to grow. We are all so very strong together.