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Comfort Dogs
New Top Dogs Trained Print E-mail
Top Gun In military aviation, the best and the brightest are referred to as Top Guns, in LCC's Comfort Dog program, we call them "Top Dogs". Three days this week a whole new class of Top Dogs received the specialized training necessary to lead golden retrievers how to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ to those hurting and in need. Coming from as far away as South Carolina with the desire to help others, these new Top Dogs went to Target to practice what they have learned.

The new Top Dogs came from: North Shore Ministries at Faith Lutheran in Lake Forest, IL; Trinity in Toledo, OH; First Lutheran in Yuba City, CA; Immanuel Lutheran from Washington, MO; St Michael's in Bloomington, MN; Immanuel in Des Plaines, IL; Island Lutheran in Hilton Head, SC; and Immanuel in Belvidere, IL.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 18:56
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Healing to Community After Death of Student Print E-mail

On Friday, January 2, a senior at University High School in Normal, Illinois committed suicide. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Samuel (LCC), Shami (St. John, Darien) and Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago/St. Paul, Mattson) as well as Comfort Dogs in-training Aaron and Asher, along with their handlers, visited with students and staff at University High School trying to help them cope with the self-inflicted death of one of their own.

Our team was met with smiles, tears and lots of love. The handlers and dogs helped, for as the day progressed the brave game faces tumbled, stories and even some laughter could be heard around the auditorium and lounge. At the end of the visit, both staff and students expressed gratitude for the Comfort Dogs being present during this tough time.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:45
Your Support in Action - Making A Difference in People's Lives and God's Kingdom Print E-mail
Tragedy seems to be the norm more and more these days. Over the past couple of weeks several communities have been struck with devastating loss of life. The communities of Rockford, Ill., Washington Court House, Ohio, and Normal, Ill., have been rocked with tragic losses of young life. Through your support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been deployed to those affected areas to help bring Jesus' Mercy and Compassion in this time of need.

Rockford, Illinois

Lewis LemonAfter a classmate and his family were killed by a friend of the family, Rev. Allan Buss at Immanuel, Belvidere requested a visit by our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to Lewis Lemon Elementary School in nearby Rockford. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John, Burlington), Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Gracie (Trinity, Davenport, IA), Tara (LCC) and their handlers responded with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ and were a visible help to the students who were trying to adjust to their loss. Keep them in your prayers.

AuburnImmanuel Belvidere also asked for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams to visit with students at Auburn High School, also in Rockford, where a freshman girl was killed by gunfire. Comfort Dogs Hannah (LCC), Bekah and Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Zippy (Trinity, Roselle), Kare-9 Flex (Veteran Fred) and Comfort Dogs in-training Angel and Anna, along with their handlers, were visible examples of God's caring for them.

Combined with the death of a student at Lewis Lemon Elementary, this community has had three students murdered during the holiday break. Please keep the families, students, staff and community in your prayers during this difficult time.

Washington Court House, Ohio

OhioThree brothers and their grandmother were killed in a house fire on Christmas Day in Washington Court House, Ohio. Atonement Lutheran in Columbus requested visits by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus with those who were hurting. On Monday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rosie (Atonement, Columbus, OH), Mercy (Our Savior, Louisville, KY), and Barnabas (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) with Tabby Comfort Dog in-training went to two schools in Washington Court House to provide comfort and mercy to students who lost friends in the fire. Combined with counselors from the schools and surrounding area, students and staff have begun to comprehend this awful tragedy. Staff member Lisa Hesson showed her appreciation by commenting on Rosie Comfort Dog's Facebook page: "As a staff member of Washington Court House Middle School, I want to thank you for all you did to help our kids deal with such a tragic loss. Your efforts were very much appreciated!"

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 to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund which will help offset the costs of bringing comfort to those in need.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 09:55
Nashville Family Killed in Plane Crash...All But One Print E-mail

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploy at Request of Trinity-St. John Lutheran Church

Sailor It has become an international news story. Sailor Gutzler, the 7-year-old girl who walked three-quarters of a mile at night to find help after her parents, sister and cousin were killed in a plane crash, will lay them to rest this week. Rev. Matthew Weitfeldt, the Pastor of her church, Trinity-St. John Lutheran Church in Nashville, IL, has asked LCC to send LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to be with the family and community as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.

Thank you to the following handlers and their churches for going to Nashville:

Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, will lead the team of handlers and dogs to Nashville to offer the friendly support of a couple of furry canines and the eternal assurance of their lives in Christ. In a time when non-believers are marveling at this young girl's strength and courage, LCC praises God for the strong teaching her parents and church have done which has seen Sailor through this difficult time.

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 to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund which will help offset the costs of bringing comfort to those in need. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 18:54
Prayers Needed: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deployed out to 4 Locations Today and More to Come this Week Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs


Your prayers and support help us to serve those who suffer.

Picture a 7 year-old girl at your door who walked three quarters of a mile from the plane crash that killed her parents...

K-9 Comfort DogsPicture the family of three boys who die in a Christmas day fire with their grandmother...

Picture being the parent of a championship high school swimmer who had qualified for the 2016 Olympic trials, then commits suicide...

Picture a grade school class now missing classmates who were killed by a family friend...

Finally, picture the friends and classmates of a high school freshman girl who is killed by gunfire.

