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Comfort Dogs
Coal City Comfort Print E-mail
Coal City The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were in Coal City, IL to comfort families and first responders that have endured their second tornado in just two years. On Friday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Hannah, Jacob, and Samuel (St Paul – Lockport, IL), along with Rich Martin, Bob Vossel, Sharon Flaherty, and Rev Mark Hein, spent time at the relief center in Coal City where they meet with displaced families and volunteers. At noon, the team was invited to be with police and firefighters at Station 1 in Coal City where they met with Fire Chief Sheldon and Police Chief Best and many of the other first responders to the devastating tornado. Chief Sheldon is also a member at St Paul, Lockport.

On Saturday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St John – Burlington, IL), Angel (St John’s – LaGrange, IL), Barnabas (Holy Cross – Portage, IN), Susie (St Peter – Arlington Heights, IL), Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL) and Comfort Dog in-training Lex arrived at the relief center in Coal City and made many new friends. They visited with one girl whose dog was missing for two days after the tornado but is now back home safe and unscratched, a family with two young boys (ages 2 and 3) whose home is standing and almost livable except for the shards of glass embedded in the walls, two girls who cried tears of joy because they now knew each other was safe, and the dad who said, “Did you see the house on the news split in half and turned sideways? That’s my house but everyone is safe.” The dogs and their handlers also went to the firehouse where some were going on 48 hours on duty and their families were at the station so the kids could see their parents. But one thing rang clear, Coal City IS family and IS ready to rebuild again!

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 15:17
 
Cook County 4-H Fair Print E-mail
4-H Club LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Pax (in-training) and Darlin (St. Paul – Matteson, IL) attended the Cook County 4-H Fair at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. It was a very busy event with many projects being judged and nervous kids waiting to see if they won a ribbon. Many of them may go to Springfield with their projects. We pray for all of them. Thank you to the 4-H Club for inviting us!

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 09:12
 
Wisconsin’s Zoey and Dora Attend MDA Camp Print E-mail
MDA Camp Earlier this month, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zoey (Concordia University Wisconsin) and Dora (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee) met with campers and counselors at the 2015 MDA Summer Camp, hosted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association – Southern Wisconsin. This is an annual week-long camp for children living with Muscular Dystrophy. The children were able to interact with Dora and Zoey, and be comforted by them. What a wonderful blessing these dogs provided for the kids.

CLICK HERE for more photos from this event.

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:54
 
Volunteers Still Needed for the 4th Annual LCC K-9/Kare-9 National Conference Print E-mail
4th Annual LCC K-9/Kare-9 National Conference We still have several openings for volunteers to help at our 4th Annual LCC K-9/Kare-9 National Conference being held on Thursday, July 30th and Friday, July 31st at Harper College in Palatine, IL. This is a great opportunity to meet ministry partners from around the country and many, many LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs.

We hope you can join us in making this the best conference yet!

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 866-455-6466.

CLICK HERE to register to volunteer (you must be 18 or older to volunteer)

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Help support our Kare-9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:39
 
A Very Special Club for Very Special Dogs Print E-mail
GRC St. Louis Last week the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to visit with the Golden Retriever Club of St. Louis at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St Louis, MO. Over 25 club members listened as Rich Martin spoke to the group about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 Military Dog ministries. The group also had the opportunity to meet with Noah Comfort Dog from Timothy Lutheran in St. Louis, Eve Comfort Dog in-training at Holy Cross in Collinsville, IL and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther. Thank you to all the members of the GRC for all the work you do for the breed and those they serve.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:25
 
