Comfort Dogs
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Bethesda Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Zina and Tillie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, paid a special visit to the Bethesda group home in Plainfield, Illinois on Tuesday, October 22. Darlin, the K-9 from Mt Greenwood Lutheran Church also joined the event. The dogs had a wonderful time meeting Mike and Rick, who enjoyed petting and talking to them. The K-9s were invited back for a group celebration as they were told that they "make a difference!"
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Staff and Volunteers Returned to Boston - Visited Universities and Met with Those Affected by Marathon Bombings Print E-mail
MSPCA Award The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, along with Co-Directors Dona and Rich Martin, handlers Sharon Flaherty, Barb Granado, Wendy Cole, Elizabeth Brose, and Nate Palkewick, revisited Boston on the six month anniversary of the Marathon Bombings.

The visit began last Thursday, October 17th, at Suffolk University where the team, along with Pastor Paul Lantz, was invited in to meet and address students by Communications & Journalism Senior Lecturer, Norine Bacigalupo. The visit at Suffolk began with a special recognition by University President, James McCarthy, who gave Honorary Doctors of Healing bandanas to K-9's Ruthie, Luther, Zoey, Hannah, Maggie, and Addie. A K-9 presentation followed with students of the Communication & Journalism School.

Thursday evening was also a memorable event as the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were awarded the Animal Hero award at the MSPCA-Angell Awards held at the Boston Park Plaza. Over 1,000 people attended the event recognizing individuals work with animal welfare throughout the country. We salute the MSPCA and all who commit themselves to the protection and welfare of God's creation.

Friday and Saturday many of our friends from Universities and the community visited with the team at First Lutheran Church of Boston. We are once again grateful for our hosts and spiritual leaders Pastor Paul Lantz and Pastor Ingo Dutzmann of First Lutheran Church.

K-9 Comfort DogsThe trip concluded with an invitation to a private gathering with medical volunteers and first responders at the recently reopened Forum Restaurant near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Over 75 medical volunteers, EMT, and other first responders were in attendance and visited with the Comfort Dogs. Pastor Ingo Dutzmann shared remarks using an analogy out of the book of Esther. It was an honor for the team to be with these remarkably brave men and woman who sacrificed their own safety to save so many lives. May God Bless them and all who respond to these man-made and natural disasters every day.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:28
Tim Hetzner and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Attend and Present at LCMS National Disaster Response Conference Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs On Monday, October 7th, LCC President, Tim Hetzner, along with the K-9 Comfort Dog team, including Co-Director of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Rich Martin, arrived at the LCMS Disaster Response 2013 National Conference held in St. Louis. They were there for the whole conference which ended on Thursday, October 10th.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs were there to bring comfort to attendees while Tim Hetzner and Rich Martin addressed the attendees about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry involvement in Disaster Responses over the past year.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:40
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Attended Pet Expo in Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Minister to Coordinator Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs participated in a large Pet Expo at Sunny View Expo Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 5, 2013. K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Martin, Ruthie, Olympia, Adeena and Lila greeted over 1000 people at the Sunny View Pet Expo. Pictured is Martin with the family that donated him to Lutheran Church Charities when he was a puppy. The reunion was wonderful and they are very proud of the K-9 Comfort Dog Martin is becoming in his training!

Rich Martin (LCC staff) highlighted the ministry to the attendees on the main stage. Many people stopped at the booth to pet the dogs and to learn more about the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Our Comfort Dogs where not distracted from comforting people even with a 10 foot alligator a few booths away. The event coordinator was able to have some one on one time with the Comfort Dogs and one of her friends who had just found out that her mom only had a few days to live. Tears and prayers were shared amongst the group and comfort was brought to the coordinator and her friend as the team shared the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ with them.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:50
Fox River Grove Fire Department Open House Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs On Sunday, October 6th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Olympia and JoJo enjoyed their visit at the Fox River Grove Fire Department open house.

Pastor Gerald Schalk arranged the visit for the community to get to know the more about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Since retirement Pastor Schalk has worked with the Fox River Grove FD.

