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Comfort Dogs
Urgent Appeal to Bring LCC Comfort Dogs to Earthquake Victims in Napa Valley Area Print E-mail
earthquake damage Napa, CA LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited to come to St. John's Lutheran Church in Napa, California and the surrounding area as soon as possible due to the earthquake that hit on Sunday morning. A team of four LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers will arrive in Napa later this afternoon.

Yesterday LCC received a phone call from Pastor Mark Heine and Rev. Michael Schmid - Pastors at St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Napa, California - asking for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to come to be with families in their church and community who are beginning to feel the emotional effects of the recent earthquake that hit the area earlier this week.

earthquake damage Napa, CAThe District President, Rev. Bob Newton, also asked that we come in to help them with the recovery. They are asking that we come as soon as possible and stay through next Wednesday, September 4.

Pastor Heine told LCC that clean-up is well underway. Everybody is working to regain some sense of normalcy to routine, but nerves are frayed, especially with aftershocks that continue to strike the town.

Children and adults are having trouble sleeping and many people will not even enter their owns homes for fear that they are no longer safe. School children of all ages are frightened when dropped off for school and parents are nervous about separating from their children. The hospital staff is stressed and first responders are experiencing heightened stress due to the earthquake.

Building inspections are being expanded beyond the severely hit downtown area, where many historic, old building suffered structural damage (see video captured via drone).

earthquake damage Napa, CAA growing number of people are being told their homes are no longer safe to live in and will need to find temporary living arrangements.

Through it all, St. John's still held their morning worship service on Sunday, just five hours after the earthquake hit. Pastor Heine wrote that it was "a time to worship our Creator and Protector, our Refuge and to minister to each other."

As in any disaster, it causes intense anxiety as to what has happened and what could still happen. This is particularly true with children. As Christians, we cannot explain why something happened but we can bring and point to the hope we have in Jesus Christ and share His mercy and compassion to those who are suffering.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. - Psalm 46:1-3

earthquake damage Napa, CAPlease keep everyone in the earthquake area in your prayers. LCC President Tim Hetzner along with staff members Dana Yocum and Dan Fulkerson will be leaving this afternoon, Thursday, August 28, for Napa. They will be accompanied by LCC volunteer K-9 handlers Lynn Buhrke, Toni Bazon and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Shami (St. John, Darien), Isaiah (Holy Cross, Portage, IN), Luther and Ruthie. LCC never charges those we serve and rely on the support of others to help cover transportation costs. Thank you for your support.

You can contribute by:
Donating online:
Napa K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Donating by mail (please put "K9 Napa Travel Fund" in the memo line):
     Lutheran Church Charities
     333 W Lake Street
     Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Napa Travel Fund View photos of the damage in Napa
Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 09:05
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Countryside Association Print E-mail
Countryside On Monday, August 25, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (LCC), Olympia (LCC), and Zina (LCC) had a chance to visit with clients at Countryside Association for People with Disabilities in Palatine. Countryside is a place dedicated to offering a better quality of life for the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Comfort Dogs met with clients and made many new friends.
Immanuel Lutheran School Receives Visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Immanuel Lutheran School On Monday, August 25, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox) and Tara (LCC) were at Immanuel Lutheran School in Des Plaines to welcome students to their first day of the new school year. The K-9 Comfort Dogs also spent time with Kindergarten, first and third grade with the handlers answering questions about this ministry. Immanuel is anxiously awaiting a Comfort Dog for their church hoping to serve the multi-ethnic population of their community.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:48
LCC K -9 Comfort Dogs Join Redeemer for Outdoor Worship Print E-mail
Redeemer Rockford On Sunday, August 24, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere) and Martin (LCC) joined the members of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Rockford in their annual Outdoor Worship and Picnic. Food and fellowship were enjoyed by all. Redeemer Lutheran is extremely active in the Rockford community and hosts the Keith Creek Neighborhood Association's meetings. Pastor Stephen Klemp is a wonderful shepherd of the church. We enjoyed meeting DCE Kyle Lang and learning about their youth group activities. Thank you, Redeemer, for inviting us to join you for such a joyful time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:46
LCC Adds Four New States to the Comfort Dog Ministry With Placement of Five Dogs Print E-mail

