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LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Note Cards NOW Available Print E-mail
note cards This set of eight custom LCC K-9 Cards is your gift with a $20 donation

This eight pack of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Note Cards contains eight different images of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs of all ages, from training to working.

Click here if you would like to donate and receive this pack of note cards
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:33
 
LCC President, Tim Hetzner, Presents Prescott, AZ Fire Department with Patches from Fire Departments from Around the Country Print E-mail
patches While visiting with the Prescott, AZ Fire Station, where the Granite Mountain Hotshots were based and a memorial wall constructed, LCC President, Tim Hetzner, presented patches from various fire departments that were collected before the K-9 Comfort Dog team deployed on July 4th to Prescott Valley, AZ after the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the wildfire. It was an emotional exchange and the Prescott Fire Department greatly appreciated the love and support from their extended fraternity of firefighters. Click here for a video of the fire departments and the presentation of patches to Firefighter Jackson.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry continues their support for the Prescott, Arizona firefighters. If you are a firefighter and you want to make sure your department's patch is personally given to one of the firefighters at the Prescott Fire Department, take a picture of your crew with the patch, email the picture to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send us your patch (LCC - 333 W Lake St, Addison IL 60101). We will then present and take a picture and send back to you and post with the other fire departments who show their prayers, love and support to their fellow firefighters.

Video: The story of two firefighters and their journey to bring their fallen brothers home. Firefighter Jackson, who received the department patches in Arizona, is featured in this video. Click here to view the video

Click here to donate towards travel expenses for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Arizona.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:26
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Make a Special Appearance to a Special Mother Print E-mail
Geraldine with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs In February, Amy, who lives in Arlington, Virginia and is on active duty with the Air Force, contacted LCC to ask if she could get a stuffed "LCC K-9 Comfort Dog” for her mother, Geraldine. Geraldine lives at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Prescott, Arizona. We sent Amy a stuffed dog which she named Rufus. Amy took a whirlwind trip to see her mom and brought her Rufus.

When Amy found out that the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were going to be in Prescott she emailed to give her best wishes and stated, “I know a team of Comfort Dogs are going to Prescott Valley to comfort the community in the wake of the loss of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. I think that is so wonderful. I wish I was there....I would come out wherever they were and meet the dogs. I’d load up mom and she'd go, too!”

Well, we knew Amy couldn’t come to Arizona and we didn’t want her mom to miss out on meeting the Comfort Dogs so the K9's and their handlers paid a special visit to Geraldine, Rufus, and all the residents of Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. God started this circle in Virginia, through Chicago, and closed it in Arizona.

Watch the meeting of Geraldine, Rufus and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs here:

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
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Click here to donate towards travel expenses for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Arizona.
Last Updated on Monday, 08 July 2013 09:46
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Returns from Arizona - Keeping the Firefighters, Families, Friends and Community in Their Prayers Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dogs The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team was at Trinity Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley, AZ this past holiday weekend to show the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ to those mourning the loss of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighters.

While there, they visited with many of the family, friends and community members of Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ. They attended the honor guard ceremony with three honor guard firefighters at the church where they rang the bell 19 times in remembrance of the 19 firefighters that died while fighting the wildfire. The children also released balloons during the ceremony.

In February Amy, who lives in Arlington, Virginia, and is on active duty with the Air Force, contacted LCC to ask if she could get a stuffed ‘LCC Comfort Dog” for her mother. Her mother, Geraldine, lives at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Prescott, Arizona. We sent Amy a stuffed dog which she named Rufus. She took a whirlwind trip to see her mom and brought her Rufus. Our team surprised Amy and her mom during this trip and made a surprise visit to Geraldine and she was able to meet the real K-9 Comfort Dogs! Click here to read more and see the video of Geraldine meeting the K-9 Comfort Dogs.

K9 Comfort Dogs While visiting with the Prescott, AZ Fire Station, where the Granite Mountain Hotshots were based and a memorial wall constructed, they presented patches from various fire departments around the country that were collected before the team deployed on July 4th. It was an emotional exchange and the Prescott Fire Department greatly appreciated the love and support from their extended brotherhood of firefighters. Click here to see the Fire Department Patch Presentation

Please keep those suffering from the destruction of the fires in Arizona and other parts of the Western United States in your thoughts and prayers.

Click here to donate towards travel expenses for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Arizona.

Click here to view photos from this visit
Click here to see Pastor Tim Blau introduce the K-9 Comfort Dogs
Click here to see the K-9 Comfort Dogs working in the community
Click here to see the Fire Department Patch Presentation
Click here to see the Nursing Home Suprise video
Click here for Part 1 of the interview at Radio Shine
Click here for Part 2 of the interview at Radio Shine
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:26
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Fire Department Patches for Prescott, Arizona Print E-mail
fire department patches Lutheran Church Charities and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be hand-delivering fire department patches to the fire station in Prescott, Arizona where 19 firefighters lost their lives on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

If you would like to bring your fire department patch to the offices of LCC by Wednesday, July 3rd by 4PM, we will take them on July 4th when we leave with a team of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.

Thank you, Addison Fire Department, for being the first! Receiving the patch in Addison were LCC Deaconess Dianna Bonfield and K-9 Comfort Dog Howe.

Our offices are located at:
Lutheran Church Charities
333 W. Lake St.
Addison, IL 60101

Click here to see more fire department patches.
**New** Photos of the presentation of patches to the Prescott Fire Department have been added
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:00
 
Loss of 19 Firefighters in Arizona Blaze - LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Deploy to Prescott Valley, Arizona Print E-mail
Hot Shot Crew

It was the deadliest day for firefighters since the 9/11 attacks. "Our entire crew was lost," Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo told CNN news. "We just lost 19 of some of the finest people you'll ever meet. Right now, we're in crisis."