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Shami Report Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Shami Hi, It's me, Comfort Dog Shami. I visited the Darien/Woodridge, Illinois Fire Department Open House on Saturday October 5th. I learned all about Fire Safety from fireman "Bob" and "Sparky". Bob rewarded me with a pretty pink fire hat...Sparky needs to watch out cuz he's got competition now!
LCC Staff Return to Sandy Hook Elementary School Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dogs at Sandy Hook On Monday, March 4, 2013 LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin, co-directors of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry for Lutheran Church Charities, visited Sandy Hook Elementary School during their return visit to Newtown, Connecticut. Addie Comfort Dog has been at Sandy Hook Elementary School daily with handlers from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury. The Martins were excited to visit with the students, faculty and staff they met during their visit in January.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 10:00
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit "Active Seniors Group" Print E-mail
Active Seniors Shami has a Busy Week! Shami visited the "Active Seniors Group" at the Darien Sportsplex on Tuesday, September 17th. She gave a presentation of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and then spent time visiting with the members. So much love in one room! On Wednesday, September 18th, Shami visited a nursing home, a family shelter, and a Children's Literacy Group Meeting.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:00
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Faith Lutheran Church Print E-mail
Shami Shami and Martin visited Faith Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn Saturday, September 21st. Pastor Birkholtz invited them to the church's fall community outreach event and food drive. The event featured great food, games, crafts, bingo... and so much more! Shami and Martin were very busy competing for the "best smiles", and "biggest hugs"!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:00
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Stade's Farm and Market Print E-mail
Stades Farm On September 21st and 22nd the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were welcomed to Stade's Farm and Market in McHenry, Illinois for Praise on the Farm. It was an awesome weekend of music and praise! On Sat. comfort dogs Chewie and JoJo greeted visitors, and on Sunday comfort dogs Chewie, JoJo, Susie, Jessy, and Tara met and greeted all attending the event. We are thankful to Stade's Farm for supporting our ministry by collecting donations at the event and allowing us to share about the ministry.
LCC Attends Southern Region Pastors Conference Print E-mail
Church Mutual On Tuesday, September 24th, LCC staff members Marshal and Kolyssa Frisque, along with K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey, met with pastors and district staff of the Southern Region of the LCMS Northern Illinois District at their annual conference. Pictured is K-9 Zoey with Lawrence from Church Mutual at the LCC display. Marshal met with and talked about LCC and the K-9 Comfort Dogs with the attendees.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:51
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Showed the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ to the People of Colorado - Your Support is Still Needed! Print E-mail
Tim Hetzner presents Pastor Kent Schnegelberger with money for flood victims The K-9 Comfort Dog team that deployed to Colorado was busy working with Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins, Colorado and Messiah Lutheran Church and School in Longmont, Colorado to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who have affected by the flooding. They arrived on Monday and started working with people in the community right away! They remained in the greater Ft. Collins area through Sunday, September 29th, 2013. They were blessed to meet the teacher from Colorado who had issued the original invite to the K-9 Comfort Dogs.

K-9 Comfort Dogs and preschool at Messiah Lutheran School Longmont COThanks to your fast responses and generous donations, Thursday morning, September 26th, Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, presented Pastor Kent Schnegelberger of Messiah Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado money to help the families in his church affected by the flooding - including his preschool director who was without power and stranded at her house with her family and parents. Many families are low or no-income and lost their homes completely. There is still a very large need for your support to help them rebuild.

The rest of the week, the team met with local first responders and many of the displaced families. They worshiped at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greely, CO and left for Chicago late Sunday night. We thank God for safe travels and we keep the people of Colorado in our continued thoughts and prayers.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Deploy to Colorado Print E-mail
Colorado Flooding

Help be the Hands and Feet of Jesus to those who Suffer

Watching the flooding in Colorado for the last several weeks has my heart breaking knowing how many children, families, and individuals have been displaced from their homes. There was little we could do in the beginning because in most places the water was still rising. The water is now going down and some people are now getting back into their homes only to find that much of what they have has been destroyed. Add to that the water and sewer issues they face.

I received the message below yesterday and knew NOW was the time to go (the names are left out at this time for confidential reasons:
Good morning and greetings from Colorado.

