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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Make Visit to VBS at Clavary in Woodale Print E-mail
Woodale On Monday, July 28, we were blessed to be able to visit with the children of Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodale, Illinois, at their VBS. We were able to tell them all about the work we do in our communities and around the country. They are making The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs their mission for their offerings.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago Print E-mail
First Immanuel On Sunday, July 27, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago where they were met by Rev. Harold Therwagner. LCC K9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (LCC) and Olympia (LCC) met with members and children during the education hour where Directors Rich and Dona Martin shared information on the Comfort Dog Ministry. The team also met with members after the worship service. First Immanuel Lutheran Church first began in 1854. We wish you joyous blessings on the 160th anniversary.
LCC Staff Member Sherry Bolosan and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin Speak at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill, IL Print E-mail
Bunker Hill On Sunday, July 27, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin (LCC) had the privilege of attending Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill, Illinois, annual church picnic. LCC staff member Sherry Bolosan gave the presentation on the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry. Sherry and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin enjoyed visiting with the wonderful members of Zion.
LCC Staff Member Joel Moritz and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther Make Visit to St. Michael's in Bloomington, MN Print E-mail
Minnesota The weekend of July 26 and 27, LCC staff member Joel Moritz and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther (LCC) visited St. Michael Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. After speaking to the Bible class sessions, the members enjoyed meeting and greeting Luther. St. Michael's is a large congregation with a wonderful heart for serving in the mission field. A crew of St. Michael's members were also in Pilger, Nebraska assisting in the continued recovery of the tornadoes that recently touched down there. We are grateful to the members of St. Michael's and look forward to working together in service of others in the time to come.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Make Visit to Redeemer Lutheran Block Party in Waukegan, IL Print E-mail
Wakegan On Saturday, July 26, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Barnabas (Holy Cross Portage), Susie (St Peter's Arlington Heights), Angel (in-training), Lydia (In-training) and Shiloh (in-training) went to Waukegan to help Redeemer Lutheran Church with their block party for the neighborhood. There were lots of things to do there but they really liked to visit the dogs.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help with VBS at Christ Our Savior in Winfield, IL Print E-mail
Winfield On Friday, July 25, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zina (LCC), Zippy (Trinity, Roselle, IL) and Tara (LCC) enjoyed a beautiful morning with the participants of Christ Our Savior Vacation Bible School in Winfield, Illinois celebrating their successful completion of their summer mission project. The children enjoyed learning about how LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are able to help serve as they travel with their Handlers to areas where people are recovering from stressful events. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog handlers Toni Higgins-Trash, Janice Wissert and Marie Payes answered questions about this ministry and about the training these wonderful dogs receive.
Tim Hetzner Speaks at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freemont, Nebraska Print E-mail
Tim On July 27, Tim Hetzner from LCC spoke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freemont, Nebraska; a wonderful, active, mission minded congregation with a school. He was joined by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Moses (Christ Lutheran, Cairo, NE) and Eddie (Peace Lutheran, Grand Island, NE) along with their Handlers Nathan and Jaci Knuth (Moses) and Don and Connie Moeller (Eddie). Trinity Freemont Nebraska has applied and has been accepted to receive an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey Recognized at Concordia University Wisconsin Print E-mail
Zoey In January 2014, LCC placed LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon. Since that time she has helped to bring comfort to many students and staff at Mequon. The summer edition of the Concordian, the magazine published for the university, featured an article about Zoey. The article sheds some light on what Zoey has been up to since her placement at CUW and gives a glimpse of her day-to-day life at the university. To read the full article click here
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Teach K-9 Safety at Orland Park Fire Department Print E-mail
Orland Park On Thursday, July 17, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (LCC), Tillie(LCC), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran, Roselle), and Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson) met with campers and firefighters at the Orland Park Fire Department safety camp. LCC K9 Director Rich Martin taught campers about canine safety. Campers then enjoyed time petting the dogs.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Concord Place Reitrement Community Print E-mail
Concord Place Retirement On Wednesday, July 16, K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia (LCC), Ruthie (LCC) and Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox) had a wonderful visit with the residents at Concord Place Retirement Community. So many residents came to pet the dogs most missing the ones that they had during their life time. Fortunately cats and birds are allowed at Concord Place so many have them as pets, but dogs are still number one. Kathy Trautschold also accompanied the K-9 Comfort Dogs to offer a friendly ear and to pray with those that were open to it.
Comfort Handler Training Continues July 14-16 Print E-mail
K9 Handler Training As K-9 Comfort dogs continue to be placed more handlers continue to be trained. Handlers from Timothy Lutheran Church in St Louis, Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus Ohio, and St Mark's Lutheran Church in Edmond Oklahoma successfully completed handler training with their new Comfort Dogs. The class was led by directors Rich, Dona, and Anastasia. At the end of the day everyone knew "It is not about the dog, but a bridge to show Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.
LCC K-9 Comofort Dogs Make a Visit to Youth Conference in Mequon, WI Print E-mail
Mequon On Thursday, July 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tara (LCC), Jewel (in-training), Lila (Beautiful Savior, Mequon, WI) and Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights) went to Concordia University Wisconsin for the Higher Learning Youth Conference. 1,200 people were in attendance for the event. The dogs were able to meet and comfort many new faces. Later on they were allowed out on the soccer fields to play. It was a long ride, but sure fun to be there.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Bring Healing to Teens Grieving After Loss Print E-mail
 St. John's On Sunday evening, July 6, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Angel (in-training), Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Dora (in-training), Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Lily (in-training), Luther (LCC), Mercy (in-training), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Tara (LCC), and Zippy (Trinity, Roselle) were at a special youth service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois.

On Thursday, July 3, 16-year-old Lija Hyssong, a member at St John's and UKANDU Chicago participant, was called home to Jesus. The Sunday evening service, led by Pastor Pete Imlah, was a time of healing through sharing stories, laughing and crying together, and singing some songs. The theme song from last week's UKANDU Chicago trip was "Lift My Life Up" by Unspoken. The lyrics of this song are incredible, and speak to Lija's life and faith.

Click Here to Listen to the Song on YouTube
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 11:33
LCC Hosts Caregiver Training Print E-mail
caregivers LCC continues in its growth of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry as caregivers from Timothy Lutheran Church, St Louis Missouri; Atonement Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio; and St Mark Lutheran Church, Edmond, Oklahoma came to Addison for three days of training this week. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Directors Rich Martin, Dona Martin, and Anastasia led each day's training covering all the aspects of K-9 training. LCC President Tim Hetzner led devotion and met with the group on the ministry opportunities with their new K-9 ministry. LCC welcomes our new K-9 ministry partners!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Participate in Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A Print E-mail
Chick-Fil-A On Monday, June 30, the Chick-fil-A in Crystal Lake, Illinois invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to their restaurant to meet the community. A portion of the sales for the night were donated to the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Even though there were storms in the area, the Comfort Dogs met many new people, and even someone from Dallas, Texas who was in town visiting her sister! Thank you to all the Comfort Dogs and handlers who attended this 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

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