Lydia Comfort Dog Becomes First LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Massachusetts

Lydia's Passing of the Leash

On Sunday, August 24, Lydia Comfort Dog was welcomed into her new home at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

LCC K-9 Director Rich Martin officially passed the leash to Top Dog Joyce Sauca, Pastor Jeremy Pekari and the K-9 Ministry Team from Messiah. Also on hand to welcome Lydia to New England were members from the K-9 team in Newtown, Connecticut and Maggie Comfort Dog (Christ the King, Newtown, CT). Lydia will be used in outreach in North Boston and the greater Boston area.

Be sure to follow her adventures on her Facebook page.

New Jersey Welcomes First LCC K-9 Comfort Dog

Lily's Passing of the Leash

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, LCC did the official Passing of The Leash for Lily Comfort Dog and the Ministry team at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Lily is the first Comfort Dog placed in New Jersey and we are looking forward to the new opportunities in this state.

LCC staff members Dona Martin, Rich Martin, Jeanne Moore and K-9 trainer Terry Ressler spent three and a half days training with the caregivers and handlers for Good Shepherd.

Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, Massachusetts had their caregivers and handlers trained with the team from Good Shepherd as well.

In God's perfect plan Terry Ressler (Immanuel, Belvidere) was able to pass Lily's leash to his son Pastor Phil Ressler.

Be sure to follow her adventures on her Facebook page

Read the article on Lily Comfort Dog

Rufus Comfort Dog Expands K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to Oklahoma

Rufus's Passing of the Leash

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rufus was officially placed at St. Mark Lutheran Churchin Edmond, Oklahoma.

LCC Staff member Sherry Bolosan was present at the Passing of the Leash and welcomed St. Mark as an affiliate member of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs: Phoebe (St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, TX); Louie and Jackson (Immanuel Lutheran Church, Joplin, MO); Moses (Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo, NE); and Eddie (Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, NE) joined Rufus to help celebrate the big day.

It was a thrilling day for St Mark as they welcomed LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Rufus and kicked off their Comfort Dog Ministry. On Saturday, August 23, Rufus and his “Partners in Comfort” visited the local children's' hospital to bring comfort to those who are hurting. After the Sunday service the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs then welcomed the kids back to Sunday School and spent time visiting with the members of the congregation. Edmond, Oklahoma loves having Rufus in their community and is quickly embracing him, keep up with him by following him on his Facebook page!

With the placements of Noah Comfort Dog (Timothy Lutheran, St. Louis) and Rosie Comfort Dog (Atonement Lutheran, Columbus, OH) last weekend, LCC has officially placed five dogs in two weeks. The placements of Rufus, Lily, Lydia and Rosie (August 17) added four new states to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry now has 50 dogs placed in 15 states.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:41
LCC Announces Summer Class of 2015 Print E-mail
New Puppies On Thursday, August 7, LCC began training the "Summer Class of 2015" with seven new puppies! Please continue to keep this expanding ministry in your thoughts and prayers as it grows to keep up with the demand for K-9 Comfort Dogs across the country. Watch the video announcement and meet the puppies!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:30
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Star Visits Knupper's Nursery Print E-mail
Star On Saturday, August 16, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Star (LCC) made a visit to Knupper's Nursery in Palatine on Saturday. They had a special event "Dog Day" at the nursery. Star visited with guests and gave out cards and shared news about the Comfort Dogs and the Kare 9 Ministry.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zippy and Martha Head to the Addison Library Print E-mail
Library On Saturday, August 16, 2014 LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy (Trinity Lutheran, Roselle) with her handler and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in training Martha and her handlers enjoyed an afternoon at Addison Public Library. What a fun afternoon as they got to listen to children read to them. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs love a good book!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:41
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Receive New Toys Print E-mail
Dogs with Hedgehogs On Friday, August 15, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs received several stuffed toys from Rita and Colleen. We are very appreciative of this gift and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are enjoying their new toys. Watch Martin Comfort Dog opening the packages
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:37
LCC President Tim Hetzner Travels to Ferguson, Missouri Print E-mail

While in St. Louis for Noah Comfort Dog’s Passing of the Leash ceremony LCC President Tim Hetzner, James Kirschenmann - a seminarian at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis - and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther (LCC) visited the community of Ferguson, Missouri. They were able to bring Christ’s love to a community that is hurting from constant violence. The community invited Noah to come back to the opening of Bermuda Elementary School and to come back to the community to bring comfort and Christ’s love.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:26
LCC Places Two More LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Over the Weekend Print E-mail
Rosie Leash Passing Ohio Welcomes First LCC K-9 Comfort Dog

On Sunday, August 17, Rosie Comfort Dog was officially welcomed into the congregation of Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio.

