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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Featured in Book "If Not for the Perfect Stranger" Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Boston "Our ministry is honored to have our K-9 Comfort Dogs featured in a new book about the 2013 Boston Marathon. Luther, Ruthie, Maggie, Addie and other Furry Little Counselors are featured in a 17-page section recounting the comfort they provided to victims of the the bombings. As you may know, the K-9 Comfort Dog ministry operates solely on donations, and the publishers of "If Not for the Perfect Stranger" have earmarked a significant portion of each book's sale price for our ministry. Please use the links below to purchase the book, which has over 40 touching stories of how random acts of kindness saved and sustained lives, and how good triumphed over evil that day." - Tim Hetzner

At the 2013 Boston Marathon, after the worst happened Boston was at its best. A series of perfect strangers provided lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance to spectators and runners in need. From a shirt ripped off to be used as a tourniquet for the critically wounded, to a sweater, phone call, or just a hug for the cold, lost and scared. Over 40 spectators, runners and first responders share their stories of the moments of grace that not only saved lives, but created unbreakable bonds.

If Not for the Perfect Stranger "The stories in this book of extraordinary kindness from perfect strangers are uplifting, reaffirming and healing. But I hope you’ll take them a step further: be inspired to be a perfect stranger in someone else’s life." - Tedy Bruschi

"In 'If Not for the Perfect Stranger,' more than 40 poignant narratives are shared beautifully by those who lived them. This anthology, created and edited by Diane Montiel and ​Steve Alexander, themselves witnesses to ​the explosions, is a powerful and moving tribute to the victims and caregivers who found each​ other on a day that now lives in infamy." - Jack Fultz
Click here to read sample chapters

To purchase your copy, click below. You can also pay by credit card over the phone or by check by calling the publisher at 312-912-8639. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry (but you must use these links or call the publisher).

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 20:56
 
LCC Holds First "Top Dog" Training Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Top Dog Training The first step in the new process for K-9 placement took place at LCC headquarters in Addison as prospective organizations sent their “Top Dogs” for training and orientation. The three day training was held February 24-26th. It covered all aspects of caregiver/handler training, spiritually connecting with people while interacting on K-9 visits, building a solid ministry plan for outreach, and field trips into the surrounding area with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Each participant was able to act as caregiver each night as they took an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog back to their room. The conference attendees gave it a big thumbs up!

We thank the following people for attending Top Dog Training:

  • Jill Zempel - Lutheran High School Association - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Don (Moe) Moeller - Peace Lutheran Church - Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Koey Keylon - St Mark Lutheran Church - Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Kelly Hardt - Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Collinsville, Illinois
  • Glenn (Director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships at Concordia Seminary St. Louis) and Sue Nielsen - Timothy Lutheran Church - St Louis, Missouri
  • Doug Netherton- Our Savior Lutheran Church - Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mary Ludlum and Faith Rechel - Atonement Lutheran Church - Columbus, Ohio

Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 12:49
 
Immanuel Lutheran School Students in Palatine, Illinois Got a Visit from the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Star with students at Immanuel Lutheran School Palatine, Illinois On Wednesday, February 26th, the students and staff at Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine, Illinois were visited by four of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. K-9 Comfort Dogs Tillie, Wave, JoJo (Living Christ Arlington Heights) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In-Training Eddie spent time with the students and staff before a chapel message by LCC staff member Rev. Roger Pollock. The children loved hugging the dogs and collecting all of their business cards.

If you would be interested in having the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs come to your school for a chapel message and/or a meet and greet, please contact LCC at 866-455-6466 or by filling out a site request form.