LCC Partners with Concordia Seminary and Lutheran Senior Services of Missouri to Train K-9s Print E-mail
Concordia Semeinary LCC President Tim Hetzner, along with staff members Beth Nielsen and Rich Martin, met with several members of Concordia Seminary last week, including Rev Todd Jones, Director of Resident Field Education and Rev Glenn Nielsen, Professor and Director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships, last week to launch a K-9 training initiative using seminarians to train LCC K-9s. Concordia Seminary President Dale Meyer has been highly supportive in meetings with Tim Hetzner and is eager to launch the program this September. Partnering with LCC and Concordia St Louis Seminary will be Lutheran Social Services of Missouri. LSS will be using its volunteers to participate as K-9 apprentice trainers with Concordia when the program launches this fall. LCC is grateful for the doors God continues to open with the K-9 Ministry.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:53
 
Canine Comfort: Ohio Church Brings Comfort Dog on Visits to Senior Print E-mail
Rosie In Outreach Magazine The work of Rosie Comfort Dog (Atonement Lutheran Church - Columbus, OH) was featured in an article in the May/June 2015 edition of Outreach Magazine. Its tag line is “ideas, innovations and resources to help you reach your community and change the world”.

Mary Ludlum, Atonement’s “Top Dog” explains the picture used in the article:

The picture is of one of Rosie’s biggest fans, Dana. We visited him on a regular basis until he died. He became so attached to Rosie that his family named Atonement’s Comfort Dog Ministry as one of the places for donations in his memory (along with the organ fund at his church, another Lutheran church in the area). His friends and family members donated over $600 to Atonement’s Comfort Dog Ministry in Dana’s memory. So very kind and generous! Of course, that is Kate Wollenberg, Rosie’s caregiver & one of her handlers, in the picture along with Rosie.

CLICK HERE to view the article

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:39
 
Three LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Three Rivers (MI) Water Festival Print E-mail
Water Fest St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Three Rivers, MI participated in a community outreach event “Water Fest”. St Peter’s is in the process of placement of a LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and invited the Comfort Dogs to help them greet the community at a booth and parade for “Water Fest”.

Tom Bartnick (volunteer trainer) with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Asher, Lori Bonefas (volunteer trainer) with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Pax, and Jane Marsh from Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA (handler/caregiver for Gracie Comfort Dog) made the trip to Three Rivers to help support St. Peter’s in their community outreach.

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:53
 
Lila’s Log: Making Friends, Bringing Comfort, and Spreading our Lord’s Message Print E-mail
Lila's Log
I know I shouldn’t brag, but honestly, sometimes, it does seem as though I have super-canine powers. (Note to self: Talk to my handlers about getting me a satin cape with a big “L”)

Recently, I was visiting my friends at Newcastle, in their lovely sitting room library. My handler asked the whole gang “Who’d like a visit from Lila?” Everybody said, “I would!” – all except a lady in red slacks.

“Not me,” she said. “I’ve always been afraid of dogs.

I flashed by brightest smile, but she wasn’t buying it.

So I made the rounds of the other residents, basking in their compliments. As we were about to leave, I heard, “Wait. I think I’ve changed my mind.” It was the lady in the red slacks. “I’d like to give it a try.”

I trotted over to her chair and set my chin gently on her knee for a pet. Tentatively, she began to stroke my head and ears. The tension flowed out; the relaxation flowed in. “I’d give a million dollars if my kids could see me now,” she whispered to me.

The power of a Comfort Dog! But we all know who is really responsible for my “super-powers,” don’t we???

Yours in Peace and Comfort,
Lila

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:00
 
Seniors, Movies and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Marcus Cinemas LCC staff members Rev Roger Pollock and Rich Martin were accompanied by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Olympia, and Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL) to movie mornings at the Marcus Cinemas in Elgin and St Charles, IL. This group met with over 300 seniors on Tuesday and Thursday and listened to Rich give a presentation on LCC and the K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 Military Ministries.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were a huge hit with everyone!!

Your organization has so much to offer and it was wonderful to learn more about the program and meet Olympia, Ruthie and Zippy too. It was really nice to have them early so they could meet some of our members, they loved getting close to them. They are beautiful and kind dogs, they do make your heart melt. We took some pictures to add to our pre-show and share again with our members each month.

