Comfort Dogs
Butter Reports Print E-mail
butter Last Thursday I was able to see Club 55 friends who came to the picnic at Liz's house. I went with Kathy to Crystal Pines on Saturday. I greeted at church on Sunday and Wednesday. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday Cliff and I joined three of my friends at Elgin Community College to meet staff and some students.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Star Provides Comfort Print E-mail
Star On Wednesday, August 14th, K-9 Comfort Dog Star spent time with a family who lost their mother. She was there to bring comfort at the wake and funeral and also spent some one on one time with them after their final goodbyes. Here is a thank you note from one of the daughters:

I cannot thank you enough for sending K-9 Comfort Dog Star to my Mother's wake. This time will be a comforting memory for me for the rest of my life. The dogs and their handlers are a gift from God. It is hard for me to put into words how special this has been for me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:21
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Elgin Community College Print E-mail
Phoebe On Wednesday, August 14th, K-9 Comfort Dogs Butter, Tara, Zippy and Phoebe had a great time at Elgin Community College greeting students and faculty returning to register and prepare for the Fall semester. We want to especially thank Sandi Brown and Tami Haukedahl for making the outing a rousing success. Many hugs and pets helped everyone lighten their load of the day while the dogs demonstrated the unending compassion and acceptance of Christ. May God Bless the students and faculty at Elgin Community College throughout the coming school year.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Return to Newtown, Connecticut for Labor Day Celebration Print E-mail
newtown The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited by Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut to participate in Labor Day weekend activities. Many of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs that served in Newtown will be joining Addie from Immanuel Danbury, CT and her sister, Maggie, who will be permanently placed at Christ the King, in several days of activities.

Christ the King will host a "Meet the Comfort Dogs" event OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from 10am-1pm at the church on Saturday, August 31st. Sunday's worship at Christ the King will also include the "Passing of the Leash" ceremony for Maggie. On Monday, Newtown's Labor Day Parade will feature a float by Christ the King and Immanuel Danbury along with the Comfort Dogs. Our teams that served are excited to reconnect with the Newtown community for this special weekend.

We never charge the churches that invite us out, please consider supporting LCC's travel expenses on the return trip to Newtown, CT.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:07
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Training Update Print E-mail
Training On Thursday, August 8th, LCC officially began the Training of Trainers School. The school starts with 18 new trainers-in-training and 10 puppies. Please continue to keep this expanding ministry in your thoughts and prayers as it grows to keep up with the demand for K-9 Comfort Dogs across the country.

Click here to watch a video from the first day of class.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:11
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visits VBS Print E-mail
Tara On Wednesday, August 7th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara visited the children from New Song Lutheran Church in Aurora, Illinois for their Vacation Bible School. Also there was K-9 Comfort Dog Lila. The kids loved meeting the Comfort Dogs and look forward to them coming back in the future!
Butter Report Print E-mail
Butter Last Thursday and Friday I met with 41 of my friends and their handlers at the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Conference at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Illinois.They expect me to learn some new commands! I went with Debbie to Crystal Pines on Saturday. I used my new "rise" (paws on the bed) behavior. Cliff and I greeted those worshiping and enjoying their noon meal at St. John's, Woodstock, on Sunday.
LCC Places K-9 Comfort Dog Bekah at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere, Illinois Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Training School

It was an exciting Sunday Morning, August 11th, as LCC President, Tim Hetzner, and members of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School's K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry team, including K-9 Comfort Dog Kye, and those in training, (Left to Right) Lily, Jewel and Martin, had the Passing of the Leash Ceremony for K-9 Comfort Dog Bekah. Bekah has been working with Immanuel for the past few months during her vetting stage of training. Immanuel raised the funds needed to now take ownership of Bekah, which will expand their outreach into the community even more.

Lutheran Church Charities is proud to be partners with Immanuel Lutheran Church and many others as God grows the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry across the country. The K-9 Comfort Dogs act as a bridge, an open door to ministry that God has used to expand his Kingdom and show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of His dear Son, Jesus Christ, to those in need. We thank God for the continued and growing partnership with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois.

