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Comfort Dogs Visit Grieving Students in Rantoul, Illinois Print E-mail
Rantoul Principal Todd Wilson of Rantoul High School, Rantoul, Illinois, contacted LCC Sunday afternoon to request a visit Monday morning, June 20th. A student attending Summer School, Dakota Odem was killed in a car accident. Two other students from a neighboring school were also involved, one has broken ribs and leg, the other is in a coma. By 8am Monday morning LCC Comfort Dogs Darlin and Angel as well as Comfort Dogs in Training Olive, Gideon and Jeremiah and their handlers were at the school ready to meet the students when they arrived.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:24
 
One K-9 Team Returns Home as the Next One Heads for Orlando Print E-mail
Orlando As the first team headed home from Orlando Monday morning June 20, the second team was preparing to go. Tuesday morning June 21, Eddie Comfort Dog from Peace Lutheran - Grand Island, Nebraska, Cubby Comfort Dog- Redeemer, Colorado, and Zoey Comfort Dog- Concordia University Wisconsin traveled to Orlando to spread the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ. They will be serving the Orlando community until Monday, June 27. Please keep everyone in your prayers. CLICK HERE TO GIVE TODAY

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 08:21
 
Comfort Dogs Visit Arnold Palmer and Winnie Palmer Hospitals in Orlando Print E-mail
Arnold Palmer House Pictured are LCC Comfort Dog Susie and her friends Phoebe, Barnabas, Myelah, Jacob and Sasha outside the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, with Jeanine who arranged the visit. Susie, Phoebe and Sasha visited Arnold’s, while the other 3 dogs visited Winnie's.

From Brad Schroeder about the Comfort Dogs June 16th visit to Arnold Palmer and Winnie Palmer’s hospitals in Orlando

We had the joy of visiting many of the staff on the floors of the hospital, along with a number of children patients. Susie and I visited with a few children in the oncology ward. To see these little ones battling cancer was heartbreaking. At the same time it was heartwarming as they petted Susie and had a smile on their little faces. The other children we were blessed to meet loved Susie as we walked the wards.

The staff were so happy to meet and pet our dogs. These people treat these little ones every day and you can see they give their hearts to these children. I was humbled by their love and dedication to the kids. They are heroes.

We then greeted many children and parents in the cool Disney walkway. They loved our dogs and each of us handlers were so blessed to be there. I think we all shed a tear as we saw these children, many battling for their lives, loving our dogs.

I will remember this visit forever as one of love and awe. We are fortunate to have our health. I thank Jeanine and her staff for having us there and making the visit incredible. They are wonderful and care so much for the kids.

The other group that visited Winnie's were also thrilled and humbled by their time with staff and the children

I thank God for giving us these dogs and the opportunity to serve these children. Please keep Jeanine, all the staff and all the children in your prayers. God has a purpose for us all, today it was to bring a little happiness to the kids and the wonderful staff. Brad and Susie

From Jeanine Clapsaddle who organized the visit for the hospitals

It was such a great day with Susie, Phoebe, Sasha, Barney, Jacob and Mahlah! They brought great comfort to so many people- everyone from patients and parents, nurses, doctors, and administrators. There are no words to thank you for the gifts of your time and compassion. As Helen Keller once said, people may not remember what you did or what you said but they will remember the way that you made them feel. We will remember you for offering us a few moments of peace.

Our thoughts are with you as you process all that you have witnessed and absorbed in your time here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:25
 
Nebraska, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog #4! Print E-mail
Priscilla On June 16, 2016, 14 people from Nebraska walked into Lutheran Church Charities training facility in Northbrook ready to become Handlers and Caregivers for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Through a lot of hard work, determination, laughter and perseverance they walked out in the late afternoon of June 18, as trained Handlers and Caregivers for Trinity Lutheran, Lincoln, Nebraska and Trinity Lutheran, Freemont, Nebraska. We are excited for the members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln as they begin the Comfort Dog ministry in their community with LCC Comfort Dog Priscilla.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 08:17
 
Comforting Orlando Print E-mail
Comfort Dog Since the 12 K-9 Comfort Dogs and 20 handlers arrived in Orlando, they have:

First Responders! Thank you for everything you do! We were surrounded by love tonight!