Thank you for the work that you do and coming to The Experience Monthly Movie Meetings!

Kimberly A. Knes

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:27
 
Olympia and Barnabas Visit Elementary School Print E-mail
Carpenter Elementary School On Wednesday, June 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia and Barnabas (Holy Cross – Portage, IN) visited Carpenter Elementary School in Park Ridge, IL where the students learned about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, how they are different from service dogs, and in general how to approach dogs. Of course they also had time to pet the Comfort Dogs and get their cards.

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:21
 
Tragedy at Animal Hospital in Longview, Texas – Team Phoebe Responds Print E-mail
Animal Hospital On Thursday, June 11th, LCC received the following message from a Facebook follower:
Hello, I wanted to make you aware of a tragic loss in my hometown in which I think your team could be a great comfort. A few days ago a beloved veterinary clinic [Kimbrough Animal Hospital in Longview, TX] caught fire during the night and over 30 animals perished. It is an understatement to say that our community is devastated. The Kimbrough family are pillars of the community and have a great pride in their work which makes this tragedy all the more painful. There will be a candle light vigil on Monday night having the furry love of the LCC comfort dogs would have a huge impact.

Full details can be found HERE

Immediately, the team at St. Paul Lutheran Church began their plans to head to Longview with K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe. On Monday, June 15th, the team met with first responders who answered the call at the hospital. On Tuesday morning, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, which is just a few blocks away from the scene, opened their fellowship hall for people to come by and meet Phoebe.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:24
 
Angel’s Leash Passed to St John’s La Grange, IL Print E-mail
St. John La Grange On Sunday, June 7, 2015 LCC passed the leash of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Angel to St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL. The handlers and caregivers spent three days training with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Angel learning how to be present in every situation and to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those they meet.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Pax, Asher, and Tabby all attended the Passing of the Leash and are excited for their friend to begin her ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:13
 
St. John Schaumburg Welcomes LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Handlers Print E-mail
St. John Schaumburg On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL), Kye, and Bekah (Immanuel – Belvidere, IL), along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-Training Pax visited with the members of St. John Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, IL. We had a wonderful time meeting all of the friendly people and sharing the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry with them. We hope that we can see them again very soon!

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:12
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Sunshine and Comfort to Texas After the Flooding Print E-mail
Texas LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Phoebe (St Paul - Ft Worth, TX), and Rufus (St Mark - Edmond, OK), along with staff Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie, had a productive few days in Texas following the disastrous flooding that occurred this spring. The dogs and their handlers visited the Volunteer Recovery Centers in San Marcos and Wimberley to spend time with volunteers, as well as FEMA and Red Cross workers who had been working 12 hour days since the flooding took place.

Texas Several homes were visited as well, including one home that experienced flooding to the top of the roof of the first story. The homeowner, Anna, melted when she saw the four dogs sitting in her driveway. She told her story of escape, and held back tears as LCC staff prayed with her. Pastor Martin Danner of Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, TX prayed with soldiers from Fort Hood who were mucking out another home and loved petting the dogs.

The Comfort Dogs then visited Duck Creek Nursing Home. The dogs comforted several new friends, including Nada who is 92 and loves dogs. LCC staff talked and prayed with an occupational therapist who lost her dog in the flood and a social worker whose home was 37 feet above the water but still received damaged when the water went to almost 50 feet. TexasA special moment occurred when the head nurse asked if a dog could be brought to a 34 year-old firefighter who was paralyzed after getting hit by a truck while riding his bike. Pastor Danner, Jonathan from United Way, and LCC staff member Rich Martin joined Ruthie Comfort Dog in the room. As Ruthie approached, she immediately crawled up the tall wheel chair onto Colin's lap. Colin let go of the stress ball he had been holding with his left hand and put it on Ruthie’s head.

To view more photos from Texas CLICK HERE

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 11:39
 
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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!