On Saturday St. Paul, Melrose Park, held their Neighbor Fest. They invited the entire neighborhood as well as 2 dance teams, musical groups, the Melrose Park Fire Department and the Comfort Dogs. Isaiah Comfort Dog (Holy Cross Portage, IN) as well as LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-In-Training Priscilla attended the event and met some wonderful people.
LCC President Tim Hetzner Speaks and Teaches at Stade’s Farm and Market
This past Sunday morning, LCC President Tim Hetzner spoke at Stade’s Farm’s “Fields of Grace” worship service in McHenry, Illinois. He was joined by numerous K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 Military Ministry Dog teams. “Fields of Grace” is an outdoor worship experience used as a community outreach tool for McHenry and surrounding towns. The occasion was made more special with the first public appearance of Jonah Comfort Dog (LCC Dog in Training). Jonah will soon be traveling with Tim, following in the paw-steps of K-9 Comfort Dog Howe. We are thankful to Stade’s Farm and Fields of Grace for the opportunity to share in fellowship and worship on such a beautiful Sunday morning.
Family Day for United States Air Force Airmen Enjoy Comfort Dogs
On Saturday, September 12, Noah Comfort Dog (Timothy Lutheran Church- St. Louis, MO) and Tabby Comfort Dog (St. Paul’s Lutheran- Des Peres, MO) were invited to a special family day for the United States Air Force Airmen of the 183rd Fighter Wing held in Springfield, IL. Food and plenty of fun activities for the families were available as well as a resource center set up for the airmen. It was a great day for everyone involved and the attendees enjoyed the calming effect of the two Comfort Dogs.
Newest Crew of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Train at Stade’s Farm and Market
The newest LCC K-9 recruits and apprentice trainers Lizzy with Elaine Ressler, Gideon with Terry Ressler, Eve with Kandy Keller, Olive with David Vollrath, Job with Kelly Preussner and Jonah were training at Stade's Farm. Stade’s Farm, at 3709 W. Miller Rd. in McHenry, IL was having their annual tractor parade event and other activities. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful opportunity for socializing and training these Comfort Dogs-in-Training.
The soon-to-be Comfort Dogs and their apprentice trainers got to experience many new sights and sounds at Stade’s Farm. The tractors provided great distraction opportunities so the dogs could practice commands such as sit, stay, and come. The pups also had fun practicing the command “under” with all the picnic tables at the farm. The apprentice trainers and K-9 Comfort Dogs in training also had fun times meeting and greeting people of all ages.
The highlight of the Stade’s event was meeting our new friend Jack who helped the team with training. The pups even took a picture with him. The apprentice trainers and pups look forward to the next event at Stade's Farm!
LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin attended the Elgin Disaster Preparathon with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Luther on Saturday, September 12th. They shared with first responders and attendees how the K-9s and their trained handlers work with individuals to relieve stress and calm individuals in the midst of a disaster or crisis.
Seniors Group at Immanuel (Downer’s Grove, IL) Welcomes and Enjoys Their Time with Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Olympia, Kare-9 and K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (St. Peter Lutheran Church- Arlington Heights, IL), Comfort Dog Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry- Lake Forest, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Eve met with the seniors group of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Downers Grove on Thursday, September 10. Pastor Kluge and the seniors enjoyed seeing firsthand how the dogs work as the preschool class was treated to visit after lunch. LCC staff member Rich Martin then proceeded to share the history of the Comfort Dogs with the seniors.
Redeemer Lutheran Church (Elmhurst, IL) Celebrates Rally Day with Comfort Dog Guests!
LCC K-9 Comfort Care Dogs Luther and Ruthie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Naomi, and Comfort Dog Barnabas (Holy Cross- Portage, IN), along with their handlers, visited Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, IL on Sunday, September 13 to celebrate their Rally Day. Everyone participated in worship as well as the Sunday school hour and the Rally Day festivities.
St. John Darien had a booth at Darien (IL) Fest last Saturday. Shami Comfort Dog (St. John – Darien, IL) invited some friends to stop by and help her greet people. Early in the afternoon, Comfort Dog Angel (St John- LaGrange, IL) visited the crowds while Comfort Dog Barnabas from Holy Cross in Portage, IN stopped by later in the afternoon.
Fundraiser Held for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs at Calvary Lutheran Church in Wood Dale, IL
On Saturday September 12, Calvary Lutheran Church in Wood Dale, IL held a fundraiser for the K-9 Comfort Dogs during a community outreach event. People at the event paid money to shoot baskets and then there were also prizes awarded. The dogs in attendance were Comfort Dog Zippy (Trinity Lutheran Church- Roselle, IL), Comfort Dog Asher (Lord of Glory- Grayslake, IL), Comfort Dog Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage IN) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Naomi and Reuben.