Please pray for the families and community of Orlando. My friends and I are on our way to be with them

Here we are with Pastor Bill and Blue and just a little later with a bag of ice cooling off. We all love ice

We're on our way to the vigil. #prayfororlando

We're here for you. #prayfororlando

Comfort Dog I'm on my way with lots of my friends to bring love mercy and compassion to the people of Orlando.

We are visiting with so many nice folks in Orlando. We went to the memorial vigil last night. Tomorrow a pray vigil at 7 pm. Please pass the word and pray with us.

9 hours of sleep in an air conditioned motel room, a good breakfast, a leisurely morning walk and lots and lots and lots of water and Orlando here we come!

It is estimated that over 7,500 attended the Prayer Vigil in Orlando Tuesday night

Comfort Dog

We are headed to a vigil of remembrance for those whose lives were taken. Please pray for their families. Isaiah 40:1 "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people"

We were able to bring some comfort to the fire dept first responders at the vigil tonight. Met with many people who are still in shock here at the vigil.

You have an opportunity to HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE by supporting the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry

CLICK HERE TO GIVE TODAY Some of the news stories about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Orlando:
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:06
 
A Special Visitor Print E-mail
Comfort Dog Received from Brad Schroeder, Handler for LCC Comfort Dog Susie, St Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois
June 8th Jerry Seevers, a teacher and principal for many years at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois passed away. Jerry loved his Lord and was an inspiration to many, he always had a smile and kind word. Every Sunday, Jerry would stop and pet our comfort dog Susie, calling her "my friend". In fact, every time he saw Susie his face lit-up with a smile.

When Jerry was moved to Hospice at NW Community Hospital one of his requests was to have his Susie visit him. Pastor contacted me with this request.

When we arrived, one of Jerry's sons said "Dad, your special visitor is here". Susie and I went to Jerry's bedside so that he could pet her. Jerry's face lit-up in a smile as he petted Susie and their eyes met. After a little while Jerry was quite tired and went to sleep. I do not know if Jerry woke up again.

It is these times that we are thankful and blessed to be part of this incredible comfort dog ministry. One of Jerry's final wishes was met and he now walks with his Lord. We need to all remember that Jesus works through our dogs to bring compassion and love to so many people. We just need to put them in a place to do so, God does the rest.

Please keep Jerry's family in your prayers. Susie and I will be at Jerry's wake and funeral next weekend. Jerry's family has asked for a framed picture of Susie for the wake.

Thank God for all our Blessings.

Brad and Susie

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 16:39
 
Urgent Plea for Assistance for Casualties of Mass Shooting in Orlando, Florida Print E-mail

In the midst of the tragedy in Orlando,
you can Make A Difference in the Name of Jesus

TRAGIC! MADNESS! WHY LORD?
These are all phrases going through people's minds
as they listen to the news about the tragic shootings
in Orlando, Florida at 2am this morning.
As of this writing, 50 dead, 53 wounded.
An intentional act of terrorism, the worst since 9/11.

Where is God in all this?
He is there as His people bring Comfort and Hope to those who are suffering! That's what His people do!

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited by Rev. Gregory S. Walton, President of the Florida-Georgia District of the LCMS. We will be working through Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Orlando. Trinity has a ministry of outreach to the LGBT community that surrounds their congregation. We will be working with LCMS Pastor Billy Brath from Trinity.

LCC will be deploying early tomorrow morning with 19 people, 11 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs from 7 states (Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas). We will be there to bring the Mercy, Compassion, and Presence of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering because of this horrific incident. We will be working in the hospitals with those who were injured and will also be working with all the First Responders.

Please consider the heartbreak, chaos and overwhelming grief that this community, the victims, their families, and the First Responders are going through because of this horrific incident. Sharing the love of God is a great gift and comfort following this tragedy and will help people to see the only foundation that they can trust.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

  • Prayers for everyone going and those we will be serving.
  • Financial support to cover transportation and lodging costs. LCC never charges those we serve. Without your support, this travel is simply not possible.

Join me in praying for the families of those who have been killed and those wounded in this tragic shooting. Let us pray for the community of Orlando and for all those hurting and please hold our team in prayer as they travel to Florida.

