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Comfort Dogs
LCC Speaks at Rock Island Zone Rally Print E-mail
LWML On Tuesday, September 23, LCC Staff member Dona Martin along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Angel presented to the CID LWML Rock Island Zone Fall Rally at St. Matthew on the Disaster Response of LCC. Upon arrival they were joined by LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Gracie (Trinity Lutheran, Davenport, IA) and her handler.

They enjoyed meeting with these lovely ladies and letting them know about how LCC works to spread the proclamation, mercy and compassion of Christ Jesus to those in need.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Indianapolis Print E-mail
Indy On Saturday, September 20, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs: Rosie (Atonement, Columbus, OH); Mercy (Our Savior, Louisville); and Prince, Barnabas and Isaiah from Holy Cross Lutheran in Portage, IN were on hand at Calvary Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, for their health fair.

The public was invited to this wonderful event to take advantage of free hearing tests, massages, blood pressure checks and of course, visit our Comfort Dogs

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Greet Community at Buffalo Grove Fire Department Print E-mail
Buffalo Grove On Saturday, September 20, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zippy (Trinity, Roselle), JoJo (Living Christ, Arlington Heights), Strudel (Grace, Northbrook), Tara, and Comfort Dog in-training Shiloh visited the Buffalo Grove Fire Department.

The dogs were on hand to greet the Buffalo Grove Community at the annual Buffalo Grove Fire Department open house.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:01
LCC Staff Member and Volunteers Head to Retreat in Arcadia, MI Print E-mail
LCC staff member Dona Martin did several breakout sessions at the Women's Retreat headed by Phyllis Wallace on September 19-21 at Camp Arcadia, Michigan.

The 125 women at the retreat had a chance to learn about the Comfort Dogs and how they are the bridge for doing compassion ministry to those in need.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (LCC) and Hannah (LCC) along with handlers Barb Granado and Sharon Flaherty greeted everyone at the retreat.

There were many smiles and a lot of pets going on.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 07:58
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Featured on WISH-TV in Indianapolis Print E-mail
Pet Pals On Saturday, September 20, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Prince, Barnabas and Isaiah (Holy Cross, Portage, IN), along with their handler Dan Fulkerson were featured on the the program Pet Pals.

Pet Pals TV is a nationally broadcasting show that is based out of Indianapolis. Pet Pals TV celebrates the bond between pets and people and the relationship between animals and humans.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 07:55
Lydia Comfort Dog Has First Big Outing Print E-mail
lydia LCC placed Lydia Comfort Dog at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts at the beginning of the month.

Since then Lydia has been working to spread the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ to the people of the Boston Area.

On Tuesday, September 23, LCC received an update on what Lydia has been up to:

LYDIA COMFORT DOG Helps CELEBRATE 50th BIRTHDAY OF THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER On Sunday, Sept 21, Lydia, K9 Comfort Dog helped celebrate the 50th Birthday of Therapeutic Riding Center, Windrush Farm in North Andover, MA. Read more about Windrush Farm lydia

Windrush Farm was one of the 1st Therapeutic Riding Centers in the US and Lydia Comfort Dog is the 1st LCC K9 Comfort Dog to be stationed in MA. Lydia's home congregation is Messiah Lutheran in Lynnfield, MA.

Lydia met lots of people at the Birthday Party. She also saw a donkey, a miniature horse, some BIG horses, and a few goats. What a fabulous day it was !

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 07:50
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and President Tim Hetzner Present at the In the Midst of Chaos Conference Print E-mail
Chaos Conference On Friday, September 19, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin (LCC), Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson), Zina (LCC), Howe (LCC), Prince & Barnabas (Holy Cross, Portage, IN), Samuel (LCC), Star (LCC) and Comfort Dogs in-training Pax and Angel visited Region VII's In the Midst of Chaos Conference at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

The dogs were in the lobby for people present to pet and visit with between conference sessions. They provided much needed comfort to our EMT and first responder personnel present at the conference.

LCC President Tim Hetzner was also present to give a presentation on the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and how the dogs work as a bridge to spread the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Christ Jesus to those in need.

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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit After Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At School Print E-mail
Girard On Thursday, September 18, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Prince & Isaiah (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) Kye & Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Noah (Timothy Lutheran, St. Louis) and Comfort Dog in Training Aaron worked at North Mac Intermediate School in Girard IL.

On Monday of that week the school had a carbon monoxide leak that sent more than 100 students and teachers to the hospital. Pastor GeRue from Trinity Lutheran in Girard arranged with the school to have the dogs as well as other clergy from the community at the school when students returned.

