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Comfort Dogs
Comfort Dogs Visit Jerling Jr High Orland Park, Illinois Print E-mail
Jerling Jr High Students of Paula Dzyk’s class at Jerling Jr. High had one request from her at the beginning of the school year: a visit from the Comfort Dogs. It was a simple request but one that required research to make it happen. The students needed to write papers detailing their findings on Comfort Dogs and other working dogs and explain what impact they have on people.

They were rewarded by a visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther, Ruthie, Samuel, and Darlin Comfort Dog (St. Paul - Matteson), and this past Wednesday. Teachers and staff were all invited to visit with the K-9s. Kudos to Paula and her class. Well done!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Comfort Dogs Visit with NIU Law Students Print E-mail
NIU Law Students Visited Shiloh Comfort Dog (Christ Our Savior, Dixon, IL), Kye Comfort Dog (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), Kare 9 Flex and Adeena Comfort Dog (St. John Lutheran Church, Burlington, Illinois) met several law students at Northern Illinois University (NIU). They so appreciated the visit and said it really helped them relax a bit during finals week.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit the Des Plaines Craft Fair Print E-mail
Des Plaines Craft Fair On Saturday, December 5th, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Des Plaines participated in a craft fair at First United Methodist Church in Des Plaines, IL. Comfort Dogs Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights, IL), Zippy (Trinity, Roselle, IL), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara and Comfort Dog-in-Training Jeremiah were there to greet those in attendance. Immanuel is in the process of getting their own Comfort Dog and always enjoys when LCC can help them spread God’s love through these wonderful creatures.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Sandy Hook: Three Years Later Print E-mail
Sandy Hook A day never to be forgotten was remembered again this week just three years after the horrific shootings on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 children and 6 staff members had their lives taken at Sandy Hook Elementary that day.

Since that time, the families and community have grappled with that day and the grief and suffering it brought with it. We give thanks to God who has continued to surround these families and see His hand at work in the many acts of love and kindness shown in the Newtown community and beyond.

LCC thanks God as well for opening the doors from the first days after the event for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers whose hearts to share His Mercy and Compassion with the students and staff of Sandy Hook touched many lives. Dozens of K-9 teams have come to know the kids and families over the past three years. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Danbury and Christ the King Lutheran Church, Newtown continue their ongoing K-9 support with Addie, Maggie, and newly added Leah Comfort Dog as well as emotional and spiritual support in the community.

Most recently, Club Comfort was established within Sandy Hook Elementary. Its main goal is to allow those who have been touched by the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to pay the love and comfort forward through decorative plaques with inspirational messages. LCC staff were recent recipients of these beautiful plaques. Club Comfort is also catching on in surrounding schools.

At this time of year where remembering the loss of a love one can be most difficult we encourage you to reach out to someone you know with His Love, His Mercy, and His Compassion.

Learn more about Club Comfort HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
Comfort Dogs Support Wing’s Sweet Home Chicago Event Print E-mail
Wings Seven Comfort Dogs were invited to the Four Season’s hotel on the Magnificent Mile on Sunday to meet with families who attended Wing’s Sweet Home Chicago annual fundraiser.

The mission of the Wings Program, is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Luther, and Hannah, Comfort Dog Ladel (St Matthew, Hawthorn Woods, IL), Comfort Dog Bekah (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), and Comfort Dogs-in-Training Jacob and Sheba (who celebrated her first birthday) greeted hundreds of people at this wonderful event. The dogs and their handlers provided love and comfort to all.

Congratulations to everyone who did an amazing job putting the event together and giving their all to Wing’s mission.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Visit the North Pole on the Fantasy Flight Print E-mail
North Pole The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs visited the “North Pole” on Saturday, December 5th to be with ill and recovering kids with the United Fantasy Flight. A collaborative effort among several groups and countless volunteers, the Fantasy Flight is a wonderful way for recovering or sick kids to take part in an unforgettable day. The children enjoyed music, food, stuffed animals, the LCC K-9 Comfort and Kare 9 Dogs, and a trip in a plane around the area where they were greeted by a water salute by fire trucks.