K-9 Comfort DogsNow picture how you can help in all of these tragedies. This week we’ll have 20 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and 30 handlers in four different cities plus a chain saw crew of 14 in Mississippi to help clean up after the tornadoes. Working through Trinity Lutheran in Nashville, IL, the Wittenberg Lutheran Center at Illinois State University, and a number of schools, we will reach more than 3,600 students with the love of Christ and help hundreds of people recover after storms.

LCC Disaster ResponseYour generosity is appreciated by those who need to feel the comfort of a furry four-legged friend or hear the soothing buzz of a chain saw clearing debris ... and allow us to do it at no charge to those your gifts allow us to serve. Blessings.

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:
     LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
     LCC Disaster Relief Fund
Donating by mail (please put "K9 Travel Fund" or "LCC DR Fund" in the memo line):
     Lutheran Church Charities
     333 West Lake Street
     Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:41
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to Deploy to Two Different Tragedies Print E-mail

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs To Respond to Washington Court House, Ohio


On December 25, a house fire tragically claimed the lives of four people in Washington Court House, Ohio. Three boys (pictured right) spent the night with their grandmother so she did not have to be alone on Christmas night; a fire broke out and those inside were not able to escape. The K-9 Comfort Dogs will be traveling to comfort the students of Washington Court House Middle School, where two of the boys were students, on January 5. We ask that you keep the family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they struggle with this tragedy. Read the news release of the fire.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Lewis Lemon School in Rockford Following Quadruple Homicide


On December 20, four family members were murdered in Rockford, Illinois. Two of those killed were 6-year-old Tyrone Smith III and 4-year-old Tobias K. Smith. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be heading to Lewis Lemon School to be with classmates of one of the boys while they struggle through this difficult time. We ask that you keep the family and friends in your prayers as they struggle to cope with this tragedy. Read the news release about the homicide.

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LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lila Brings Smile to Old Friend Print E-mail
Lila On a Monday, December 29, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lila (Beautiful Savior, Mequon, WI) visited Lasata Assisted Living in Cedarburg and spent some quality time with her friend Nancy. She’s always thrilled to see Lila and Lila her. Do you know how good it feels to hear, “Lila, you are definitely the sweetest dog in the whole world. Seeing you has made my day -- No, my WEEK!”? We thank the Lord that He gives the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs the ability to bring sunshine into people's lives.
Our Savior Lutheran Church Opens Doors to Homeless Print E-mail
JoJo On December 25, Christmas Day, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Carol Stream, opened their doors to the Homeless. They provided a warm place to go, a warm meal and fellowship. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John, Burlington), JoJo (Living Christ, Arlington Heights) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in training Titus spent time with those that were at Our Savior. They provided the people with a warm hug and comfort that comes naturally to our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Star Attends American Heritage Meeting Print E-mail
Star LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Star, and her handler Tranetta McComb, were invited to the American Heritage Girls meeting on December 15 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Palatine, Illinois. The girls had a chance to visit with Star and learn more about what a Comfort Dog does.
Comfort Dogs Bring Christmas Cheer to Alden Estates of Northmoor Print E-mail
Jethro On Thursday, December 18, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training spent the afternoon with the residents of Alden Estates of Northmoor. It was a delight to be with so many wonderful people and to bring them extra cheer this holiday season.
Comfor Dogs Put Smiles on Faces at Deer Path of Huntley Print E-mail
deerpath On Saturday morning, December 20, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John, Brulington), JoJo (Living Christ, Arlington Heights), and Susie (St. Peter's, Arlington Heights) shared the Christmas story and comfort with the residents of Deer Path of Huntley. We were glad that we could bring a smile to their faces and spend time with each one of them.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Blue Christmas at Trinity Lutheran in Lisle Print E-mail
Trinity Lisle On Saturday, December 20, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Wave (LCC), Shami (St. John, Darien) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Titus attended a Service of Remembrance at Trinity Lutheran in Lisle for family and friends, to remember loved ones who have passed away. We comforted many people both before and after the Service, as it is a difficult time of year for those who have lost loved ones.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 13:51
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort to Weary Travelers Print E-mail
United On four of the busiest travel days at the country's second busiest airport, 48 different Comfort Dogs and their handlers greeted travelers at Chicago O'Hare's Terminal One (United Airlines' main terminal).

Scores of children and people of all ages stopped to relieve the stress of travel by touching, petting, stroking and enjoying the LCC Comfort Dogs. It also allowed us to answer questions from travelers as to why we are greeting them this holiday season. Check out the photos and you'll see the impact our Comfort Dogs had a on what could have been a very tense day.

Some of comments from travelers:

  • "Our flight turned back to O'Hare and my daughter was very anxious, until she saw the dogs."
  • "We have been traveling 30 hours from India these dogs are helping us on the final leg."
  • "I'm from Alabama and I have been trying to get home for 24 hours, love these dogs."
  • "I was late to the airport and missed my flight but I don't care since the dogs are here."
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:57
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort to Victims of Domestic Violence Print E-mail
WINGS The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were on hand Sunday, December 14 to support "Wings", a Chicago non-profit that provides shelters for victims of domestic violence.

Since 2004 the shelter has taken in over 2,000 women. Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Luther, Ladel (St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods) along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training Anna, Leah, and Angel met with guests and shared their unconditional love. Congratulations to all who made "Sweet Home Chicago" a successful event!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:30
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help De-stress Law Students Print E-mail
Law School On Friday, December 12, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bekah and Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), along with their handlers, spent time with the Law Students at Northern Illinois University just before they took their final exams.

The week of finals can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety for students. We were happy that we were able to help these students lessen their stress and anxiety with our visit.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:31
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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!