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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help wth Chapel at Cross Lutheran School Print E-mail
Yorkville On Wednesday, October 29, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs enjoyed their time with students at Cross Lutheran School in Yorkville, Illinois. LCC staff member Rev. Roger Pollock gave the chapel message. Following chapel, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox), Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul Matteson), and Star, along with their handlers, spent time with the students to share the love and comfort they bring to those who they meet.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:17
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Barnabas Brings Healing Comfort to Those Affected by Plane Crash Print E-mail
Barnabas LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Baranbas (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) was privileged to attend the Flight 4184 memorial last week to bring comfort to families and responders who were remembering the victims of that crash 20 years ago. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they heal from this devastating accident.

Learn about the Flight 4184 accident.

Photo credit of NWITimes

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:15
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Extend Thank You to Eclipse Grooming Print E-mail
Magic and Luther LCC would like to thank the wonderful women - especially Deb and Mary - at Eclipse Dog Grooming for taking special care of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Magic and Luther this week.

Eclipse Dog Grooming is located in Villa Park, Illinois - visit their website for more information -

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Trinity Green Trails Print E-mail
Green Trails The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to Trinity Green Trails in Lisle where youth groups from the Northern Illinois District were invited to attend a youth concert. JoJo (Living Christ, Arlington Heights) , Susie (St Peter, Arlington Heights), Ruthie, Olympia, and Titus (in-training) were there to meet everyone and share with the group what the dogs do. The group also listened to an inspiring message by Pastor Bill Younkers.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lila Brings Comfort to Lasata Senior Care Print E-mail
Lila At Lasata Senior Care (Cedarburg, WI) last Thursday, October 30:

"Comfort" is a two-way street. A new resident gently pet Lila, and Lila provided her special brand of gentle friendship. After a long talk, the resident told us: "Just so you know, I was NOT having a good day today -- until I met Lila."

Lila is an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog placed at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Mequon, Wisconsin.

LCC Trains Twelve New K-9 Handlers and Caregivers Print E-mail
Handlers On October 27-29, LCC trained handlers and caregivers from the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee (LHSAGM), Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio, and Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Mequon, Wisconsin.

They learned more about the history of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, the commands to handle the dogs and they even got to practice at Target and The Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights where they made new friends.

LCC is happy to welcome these new handlers into the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and to see how they can bring the compassion and mercy of Jesus Christ to those in need.

Good Shepherd, Frankfort Receives Visit from Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Good Shepherd LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson) along with her handler Marlene Vician and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Pax spent the morning of October 26, at Good Shepherd in Frankfort. They met all of the Sunday School children and explained what a Comfort Dog's job is. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs love to explain the important work they do for everyone they meet.
Last Updated on Saturday, 08 November 2014 10:13
Comfort Dogs Go Trunk or Treating Print E-mail
Trunk Treat On Sunday, October 26, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs met many different princesses, heroes, and other creatures. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Tara, Tille, Wave and Zippy (Trinity, Roselle) were not always sure who they were meeting but they all seemed very nice! It was a great evening to say "hi" to all the families that came out for Immanuel Palatines Trunk 'N Treat.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help With Chapel at Our Savior, Carol Stream Print E-mail
Our Savior On Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights), Luther, Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Tara, and Tillie helped give the chapel message and visited with the preschool students, parents, and teachers at Our Savior Lutheran Church and Preschool in Carol Stream. The preschool students are giving their offerings to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry. We were so happy to say "thank you" to these students and parents!
Northeastern LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Participate in Charlotte's Litter Walk-a-thon Print E-mail
Northeast Dogs All four Northeast LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Lily (Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Old Bridge, NJ), Maggie (Christ the King, Newtown, CT), Lydia (Messiah Lutheran Church, Lynnfield, MA), and Addie (Immanuel Lutheran Church, Danbury, CT), were together for a beautiful fall weekend in Connecticut with their handlers. On Saturday, Oct. 18, they went to Sea Bluff Beach, in West Haven, Connecticut, to the Charlotte's Playground Area to participate in the 2nd Annual Charlotte's Litter Walk-a-thon. Charlotte Bacon was taken from this earth at the Sandy Hook School shootings on December 14, 2012. Her survivors are members of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut, where Maggie Comfort Dog is placed.
LCC President Tim Hetzner Speaks at Wauconda Rotary Print E-mail
Speaking The Wauconda Rotary invited LCC President Tim Hetzner to talk about LCC and the K-9 Ministries on Wednesday, October 22. Tim was accompanied by K-9 Director Rich Martin and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Howe.