You can help by:
  • You have the opportunity to HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE by PRAYING for all affected and assisting with this horrific incident.
  • You have an opportunity to HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE by supporting the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
  • CLICK HERE TO GIVE TODAY
Thank you for your support to serve those who are suffering and in need. ”Tim"
Tim Hetzner, President
Lutheran Church Charities
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 12:39
 
Luther Comfort Dog’s Special Appointment Print E-mail
Ruthie and Kaylan We’ve heard about God’s divine appointments. His appointment with Kaylan happens to have a cast of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, compassionate handlers, a loving family, friends, and many at the hospitals which Kaylan has visited and will visit in the week to come.

Kaylan’s journey started when she and her mom, Lynne, met the Comfort Dogs at an Empowerment Summit for women sponsored by P.A.V.E (Promoting Awareness – Victim Empowerment) in Palatine, Illinois on April 30, 2016. Kaylan and Lynne met nine K-9 Comfort Dogs & Kare 9 Military Ministry dogs that day. Kaylan’s day was complete, especially when she had a wonderful hug and a picture with Shiloh Comfort Dog. Kaylan herself has three dogs and, as her sister tells us, has been an animal lover ever since she was a young child. Just two days later, Kaylan’s life changed dramatically when the car she and her husband were driving rolled off the side of the road, leaving Kaylan with severe injuries and in a coma. After two weeks of trauma care in the hospital, Kaylan was moved to a longer care hospital where her body continued to heal and her family began the wait for Kaylan to awaken from her coma.

From the time Kaylan was admitted, her mom was thinking about what could most help Kaylan. Lynne contacted a friend who is a doctor and was at the Empowerment Summit and they both thought about asking the Comfort Dogs to visit. The doctor reached out to LCC to see what the possibility might be.

After hearing Lynne tell of Kaylan’s condition, LCC staff member Richard Martin offered to come right over with Luther Comfort Dog to be with Kaylan and her family at her bedside. The visit started out like many of the visits the Comfort and Kare 9 dogs make with their handlers. After checking in and completing the customary record check, Rich entered the room with Luther and met several members of Kaylan’s family. As Rich positioned chairs to easily approach Kaylan with Luther, she lay still, the sound of monitors and the hiss of oxygen filling the room. After a very careful check of equipment, and questions about areas of safety, Rich was able to gently lay Luther’s head across Kaylan’s lap. With Luther’s head on her lap, the screen on the monitor showed, as has been the case in many visits we see, Kaylan’s blood pressure and heart rate numbers lower from their stressed levels. Kaylan’s mom gently lifted Kaylan’s right hand on Luther’s head while Luther calmly complied. The monitors were not the only things that moved as you could see Kaylan’s eyes move beneath her eyelids.

Kaylan’s visits have been limited in time and guests. Rich and Luther’s visit that day ended like so many others with a hand held out and in prayer. Afterwards, Rich talked to Lynne about bringing Ruthie Comfort Dog back the next time, and Lynne agreed.

What happened at that visit just two days later is, well you decide. Kaylan had been receiving excellent treatment in the two days since Rich’s visit with Luther. When Rich returned with Ruthie, Kaylan was positioned in a chair with many monitors and some new equipment. As Rich once again positioned the chairs into a place where a visit could be accomplished, Kaylan’s mom let her know that Ruthie was near. As Ruthie’s head came close, Kaylan’s right eye began opening. The visit included a careful “lap” visit, as petite Ruthie gently lay across Kaylan’s lap. Rich again asked to end the visit with prayer and, as the three held hands, her mother heard Kaylan say “Amen”.

Visits continued every few days over several weeks as Kaylan continued to improve and prepared to move to a rehabilitation hospital in Chicago, where the Comfort Dogs and Kaylan hope to continue their visits.

During one special visit, which included both Luther and Ruthie, Ruthie was allowed to visit other patients and staff while Luther visited with Kaylan. Kaylan’s visit on Memorial Day with Luther and Rich was special, as Kaylan quietly talked about her love of animals and how she loves Luther. After an extended visit, Kaylan and her sister extended their hands as Rich lifted Kaylan up in prayer and gave thanks to God for His continued love and comfort.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 17:54
 
Lessons from an Ol' Comfort Dog Print E-mail
Kare 9 and K-9 Teams LCC President Tim Hetzner and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare 9 Military Ministry were invited by Pecatonica High School for Tim to be the speaker a their Baccalaureate Service. Tim's topic was "Lessons Learned from an Ol' Comfort Dog". Some of the golden nuggets were: "Bark Less" and "If you want what you cannot see, dig until you find it". These and 13 other golden nuggets were shared. LCC worked through Rev Terry Theiss a St John Lutheran Church in Pecatonica. LCC wishes the class of 2016 God's best.

