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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Partner with United Airlines to Bring Comfort to Holiday Travelers Print E-mail
Fantasy Flight Terminal Picture yourself at one of the world's busiest airports at one of the largest airline terminals trying to get home the few days before Christmas. Now picture 48 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs greeting thousands of passengers over a four day period before Christmas. We're not sure it's ever been done before but we are excited to partner with United Airlines on Saturday, December 20 through Tuesday, December 23 from 8 am - 4 pm in Terminal 1 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport!

Thousands of people will be flowing through the terminal on their way home and the Comfort Dogs will be there to help calm and comfort. Follow us on Facebook each day to see us at work.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:56
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Continue to Bring Calming Presence to School and Community After Student Deaths Print E-mail
Pontiac We were yet again saddened at another loss of a Pontiac Township High School student this past Friday night.

This was the third death of a high school student in one week in Pontiac. "Kimmy" the young girl who died Friday evening in a car accident was returning to the school after attending the funeral of one of the other students.

Over the course of 4 days, 20 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been with the students and faculty at Pontiac Township High School bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to this grieving community.


Losing a member of the community is always a tough challenge for those who are affected. We ask that you please keep those in the school and community in your thoughts and prayers.

LCC never charges those we serve but rely upon supporters to help cover our travel expenses. Thank you for your prayers and support.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:58
LCC Honored by Village of Addison Print E-mail
Village Hall On Thursday, December 11, LCC was invited to attend the Village of Addison's annual Christmas party.

The Administration department chooses a charitable organization each year to donate to instead of exchanging gifts. This year they have picked the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs as their recipient.

police stationFive LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were in attendance (Olypmia, Ruthie, Martin, Howe and Zina) along with several members of the LCC staff. K-9 Director Rich Martin was asked to speak on behalf of the ministry and give some background on the comfort dogs and what they do.

After the dinner the group went to the Addison Police Administration to give the officers a Christmas Card. Upon arrival they were greeted by Officer Omar Brucal who accepted the card on behalf of the department.

challenge coin

LCC was then given a challenge coin from the department, which is a signifier of being "one of the family". The dogs took one last trip to the Addison Fire Department to thank them for all they do for the community.


Both visits were greatly appreciated and LCC would like to extend a gracious thank you to all of our public servants and what they do in order to keep communities around the nation safe. May you keep them in your prayers, not only at this time but throughout the year, as they serve you and your community.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:32
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort to Abuse Victims Print E-mail
Abuse T-shirts On Monday, December 8, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Shami (St. John, Darien), Susie (St.Peter's, Arlington Heights), Ladel (St.Mathew, Hawthorne Woods),Hannah, Tara and Zina attended the Clothes Line Project with the sophomore class of Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinios.

This is a project started in the 1990’s where 31 abused women anomalously wrote on t-shirts and hung them on a clothes line telling how they were abused and mistreated by people they loved and trusted. The program is brought to students so they know there is a place to go if they are being abused.

The dogs were there to give comfort to the students who had a lot to take in in a short amount of time.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Barnabas Helps Ring Bells for Salvation Army Print E-mail
Barnabas and Tabby On Friday, December 6, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Barnabas (Holy Cross Portage, IN) along with Pastor Engel got to ring the bell for the Salvation Army outside of Walgreens and then went to the Portage library where some of the kids of the community read their favorite books to Barnabas.

On Saturday Barnabas and Tabby Comfort Dog in-training went to the Toys for Tots lunch with the Portage Kiwanis Club.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Smiles to Children at United Fantasy Flight Print E-mail
Fantasy Flight As the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers participated again this year in the United Airlines Fantasy Flight to The North Pole everyone could see that God has a plan for all life.

United invites seriously ill children from five Chicago hospitals to board a plane and "fly to the North Pole".

The children arrive to a water salute from the Chicago Fire Department over the plane.

When they deplane they are greeted with cheers, clapping and the Chicago Fire Department on bended knee. What a humbling experience for all attending.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring smiles to all faces. The children have a picture taken with their families and the dogs they also receive a stuffed Golden Retriever as a remembrance of the day.

This event reminds us that Christ is the reason for the season.

Thirteen LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs attended: Luther, Ruthie, Olympia, JoJo (Living Christ, Arlington Heights), Bekah (Immanuel Lutheran, Belvidere), Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox), Gracie (Trinity, Davenport IA), Phoebe (St. Paul, Fort Worth TX), Shami (St. John, Darien), Zoey (Concordia University Wisconsin) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training Pax, Leah, and Anna.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:56
Your Help Needed to Raise $2,500 to "Comfort" Children this Holiday Season Print E-mail
Stuffed Dogs Ever since the distribution of 600 stuffed Golden Retrievers to students and their siblings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, these lovable plush friends have put smiles on the faces of all who received one.