Click here to view photos from this event Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 16:51
 
St. Paul Lutheran School, Chicago Is Visited by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
St. Paul youth petting LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In Training Eddie On Wednesday, February 19th, LCC staff member Sherry Bolosan visited St. Paul Lutheran School in Chicago. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Eddie, handler Barb Vossel, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tillie, and handler Dick Bernard also attended chapel at St. Paul. The best part of the day was meeting all the wonderful children! LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Eddie and Tillie are hoping that they will get to return next year! Click Here to Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:18
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Pay Visit to Wayne Township Senior Center Print E-mail
Wayne Township Seniors petting LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Directors Rich and Dona Martin, along with the participants of the Top Dog training, visited with staff and residents of the Wayne Township Senior Center. Pictured is LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah bringing comfort to the residents. Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:18
 
A Visit With the Charlestown Junior LWML! Print E-mail
Junior Lutheran Women's Missionary League Members The six members of the Junior Lutheran Women's Missionary League at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Charlestown, Illinois invite LCC staff Member Rev. Roger Pollock and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training, Jewel, to join them for a special Sunday, the . Rev. Pollock provided a children's sermon in each service introducing the congregation to the ministry of the comfort dogs. After the second service, the girls and their mothers provided a comfort food luncheon for congregational members and friends, raising money to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:18
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Students and Staff at St. John's Lutheran School in Elgin, Illinois Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Tara at Hales Corners Lutheran School in Hales Corners, Wisconsin On Wednesday, February 26th, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited with students and staff at St. John's Lutheran School in Elgin, Illinois. LCC staff member Rev. Roger Pollock gave the chapel message and talked about the tools that God uses to bring comfort to people, including all of the students and the K-9 Comfort Dogs. Along with their handlers, K-9 Comfort Dogs Zina, Howe and Tara stayed after chapel for a meet and greet with all of the students and their teachers. It was a wonderful day of comfort at St. John's. The Students and teachers had many questions and reminisced about all the other K-9 Comfort Dogs they have met and received their business cards. Click here to see pictures from the visit Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 10:15
 
LCC Staff and K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Best Practices Conference Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs LCC's Tim Hetzner, Rich and Dona Martin and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie attended and presented at the Best Practices Conference February 20-22, 2014 at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here for photos from this event
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:34
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploying to Warrenton, Missouri to Comfort Classmates of Murdered First Grade Child Print E-mail
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LCC has received an invitation from St. John Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Missouri and the staff at Warrior Ridge Elementary School to come in with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. On Friday, February 14th, seven-year-old Mason Vandiver, his mother, and two co-workers of his mother were attacked in their home during a domestic dispute and died from their injuries. One of the co-workers is still hospitalized but expected to recover from her injuries, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (read story here). This is the same public school district that Jeremy Schamber, Principal of Martin Luther School in Joplin, Missouri, was invited into last March, with K-9 Comfort Dog Jackson, after a third grade teacher at Rebecca Boone Elementary School was killed in an automobile accident.

Students and teachers from St John attend or are employed at this school, including the Pastor's wife, who is a school bus driver. "This hits very close to home," said Pastor Jeremy Klaustermeier from St John.

LCC K-9 Comfort DogsK-9 Comfort Dogs Jessy (St. Paul's - Concordia, Missouri), Jackson and Louie (Immanuel Lutheran and Martin Luther School - Joplin, Missouri), along with their handlers, will be at Warrior Ridge Elementary School on Friday, February 21st to visit with the first grade class.

Please keep the victims' friends and families in your prayers, as well as the staff, faculty and students of Mason's school. To help support the efforts and costs of deployment of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, their handlers, and to provide LCC K-9 stuffed dogs and comfort blankets, click here.

