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Comfort Dogs
K-9 Ministry Supports Grief-Stricken Elementary School Print E-mail
Raymond Comfort Dogs:
Katie (Trinity Lutheran, Fremont, NE)
Moses (Christ Lutheran, Cairo, NE)
Eddie (Peace Lutheran, Grand Island, NE)

Katie, Moses and Eddie, along with their handlers, traveled to Raymond Central Elementary School in Valparaiso, NE after being invited to serve following the unexpected death of a sixth grade student on January 19.

The Comfort Dog team met with students, faculty and staff for the day on January 21st in small group settings along with counselors from several area schools.

On behalf of everyone at LCC, our hearts and prayers go out to the family, Raymond Central Elementary School, and the community of Valparaiso.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:28
 
Summer Reading to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Elmhurst Library The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to the Elmhurst (IL) Library to spend time with young readers in their Summer Reading Program, "Every Hero Has a Story". LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Pax (in-training), Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL), Angel (St John – LaGrange, IL) and Chloe (Lord of Life – LaFox, IL) visited with over 35 young readers and they wanted to know all about the Comfort Dogs who they called “heroes”! We had question and answer sessions and LOTS of loving! Thank you to Elmhurst Library for inviting us!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:31
 
LCC Meets with Congressman Print E-mail
Congressman Peter Roskam Prayer for a nation and the nation’s leaders is biblical. Yesterday some LCC staff members took that biblical encouragement to heart and met with Congressman Peter Roskam in his DuPage county office to pray for him and his staff. We prayed for wisdom, strength and safety for the Congressman. To help them through their stressful work, we also brought along four LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs (Martin, Luther, Ruthie and in-training, Sheba). Though we may not be able to send Comfort Dogs into each Congressional office, we pray for all of our country’s leaders that they too are blessed with wisdom, strength and safety.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Palatine, IL) Names LCC Their Mission of the Month! Print E-mail
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church This past weekend, Rev. Roger Pollock of LCC, spoke to all four services of the congregation about the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ. Joining him on Saturday evening were:

  • Eve Comfort Dog from St. John, Lombard
  • Angel Comfort Dog from St. John La Grange
  • Jeremiah Comfort Dog
  • Hannah Comfort Dog (LCC)
  • Comfort Dog-in-Training Jacob and
  • Tara Sunday Comfort Dog

Prince of Peace, Palatine is active in outreach and assimilation featuring a ministry each month that focuses on making a difference in the name of Christ.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
Comfort Dogs De-Stress the Stressed During Finals Print E-mail
Deerfield High School LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ruthie, and Comfort Dogs-in-Training Sheba and Jonah were invited to Deerfield high school on Friday, January 15, 2016 to visit with students preparing for finals week. It was the Comfort Dogs first visit and was met by many saying “best day ever”! Good luck in finals week and we hope to see you again in spring.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
Comfort Dogs JoJo and Adeena Celebrate Birthday with Friends Print E-mail
Birthday Party Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) and Adeena (St. John Lutheran Church, Burlington, Illinois) celebrated their birthday with their friends at Deer Path of Huntley on January 16, 2016. JoJo and Adeena’s sixth birthday was on January 14th. Over 40 residents celebrated with the dogs and enjoyed the comfort that the dogs brought as well. Deer Path of Huntley is an affordable assisted living community for adults 22 to 64 with physical disabilities.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
Special In God’s Eyes Sends Comfort Packages, Including Stuffed Comfort Dogs, to San Bernardino, California Following Shootings Print E-mail
Comfort Dog Packages We are all aware of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California on December 2nd. You may not be aware that people who work with those with special needs were among those targeted. This has deeply touched the hearts of Special In God's Eyes (SIGE), a special needs ministry of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Barrington, Illinois. This ministry has met weekly for almost 7 years and provides a place where young people in their 20’s and 30’s can learn about the love of God. We hear God’s Word every week in our Bible study time, we do servant projects for those less fortunate, and we have fun.

The group raised money to put together comfort packages to be sent to Inland Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Forty packages were made for adults and kids. Each of the twenty adult packages include the devotional “Jesus Calling”, special loose tea for a nice warm beverage, therapeutic rice pillows and dark chocolate bars. Each of the 20 children comfort packages include Bible story coloring books, crayons, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog stuffed animal, Play-Doh and candy.

