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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Love to Visit People All Over Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs It was a busy week as the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been out in the community bringing comfort to many at Fire Stations, craft fairs and mission fairs. They went to the new fire station in Addison, Illinois for an open house, to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, Illinois and to the mission fair at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:12
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia Visits Green Bay Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia visited Green Bay, Wisconsin to tell the Lutheran Women's Missionary League about the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. While in Green Bay, Olympia and LCC staff member, Deaconess Tiffany Manor, visited Our Saviour Lutheran Church, two nursing homes, Trinity Lutheran School and Pilgrim Lutheran Church.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:11
 
LCC President, K-9 Comfort Dogs, Awarded at Lutheran Education Association (LEA) National Convocation Print E-mail
Tim awarded Esther Award at LEA National Convocation LCC President, Tim Hetzner, was awarded the Esther Award for leadership in times of crisis at the Lutheran Education Association 2013 National Convocation on Thursday, October 24th. Executive Director of LEA, Jonathan Laabs, presented the award to Tim after briefly talking about Lutheran Church Charities and the work that has been done through LCC over the past year with Tim's leadership and dedication to the ministry God has entrusted to him. Click here to view the video that was shown introducing LCC and the Esther award. The K-9 Comfort Dogs were also awarded that night with the Topel Golden Tail Award for their work in crisis and disaster situations! What an honor it was to be recognized and we thank God for LEA and the ministry they bring through our Lutheran educators across the country!

Family at LEA National Convocation During the LEA Convocation many teachers and their families stopped by the Lutheran Church Charities booth and visited with the K-9 Comfort Dogs and received some furry love and comfort. Many of the teachers had their families with them and this little girl loved K-9 Comfort Dog Howe!

Click here to view more photos from the LEA 2013 National Convocation Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 14:17
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Mission Fair in Oak Lawn Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Chewie On Sunday, October 20th LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chewie, Shami, Darlin, and Barnabas, along with their handlers, attended the Mission Fair at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Everyone enjoyed meeting and interacting with the dogs!
 
K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena's Southern Roadtrip Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena (St. John - Burlington, Illinois), accompanied by two of her handlers, went to Franklin, Tennessee to support and to surprise a sister and a brother who ran a concession stand at their grandmother's garage sale to benefit the Comfort Dogs. Both the surprise and the sale were successful with over $130.00 being raised. Adeena also visited with members of Concordia Lutheran Church of Nashville, Tennessee, who wanted to learn more about having their own Comfort Dog. The last leg of the trip was to Louisville, Kentucky, to visit with Rachel Comfort Dog and her handlers at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Adeena was warmly greeted by the congregation as they left the late service. Rachel's and Adeena's handlers then were able to participate in the sharing of their experiences with the dogs as well as their hopes and plans for the future of this ministry.
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Bethesda Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Zina and Tillie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, paid a special visit to the Bethesda group home in Plainfield, Illinois on Tuesday, October 22. Darlin, the K-9 from Mt Greenwood Lutheran Church also joined the event. The dogs had a wonderful time meeting Mike and Rick, who enjoyed petting and talking to them. The K-9s were invited back for a group celebration as they were told that they "make a difference!"
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Staff and Volunteers Returned to Boston - Visited Universities and Met with Those Affected by Marathon Bombings Print E-mail
MSPCA Award The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, along with Co-Directors Dona and Rich Martin, handlers Sharon Flaherty, Barb Granado, Wendy Cole, Elizabeth Brose, and Nate Palkewick, revisited Boston on the six month anniversary of the Marathon Bombings.

The visit began last Thursday, October 17th, at Suffolk University where the team, along with Pastor Paul Lantz, was invited in to meet and address students by Communications & Journalism Senior Lecturer, Norine Bacigalupo. The visit at Suffolk began with a special recognition by University President, James McCarthy, who gave Honorary Doctors of Healing bandanas to K-9's Ruthie, Luther, Zoey, Hannah, Maggie, and Addie. A K-9 presentation followed with students of the Communication & Journalism School.

Thursday evening was also a memorable event as the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were awarded the Animal Hero award at the MSPCA-Angell Awards held at the Boston Park Plaza. Over 1,000 people attended the event recognizing individuals work with animal welfare throughout the country. We salute the MSPCA and all who commit themselves to the protection and welfare of God's creation.

Friday and Saturday many of our friends from Universities and the community visited with the team at First Lutheran Church of Boston. We are once again grateful for our hosts and spiritual leaders Pastor Paul Lantz and Pastor Ingo Dutzmann of First Lutheran Church.