The K-9 Ministry Team included:
Comfort Dogs:
Jonah (LCC), Adeena (St. John Lutheran, Burlington, IL)
Kare 9 Military Dogs: Britta, Butch and Spike
Handlers: Vicky Pientok, Shar & Dave Farran, Keith & Judy Stanton, Joyce & Dale Sasse, and Raleigh & Linda Showens

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 May 2016 11:59
 
LCC Needs Your Help to Make the 2016 Conference Successful! Print E-mail
Conference Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) is finalizing plans for the K-9/Kare-9 Conference on July 28-29, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. We’re excited to announce a record-breaking number of attendees as well as new preconference events.

To succeed…we need your help! LCC is looking for 90 volunteers to serve in various capacities beginning Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, July 30.

Listed below are the specific areas where volunteers are needed:

  • Anywhere you need me
  • Dog walker/doggie daycare
  • Food service
  • Greeter/guide
  • Host/greeter – breakout session
  • Host/greeter – outside pet relief area
  • Host/greeter – vendor display
  • Host/greeter – volunteer/presenter lounge
  • Preparation of participant gift bags
  • Registration desk
  • Set up/tear down of canopy tents at LCC
  • Set up and clean up for welcome barbeque
  • Van driver/assistant

We will try to accommodate your conference preferences; however, you may be assigned to other areas as needed.

The specific days and time slots when volunteers are needed include:

Saturday, July 23: 9 am until set up completed
Sunday, July 24: 1 pm until set up completed
Tuesday, July 26: 9 am–1 pm; 1:30 pm–4 pm
Wednesday, July 27: 8 am–10:30 am; 11:30 am–1 pm
Thursday, July 28: 7 am–12:30 pm; noon–5 pm; 4:30 pm–6 pm
Friday, July 29: 7:30 am–12:30 pm; noon–5 pm; 4:30 pm–6 pm; 8 pm–9 pm
Saturday, July 30: 9 am–1 pm; 1:30 pm–4 pm

If you would like to volunteer at the K-9/Kare-9 conference, please click on the link below to access the online registration form. Volunteers are asked to register NO LATER THAN June 15, 2016.

LCC has witnessed your passion for serving God with open hearts and hands. So we invite you to join us in making the 2016 conference a rewarding experience for everyone. You will personally witness how God touches and changes peoples’ lives in extraordinary ways through the K-9/Kare-9 Ministry.

CLICK HERE to Register to Volunteer
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 18:23
 
K-9’s Invited to Wildland Firefighter Foundation Family Fire Weekend Print E-mail
Wildland Vicky Minor, Director of Wildland Firefighter Foundation (founded in 1999) contacted Lutheran Church Charities and invited the comfort dogs to attend Family Fire Weekend, May 21-22, 2016. Team Reuben from Yuba City, CA, Team Moses from Cairo, NE, and Team Aaron from Napa, California shared the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of our Lord to the community of courageous wildland firefighters and their families. In attendance were 120 people, including 19 children. These families came together this weekend to honor fallen wildland fire fighters from across the nation. They came to support and be supported.

During the first day, time was spent listening to families share emotional stories and memories of their loved ones. The families celebrated the heroism of those who died or were injured in the line of duty. The dogs also joined the children on a tour of the smoke jumpers' training facility and one of the jump planes. The children also learned about the special parachutes the smoke jumpers use. The two-day commemoration culminated in a march to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation Memorial Gardens led by the Interagency Honor Guard. The comfort dogs and their humans were there to accompany the families as they left flowers on their loved ones' memorial markers. The dogs provided furry shoulders to cry on and hug. After kneeling down and hugging Reuben Comfort Dog, a helicopter crash survivor later said, "It was amazing how a dog licking my face gave me the courage to stand up and do this" (go into the memorial gardens).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:53
 
The LCC K-9 Ministry Continues to Grow Print E-mail
LCC’s K-9 Ministry hosted Top Dog Training for new affiliates that will be joining the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry on May 9-11, 2016. Training involved 3 intense days for the newest members of the K-9 Ministry: Tricia Major, Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO; Jennifer Weber and Suzanne Black, Christ Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ; Judy Adams, Christ the Shepherd - Alpharetta, GA; Henry Barrington, Trinity, Lutheran - Auburn, IL; Randy Newsome, The Rock - Seward, NE; and Sue Kessler, Lord of Life Lutheran - Lafox, IL.