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited to Prescott Valley to be with members of our churches and members of the community who have lost loved ones, "Some of who are connected to our church," said the church secretary.

Prescott ArizonaThe LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are ready to bring the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to those who suffer, as they have in Newtown, Connecticut (Sandy Hook); Boston, Massachusetts; West, Texas; Moore, Oklahoma and anywhere there is a need and an invitation.

Please consider how you can help:
  • Pray for the families who have lost loved ones and those who know them. Also keep in your prayers the firefighters of the Prescott Fire Department.
  • Since LCC never takes money from those we serve or the communities we serve in crisis/disasters, please consider helping us with our travel costs.
Thank you for Making A Difference in the name of Christ to those suffering loss. Click here to donate towards travel expenses for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Arizona
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:29
 
Butter Report Print E-mail
Buter Last Thursday I visited VBS and then joined Club 55 for their picnic at Eineke's. Cheryl took me to disaster training in Elgin on Friday. In the evening Spike and I attended the VBS closing. Saturday afternoon Debbie and I met with residents and their families at Crystal Pines. Sunday I greeted at church and then went to the church picnic at Cornish Park. Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday I stayed in the office with Lynne. EARLY Wednesday morning Kathy M. and I boarded the bus to go to the LWML Convention in Pittsburgh.
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visits Emmanuel, Dwight Print E-mail
phoebe On Thursday, June 27th, LCC staff member, Alan Mortensen, along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training, Phoebe, visited with the member and children of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dwight, Illinois. The children thoroughly enjoyed their time with Phoebe. Alan gave them a short presentation and answered questions regarding the K-9 Comfort Dogs. The children gave their offerings for the week for the K-9 Comfort Dog ministry, totaling nearly $200! Also, one of the parishioners in the church felt led to make a gift to LCC and gave a check for $1000. God is good!
 
LWML Awards Grant to LCC for K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Print E-mail
K-9 Zoey at LWML Convention LCC staff members Deaconess Dianna Bonfield and Jeanne Moore, along with Comfort Dog Tara Sunday and Comfort Dog in Training Zoey, returned today (Sunday, June 30) from the LWML National Convention in Pittsburg. They attended the convention and had an opportunity to meet the ladies of the LWML and share with them about the ministries of LCC. At the convention the LWML voted to award a grant to LCC for the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. LCC thanks the members of the LWML for their support and continues to thank God for the wonderful work that He continues to do through the women of the LWML.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:32
 
LCC Deploys LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for the LCMS National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas Print E-mail
On Sunday, June 30th, five K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers hit the road, headed for the LCMS National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas. Many youth had already arrived in San Antonio and were anxiously awaiting their arrival. Please keep this team in your prayers as they add another 2600 miles (round trip) to their travel logs! Ruthie and Luther joined the team in Texas on Monday. Since then, the team has met with and brought smiles and comfort to many of the 25,000 attendees at the National Youth Gathering.

pictured are JoJo (Living Christ Arlington Heights), Isaiah, Shami (St. John Darien), Luther, Ruthie, and Chewie (LCC Dogs) and Adeena (St. John's Burlington)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:30
 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chicago (ELCA) Brings Continual Life and Closing Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry wishes to thank Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chicago (ELCA) for their generous gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Good Shepherd has closed their doors but in closing continue to bring new life to others. We thank them for their ministry heart and support to further bringing Mercy, Compassion, Presence and the Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who suffer through the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

LCC received the following letter from Pete Herberg, Church Council President:

K-9 Comfort Dogs Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 7116 W. Palmer Street in Chicago, after a 90+ year history of serving the Montclare/Galewood/Elmwood Park community area of Chicago, recently closed its doors on December 30, 2012 and sold the church property on February 28, 2013. As members of our congregation have benefited over the years from pet therapy programs, similar to yours, and in response to the recent tragedies in Oklahoma, Boston, and Connecticut, our church council is delighted to enclose a $5,000 contribution from our property sales proceeds, for the furtherance of your Comfort Dog Ministries. May God bless Lutheran Church Charities and your Comfort Dog Ministry in many ways.

Sincerely,
Pete Herberg
Church Council President
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 08:31
 
Butter Report Print E-mail
butter Last Thursday I sat with the Ladies of St. John's to hear about mission trips to Haiti. Kathy M. took me to the Life Connections radio station on Friday. In the evening I helped Comfort Dogs Tara and Zippy launch VBS for St. Peter's, Schaumburg. Saturday afternoon Kathy T. and I went to Crystal Pines to visit with Martha and Elizabeth. Sunday I greeted at church. Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday I toured Vacation Bible School with Cheryl. Spike and I were back at VBS on Wednesday.
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visits Immanuel, Mokena Print E-mail
Immanuel Mokena LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin, and handler Tom Bartnik, paid a visit to Immanuel Mokena's VBS on June 18th. Everyone enjoyed hearing of Darlin's work with LCC and how she provides comfort to so many people.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:45
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visits Retirement Home Print E-mail
dog week LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zina, along with handler Hannah McGinnis, is attending Prince of Peace, Palatine's Youth Service Week. On Tuesday, June 2, she visited with the members of the Church Creek Retirement Home and for the rest of the week they will be visiting Plum Grove Nursing Home, Gigi's Playhouse for children with Down Syndrome, and Green Castle Senior Home.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:46
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Our Savior, Joliet Print E-mail
vbs oursavior LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia and Ruthie were invited to the closing VBS picnic at Our Savior Joliet. The Comfort Dogs and Co-Director of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Rich Martin, enjoyed meeting children and adults. Our Savior's VBS chose the Comfort Dogs for their offering project. The Comfort Dogs appreciate all your hard work and heart for the Lord!
 
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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!