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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. Luke’s (Itasca, IL) Vacation Bible School Print E-mail
St. Luke The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to attend Vacation Bible School at St. Luke Lutheran Church and School (Itasca, IL) on Monday, July 13th. After the visit, LCC received this nice email from Melody Rissman of St. Luke:
The visit was WONDERFUL! The kids really took to the visit and made the understanding of missions and helping others more real to the young ones. I know my daughter still talks about them and when I remind her to give money to God, she equates that with the dogs. So many other children were incredibly positive about them and it made this year’s VBS so much more important and special to them and hopefully their good experiences will add to their ministering to other kids.
We thank St. Luke Lutheran Church and School for the invitation and we’re glad the children enjoyed the dogs.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:49
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend “Coal City Strong” Print E-mail
Coal City On Sunday, August 2, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to the "Coal City Strong" benefit in Manhattan, IL. “Coal City Strong” was a benefit concert for the victims of the tornadoes that ravaged Coal City, IL. Rueben, Shami (St. John Lutheran Church and Early Learning Center - Darien,IL), Samuel (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Lockport, IL), Darlin (Mount Greenwood Lutheran Church - Greenwood, IL), and Angel (St John's Lutheran Church - La Grange, IL) Comfort Dogs helped bring smiles and comfort to the crowds!

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:19
 
Lutheran Church Charities Surprises Mary on her 100th birthday with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs! Print E-mail
100 On Wednesday, July 22, Mary’s family surprised her with a special birthday trip to LCC to visit with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs. It was a very happy 100th birthday for Mary as noted by a friend of Mary’s daughter:
“Thank you so much for making Mary's 100th birthday so special. My friend, Maryanne was so touched by your generosity and said her mom had such a good time. Please let everyone know thank you and I am also touched by your kindness.
I hope to see you all soon!
In Christ's Love,
Pam”
If you would like to have elderly friends or family members meet the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs on their birthdays, please contact LCC at (866) 455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange for a visit to our office.

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, 11 August 2015 11:27
 
LCC Receives Notes of Gratitude Following Site Visits Print E-mail
Esther, Shami, Tara LCC received two very kind notes following the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs site visits to the University of St Francis (Joliet, IL) Back to School Fair on July 23 and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dwight, IL on July 24th:
“…from what I saw from my table, the dogs were a huge hit. Kids and adults alike enjoyed seeing the dogs, getting a hug, and hearing their stories. I saw lots of smiles. The handlers were so gracious and helpful. Esther is in training but she was very well behaved and people love seeing her there.” – Hollie Baker-Lutz
“Thank you for having the LCC Comfort Dogs come to our VBS. The children and adults as well enjoyed them. I personally have always felt this ministry is wonderful!!” - Linda Andersen, Emmanuel Lutheran Church Secretary and VBS coordinator/blockquote> LCC would like to thank both the University of St. Francis and Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the invite and warm reception.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:27
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Welcome Students at Back to School Fair at University of St. Francis in Joliet Print E-mail
Esther, Shami, Tara On Thursday, July 23, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday, Shami Comfort Dog (St. John Lutheran Church - Darien, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Esther were invited to attend a Back to School fair at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. It was a wonderful event and very well attended. There were many little children who loved petting the dogs. There was even one boy who was afraid of dogs, but after hanging out with them for a while he realized there was nothing to be afraid of. He even had his picture taken with Esther Comfort Dog-in-training at the end of the visit! God bless all of the volunteers who put this great event together, and thank you for inviting the Comfort Dogs.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 11:58
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Wayne/Winfield Area Youth and Family Services Event Print E-mail
Asher On Wednesday, July 22nd, K-9 Comfort Dog Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry - Lake Forest, IL and Lord of Glory Lutheran Church- Grayslake, IL), along with his handlers, visited with the children and adults at the Wayne Township Building.