At this time of year, the LCC K-9 Comfort and Kare-9 Dogs are meeting hundreds of children who are less fortunate, victims of domestic violence and some who are seriously ill.

LCC’s annual Fantasy Flight with United Airlines brings many children who are suffering and in need of a comforting reminder that God is with them.

This year, our Comfort Dogs have been invited by WINGS to participate in Sweet Home Chicago, a fundraiser to support WINGS’ domestic violence shelters, programs and services for women and children in the Chicago area. Close to 500 children will participate in just these two events.

Your generosity and prayers are greatly appreciated as our handlers and their K-9’s touch lives by bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to His dear children.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:16
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Students During Finals Print E-mail
Concordia Chicago On Monday, December 1, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training Titus and Tabby went to visit the students at Concordia University Chicago to help them de-stress as they prepare for finals next week. They also listened as some of the students told them how they overcame personal obstacles in their lives because of dogs.
22 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Memorial Service for Kristin Walters Print E-mail
Memorial Service On Saturday November 22, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs attended a Memorial Service for Kristin Walters.

Kristin is the step-daughter of Sarah Walters an LCC Apprentice K-9 puppy trainer. Sarah has trained Noah Comfort Dog (Timothy, St. Louis) and currently is working with puppy Asher.

Kristin died in an automobile accident in Arizona. Her service was attended by 22 K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers at the Arabian Nights Equestrian Center in Willowbrook, Illinois, where Kristin began riding as a child. Please continue to hold Steve and Sarah up in prayer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:04
LCC Staff Member Marie Payes and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Visit with Holy Cross Lutheran Church Print E-mail
Holy Cross On Sunday, November 23, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara, along with handler Marie Payes, visited the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Carey. They visited the Sunday School Classes where they are learning about animals in the Bible.

Tara was excited to meet all her new friends and help them learn about how God uses animals to help spread His Word and bring His comfort to those in need.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe Attends Texas District Worker's Conference Print E-mail
PhoebeK-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe (St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ft Worth, TX) attended the Texas District Worker's Conference.

Phoebe arrived Saturday and spent Sunday visiting two Houston area churches before going on to Gloria Dei to set up and be there for the opening of the Texas District Worker's Conference. Praying God's blessing on all who are in attendance for this yearly event.

Be Part of Making a Difference to Literally Thousands of Lives! Print E-mail

Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Training of Trainers Course

Because of the success of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in touching lives with Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ, and the demand from our churches, schools, and colleges, LCC is starting another training class for trainers. This is in addition to the classes already in progress!

K-9 Training

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring comfort to individuals and families who are suffering pain or loss. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs calm individuals, facilitate conversation, work with special needs individuals, veterans, and the elderly, and are used in counseling situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also respond to crisis and disaster situations. In order to be able to accomplish this outreach we need volunteers who can devote time and energy to train our precious golden retrievers to become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs who will then be placed to work in a church/school and literally touch thousands of Lives!.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is expanding by recruiting additional people for the K-9 Comfort Dog Trainers Course. By doing this we can keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, and we can do an even better job of training and regulating our standards for our Comfort Dogs! We continue to grow and place our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in more states (16 now and soon to be 20) but in order to do this we need volunteers to participate in our LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Trainers Course.

K-9 Training

We are accepting applications NOW from individuals interested in joining us in this endeavor. There will be a limited number of people we can train, so if you are interested, please fill out the application soon. The training program will be offered in the Chicagoland area.

For more information call 866-455-6466 and talk to Alex or Anastasia, or to apply, click here.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:40
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Pack Boxes for Kids in Need Print E-mail
St. Charles On Saturday, November 15, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena (St. John, Burlington) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Katie attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church/Preschool in St. Charles for an Operation Christmas Child Event.

Preschoolers and their families filled and decorated shoe boxes with gifts for children all over the world. The mission of this program is " demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world."

Linda Culley, Preschool Director said that over the last couple of weeks they have packed over 150 boxes!

Clearbrook Receives Visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Clearbrook On Thursday, November 13, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog training class visited with the clients at the Clearbrook Center in Rolling Meadows. These are adults with varied developmental and physical disabilities that are day clients and residents of Clearbrook.

The puppies in training visited about 50 people. We sang Happy Birthday to several and prayed with a few others during the visit.

What a blessing it was to meet these beautiful people and share our Comfort Dog Ministry with them.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help with Chapel at St. Peter Lutheran School Print E-mail
St. Peter On Wednesday, November 12, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin, Olympia, JoJo (Living Christ, Arlington Heights), Tara, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Tabby met with the students from St. Peter Lutheran School in Schaumburg, Illinois, following their chapel service. LCC staff member Sherry Bolosan gave the chapel message. We enjoyed our visit with the students and teachers and hope that we will be able to visit with them again!
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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

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