Top Dog Training

The newest Top Dogs learned the mission of LCC: “To share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering or in need.” Those who attended were also given opportunities to role-play various situations they may encounter once the K-9 Comfort Dog is placed, and learned the importance of building a strong team through different games and scenarios. The Top Dog trainees also spent time in prayer, an important aspect of the ministry.

LCC looks forward to seeing how God works through the K-9 Ministries in these congregations and their communities.

Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. Isaiah 49:13

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 06:51
 
For All The Saints Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Offer Comfort after Tragic Deaths of High School Students

Heartbreaking tragedy struck in two different states at two high schools and the LCC and affiliate K-9 Comfort Dog teams were called upon to bring compassion, presence and comfort to the families, students, faculty and friends of the three students who died in these sad accidents.

Saint Paul Lutheran High School | Concordia, Missouri

St Paul High School “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it: if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” - 1 Corinthians 12:26

On May 10, 2016, while on their senior trip, two Saint Paul Lutheran High School (Concordia Missouri) male students drowned while swimming in Table Rock Lake. Their bodies were recovered by the Missouri Sate Highway Patrol water division sometime around 8:30 or 9:00 that evening. The Saint Paul family is extremely saddened by this tragedy.

K-9 Comfort Dogs: Noah (Timothy Church Lutheran - St. Louis, Missouri), Esther (Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Collinsville, Illinois) Jackson and Louie (Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School - Joplin, Missouri), Sheba (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School - Washington, Missouri) and Jessy ( St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Concordia, Missouri) were available throughout the week for students, faculty and staff. A memorial service was held for family and friends at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, MO on Friday, May 13, 2016.

On behalf of the LCC family, we offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for all, especially the families and the students, faculty and staff of Saint Paul Lutheran High School.

Fisher High School | Fisher, Illinois

Fisher High School With great sadness, Fisher School Superintendent Barbara Thompson requested the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to Fisher High School today in Fisher Illinois after a weekend auto accident took the life of Justin Unzicker, a senior. LCC staff members Dan Fulkerson and Jeanne Moore, apprentice trainer Elaine Mortensen, K-9 Handler Nancy Carroll (Holy Cross - Portage, Indiana),and Pastor Karl Gibbs from Our Savior Lutheran in Milford, Illinois accompanied K-9 Comfort Dogs Silas, Barney, Jeremiah, and Gideon. Our Savior is currently in the process of implementing a K-9 Comfort Dog ministry.

On behalf of the LCC family, we offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for all, especially the families and the students, faculty and staff of Fisher High School.

Thoughts From LCC Staff Member Who Initially Met Comfort Dogs Amidst Tragedy at Her High School

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the two boys who passed away last week, but in particular the class mates of those two young men. My high school went through a very similar tragedy with one of the members of my sophomore class, Eli, drowning in Lake Michigan while on a mission trip. That was a very difficult thing for my little Lutheran high school but the Comfort Dogs came to help us grieve his loss. That was my first experience with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and 5 years later I now work side by side with those dogs in an effort to spread the comfort and presence of Jesus Christ that was brought to our school when it seemed darkest. And I carry the memory of Eli with me every day. So to those touched by this horrible tragedy, please know that there are people out there who share your pain and are praying for you and know that the memories of Isaac and Shijian can continue to live on through you. I am so sorry for your loss. - Hannah McGinnis LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Staff Trainer and Handler

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 12:04
 
Bringing Comfort to the Czackowski Family Print E-mail
Shiloh Comfort Dog The response for K-9 Comfort Dog team was tremendous after receiving the call from Glueckert Funeral Home that the family of Tracy Czackowski had requested the Comfort Dogs for her visitation. The story from earlier in the week touched the hearts of people across the country. Tracy was shot while driving home from a family weekend in the Wisconsin Dells with her husband, Greg, and two children, Matthew and Sofia. Tracy later died from her wound.