Our dogs were staged around the gym so those affected could visit and pet each dog. While students interacted with the dogs Pastor GeRue and others were able to watch for cues and determine if children were in need of extra help in coping with the extra stress of the week.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:09
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Greet Customers at Plainfield Dog Supply Outlet Print E-mail
Plainfield On Saturday, September 13, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Wave (LCC), Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson), and Comfort Dogs in-training Asher and Aaron met with customers at the Plainfield Dog Supply Outlet as they shopped. The dogs enjoyed being with the customers and all the new people they met.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Dogs Visit Norwood Print E-mail
Norwood On Sunday, September 14, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tara Sunday (LCC), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights, IL) and Luther (LCC), along with their handlers Marie Payes, Beth Nielsen and Brad Schroeder, attended Rally Day and Sunday School Kick Off for Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norwood Park . They were joined by LCC Kare-9 Military Dogs Private Buck and Recruits Blitz, Brandy, and Flex along with their handlers Trainer Alex Brooks, Fred Vanstrom, Bob Royce, and Marvin Hanks. Marie gave a presentation on the K-9 Comfort Dogs and the children were able to spend the morning meeting and petting the Comfort Dogs!
Make a Wish Walk/Run Gets Visit From LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Make a Wish On Sunday, September 14, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson), Barnabas (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) and Comfort Dog in-training Tabby went to the Make a Wish walk/run at Belmont Harbor in Chicago. They not only got to send off the runners but got to meet many of the Make a Wish kids and their families.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit LCFS Picnic Print E-mail
LCFS On Saturday, September 13, many children and adults gathered for the LCFS picnic held in Bolingbrook where they were greated by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Shami (St. John, Darien), Olympia (LCC), Wave (LCC) and K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Titus. There were train rides, a rock climbing wall, a playground, DJ, crafts, food and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for all to enjoy the day. The dogs were a big hit and they enjoyed all the wonderful pets.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jewel Featured on K-Love Radio Print E-mail
KLove Jewel Comfort Dog became LCC's 51st placed Comfort Dog on September 7, when she was placed at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Louden, Tennessee. On September 10, K-Love Radio ran a featured audio piece on Jewel and what her placement means to Christ Our Savior. Listen to the K-Love Story on Jewel
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:31
Prescott Arizona Receives Visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Director Rich Martin Print E-mail
Rich at Prescott LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Director Rich Martin and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie were invited by the K-9 Ministry team at Trinity Lutheran in Prescott Valley, Arizona to address the community on the Comfort Dog Ministry coming soon to Trinity.

Present were members of local schools, fire departments, and other community service organizations who were able to see the many areas and situations the comfort dogs are used in. Lunch was provided and served by the youth group of Trinity.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lila Visits with Family After Tragic Drowning of Son Print E-mail
Over the weekend, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lila (Beautiful Savior, Mequon, Wisconsin) received a request to visit a family whose son had tragically drowned during a pool party.

On Monday, September 15, LCC received the following from Lila and her handlers:

Lila Visit
At the request of the school administration, Beautiful Savior's Lila and her handlers recently visited the students at Sherman Park Lutheran Church & School in Milwaukee. A student had tragically drowned, and his family, fellow students, and the entire school were devastated.

After being briefed by a very compassionate Dean of Students, my team and I first met with the boy's cousins and closest friends. Understandably, they were quiet and reserved and somewhat reluctant to approach me. We encouraged them to come closer and get down on the floor with us. Before long, with God's grace, they began to stroke my fur and ask questions about me. The stress they were under seemed to lessen as the minutes went by. Pastor shared some encouraging thoughts, and soon gentle smiles appeared on their faces.

Lila Visit Throughout the afternoon, we met with small groups of students from the entire seventh and eighth grades. The progression of emotions pretty much repeated itself with each group. One lovely young lady told us that when she first came in, she was mad over the inexplicable tragedy. But after spending some time down on the floor with me and talking things out, "I'm not mad anymore," she told us with a smile. The power of God's peace and comfort!

Lila Visit As the afternoon progressed, the Dean brought in the group of cousins again, this time joined by the student's own sister, who had been at the scene of the drowning. Earlier, she had spent most of the day in a private office, too sick with grief to join the rest. Once again, we all joined together to receive God's spirit of community and feel His presence bringing comfort to their hurting hearts. As we prepared to leave, the Dean and the cousins shared hugs with all of us, and they walked us to the car for a final good-bye.

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

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

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