Tim talked to attendees - which included military veteran Mayor Frank Bart and Police Chief Patrick Yost - about LCC's new Kare-9 Ministry. LCC appreciates all that Rotary does locally and across the United States.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Christ's Mercy and Compassion to Those in Need at Marysville Print E-mail
Marysville LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Aaron (in-training), and Shami (St. John, Darien) responded with handlers Tom Bartnick, Jeanne Moore, Toni Bazon, and K-9 Executive Director Rich Martin to the tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington.

The tragedy occurred on Friday, October 24 and LCC was asked to come later that evening. Members of LCC left Addison at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 27 and upon arrival went immediately to meet with families at a prayer service held at Messiah Lutheran Church. Messiah is home to many students from Marysville-Pilchuck including one who was present in the cafeteria at the time of the shooting.

LCC was invited by Rev. Ron Norris, Disaster Response Coordinator of the Pacific Northwest District, and Rev. Kurt Onken of Messiah Lutheran Church in Marysville. The week was filled with visits to the memorial at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, elementary school visits, individual family visits, and meeting high school students and adults at various community events.

One very special visit came with a visit to a group of special needs children who were at the high school the day of the shooting. The team was well received and showed His Mercy and His Compassion to a hurting community. We continue to keep those affected in our prayers and hope for healing from Christ in this time of need.

We are thankful for several news agencies telling the story of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bringing their unconditional love to the residents of Marysville:

Yahoo! News
ABC News
Washington Post
KOMO (video)
The Anipal Times

LCC never charges those we serve and rely on the support of others to help cover transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to support the LCC K-9 Travel Fund
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:05
Bringing Comfort to Marysville, Washington Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs On Monday, October 27th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Aaron (in-training), Luther, and Shami (St John Darien) arrived in Marysville, Washington. On Monday evening their comforting presence was felt at Messiah Lutheran Church at a special service.

Throughout the week they will visit various locations to meet the community.

View photos from this visit Click here to help with travel expenses for this visit
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:50
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Requested in Marysville, Washington Print E-mail

Help bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need in Marysville, Washington.

K-9 Comfort DogsWe all pray when the news pops up on our phones, on the TV, and in our email inbox, "Please God no, not another school shooting." As details of these tragedies become reality, we all cry in some way and our prayers plead for comfort for those affected.

Within hours of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, Pastor Kurt Onken from Messiah Lutheran Church in Marysville, Washington, Rev. Ross Johnson (Director of LCMS Disaster Response), and Rev. Ron Norris (Northwest Disaster Response Coordinator), asked for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers to come to their community to help bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those affected by this tragic event.

K-9 Comfort DogsA mile down the road from the high school, Messiah Lutheran Church will be hosting a place where students and parents can gather to talk and heal from the tragic events from Friday. With classes cancelled at the high school next week, students will be looking for places to gather and talk. Messiah Lutheran Church is one of those places close to the high school that will be open for this to happen, aided by the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Help us bring that Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and confused.

K-9 Comfort DogsA team of handlers and K-9 Comfort Dogs will be arriving in Marysville on Monday, October 27 and stay through the week; longer if requested. The team will be available for the community, especially the students, staff and faculty of the high school. The team's gentle and loving presence will serve as a reminder that our gentle and loving Savior is present in our times of sorrow and sadness. Keep everyone in Marysville, Washington in your prayers.

LCC never charges those we serve and rely on the support of others to help cover transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

You can contribute by:
Donating online:
     K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund - Marysville, WA
Donating by mail (please put "K9 Marysville, WA" in the memo line):
     Lutheran Church Charities
     333 West Lake Street
     Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466 Click here to contribute to the travel fund for Marysville, Washington
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:42
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lila Visits the Crossings in Cedarburg, Wisconsin Print E-mail
Lila On Tuesday, October 21, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lila (Beautiful Savior, Mequon, WI) visited The Crossings at Lasata in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Another new day, another new place to visit, and another new set of friends! Hey, that's my job!

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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!