Prior to the visitation, as the family gathered for prayer, Shiloh Comfort Dog (Christ Our Savior - Dixon, IL) and Damarius (in training) were invited to join the family. Fourteen Comfort Dogs and their handlers were present at various times throughout the visitation, which was a great comfort to both the children and adults. In addition to her husband Greg, Tracy is survived by her children, Matthew and Sofia, her parents, six siblings, in-laws, and nieces and nephews.

Matthew and Sofia spent much time with all of the dogs as they frequently watched photos of their mom flash above on a monitor. Matthew had his first communion the previous week and Tracy’s husband Greg recounted beautiful memories of Tracy and emphasized how much more good than evil there is in this world. Greg went on to thank all the people and family members, and their strong faith, who have come by his family’s side.

Please continue to lift up the Czackowskis up in your prayers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 May 2016 10:30
 
Shelter from the Storm Print E-mail
k-9 comfort dogs “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4

The shelter provided by God for Antigo High School & Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo, Wisconsin, may come in the form of K-9 Comfort Dogs with their handlers who bring comfort, compassion, presence, and distraction.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers: K-9 Comfort Dog Luther and Rich Martin, K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Silas and Hannah McGinnis, K-9 Comfort Dog Angel and Kristin Stapleton, K-9 Comfort Dog Bekah and Lynne Johnson, K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Job and Terry Ressler, Lila and Joy Friede, K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie and Lynn Buhrke, and K-9 Comfort Dog Zina and Joel Mortiz were a presence on Wednesday at Antigo High School and Peace Lutheran Church.

The Comfort Dogs and handlers role was to be that shelter the students, parents and staff needed after the shooting. The handlers and dogs listened and gave comfort as the students, parents and staff shared their shock, fear, anger, and grief as a result this tragic experience.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs provided a distraction with their furry faces and soft accepting eyes. For a brief time, the shock of what happened was displaced as the students sat or laid on the floor snuggling and petting their furry new friends.

The students even had some moments of levity as they learned that K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Job, named for the Biblical figure Job, not “job”. It was a pleasant distraction learning the meaning of Job’s name and how Job has a “job” to bring comfort and joy to those who are hurting.

The students, parents and staff of Antigo High School and Peace Lutheran also are a shelter of compassion and mercy for one another and the community. Instead of hatred or gossip for the shooter, the students spoke of and offered compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and prayers that he is saved, and one day they will see him in the heaven.

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” 1 John 4:16-18

LCC never charges those we serve. Your gift will help us continue to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:38
 
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Partners in Comfort

The Comfort Dog Ministry is made possible through the generous support of the following:

Veterinary Services provided by:

Dr. Michelle T. Cahill, DVM of Academy Animal Hospital, Joplin, MO

Drs. Glen Redeker and Erin Redeker-Goelitz of Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic, Carpentersville, Illinois

Lake Station Pet Clinic, Portage, Indiana

Dr Jacqueline Vernot of Veterinary Vision, Glendale Heights, Illinois

Dr. Paul A. Navin, DVM of All Pets Hospital in Lockport, IL

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital , Grand Island, Nebraska

Dr. Ron Mitchell, DVM of Westport Animal Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. John DeVries, DVM of The DeVries Animal Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois

Dr. Julie Mattson of Terry Animal Hospital, Wilmette, Illinois

Drs. Stapleton and Ford of Barrington Animal Hospital, Barrington, Illinois

Dr. Bohdan Rudawski of Fox Lake Animal Hospital, Fox Lake, Illinois

Dr. Brian Rooney of Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic, Darien, Illinois

Dr. Kurt E. Klepitsch of Gateway Veterinary Clinic, St. Charles, Illinois

Veterinarians of Care Animal Hospital, Arlington Heights, Illinois

Dr. Dana Resetarits, DVM of Buckwalter Veterinary Clinic, Bluffton, South Carolina

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska

Dr. Kurt Bedow, DVM of Webster Groves Animal Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri

Grooming Services provided FREE by:

Debbie Szwandrok of Eclipse Dog Grooming, Elmhurst, Illinois

Denise Goelitz of Kitten KaPoodle Mobile Pet Grooming, Elgin, Illinois

Ana Ristic of Two Paws Up in Itasca, Illinois

Jeannie's Pet Boutique, Portage, Indiana

Lisa Racine of Grooming Lodge, South Elgin, Illinois

Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, Bluffton, South Carolina

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs!