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Comfort Dogs
Passing of the Leash in Fort Collins, Colorado Print E-mail
Passing of the Leash The congregation at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colorado was pleasantly surprised when they were told that their new LCC K-9 Comfort Dog was…Cubby! In a special ceremony for the “Passing of the Leash”, Cubby was added to the congregation’s ministry team. But it is not just handing over the leash of a new animal.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Buck was there to show the “new dog” some of the finer points of being an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog. Cubby had already undergone about 3,000 hours of training. The church handlers of Cubby had also been trained, but after the ceremony, they both needed days of additional work. Those days are critical so that Cubby and his handlers learn how to work together to maximize their ministry to the church and community.

Passing of the Leash While in Colorado for the Passing of the Leash for K-9 Comfort Dog Cubby, LCC staff members and Cubby’s new handlers at Redeemer Lutheran also stopped by Colorado State University in Fort Collins to visit with students at the Lutheran Campus Ministry. Cubby brought a little comfort and relaxation to the students before the end of the year. Now if they could just find a way to have Cubby visit in the midst of finals.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:20
 
Shami, Pax and Eve Have Fun with Pre-Schoolers Print E-mail
Open House The preschoolers of St. John Lutheran Early Learning Center in Dairen, Illinois. gave a warm welcome to their beloved LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Shami and her friends Pax and Eve both Comfort Dogs-in-training. The Wags n' Tails video was enjoyed along with lots of smiles and petting. The 3 and 4-year-olds were very good listeners as they learned more about the comfort that the dogs give to those that are hurting. There were over thirty preschoolers, aides and teachers present.

To learn more about the school's programs and for online registration for 2015-2016 CLICK HERE

Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:42
 
Phoebe Makes a Creative Impact on Children at St. Paul Lutheran School in Austin, Texas Print E-mail
Phoebe Last week at LCC we received this note and drawing from one of the children at St. Paul Lutheran School in Austin, Texas. Here’s what Phoebe “wrote” about it:

I hardly know how to tell you about all of my day. The children and staff at St. Paul Lutheran School in Austin were so welcoming. The hallways were lined with welcome posters for my team and me and they were very well done! I met the upper grade students before they departed for a field day celebration. Then I visited with children as young as 18 months and all the way up through second grade. Their teachers had prepared them so well. They knew quite a bit about me before they even met me. What a great morning!

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 14:31
 
Stories of Healing in Rochelle, IL Print E-mail
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were a beacon helping the suffering at the Beacon on the Green in Rochelle. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tara and Zippy (Trinity Roselle), along with Eve and Claudia (LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training) were welcomed with open arms by the various agencies present to assist those that have been affected by the tornado. We met so many Red Cross volunteers. The attendance was reported to be between 25-30 families during our time there. Residents entering were obviously stressed but would detour their path to come spend time learning about and spending time with the wide range of ages of the Comfort Dogs.

One woman that walked in the door saw the dogs and immediately went to her knees and started to pet the dogs and cry. As she was petting Eve and Claudia she mentioned how badly she missed her dog, who has been staying with friends since the storm. Her family lives in the country; their home was heavily damaged and her car was destroyed. She was home alone with her kids when the storm hit because her husband was trucking in Wisconsin. She talked to him during the storm while keeping the children safe in the basement.

Within minutes of her leaving us, a Red Cross volunteer came requesting a Comfort Dog to sit with another woman who was having difficulty. Yes, it was our new friend, so Tara and her handler, Toni, went with her. She sat petting Tara as she talked with the agency representatives. Later, Zippy and her handler Janice took Tara's place and continued the healing. On her way out the door she needed hugs from all the dogs.

Everyone was so happy the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were in attendance and are looking forward to seeing them again on Thursday.

CLICK HERE to donate to help those affected by the tornadoes in Northern Illinois
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:21
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visits St. John's Lutheran Church and Early Learning Center, Darien, Illinois Print E-mail
Common Core Adeena (St. John Lutheran Church - Burlington, IL), an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog was able to spend considerable time with special needs preschoolers last week at St. John's Lutheran Church Early Learning and Development Center. Adeena brought out great kindness and encouragement between the children. The shyer ones were guided over to Adeena by the more confident children. One little boy explained to a very hesitant classmate in the most encouraging way that Adeena was kind and gentle and that Adeena would be their friend forever. Another boy came up and stared very, very intently right into Adeena's eyes and then he would look up at the handlers and simply smile. No words were needed. The comfort was evident.

Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 07:27
 
Edison Park Lutheran Church Sunday School Gets Furry Visitors Print E-mail
Sunday School On Sunday, April 12, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Pax and Tabby joined Barnabas (Holy Cross - Portage, IN), a fully trained LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, at Edison Park Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. Their handlers were able to tell the congregation about all the work the Comfort Dogs do, from meeting kids in Sunday School to deploying to disaster situations – like a lot of the things the dogs did this weekend – to bring a little peace in times of trouble and sorrow. One little girl even wore her dress with dogs on it to welcome their furry visitors.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:35
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visiting First Responders and Residents of Fairdale Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in Fairdale, IL LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, staff, and volunteers from LCC, Immanuel Belvidere, St Peter Arlington Heights, and Christ Our Savior Dixon were joined by Pastor Carl Rasmussen from First Lutheran Church in Kirkland, IL to visit with first responders and residents of Fairdale, IL last Monday. Several dogs were able to visit Fairdale on Sunday.