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:56
American Kennel Club Awards the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs - Honorable Mention Print E-mail
medals LCC received a letter and a bronze medallion from the American Kennel Club (AKC) on August 1st, 2013 that informed us of taking Honorable Mention in the Therapy Dog category for this year's "AKC Human Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)."
Click here to read the letter from the AKC Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:08
Lockport, IL Fire Devastates Young Family - Help a Fellow K-9 in Need Print E-mail
2nd Annual K-9 Comfort Dog Conference As you may know, one of LCC’s K9 Comfort Dogs, Samuel, is also a fire service dog with the Lockport Township Fire Protection District. Comfort Dog Samuel has a special request that he would like to make. Last Friday, a young couple came home late at night to find their home filled with smoke. It was so thick that they could not enter the home to get their two dogs to safety. When Lockport firefighters arrived they unfortunately found that one of the dogs had died of smoke inhalation. A second dog named “Tela” was brought out of the home alive, but unresponsive. Firefighters using special K9 resuscitation equipment were able to revive the dog and it was immediately taken to an emergency veterinary clinic in critical condition. The first 48 hours were touch and go in that the dog had significant smoke in its lungs. Thankfully, Tela is doing better, but needs additional hospitalization and veterinary care.

This is where you come in. Comfort Dog Samuel would like to collect funds to help offset the cost of the veterinary care for Tela with any additional funds going to help this young couple with fire related expenses. Samuel’s handler, Fire Chaplain Mark Hein is also the pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lockport. The congregation’s mission and outreach committee is making this appeal through Lutheran Church Charities. Any donation in any amount would be very much appreciated!

Click here to donate to the Fire Appeal - St. Paul's Lockport
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:58
LCC Hosts the 2nd Annual National K-9 Comfort Dog Conference at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, IL - This Year's Theme is "A Ministry to One" Print E-mail
2nd Annual K-9 Comfort Dog Conference

Over 40 K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers attended the 2nd Annual LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Conference on Thursday and Friday, August 1st & 2nd. Handlers attended various workshops including healthcare and aromatherapy/massage for the K-9 Comfort Dogs. There was also advanced training for the handlers.

Special thanks to Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, IL for hosting this year's conference and to the many volunteers who love this ministry and were so wonderful and their attitude of joy and service.

Click here for photos from this event
Click here for a special announcement from the conference!
Click here to read an article about the conference in the Chicago Daily Herald
Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:57
Butter Report Print E-mail
Butter Pastor Stroup had so many friends coming to his retirement service and reception! I was glad to greet them before and after the service and in the Activity Center. Best of all, Pastor was there!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Meet the Governors Horse Guard Print E-mail
Horse Guard On Saturday, July 27th, K-9 Comfort Dogs, Addie and Maggie, along with Co-directors Rich and Dona Martin and handler Jen Marr, met with Ken Fay and other members of the 2nd CT Governors Horse Guard at Saturday's Great Newtown High School Reunion.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Great Newtown H.S. Reunion Print E-mail
newtown LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Addie and Maggie were invited to attend the Great Newtown H.S. Reunion on Saturday, July 27 . K-9 Co-directors Rich & Dona Martin, along with Jen Marr from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury, visited with "Newtown Kindness" a pending 501c3 dedicated to bringing positivity and strength back to the Newtown Community in memory of Charlotte Bacon who lost her life during the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary.
LCC "Passes the Leash" of K-9 Comfort Dog Addie to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury, Connecticut Print E-mail
Addie On Sunday morning, July 28th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry co-directors Rich and Dona Martin "Passed the Leash" of K-9 Comfort Dog Addie to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Danbury, Connecticut. Congratulations to Immanuel, Addie, and her handlers. Addie is now permanently placed at Immanuel and will be the bridge to people so her handlers can show the Mercy, Compassion and Presence of Jesus Christ to those in need of comfort.

Pictured are Pastor Walt Harper, handler/caregiver Jen Marr, and Dona & Rich Martin.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:34
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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:

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!