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Comfort Dogs
Successful Visit to West, Texas Print E-mail
K9s in West Texas The team has arrived back in Chicago following the long weekend spent in Waco and West, Texas. Their time spent there visiting with the community at the fundraiser and the clinic, along with various other visits to pre-schools and nursing homes, was greatly appreciated! The dogs were a hit and loved by all.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie returned to West, Texas to bring more comfort to the community following the April 17th, 2013 fertilizer plant explosion. They spent time with many of the students from West Elementary School, which was destroyed in the explosion as well as a group of runners that were in the Boston Marathon and experienced the bombings there. On Saturday, June 15th, the group, including staff members Rich and Dona Martin and Dana Yocum, were at a camp in West, TX where the Dallas Mavericks were there to teach basketball skills to kids and the Maverick's Dancers put on dancing clinics.

K9s in West TexasOn Friday night, June 14th, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were recognized in Waco, TX at a successful fundraiser put on by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans from Waco, Texas. A special thank you to Sharon from Thrivent for putting on this event and for all her work to make the event a reality. Their support will help the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ with more people in their time of need. Click the link below to see a news segment from Waco Channel 10 about the event.

Click here to view Waco Channel 10 news segment on the K-9 Comfort Dogs Click here to donate to the West, Texas Family Fund
Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:16
Butter Report - June 10, 2013 Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dog Update K-9 Comfort Dog Butter Last Saturday morning, June 1, Cliff and I helped my friends, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia and Ruthie greet the people coming to the Round Lake Library. In the afternoon, Kathy and I went to Crystal Pines. On Sunday I greeted at church. Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday I stayed with Lynne in the office. What a busy place! I hardly got a nap! It was fun to see Jackie, Marianne, and Don.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 10:36
LCC Staff Member Roger Pollock and K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Stade's Farm Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dog Update Stade's Farm On Sunday, June 9, LCC staff member Roger Pollock presented the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at Stade's Farm Market. K-9 volunteer handlers were also there with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chloe, Ladel, Tara, Butter, Chewie, Shami and Kye. A special thank you to Jeanine Weintz, accompanied by Graffiti Unlimited, for her music and dedication to the K-9 Comfort Dogs.
LCC Receives Check, Dog Basket of Goodies and Free-Will Offering from St. Paul Lutheran, Thornton, Illinois Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dog Update St. Paul Lutheran, Thornton, Illinois On Sunday, June 9, LCC staff members Dona and Rich Martin did a K-9 presentation on the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to the congregation at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thornton, Illinois prior to their service. They focused on their response to the many disasters this year. The congregation was so excited to have K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Olympia join them. Ruthie and Olympia even got to help with the Children's Message. The congregation also supported the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry with a donation of financial support, a basket of goodies for the dogs and a free-will offering.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 10:35
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. James Lutheran School, Chicago Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dog Update St James Lutheran School Chicago On Thursday, June 6th, the 5th - 8th grade students at St. James Lutheran School in Chicago had a nice surprise for the end of their school year. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs paid them a visit. LCC staff member, Dona Martin, did a K-9 presentation on the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. The students learned more about what it means to have the Comfort Dogs out in communities, especially after disasters have accrued. Then the students had a chance to visit K-9 Comfort Dogs - JoJo (Living Christ A.H), Jessy (K-9 Comfort Dog in training), Chewie, and Ruthie.
Third Team of K-9 Comfort Dogs and Handlers Return Home from Oklahoma Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in Oklahoma After another successful visit by the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs this week in Moore, Oklahoma and its surrounding communities, the team has landed back in Chicago, IL and Davenport, IA. They spent much of the week visiting the Crisis and Relief Centers, bringing comfort to the displaced and hurting people. They also walked the communities and handed out Visa Gift Cards that were donated from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mt. Prospect, IL.

LCC thanks the owner of a private plane (who generously donated time and expenses) and flew the Chicago group, LCC staff member Rich Martin with K-9 Comfort Dog Luther, LCC Volunteer Sharon Flaherty with K-9 Comfort Dog Susie, and Barb Granado with K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah, back to Chicago. Susie enjoyed watching the clouds go by from her window seat! The team from Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA - Bill Meyer and Rick Holste - has returned to Iowa with Gracie Comfort Dog.