The packages are being shipped to Trinity Lutheran Church in San Bernardino. The church will deliver them to the agency. Please pray that those affected by this senseless act of violence will find comfort in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the care and concern of some very “special” young people.

To learn more about SIGE, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
In Unlikely Places Print E-mail
Unlikely Places We had an opportunity to sit and visit with one of the disaster relief volunteers in the relaxed atmosphere of her living room. We laughed, told stories and enjoyed each other’s company. During the course of our conversation our guest recounted the time she was first introduced to the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Her first encounter was with Luther.
It was a very stressful time in life for me and I happened to be at an event where Luther was visiting. When I saw the dog, I knelt down on the floor to pet him. As I did, Luther placed his head against my cheek and all of a sudden my stress was gone. It was as if Luther knew I needed that moment.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are so much more than just tail-wagging, fluffy creatures. Comfort Dogs serve a need that far too often is missed or overlooked by humans. Dogs have been known to sense emotion and respond to the needs of people long before the person even recognizes or acknowledges their need. So often as 21st century people, bombarded by technology and increased societal pressures, we become so overwhelmed and busy with life that our sensitivity meter can become short circuited; but not a canine. Research suggests that dogs really do respond uniquely to tears and the emotions of people. While so many of us can be distracted by the demands of life, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are anything but distracted; they are uniquely in tune with people and ready and willing to be a silent presence for so many in need.

The mission field is ever increasing. LCC continues to help bring mercy and compassion to a hurting world through the ministry of the Comfort Dogs as well as the veteran Kare 9 dogs. As we observe people encounter our LCC dogs in the most unlikely of places, we find that their world becomes a little less stress filled as the love of Jesus reaches beyond barriers.

And this is what ministry is all about. Touching lives; changing hearts.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
Comfort Dogs Visit Briar Place Nursing Center Print E-mail
Briar Place Nursing Center On Wednesday, six Comfort dogs visited Briar Place Nursing Center in Indian Head Park, IL. Many of the residents miss their own pets and just having the Comfort Dogs come for a short time allows them to remember all the good times they had with their pets. The Comfort dogs that attended were Zippy (Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, IL), Angel (St. John's Lutheran Church, La Grange, IL) Tara (LCC), Martin (LCC) and Comfort Dogs-in-Training Sheba and Olive.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
Comfort Dogs Visit Chicago Behavioral Hospital Print E-mail
Chicago Behavioral Hospital Saturday, January 9th, the Comfort Dog-in-Training class made a field trip to the Chicago Behavioral Hospital. They greeted many of the patients there as they continue their journey towards recovery. The trainees were a big hit as many of the patients miss their own pets while staying at the hospital. The Comfort Dogs-in-Training that attended were Claudia, Jacob, Jeremiah, Priscilla, Reuben, Rhoda and Sasha.

LCC received this kind note from Cailie Emmerich, Activity Therapist at the hospital:

I cannot thank you enough for the visit this past Saturday. It was such a nice experience. I am amazed and touched by the response from the patients. The visit wasn’t only beneficial for the patients but the staff as well. In addition, the trainers were so sensitive and able to connect with the patients. I am so hopeful to continue the relationship and hope for many more visits to come.

Please pray for all those who are afflicted and are in need of support and care.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
From the Desk of Susie Comfort Dog (St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) Print E-mail
Susie Comfort Dog
On Monday, January 4th, my friends Comfort Dog Hannah (LCC), Comfort Dog-in-Training Jacob, and Comfort Dog JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) and I were at St. Peter to greet the students as they arrived for school. We went downstairs to be with Mrs. Rudi's 4th grade class. One of her students, Matthew, lost his mom on New Year's Eve. Although Matthew was sad, he seemed to really enjoy that he and his classmates got to pet the Comfort Dogs. Mrs. Snively's 4th grade class also visited with us.

Hannah and I came back about 1 pm and had our regular reading time with Mrs. Rudi's class. Brad read two books while the class petted Hannah and I. The kids then did some of their homework on the floor with us. It was fun!!

We went to the wake of Matthew's mom on Wednesday. Lots of kids and adults came to talk and pet us. I think Matthew was very happy we were there.