The children loved petting Asher and learning more about what a Comfort Dog does every day in ministry to help those in need.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 12:19
 
North Shore Lutheran Ministry (Lake Forest, IL) and Lord of Glory Lutheran Church (Grayslake, IL) Officially Welcome Asher Comfort Dog Print E-mail
Passing of the Leash North Shore Lutheran Ministry (Lake Forest, IL) welcomed K-9 Comfort Dog Asher to their congregation on Sunday, July 19. The handlers and caregivers were installed into the ministry, followed by the Passing of the Leash of Asher. The Passing of the Leash signifies his official start as a Comfort Dog in outreach ministry to the communities. Dona Martin (LCC staff member) welcomed North Shore Lutheran Ministry as an affiliate member and blessed partner to Lutheran Church Charities in the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

Lord of Glory Lutheran Church (Grayslake, Illinois) had their Passing of the Leash on Sunday, July 26. LCC staff members Rich & Dona Martin and apprentice trainer Elaine Mortensen were on hand as Pastor Brian Davies provided the blessings on their new missionary outreach with Asher Comfort Dog.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:28
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Ela Township Day Camp Print E-mail
Township There were some happy campers at the Ela Township Day Camp on Tuesday, July 21. They were greeted by four K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers, including Ladel Comfort Dog and Deb Kinne (St Matthew Lutheran Church- Hawthorne Woods, IL), Tara Sunday Comfort Dog with Marie Payes (LCC), Olympia Comfort Dog with Toni Higgins-Trash (LCC) and Ruthie Comfort Dog with Dona Martin (LCC). LCC staff member Dona gave a presentation about the Comfort Dog Ministry and dog safety. The campers had the opportunity to ask questions, pet the dogs, and receive a card from each of the Comfort Dogs. The children were all very engaged and asked good questions. It was a beautiful day to visit with this great group of children and their teachers.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 12:19
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs Visit YMCA Campers at Lake County Courthouse Print E-mail
Lake County LCC K-9 Ministries had 8 K-9s and 10 handlers at the Lake County Illinois Courthouse who spent time with YMCA campers. The campers were visiting with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Hon. Keith S. Brin and staff. The children heard about the K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 dogs from LCC staff member Rich Martin and collected cards from their favorite dogs.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:57
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday Brings Smiles to the Annual Meeting of Gamma Delta Print E-mail
Gamma Delta The annual meeting of Gamma Delta, International Association of Lutheran Students, was held on Sunday, July 19. The attendees were delighted to meet LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday and to hear about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. There also was interest in learning how the LCC Kare-9 Ministry for Veterans is progressing. LCC Disaster Response was praised as the organization recognized LCC’s prompt response to recent tragedies as viewed on the news. Tara Sunday had a wonderful afternoon making new friends.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:15
 
Passing of the Leash of Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry - Lake Forest, IL) and Pax (St. Paul Lutheran Church – Fort Worth, TX) Comfort Dogs! Print E-mail
Asher The week of July 13 was a busy week for newly placed Asher Comfort Dog (North Shore Lutheran Ministry - Lake Forest, IL) and Pax Comfort Dog (St. Paul Lutheran Church – Fort Worth, TX).

The week began with LCC staff traveling to Fort Worth, Texas to train handlers and place Pax at St. Paul Lutheran – Fort Worth and The Summit campus in Aledo. Pax joins Phoebe Comfort Dog at St. Paul.

The team hit the ground running on Wednesday with visits to the caregivers’ homes and an unexpected visit with children from an inner city outreach ministry at St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School. Eve (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In-Training), Kare-9 Buck, and Comfort Dogs Pax and Phoebe (St. Paul Lutheran Church- Fort Worth, TX) wowed the kids with this impromptu visit.

Three days of training included site visits to a conference for agencies that deal with troubled kids throughout the state of Texas. Two Fort Worth Hospitals were also visited. The team embraced every patient with love and prayer.

St. Paul has become yet another dual vested congregation as several of its new handlers are veterans. Every team member was on-hand Saturday morning as the team was invited to the Vietnam Veterans’ War Museum in Weatherford, Texas for a ceremony to commemorate 50 years since the escalation of fighting in Vietnam. The anniversary started in 2009 and will run the entire length of the war. It was a tear-filled morning as the team heard countless stories from the war by our brave men and women.

Asher

The weekend concluded Sunday with the “Passing of the Leash” ceremony at both St Paul and The Summit. LCC welcomes the expanded ministry at St. Paul. We can’t wait to hear more stories of His Love, Mercy, and Compassion.

On the same day and close to 1,000 miles away, Faith Lutheran Church and North Shore Ministries (Lake Forest, IL) welcomed Asher Comfort Dog to their ministry outreach. Faith partnered with Lord of Glory Lutheran Grayslake to work with Asher. Handlers and caregivers from both congregations welcomed Asher on Sunday, July 19th with an official placement on July 26th at Lord of Glory.

Asher’s volunteer trainers, Tom Bartnick and Sarah Walters, as well as Darlin Comfort Dog (St. Paul Lutheran Church - Matteson, Illinois) were also present to see Asher placed at Faith.

LCC staff member Dona Martin passed the leash to Dick Hocking, Top Dog for the Comfort Dog Ministry at North Shore Lutheran Ministry.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:58
 
Pax Comfort Dog Officially Placed at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Fort Worth, Texas)! Print E-mail
Pax On Wednesday, July 15, Pax Comfort Dog was officially placed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas. LCC staff Alex Brooks, Rich Martin, Jim Morrison, and Jeanne Moore, pictured with Kare-9 Buck, Eve Comfort Dog-in-Training, and Pax Comfort Dog, left from LCC headquarters in Northbrook, IL to fly to Dallas/Fort Worth. They met Pax’s new handlers from St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:15
 
Comfort Dogs Invited to St. Luke Lutheran Church’s VBS in Itasca, Illinois Print E-mail
St. Luke The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Itasca, Illinois for the opening of their VBS: Everest-Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power! Comfort Dogs Tillie (LCC), Tara Sunday (LCC), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran Church and School - Roselle, Illinois), Susie (St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, Illinois) and Pax (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training) were in attendance. The kids raised over $400 for the Comfort Dogs!

Thank you St. Luke's VBS! May God continue to bless your ministry!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 12:01
 
Katie Comfort Dog Placed and Already Spreading Comfort in the Fremont, NE Print E-mail
Passing of the Leash On Sunday, July 12, Katie Comfort Dog was officially placed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont, Nebraska. Katie was warmly welcomed to Trinity. She will be serving the Fremont community with her handlers to spread the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

It wasn’t long after Katie got to Fremont until she started to comfort. Katie’s handler received an email from Eddie Comfort Dog’s (Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Nebraska) handler, asking if Katie could visit a local family who lost not only their home, but also their belongings and their family pet, in a destructive fire. After hearing about their story, Trinity raised $250 for the family and presented them with a credit card gift card when Katie visited. Please keep this family in your prayers as they recover from this tragedy.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:24
 
LCC Hosts Training for 24 New Handlers, Caregivers, and Ministry Helpers from 6 Ministries in 5 States! Print E-mail
Training Last week, LCC was blessed to host a training for 24 new handlers, caregivers, and ministry helpers from 6 ministries in 5 states! This was the first time that two of the churches met the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog that will be placed and will serve with their congregations. Attending this training were:
  • Immanuel - Danbury, CT with Addie Comfort Dog
  • Lord of Glory- Grayslake, IL with Asher Comfort Dog
  • Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI with Dora Comfort Dog
  • North Shore Lutheran Ministry - Lake Forest, IL with Asher Comfort Dog
  • St. Paul's - Des Peres, MO with newly placed Tabby Comfort Dog
  • Trinity - Toledo, OH with newly placed Anna Comfort Dog
We thank these wonderful people for taking the time to learn to become ministry teams with their LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and how they can use the dogs as a bridge to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 12:44
 
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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!