I teach at L----- and I am going to assume you have followed some of the news stories about the recent flood. At least one quarter of the little town of L---- was literally washed away about ten days ago, displacing many families but especially our students. My assistant principal gave me the go-ahead to contact you and see if you would be willing to visit with our students? Both we and the L---- elementary school have been moved to an old school as we are currently without water/sewer and will be for at least four months. Everyone is still in shock and basically we are starting the year over again in a foreign place.

Even those of us not directly affected by the flood are experiencing shock, stress, and grief. Who do I contact to arrange a visit by the Comfort Dogs?

I couldn't help but remember the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut who were displaced from their school - different reason - but just as emotionally challenging. We were there for them with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs (and still have a Comfort Dog in the school every day it is open). I knew we had to be there for the children, teachers and parents in Colorado.

Please read the below and keep everyone in your prayers and consider giving your support to those who suffer.

Tim Hetzner, LCC

Tim Hetzner
President, Lutheran Church Charities

K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploying to Colorado to Aid Flood Victims

Colorado flooding Record breaking flood waters in Colorado have caused loss of life, property losses nearing $2 billion, and many people that are still missing. LCC President Tim Hetzner has been monitoring the situation with ministry partners Rev. Glenn Merritt, LCMS Director of Disaster Response.

Over the past several days invitations have been extended to have the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visit schools and families affected by the flooding. Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins, with Pastor Tim Runtsch, has invited the Comfort Dogs to work through the church in Ft. Collins to serve the people and communities that are suffering. Along with God's people at Redeemer, we will also work with all of our surrounding churches that need assistance. LCC staff, volunteers and K-9 Comfort Dogs are leaving at 6 am Tuesday, September 24th to be in Colorado Tuesday morning.

How you can help:

Help Support Families In Need!

Colorado Flooding Thousands of people have been displaced and thousands have lost their homes. It will be a long time before some residents will even be allowed back into their homes. In the town of Lyons officials have been telling people it may be up to six months before they are allowed to return to their homes due to contaminated water and severely damaged infrastructure. You can help support these and other families by donating to help in supplying some of their basic needs. With LCC's "Dollar in, Dollar Out", 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the families. Click here to donate to the Colorado Flooding Relief Fund

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel to Colorado

Colorado Flooding Responding to crisis when called is not something we can wait to do. LCC never goes into a area without being invited. We have two invites, one from a school that had to relocate all of the children to a new location in a nearby town (see message above). The other is Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft Collins, Colorado. LCC is currently making travel arrangements for K-9 teams responding to this disaster. LCC NEVER charges those we serve - we pick up all of our own transportation, food, and lodging expenses because of the donors outside of the area who support our Mission of bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those we serve. Click here to donate to the K-9 Travel Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
Passing of the Leash Ceremony for K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage, IN Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah On Sunday, September 22nd, LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin and Dianne Bonfield held the Passing of the Leash Ceremony with Pastor Tim Engel and handlers for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage IN. This now is their third LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, now alongside of K-9s Prince and Barnabas, as well as a LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Rosie. We praise God for the Outreach efforts of Holy Cross in their touching lives with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
Beloved K-9 Comfort Dog Handler Passes on to Meet her Heavenly Father Print E-mail
Liz Fischer It is with sadness that we share the passing of "Liz" Fischer, K-9 Handler of "Butter" from St. John's Lutheran Church in Algonquin, Illinois.

Liz was instrumental in beginning the K-9 Ministry at St. John's. Liz and Butter were familiar faces in the community and a regular contributor to the K-9 web page with the "Butter Report." Her son, John, is also a handler for Butter.

Visitation for Liz will be held Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 4-8 pm at the Willow Funeral Home, 1415 West Algonquin Road, Algonquin, Illinois.

The funeral will be on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11 am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 Jefferson Street, Algonquin, Illinois. There will also be a one hour visitation at St. John's before the funeral, at 10 am.

We pray for Liz's family and friends as they mourn her passing and we will miss Liz but will be with her again at the Great Banquet in Heaven with our Lord!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
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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:

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

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!