After entering through a tunnel of candy canes, the children were treated to a day with Santa and pictures with the Comfort and Kare 9 Dogs.

LCC would like to thank all of those involved with this incredible day and for the warm reception that the dogs received.

To view photos from the day, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:35
Passing of the Leash to St. John's Lutheran Church (Lombard, IL) Print E-mail
St. John Lutheran Church It was a weekend of anticipation as the wait of the congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois was finally over as Eve Comfort Dog and her handlers were welcomed at all three services.

Pastor Pete Imlah, who was instrumental in beginning the K-9 ministry at LCC in 2008 gave the message. He will be a handler along with Senior Pastor Dan Wegrzyn. LCC is excited to have yet another K-9 Affiliate in the Chicago area. After undergoing an extensive three-day training Team Eve is well equipped for its mission to “Bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
Comfort Dogs Invited to Clearbrook - Schaumburg to Visit with Special Needs Individuals Print E-mail
Clearbrook On Monday, December 7th, thirteen K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers visited with special needs adults at Clearbrook, Schaumburg. The group of adults have loved visiting with the Comfort Dogs in the past and Monday was no exception. Clearbrook was greeted by Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL), and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Sasha, Claudia, Sheba, Lois, Naomi, Olive, Elizabeth, Sarah, Jacob, Jeremiah, Job, and Jonah. Tracey, John, and Lee loved being surrounded by the Comfort Dogs.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Concordia University Chicago Print E-mail
Concordia University The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to Concordia University Chicago to help students de-stress during finals last week.

LCC received the following email from Lisa Jordan, Director of Counseling Services at Concordia:

I want to thank you all so much for bringing the dogs…the students LOVED it. I heard many students say how it absolutely made their day, and they were leaving with big smiles (and many stuck around for a while!).

We pray that finals went well and that the students were able to enjoy the comfort dogs!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Gives Presentation to Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, GA Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin, along with Ruthie and Luther Comfort Dogs, were invited to Christ the Shepherd in Alpharetta, Georgia to talk about the K-9 Ministry and the outreach opportunities it presents. K-9 handler Judy Adams, originally from Immanuel (Belvidere, IL) helped arrange the visit as Ruthie and Luther met with people from the three Sunday services. Senior Pastor Kevin Elseroad led services and thanked the K-9 team for the ministry. We pray for God’s guidance as the congregation considers beginning a K-9 Comfort Dog ministry in Alpharetta.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
Four Comfort Dogs Complete the American Kennel Club Community Canine Test Print E-mail
American Kennel Club This past weekend, Eddie (Peace Lutheran, Grand Island, NE), Moses (Christ Lutheran, Cairo, NE), Katie (Trinity Lutheran, Fremont, Nebraska), and Cubby (Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, CO) Comfort Dogs along with their handlers attended training at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Nebraska. This training was to sharpen their skills in preparation for the American Kennel Club Community Canine test. They are the first to complete this level. This test will be offered to all Comfort Dogs in the future.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to St. Peter (Schaumburg, IL) for Chapel Visit Print E-mail
St. Peter Schaumburg LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin, Tara, and JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) and K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Sasha were excited to meet and visit with the students at St. Peter Lutheran School in Schaumburg, IL on Wednesday November 11. The morning was spent hearing how we all can let God’s light shine through us to be kind and help others. After chapel, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs received many hugs from the wonderful students, teachers, and parents.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:36
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Collinsville, IL) Officially Welcomes Esther Comfort Dog Print E-mail
”Collinsville Sunday, November 8, LCC President Tim Hetzner joined handlers:
  • Nicole and Josh Lanahan
  • Cathy and Ken Reuter
  • Leslie and Bill Jourdain
  • Rick and Carol Small
  • Joan Shimkus
  • Sharon Teschendorf
  • Mary Burch
  • Stephanie Fedder
and the congregation of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois for the Passing of the Leash ceremony for K-9 Comfort Dog Esther. Esther officially passed from a K-9 Comfort Dog-In-Training to Holy Cross’s K-9 Comfort Dog. Esther will be Holy Cross’s bridge to show Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Holy Cross’ handlers and Esther have already begun ministering to those in their community who are hurting. Holy Cross Lutheran Church is also Kare-9 Military Ministry and has two veterans.