On Thursday, Hannah and I were at the funeral for Matthew's mom.

On Tuesday I was able to go to the Vossel house to play with my friend Archie. Mrs. Vossel took me to her Bible class at St. Peter. I knew that Mrs. Vossel was sad, so I gave her lots of "visits".

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Watseka, IL to be with Flooding Victims Print E-mail
Watseka Resource Center Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Ceci invited the Comfort Dogs to be with flood victims at the “Multi Agency Resource Center” in Watseka, IL on Friday, January 9th. Working with the Red Cross and others, the Comfort Dogs were a welcome sight to those devastated by the flooding. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ruthie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Sheba, and Comfort Dog Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN) gave comfort to the citizens and met with Pastor Don Love of Calvary Watseka and Mayor Bob Harwood.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
Several Comfort Dogs Visit Funeral of Beloved Pastor Print E-mail
Pastor Keylon On January 8th and 9th, Comfort Dogs Moses (Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo, NE), Katie (Trinity Lutheran Church, Fremont, Nebraska) Cubby (Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, Colorado), Rufus (St. Mark Lutheran Church, Edmond, Oklahoma), Eddie (Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Nebraska) and their handlers along with therapy dog Gracie attended the visitation and funeral service of Pastor Glen Keylon. Pastor Keylon was 67 years old and recently retired as the Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo, Nebraska.

In addition to the many friends, guests and relatives attending the funeral, 20 clergies and the Cairo Fire Department (of which Pastor Keylon had been a member for many years) were also present.

Pastor Keylon and his wife Blenda were instrumental in starting the Comfort Dog Ministry in Nebraska, which at this time includes three dogs in Nebraska: Moses of Cairo, Eddie of Grand Island, and Katie of Fremont. His devotion and encouragement of the Comfort Dog Ministry has been a blessing for many people both locally and nationally. He was also influential in introducing the ministry to St. Mark Lutheran Church in Edmond, Oklahoma where his son Koey is located. It was not long after that introduction that St. Mark Lutheran requested a Comfort Dog and received Rufus. Koey is also involved with the ministry and is a handler of Rufus.

At his retirement from Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Keylon was given a pure bred Golden Retriever puppy which he named Gracie. Pastor worked with Gracie and had been training her to the level that she is now vested as a therapy dog. The word “Grace” was very fitting not only for pastor’s dog but also as the title of the funeral message, “God’s Masterpiece by Grace”. The message was given by one of Pastor Keylon’s close friends and fellow seminary classmates, Reverend Paul Klopke.

Our sympathy and prayers are with the Keylon family.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Comfort Students and Faculty After Deadly Shooting Print E-mail
St Paul Lutheran School A deadly shooting killed two neighborhood teens in the front of St Paul Lutheran School in the Grand Crossing Neighborhood of Chicago last week. The shooting occurred after the school day had ended as children and staff were heading home. LCC was in touch with Principal Robyn Jacks-Dubose of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School (76th and South Dorchester in Chicago) and arranged a visit with the students and staff at the school the following day. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ruthie, Martin, Olympia, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Sheba, along with LCC Staff Rich & Dona Martin, Dan Fulkerson, and Hannah McGinnis, were a welcomed surprise for the kids and staff. Pastor Jeffrey Howell was also present and concluded the visit in prayer. Please continue to lift up these children and their faculty in your prayers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
 
Maggie Comfort Dog (Christ the King, Newtown, CT) Visits Assisted-Living Facility Print E-mail
Maggie Comfort Dog Maggie Comfort Dog (Christ the King, Newtown, CT) visited an assisted-living facility on Monday, January 4th. Handler Bev Thompson describes the day:
We had a Pawsome visit to Masonicare in Wallingford (CT)! We were in a big multi-purpose room and went from one seated resident to the other. Most seemed to have had dogs during their lifetimes and they asked us a lot of really good questions about Maggie and the program. We did a couple lap & visit commands with the residents to show them some of the special things she does; in turn, they shared a lot of their dog stories with us. It’s amazing to think that some of their dogs lived 18 and 19 years – a poodle, a boxer and one other dog.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:30
 
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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

Lisa Racine of Grooming Lodge, South Elgin, Illinois

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!