LCC and our wonderful supporters keep all those in Oklahoma who have been affected by the tornadoes in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless them and aid in their recovery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:49
The Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Respond to Oklahoma Tornadoes Print E-mail
St Johns On Tuesday, May 21st, six LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers departed from Addison, Illinois for Moore, Oklahoma to respond to the tornadoes that devastated Moore and the surrounding communities. On Wednesday the teams met with Pastor Mark Bersche of St. John's Lutheran Church in Moore, Pastor Mark Muenchow of Messiah Lutheran Church and School in Oklahoma City, and Pastor Steve Lee of Peace Officer Ministries to determine where to best serve the people of Oklahoma.

By the afternoon, the teams were cu visiting victims in the pediatric and adult floors of the Oklahoma University Medical Center - Click to View CNN Segment. K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Kye, Bekah, Zeke, Lila, and Barnabas continued their rounds with visits to people in multiple relief centers (in Moore and other communities), police and fire stations, and with countless families being housed in dorms at Oklahoma University. At the end of the week, the team was joined by K-9's Jackson and Louie from Joplin, Missouri and Moses from Cairo, Nebraska. In total, nine K-9's and their handlers, representing four states, joined in the response. LCC will continue to serve Oklahoma with the Comfort Dogs.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund to help keep the K-9's serving in Oklahoma
Click here if you would like to donate to the Tornado Relief Fund
Click here to view photos from Moore, OK
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:22
K-9 Comfort Dog Visit to St.Paul, Chicago Print E-mail
Pastor Bass On Sunday, May 26, LCC staff members Marshal and Kolyssa Frisque, along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Zoey, visited the Sunday School students and Bible study members at St. Paul Lutheran Church 5650 N Canfield Ave, Chicago, Illinois. The Sunday School students designated their offerings to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Marshal presented to the group.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Visits Special Olympics Print E-mail
special olympics On Sunday, April 28th, Comfort Dog Tara and handler LCC staff member Marie Payes, visited the Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 (Northwest Suburban Chicago) Annual Spring Games-Track and Field Competition in Mt. Prospect. There were more than 700 athletes, 1,200 volunteers and nearly 3,000 spectators. Tara and Marie greeted athletes, volunteers and visitors at the Hospitality Tent. This was the 18th year that Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Palatine has sponsored the Hospitality Tent.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:09
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. John, Elgin Print E-mail
Chewie The K-9 Comfort Dogs are invited to St John Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois every year and the dogs love the visit. This year Pastor Roger Pollock did the chapel message for the students on comfort. After chapel the students had a chance to visit with K-9 Comfort Dogs Chewie and Tillie.
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Liberty Elementary School Print E-mail
Liberty Elementary The 5th through 8th grades at Liberty Elementary School in Bartlett, Illinois had a visit from the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. There were two assemblies set for the middle school. The students learned about the recent disasters and the history of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Teachers and students asked great questions and had a chance to visit with K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena, Ladel, Star and Olympia.
LCC Thanks EMS and First Responders As We Celebrate National EMS Week 2013 Print E-mail
moore tornado14 Lutheran Church Charities and all the K-9 Comfort Dogs would like to say thank you to all the Emergency Medical Service members and First Responders around the country and world. This week is National EMS Week, make sure to say thank you to your local EMS! To learn more about National EMS Week 2013 click here. Click here to see the photos of the K-9 Comfort Dogs with EMS and First Responders
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:10
K-9 Comfort Dog "Butter Report" Print E-mail
Butter K-9 Comfort Dog, Butter, report: I attended Ascension Day services last Thursday. Then we went to the Ladies of St. John's cookie exchange. I expected crumbs! On Sunday I greeted at church. Then on Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday, I stayed in the church office with Lynne. The mail lady came with her pocket full of dog treats. It was fun to see Mary Ann and Rick too.
K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Sandy Hook 5-K Run Print E-mail
k9 addie On Saturday, May 18, K-9 Comfort Dogs Addie and Maggie attended the Spring Forward for Sandy Hook 5K in support of Immanuel Danbury handler, Jen Marr, who ran the race to support the families who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Community Fundraiser Print E-mail
trinity crown point On Saturday, May 18, K-9 Comfort Dogs Darlin, Prince and Barnabas were at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crown Point, IN for their community fundraiser. They met and greeted many of the people that attended the event.
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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!