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Comfort Dogs
UPDATE: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Arrive in Centennial, Colorado Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in Colorado after High School Shootings On Saturday, December 14th, an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team traveled to Centennial, Colorado. On Friday, December 13th, there was a school shooting at Arapahoe High School. Many in this community are still shaken by the memory of the Columbine High School shooting that took place on April 20, 1999. Columbine High School is less than 10 miles away from Arapahoe High School. K-9 Comfort Dogs Shami, Barnabas and Hannah, along with their handlers, flew from Chicago and met up with K-9 Comfort Dog Moses who traveled with his handlers from Nebraska.

The team worked out of the two Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) congregations, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and Our Father Lutheran Church. .

On Sunday, December 15th, the K-9 Comfort Dog team spent time at Our Father Lutheran Church where they met with Director of Christian Education Micah Steiner and the church youth group of high school students. Emotions were raw and tears flowed and healing began. The K-9 Comfort Dogs brought peace and comfort and Jesus was there with everyone.

K-9 Comfort Dogs in Colorado after High School ShootingsOn Monday, December 16th, the team spent much of their morning and afternoon at the two church locations, Our Father and Shepherd of the Hills. They met with people from the church as well as community members. Tuesday they worked at the SouthGlenn mall where many of the students were hanging out since school has been cancelled until January, 2014. The team traveled home Tuesday night and LCC is monitoring the situation with the churches to see if and when further deployments would take place. Please keep this community in your prayers as the healing, both physical and mental, begins.

Click here to see the photos from Colorado Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:10
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort to Sandy Hook on One Year Anniversary of School Shootings Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in Newtown for Shootings Anniversary On Saturday, December 14, 2013, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs were present in Newtown, Connecticut as the community mourned the 26 lives that were lost one year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School. K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Directors, Rich and Dona Martin took K-9's Luther and Ruthie to work along side of K-9 Maggie who is permanently placed in Newtown. They were able to spend time at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown as Pastor Rob Morris presided over a special service of prayer and remembrance. They also made home visits to those in need. Please join Lutheran Church Charities in lifting the Newtown community up in prayer. Isaiah 40:1 "Comfort, comfort My people says the lord." Click here to a nice article written in the Ridgefield, Conn Press Click here to donate to LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Sunday, 15 December 2013 09:03
Special Appeal - Shooting in Centennial, Colorado at Arapahoe High School Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs
LCC volunteers still being deployed in Washington, Illinois.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs out in Newtown, Connecticut doing private visits with families and students on the anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


Shootings at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado.

K-9 Comfort DogsLCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited to Colorado, working with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and Our Father Lutheran Church - both churches are close to the high school and both have students who attend the high school.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are deploying out tomorrow (Saturday) to be onsite in the afternoon to bring the Mercy and Compassion and COMFORT to those shaken by the shootings in their high school. Please keep everyone in your prayers.

To Help -

Pray - for the families, victims and for the LCC staff and volunteers

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs never charge those we serve and rely on donors to support our transportation costs. Click here to donate

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:07
Disaster Relief Volunteer is Trained with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Jennifer Dahn with K-9 Comfort Dogs in Washington, IllinoisLCC received the following thank you note from an LCC Disaster Response volunteer, Jennifer Dahn, in Washington, Illinois:
Just wanted to write you to let you know how thankful I am for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry. I had the opportunity to go through the handler training today in Washington with LCC trainer Jeanne and K-9 Comfort Dog Eddie. Eddie was a trooper as we were practicing the commands with him and walking him through all of the paces. I am excited to continue practicing the new skills I have learned today.

Thank you for all YOU have done in Washington. I have learned A LOT from you and many of the team members over the past two weeks. I am blessed to be a small part of your team in Washington to help bring hope to the lives that have been turned upside down. I am looking forward to many more years of service and helping to expand your ministry. Hope you are doing well.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 12:47
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Residents at Monarch Landing Print E-mail
On Tuesday, December 10, K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Zoey Tillie, and Olympia visited Monarch Landing, an independent senior living community in Naperville, Illinois. The Pet Club asked for a K-9 presentation and for K-9 Comfort Dogs to visit with some of their residents. K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Co-Director, Dona Martin, spoke about the ministry and was presented with a check from the Pet Club. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 12:47
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit With Children at United Airlines' "Fantasy Flight to the North Pole" Print E-mail
United Airlines Fantasy Flight 2013 at O'Hare International Airport On Saturday, December 7th, nine LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers traveled to O'Hare International Airport to take part in the United Airlines Fantasy Flight. The Fantasy Flight is a flight to the North Pole that United Airlines employees run and sponsor every year. They host 30-35 families with a critically ill child and make their holiday wishes come true. Once the children land at the North Pole they get to meet Santa, have a meal in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, and many other fun events. On their way out, they stop by Santa's workshop to pick up a bag of presents for all the children in their family.

United Airlines Fantasy Flight 2013 at O'Hare International AirportThis is the third year the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to participate and were once again a huge hit with the children and their families. Each child was able to get a picture with the dogs that they could have in a keepsake card and were given a stuffed Comfort Dog toy to take with them for times they needed some comfort. It is a privilege for LCC to work with United Airlines with this event and we look forward to the years to come.