LCC is Bringing the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to Those Suffering
K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploying This Week to Comfort Those Affected by the California Wildfires
On Monday, LCC received the following email from Christy Kramer, Church Office Manager and Aaron Comfort Dog Coordinator at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Napa, CA):
Team Aaron went to the closest evacuation center in Calistoga, California yesterday evening. We are working with our local Napa Chaplaincy department while there. Chaplain Lee Shaw, the lead Chaplain, is a member of Team Aaron. There are about 1000 people (and many pets) there at this time with more expected soon. This is one of a few centers in the surrounding counties. The city of Napa is fine, but our sister counties and the northern part of Napa County are severely affected. Donations of goods have been pouring in. The Red Cross folks are overwhelmed at the generosity of our locals. Mostly what they need now are monetary gifts.
We have several families at St. John’s who have firefighters and other first responders involved in this situation. Please keep them in your prayers as well.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to be with the over 13,000 people who have been displaced from the 550+ structures that have been destroyed. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will visit with the firefighters, some of whom have lost their homes. The Comfort Dogs will deploy this week and stay through the beginning of next week to spread the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who have suffered such an incredible loss at the hands of these devastating fires.
Please keep everyone affected, including the firefighters, in your prayers.
Lila Comfort Dog (Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church - Mequon, WI) and several of her friends celebrated her birthday on September 2. There was lots of food, fun, friends, and festivities at Lila’s birthday. Some of Mequon’s finest even stopped by to visit with the birthday girl!
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Danbury, CT) Welcomes Leah Comfort Dog, Connecticut’s Newest Comfort Dog!
It was an event-filled week leading up to the Passing of the Leash for Connecticut’s newest Comfort Dog, Leah, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury, CT.
Leah Comfort Dog joins Addie Comfort Dog at Immanuel Lutheran Church in serving the community. This brings the number of Comfort Dogs serving Sandy Hook School to three: Addie Comfort Dog, Maggie Comfort Dog (Christ the King Lutheran Church - Newtown, CT), and now Leah Comfort Dog.
LCC staff were on hand to train additional handlers for Leah including Pastor Joel Cundiff. The team visited the mall and nursing home as they sharpened their skills and prepared for their final exam.
Immanuel Danbury also joins the ranks of “Dual-Vested” Congregations in reaching out to our military men and women and their families with Navy Veteran Joel Wardenburg and Air Force Veteran Tom Schulz.
Momentum built on the days leading up to the leash passing on Sunday. The community was introduced first to Leah at an aviation hanger at Danbury Municipal Airport where she was flown in and greeted by many of the children and their families from Sandy Hook Elementary.
Comfort Dogs from around the country were present for Leah’s arrival, including: LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 Buck, K-9 Comfort Dogs Gracie (Trinity Lutheran Church and School – Davenport, IA), Isaiah (Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Portage, IN), Shami (St. John Lutheran Church- Darien, IL), Lydia (Messiah Lutheran Church- Lynnfield, MA), Lily (Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd- Old Bridge, NJ), Maggie (Christ the King Lutheran Church - Newtown, CT), and Addie (Immanuel Lutheran Church- Danbury, CT).
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Provide Comfort to Grieving Community After the Sudden Death of Beloved High School Cheerleader
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
On Friday, September 4th, 17 year-old Emily Fleming, a cheerleader and beloved senior at Stillman Valley High School, and Andy Conderman, a 64 year-old transportation consultant and helpful father, husband, and grandfather, were killed in a car accident. Two other teens survived the crash.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited the high school to offer their special form of comfort to this grieving town on Tuesday, September 7, 2015. Stillman Valley was comforted by the support and solace found in the form of four paws and a golden coat of fur as they grieved the loss of a student and member of the community.
We pray for Emily’s and Andy’s family, friends, and the community as they struggle to cope with their unexpected deaths. Please keep everyone in your prayers, as well as the two teens who are recovering from the accident.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs Invited to Funeral of U.S. Army Veteran and Illinois Officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz
On Monday, September 7th, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs were invited to be present at the funeral of U.S. Army veteran and Illinois Officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz. He was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, September 1st. He is survived by his wife and four sons. The dogs were present to provide support and comfort to those hurting in the Fox Lake, Illinois community after this devastating loss. Lt. Gliniewicz was a well-respected and loved member of the Fox Lake community. Please keep all those impacted by this death in your prayers as the area continues to mend and heal.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry never charges those we serve but relies on donations to cover expenses.
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LCC Comfort Dogs Attend Prayer Vigil in Fox Lake, IL
On Wednesday, September 2nd, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs were invited to a vigil for fallen Fox Lake, Illinois officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, September 1st. The Comfort and Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs were present to spread the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to this hurting and devastated community. Please pray for all those affected by the death of this police officer and veteran.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry never charges those we serve but relies on donations to cover expenses.