Please keep everyone affected by last week's tornadoes in your prayers as they continue healing from this disaster.

CLICK HERE to donate to help those affected by the tornadoes in Northern Illinois
CLICK HERE to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:43
 
Well Being Week at Harper College Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dogs at Harper College LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin, Ruthie and Olympia were invited by the Honor's Program at Harper College to participate in "Well Being" week for students. The dogs were accompanied by LCC staff members Dan Fulkerson and Rich & Dona Martin.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:20
 
LCC K-9's Meet Campers at Fox Valley YMCA Print E-mail
Fox Valley The Fox Valley YMCA in Plano, Illinois was visited by LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin (St. Paul - Mattson, IL) to learn about the Comfort Dog ministry and what a Comfort Dog does. According to the School Age Child Care Director, “The children LOVED their time with Darlin! Marlene did a wonderful job of explaining the job of a Comfort Dog. They were very attentive, enjoyed the video and scrapbook, but most of all, being able to touch and pet Darlin! The children asked a lot of great questions and were very interested.”

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:42
 
ComEd Crew Helps Prepare Area for Dog Training Print E-mail
ComEd Twelve volunteers, all employees of ComEd in the Chicago, Illinois area gave of their time and sweat to build a special walking path to train LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and KARE 9 Military Ministry dogs. They cleared out brush and an old fence in the area behind our training facility (and soon-to-be new headquarters building), then built paths of different walking materials for dog training to introduce different textures to the dogs. Additional landscaping was also done to make the area even more “dog friendly”.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund

Help support our KARE 9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:45
 
Elgin Community College’s Early Childhood Visit Print E-mail
Susie On Wednesday April 1, 2015 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Susie (St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) and Martin went to Elgin Community College to visit the Early Childhood Center students and staff. There they met really nice students as well and heard them sing songs. The teacher then read a book about therapy dogs and what they do. While she was reading to them the kids all got to pet both dogs and get their business cards. Afterwards, the dogs met some nursing students and members from Student Life.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:36
 
Veterinarian for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dora Dies Suddenly Print E-mail
Elmwood Vet Dr. Kevin Ruch, veterinarian for Dora (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee) at the Elmwood Veterinary Clinic in Brookfield, Wisconsin, died suddenly last week. He volunteered time and services for years and we thank him for his excellent unselfish time. He leaves behind his wife, Beverlee, and two sons.

Please keep them in your prayers.

To view the website for the clinic CLICK HERE Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry DONATE HERE
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:45
 
New Song Community Outreach Event Print E-mail
New Song Community How does an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog make an impression on someone? Respond to a handler giving a “lap” command. Last Saturday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Zippy (Trinity, Roselle IL) did just that. Zippy, joined by Tara and Tabby Comfort Dog in-Training went to New Song Community Church in Aurora to meet about 300 people of the church and community as the kids searched for Easter eggs. When they were done everyone got to meet and pet all the dogs and collect their cards. The volunteer who requested the site visit wrote that the "…visit from the K9 Comfort Dogs over the weekend was amazing! The kids and adults really appreciated having your group at our Church Easter outreach event."

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:38
 
Girl Scout Meeting at Good Shepherd in Bolingbrook, Illinois Print E-mail
Girl Scout Meeting Samuel and Shami (St. John Lutheran Church - Darien, IL), both LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, met with a Naperville Girls Scout Troop last week. The girls are learning about different types of dogs/animals and how they are able to help people. Through his handler, Samuel shared his stories about his work as a “Fire Dog”, which is very unique, because he doesn’t own any spots! Handlers for both dogs also shared a book called “Dog Heroes”, where Samuel’s work at the Texas Refinery Fire, and Shami’s work in Boston is showcased. The team talked about all the places both dogs have been, how they help people, and the love they are able to bring to others through their paws, and warm hugs!

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 15:33
 
Passing of the Leash at St. John’s Napa, California Print E-mail
Passing of the Leash in Napa The transfer of an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog from LCC to a local church is not a quick and easy task. First, LCC must coordinate with the church all the handlers and caregivers for the dog, then there is extensive training of the handlers and caregivers (because the dog has already been trained), then there is the formal Passing of the Leash.

Last Sunday, March 29, 2015, after three days of extensive training, Lutheran Church Charities welcomed St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napa, California into the Comfort Dog Ministry by passing the leash of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Aaron (Exodus 33:19). LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Aaron is the first LCC K-9 Comfort Dog place in California. Now with Aaron working in their ministry, the St. John’s team and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog will work daily to bring comfort to those that are hurting in their community and surrounding areas.

Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 10:00
 
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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!