LCC NEVER CHARGES THOSE WE SERVE and we rely on donors to help cover our costs. Thank you and thank you for your support as we serve those who suffer with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

Click here for the story from the Warren County Record - "Therapy Dogs visit students at Warrior Ridge Elementary" Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 13:33
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Students and Staff at Hales Corners Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, Wisconsin Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Tara at Hales Corners Lutheran School in Hales Corners, Wisconsin On Wednesday, February 19th, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited with students and staff at Hales Corners Lutheran School in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. LCC staff member Rev. Roger Pollock gave the chapel message and talked about the tools that God uses to bring comfort to people, including everyone of the students and the K-9 Comfort Dogs. Along with their handlers, K-9 Comfort Dogs Zina, Zoey, Susie, Tara, Chloe and Kye stayed after chapel for a meet and greet with all of the students and their teachers. It was a wonderful day of comfort for many kids and teachers who needed it. Click here to see pictures from the visit Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:15
 
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, Illinois Begins Process of Acquiring an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at Immanuel Lutheran Church Des Plaines, Illinois On Sunday, February 9, 2014, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Director, Rich Martin, along with K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie, went to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Des Plaines, Illinois for a K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Meeting. Immanuel Lutheran Church beginning the process of obtaining a K-9 Comfort Dog at their church! We are excited as they begin preparing for this wonderful ministry. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
 
LCC Attends Annual Mission and Ministry Weekend at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Illinois Print E-mail
LCC at Trinity Lutheran Church Roselle Illinois for Mission Fair This past weekend, Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Illinois held their annual Mission and Ministry Weekend where they highlight the different ministries that Trinity supports. LCC was invited to display and staff members Marie Payes and Vida Johnston attended. While there, Zippy Comfort Dog dropped by the booth. We would like to thank Trinity for their ongoing support of the mission and ministry of LCC. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Speaks at Lurie Children's Hospital for Annual Child Advocacy Day Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs at Lurie's Children's Hospital Chicago, Illinois On Tuesday, February 11, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Directors Rich and Dona Martin, along with LCC President Tim Hetzner, were invited to Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Rich Martin spoke to the attendees of the Annual Pediatric Advocacy Symposium. The theme for this year's event was Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pediatrician's Role in Awareness, Recognition, and Support. The event was geared for Chicago area residents and medical students. Rich discussed how the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring a calming presence to children who have experienced traumatic situations such as the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Pictured center: Barbara Bayldon, Stephanie Russell, Rich Martin, Dona Martin, Mary Groll, and Tim Hetzner.

Pictured bottom: Tim, Rich and Dona also had the opportunity to meet Sheela Raja, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Raja is co-author of Overcoming Trauma and PTSD: A Workbook Integrating Skills from ACT, DBT, and CBT.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
 
2014 LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Winter Games Print E-mail

We introduce you to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Winter Games!

Throughout the games we released videos and photographs from the competition on our Facebook Page.

Athletes spend a great amount of time training and preparing for the Olympic Games. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also spend a great amount of time training and preparing for the work they do.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs not only go through socialization training, dog manners, and basic obedience training, but are also given opportunities to be tested physically and mentally. One component of their training includes the use of agility equipment. Agility training is a wonderful tool to build confidence in our dogs because they are challenged to learn and accomplish new things. Another benefit of agility training is it keeps the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in terrific physical shape, just like the athletes. Most importantly, agility is fun and the dogs love to do it!

The equipment our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and puppies-in-training are currently using is not very durable and is showing wear and tear from use. We need your help to get the quality agility gear that our future LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs need for their training.

Click here for the video playlist on YouTube Click here to donate for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog agility equipment
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 19:36
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort to Family and Friends at the Wake of Maureen Martin, Sister of LCC Staff Member Rich Martin Print E-mail
On Sunday, February 2nd, many of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs came together to bring comfort to the Martin family. Rich and Dona Martin are Directors of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Rich lost his sister to cancer on Friday, January 31st. The family held a wake and more than 20 of the K-9 Comfort Dogs came with their handlers to bring comfort and show their respect to Rich, Dona and their family. Please lift the Martin family up in prayer as they grieve this loss. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
 
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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

Grooming Services provided FREE by:

Debbie Szwandrok of Eclipse Dog Grooming, Elmhurst, Illinois

Ms. Lori Robinson and Staff, Best in Show Grooming, Lockport, 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

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

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs! Click here for more information!