K-9 Comfort DogsThe trip concluded with an invitation to a private gathering with medical volunteers and first responders at the recently reopened Forum Restaurant near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Over 75 medical volunteers, EMT, and other first responders were in attendance and visited with the Comfort Dogs. Pastor Ingo Dutzmann shared remarks using an analogy out of the book of Esther. It was an honor for the team to be with these remarkably brave men and woman who sacrificed their own safety to save so many lives. May God Bless them and all who respond to these man-made and natural disasters every day.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Fund
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:28
 
Tim Hetzner and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Attend and Present at LCMS National Disaster Response Conference Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs On Monday, October 7th, LCC President, Tim Hetzner, along with the K-9 Comfort Dog team, including Co-Director of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Rich Martin, arrived at the LCMS Disaster Response 2013 National Conference held in St. Louis. They were there for the whole conference which ended on Thursday, October 10th.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs were there to bring comfort to attendees while Tim Hetzner and Rich Martin addressed the attendees about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry involvement in Disaster Responses over the past year.

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:40
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Attended Pet Expo in Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Minister to Coordinator Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs participated in a large Pet Expo at Sunny View Expo Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 5, 2013. K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Martin, Ruthie, Olympia, Adeena and Lila greeted over 1000 people at the Sunny View Pet Expo. Pictured is Martin with the family that donated him to Lutheran Church Charities when he was a puppy. The reunion was wonderful and they are very proud of the K-9 Comfort Dog Martin is becoming in his training!

Rich Martin (LCC staff) highlighted the ministry to the attendees on the main stage. Many people stopped at the booth to pet the dogs and to learn more about the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Our Comfort Dogs where not distracted from comforting people even with a 10 foot alligator a few booths away. The event coordinator was able to have some one on one time with the Comfort Dogs and one of her friends who had just found out that her mom only had a few days to live. Tears and prayers were shared amongst the group and comfort was brought to the coordinator and her friend as the team shared the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ with them.

Click here to view pictures from the event
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:50
 
Fox River Grove Fire Department Open House Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs On Sunday, October 6th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Olympia and JoJo enjoyed their visit at the Fox River Grove Fire Department open house.

Pastor Gerald Schalk arranged the visit for the community to get to know the more about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Since retirement Pastor Schalk has worked with the Fox River Grove FD.

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Shami Report Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Shami Hi, It's me, Comfort Dog Shami. I visited the Darien/Woodridge, Illinois Fire Department Open House on Saturday October 5th. I learned all about Fire Safety from fireman "Bob" and "Sparky". Bob rewarded me with a pretty pink fire hat...Sparky needs to watch out cuz he's got competition now!
 
LCC Staff Return to Sandy Hook Elementary School Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dogs at Sandy Hook On Monday, March 4, 2013 LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin, co-directors of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry for Lutheran Church Charities, visited Sandy Hook Elementary School during their return visit to Newtown, Connecticut. Addie Comfort Dog has been at Sandy Hook Elementary School daily with handlers from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury. The Martins were excited to visit with the students, faculty and staff they met during their visit in January.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 10:00
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit "Active Seniors Group" Print E-mail
Active Seniors Shami has a Busy Week! Shami visited the "Active Seniors Group" at the Darien Sportsplex on Tuesday, September 17th. She gave a presentation of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and then spent time visiting with the members. So much love in one room! On Wednesday, September 18th, Shami visited a nursing home, a family shelter, and a Children's Literacy Group Meeting.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:00
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Faith Lutheran Church Print E-mail
Shami Shami and Martin visited Faith Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn Saturday, September 21st. Pastor Birkholtz invited them to the church's fall community outreach event and food drive. The event featured great food, games, crafts, bingo... and so much more! Shami and Martin were very busy competing for the "best smiles", and "biggest hugs"!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:00
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Stade's Farm and Market Print E-mail
Stades Farm On September 21st and 22nd the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were welcomed to Stade's Farm and Market in McHenry, Illinois for Praise on the Farm. It was an awesome weekend of music and praise! On Sat. comfort dogs Chewie and JoJo greeted visitors, and on Sunday comfort dogs Chewie, JoJo, Susie, Jessy, and Tara met and greeted all attending the event. We are thankful to Stade's Farm for supporting our ministry by collecting donations at the event and allowing us to share about the ministry.
 
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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

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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