Click here for an article on ABC 7 Chicago's website about the event.
Click here to view pictures of the Fantasy Flight Event!
Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:18
K-9 Comfort Dogs and Handlers Provide Comfort to Shelters in Washington, Illinois Print E-mail
Washington Illinois The K-9 Comfort Dog team (Luther, Ruthie, Darlin, Samuel and Phoebe) has arrived in Washington, Illinois and is currently with their handlers, Pastor Thomas Heren and his wife Trudy (center of photo), and Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteer members. They will be based out of Crossroads United Methodist Church - 1420 N Main St Washington, IL 61571. Please keep the team, the volunteers and all who are suffering in your thoughts and prayers. Click here to donate to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund
Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 11:25
LCC Permanently Places Two K-9 Comfort Dogs - First Wisconsin Placement Print E-mail
Scarlett Sepe Lutheran Church Charities We are very excited to announce the permanent placement of two LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, litter-mates, Susie Comfort Dog and Lila Comfort Dog! Susie will be placed at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, IL and her sister, Lila, will be placed as our first Wisconsin K-9 Comfort Dog at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Mequon, WI. We thank these churches for their support and partnership in the ministry and praise God for their desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to their communities! Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
LCC and the K-9 Comfort Dogs Remember Our Veterans Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Zina On Sunday, November 10, the Kapelle Choir from Concordia University Chicago performed a concert at Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, Illinois in honor of Veterans Day. Fourteen K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers were in attendance to honor all those who have bravely served our country and also those who are currently active in our military.

Please join LCC and the K-9 Comfort Dogs as we honor those who so bravely served our country.

Click here to view photos from the concert Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:15
LCC Staff and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs asked to Help Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Toledo, Ohio Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Helping at Trinity Lutheran Church Toledo Ohio While at the LEA (Lutheran Educators Association) National convention a few days ago, the staff at Trinity Lutheran Church and School found out that a very active parent of a 5th grader had a sudden, unexpected death. The staff at Trinity approached the LCC Staff and Comfort Dogs and asked if we could come in to be with families and students and be present for the funeral. LCC responded and arrived Monday Night and will stay through Wednesday. On Tuesday morning, October 29th, the team met with staff first starting at 7:30AM and then the students.

K-9 Comfort Dogs Helping Pastor Tim Carr at Trinity Lutheran Church Toledo OhioThis is one of several traumatic events that has happened recently at the congregation and school including the hospitalization of Sr. Pastor Timothy Carr. LCC K-9 volunteer handler and member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Belvidere, Illinois , Mike Buhl, and K-9 Comfort Dog Kye visited Pastor Carr in the hospital to bring him much needed comfort.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those who we serve but rely on donations for support for expenses

Please keep the wonderful staff and people at Trinity along with the families of those affected in your prayers as the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ occur.

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:09
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Love to Visit People All Over Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs It was a busy week as the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been out in the community bringing comfort to many at Fire Stations, craft fairs and mission fairs. They went to the new fire station in Addison, Illinois for an open house, to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, Illinois and to the mission fair at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:12
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia Visits Green Bay Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia visited Green Bay, Wisconsin to tell the Lutheran Women's Missionary League about the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. While in Green Bay, Olympia and LCC staff member, Deaconess Tiffany Manor, visited Our Saviour Lutheran Church, two nursing homes, Trinity Lutheran School and Pilgrim Lutheran Church.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:11
LCC President, K-9 Comfort Dogs, Awarded at Lutheran Education Association (LEA) National Convocation Print E-mail
Tim awarded Esther Award at LEA National Convocation LCC President, Tim Hetzner, was awarded the Esther Award for leadership in times of crisis at the Lutheran Education Association 2013 National Convocation on Thursday, October 24th. Executive Director of LEA, Jonathan Laabs, presented the award to Tim after briefly talking about Lutheran Church Charities and the work that has been done through LCC over the past year with Tim's leadership and dedication to the ministry God has entrusted to him. Click here to view the video that was shown introducing LCC and the Esther award. The K-9 Comfort Dogs were also awarded that night with the Topel Golden Tail Award for their work in crisis and disaster situations! What an honor it was to be recognized and we thank God for LEA and the ministry they bring through our Lutheran educators across the country!

Family at LEA National Convocation During the LEA Convocation many teachers and their families stopped by the Lutheran Church Charities booth and visited with the K-9 Comfort Dogs and received some furry love and comfort. Many of the teachers had their families with them and this little girl loved K-9 Comfort Dog Howe!

Click here to view more photos from the LEA 2013 National Convocation Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 14:17
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Mission Fair in Oak Lawn Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Chewie On Sunday, October 20th LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chewie, Shami, Darlin, and Barnabas, along with their handlers, attended the Mission Fair at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Everyone enjoyed meeting and interacting with the dogs!
K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena's Southern Roadtrip Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena (St. John - Burlington, Illinois), accompanied by two of her handlers, went to Franklin, Tennessee to support and to surprise a sister and a brother who ran a concession stand at their grandmother's garage sale to benefit the Comfort Dogs. Both the surprise and the sale were successful with over $130.00 being raised. Adeena also visited with members of Concordia Lutheran Church of Nashville, Tennessee, who wanted to learn more about having their own Comfort Dog. The last leg of the trip was to Louisville, Kentucky, to visit with Rachel Comfort Dog and her handlers at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Adeena was warmly greeted by the congregation as they left the late service. Rachel's and Adeena's handlers then were able to participate in the sharing of their experiences with the dogs as well as their hopes and plans for the future of this ministry.
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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!