Stephanie Christian and Dan Fulkerson represented LCC as staff and were able to speak about what the comfort dogs do in our communities and how they can be the bridge to Christ's love.

Dan Ludlum (head elder) and his wife Mary (Top Dog) were on hand to accept Rosie for Atonement. All of Atonement's Dog team was then commissioned into their roles by Pastor Brian Larson. The congregation then had a reception after the service and Pastor Brian spoke more about what the Comfort Dogs have done. Rosie is the first LCC K-9 Comfort Dog to be placed in Ohio. We are excited about all the doors opening in this state.

Noah Comfort Dog Placed at Timothy Lutheran Church in Missouri

Noah Leash Passing

On Sunday, August 17, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Noah was officially welcomed into the congregation of Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri. LCC staff members Tim Hetzner and Beth Nielsen represented LCC at the ceremony.

Tim Hetzner was able to speak about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and all they contribute to the communities around the country and how they can be a tool to show Christ’s love.

Sue Nielsen (Top Dog) and Noah’s trained handlers were there to officially accept Noah for Timothy Lutheran Church. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther (LCC) and Jessy (St. Paul, Concordia, MO) were also there to welcome Noah to Timothy Lutheran Church. The Congregation held a reception for Noah Comfort Dog after the Passing of the Leash to celebrate his new position.

Read Article on Rosie in the Columbus Dispatch
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 11:47
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend CLEF Networking Conference Print E-mail
CLEF On Monday, August 11, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin (LCC), Luther (LCC), Ruthie (LCC) and Olympia (LCC) traveled to Walther Christian Academy for the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) Networking Conference. This annual conference is held to give the teachers of CLEF schools a boost into the school year. While the conference attendees were ending the conference with their lunch, the Comfort Dogs met with them as they left. LCC was grateful to give them a supportive send off into the new school year. We wish all returning into the classrooms a safe, enlightening and fun filled year.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Take a Visit to Stade's Farm for Outdoor Worship Print E-mail
Stade's On Sunday, August 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs: Martin (LCC), Luther (LCC), Zina (LCC,) Howe (LCC), Adeena (St. John, Burlington), Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Star (LCC), Lily (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In-Training), Tara (LCC), Angel (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In-Training) and Zina (LCC) all visited Stade's Farm in McHenry, Illinois for outdoor worship and Fellowship. The Lord provided all with a beautiful morning as the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were all brought up and the mission was explained to all who attended. Afterwards, there was a time of meet and greet for all. We thank Stade's Farm for their invitation as well as choosing LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to be a partial recipient of funds that will be raised during their "Tractors for Charity" this coming Sept. 6-7. We look forward to another enjoyable time of fellowship and fun. Click here for more photos
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday Makes a Visit to St. Philip in Bryn Mawr Print E-mail
Bryn Mawr On Saturday, August 9, St. Philip in Bryn Mawr hosted their Annual Neighborhood Bash. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara's favorite thing to do is meet people! She was so happy that she could be at this event and bring joy to the people she met.. Games, food and music were enjoyed on this beautiful, sunny day. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara (LCC), and handler, Marie Payes, enjoyed meeting everyone, especially Pastor Eric Gawura.
Back2School Event Gets Visit From LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Back2School On Saturday, August 9, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (LCC), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran, Roselle), Ladel (St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods) and Jojo (Living Christ Lutheran, Arlington Heights) met with over 400 children and their families as St Matthew Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois hosted the Barrington Giving Day community event "Back2School". Members of Barrington churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations are always generous in their support of this day.
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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!