The Passing of the Leash ceremony at Holy Cross included Comfort Dog Noah and handlers Diane Saleska and Marla Steenbock from Timothy Lutheran Church, St Louis, Missouri and Comfort Dog Tabby and handler Bill Dietrichs from St Paul, Des Peres, Missouri. Holy Cross, Timothy and St Paul have already begun working together in the community to touch lives by being present, compassionate, and open to those in need.

God continues to grow the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry in order to touch more lives and reflect His love, mercy, compassion, encouragement that He has shown us.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:36
Lydia Comfort Dog Jewelry Fundraiser Print E-mail
From Kat Bunker - Lydia Comfort Dog’s Scheduler:
Treasures from the Jewelry Box

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.“ Matthew 6:21 ”Jewelry

Many people, from all across the country, donated treasures from their jewelry boxes to be sold to raise money for Lydia Comfort Dog’s deployment fund. These people showed, in a literal way, that their hearts were set on the ministry of bringing the comfort of Christ to hurting people. LCC’s trained Comfort Dogs are on the scene at many places where life has been harsh and comfort is needed. Lydia Comfort Dog, who is stationed with Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, MA, will be able to respond to these needs as long as her team can raise the funds.


North Boston Comfort Team decided to hold a Jewelry Sale. Newspaper ads, flyers, word of mouth & social media were used to request donations of people’s jewelry that they no longer wore. Boxes & bags of jewelry began showing up in MA from all sides, even from TX and CA and I !!!! For months before the sale, team members cleaned, repaired and carded/bagged each piece of jewelry. A professional appraiser donated his time to look at the higher end items, test them for gold value and help us price them.

We even asked for broken jewelry and single earrings. Jewelry collages in the shape of a CHRISTmas tree or framing a mirror or a photo can be really wonderful!! We will make some over the winter.

The sale was held Saturday, October 17 from 10am-2pm. (In hindsight, we may open at 8am at the Spring Jewelry Sale). Prices were kept very low. Printed photos of ideas for wearing jewelry were on the tables. For example, clip on earrings can be worn on each side of a t-shirt, or in the hair. Pins can go on a hat or a purse.

Refreshments were provided with small tables for shoppers to sit, enjoy a coffee and think about what they’d like to buy. The end result was very, very successful.

So successful (and so many pieces of jewelry still to sell) that the team wants to do a Jewelry Sale in the Spring of 2016.

Lydia Comfort Dog was present at the setup, as well as during the show. Customers could sit and spend some time with her. Just being able to sit and be with her increased their excitement for the Comfort Dog ministry. We passed around Lydia’s business card & every person smiled when told that Lydia had a Facebook page and asked if they would please sign it.

There are many ways to fundraise and Comfort Dog Teams need a constant flow of fundraising in order to be able to travel to disaster sites. They also need funds for the care & maintenance of the Comfort Dog.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:36
Comfort Dogs Comfort Blood Donors at Old St. Patrick’s Church (Chicago, IL) Print E-mail
”Old On Sunday, November 8th, 2015 LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin (St. Paul, Matteson) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), along with their handlers, brought comfort to the volunteers and donors at the Old St. Pat's Blood Drive. Comfort Dogs Darlin and Susie were excited to return to this event and worked hard to help everyone stay calm and relaxed.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:36
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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. Dana Resetarits, DVM of Buckwalter Veterinary Clinic, Bluffton, South Carolina

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska

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

Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, Bluffton, South Carolina

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs!