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Addie Comfort Dog Update in Danbury, Connecticut Print E-mail
Addie K-9 Comfort Dog Addie took a day off from Sandy Hook School to visit Danbury Mall with Principal and handler Nate Palkewick from Immanuel Lutheran School in Danbury, Connecticuton Saturday March 9th. They were joined by Danielle, Lizzie and Nate's son Josh. Together with Addie they met many kids and their families.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 11:15
 
K-9 Comfort Dog Luther working in Connecticut Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Luther On Monday, March 11th, Luther Comfort Dog was serving at Hands of Grace, a human care ministry of St. Paul's Lutheran, New Hartford, Connecticut. They are feeding, clothing, and praying for the people and he gets to tag-along providing comfort as needed!
Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 11:16
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring Comfort for ISAT testing Print E-mail
Westfield School Students with high anxiety at Westfield Middle School Bloomingdale, IL received some extra comfort

K-9 Comfort Dogs Zippy (Trinity Roselle, Illinois) and JoJo (Living Christ Arlington Heights, Illinois) helped some of the students with high anxiety over testing calm down their fears. The school coordinator stated that some of the students become physically sick thinking about taking tests.

Zippy and JoJo, with handlers Steve Kalbach and Becky Staehlin, spent about 30 minutes in the morning before testing began. During that time, the students had time to pet the dogs and calm down their fear of test taking.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 11:17
 
After the tour around Newtown they drove to a nursing home and gave a presentation and had dog visits. Print E-mail
Rich and Dona Martin LCC staff Rich & Dona Martin and Deaconess Tiffany Manor along with K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Zeke, Bekah and their college handlers attended the Festival of Workshops for the Atlantic District of the LCMS designed to help congregations in various areas of ministry.

They met with District President, Rev. David Benke (pictured), and listened to keynote speaker, Rev. Rob Morris from Christ the King Lutheran Church, talk on fear. The team was also able to interact with the over 300 people who had attended the workshops.

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Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 11:23
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Updates from East Coast Print E-mail
Pastor Yeadon On Sunday, March 10, the team visited St. Paul's Lutheran New Hartford, CT and met with New England District President Tim Yeadon. LCC staff member, Deaconess Tiffany Manor, gave two brief congregational presentations on Comfort Dog ministry and two children's presentations for their Kids for Christ. Then they went to Christ The King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut where they had been invited by church members and Pastor Morris to attended a reception after church and had lunch. After lunch they spent about two hours with Ken Fay; he took them around to a number of sites that were significant in the Newtown tragedy.

East Coast


After the tour around Newtown they drove to a nursing home and gave a presentation and had dog visits.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:42
 
K9 Comfort Dog Team Commissioned for East Coast Trip Print E-mail
college comfort dog handlers On Sunday, March 3 Pastor Bill Jensen of Wittenberg Lutheran Center, Normal, Illinois, commissioned a team of college student Comfort Dog handlers to accompany LCC staff member Deaconess Tiffany Manor on a disaster response trip to the east coast. The team plans to depart Friday, March 9 and will visit sites within the New England, Atlantic and New Jersey districts of the LCMS.

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 17:51
 
Butter Reports Print E-mail
Butter Last Thursday I met with Club 55 hearing all about Norway. I even went to lunch with them. Saturday I traveled to St. Paul's, Harvard, with LWML ladies for their Lenten Breakfast. Kathy and I visited friends at Crystal Pines. I saw some of you at church on Sunday. I missed Pastor's touch. Pray for him! Later Kathy and I met other Comfort Dogs at Brookfield Zoo greeting people (kids) who came to see the sled dogs. On Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. I was at T'ai Chi on Tuesday. Then in the evening after my bath, I went to stay with Debbie for a while. Call her if you need me!
Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 17:42
 
Co-Directors of the K9 Comfort Dog Ministry Discussing Opportunities in Newtown, CT Print E-mail
Rich and Dona LCC staff members Dona and Rich Martin discussed K-9 Comfort Dog opportunities with Pastor Rob Morris and Cathy Reiss from Christ the King in Newtown, CT on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 17:43
 
LCC K9 Comfort Dogs Continue in Newtown Print E-mail

LCC Staff Leaving to Conduct Handler Training

Comfort Dog After a week off of school K9 Comfort Dog Addie was ready to get back to Sandy Hook School on Monday.

This Saturday, March 2, 2013, co-directors of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Rich and Dona Martin, will fly to Connecticut to conduct more handler training at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury, Connecticut in anticipation of Addie working with church activities.

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 17:54
 
Butter Reports Print E-mail
Butter Report Last Friday evening Jacque took me to Crosspoint's Valentine event. Saturday Debbie and I visited friends at Crystal Pines. In the evening I went to my Benefit Dance. USA Dance members had a great time. You should have seen all the things in the Butter Boutique! Those homemade treats are yummy! Thank you, Girl Scouts and Ann. I greeted at church on Sunday. On Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. I was at the Lenten supper and Wednesday service.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 09:25
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Participate in FREEze Day at the Brookfield Zoo Print E-mail
Brookfield Zoo The sun was shining at Brookfield Zoo as the K-9 Comfort Dogs greeted 4,900+ visitors for FREEze Day at Brookfield Zoo.

Adults and children enjoyed petting the dogs and learning more about the K-9 Ministry; even the children who were traditionally scared of dogs reached out and pet them. Visitors asked questions of the handlers and stopped at the LCC table to get more information on the Comfort Dogs. Many fans of the Comfort Dogs stopped by to give them all a pet and to collect the dogs' business cards.

The event was set up on the West Mall area of the Zoo. Also attending the event with the K-9 Comfort Dogs were the Green Valley Sled Dogs

Click here for photos from this event
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 09:26
 
K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Visits Trinity Lutheran School in Burr Ridge Print E-mail
Principal Aaron Landgrave LCC staff members Tiffany Manor, Bruce Knosher and Dona Martin, along with Dick Bernard and Tranetta McComb, traveled to Trinity Lutheran School, Burr Ridge and made a chapel and student visit with K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Tillie, Olympia and Star. The student council had a fundraiser for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry where they taped principal Aaron Landgrave to the wall. Tiffany explained the Haitian Water Filters in her presentation since that will be their chapel offering designation in the 3rd and 4th academic quarters.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 09:27
 
Ladel Wins Soup Contest Print E-mail
Comfort Dog Ladel Comfort Dog Ladel won a soup contest at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois with Ladel's Loaded Potato Bacon Soup.
Last Updated on Sunday, 24 February 2013 14:37
 
Comfort Dog Samuel and Pastor Hein Stop by Target Print E-mail
Comfort Dog Samuel Samuel had fun meeting all of the associates at the Target store in Romeoville, Illinois. This store is an official sponsor of Samuel supporting his work as a Comfort Dog and fire service dog for the Lockport Township Fire District. Pastor Hein and Samuel also visited the residents of Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet, Illinois. They are shown here with one of the members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lockport.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:04
 
Butter Report Print E-mail
Comfort Dog Butter Last Thursday Spike took me to St. John's Talent Show. Because of the snow, I got to stay the night at her house. Did I tell you she has a cat? Saturday Kathy and I visited friends at Crystal Pines. We were able to talk with Elizabeth. She missed us the last time. I greeted at church on Sunday. Then John and I went to Lord of Life LaFox where my friend Chloe was celebrating her birthday and placement at the church. On Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. In the evening Spike and I did the Talent Show again. I was at the Lenten supper and Ash Wednesday service.
 
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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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