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Comfort Dogs
Early Act Club Learns Another Way to Make a Difference in the Community Print E-mail
Lydia The kids of our local Early Act Club are sponsored by the Rotary Club, and focus on service to their local communities. Children ages 5-13 years learn by doing that they can make a big impact on their towns. Lydia’s handler, Kathryn Jones (who is a Middle School teacher herself), explained the Comfort Dog program and answered questions about how Lydia and dogs like her can bring comfort to people. They asked if they could email the North Boston Comfort Team if they learned about a situation where Lydia could help. After a great Q and A period and lots of pats and hugs, the kids continued their meeting, making goodie bags to thank the town’s DPW workers who have to deal with all the SNOW being continually dumped on New England. It was a great afternoon and one of the highlights was opening the meeting by standing with hand over the heart and reciting the pledge of allegiance. That took Lydia’s team right back to school days!

PS. they loved Lydia’s new purple PAWS snow booties

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 22:54
 
Pontiac Township High School Shows Appreciation for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Pontiac Monday February 9, Jeanne Moore, one of the trainers and handlers for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog program accepted, on behalf of the ministry, Pontiac Township High School’s Distinguished Service Award. The award was from the Pontiac Board of Education and high school administration. It was recognition from the school system for the exceptional service the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog program has provided after being invited to the high school after a student tragedy. “The counseling continues to be important, but the dogs were amazing,” high school principle Eric Bohm told the school board in a summary of events. Since inviting the dogs to the high school, Bohm reported he had successfully passed on the program’s information to other schools, which have reported positive results as well. Jeanne Moore outlined how LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are trained and used in stressful situations then thanked the board for allowing a faith-based organization to enter the school.

Click here to read the story in the Pontiac Daily Leader

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 16:42
 
LCC K-9 Team Deploys to Plain City, OH after Two Suicides Print E-mail
Plain City A high school in Plain City, OH, outside of Columbus, experienced two student suicides in the past two weeks. A high school counselor requested that LCC visit the high school with our K-9 Comfort Dogs. Working with Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus and Pastor Phil Esala, a team from Holy Cross Lutheran (Portage, IN) and Atonement met at the high school and shared the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ with them. Click here to donate to support the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:14
 
Concordia University of Chicago Students Get a K-9 Visit Print E-mail
Concordia University Chicago visit Annually CUC holds a Mission Fair, as in the past, this year LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to attend to show students how dogs can actually be part of a congregation’s ministry of comfort, mercy and outreach. The team of nine dogs and handlers led by Lynn Buhrke and Joel Moritz (a former staff member at CUC) met with scores of students who took advantage of the soothing effects of Comfort Dogs in a stress-filled environment.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:47
 
Visit to Alden Estates Northmoor, Chicago Print E-mail
Adlen Estates On Thursday, February 5th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training and some of the Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs went to Alden Estates of Northmoor in Chicago to visit the residents. The handlers led them in songs and passed out some cards of encouragement. The residents always enjoy the visits by the dogs and Thursday was no different. We also found out a couple of residents were Army veterans and they were happy for the Kare-9 Ministry and all the things LCC does.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:13
 
Mission Fair, Trinity Roselle Print E-mail
Trinity Roselle Mission On Sunday, February 8, LCC Staff members Marie Payes, Dianna Bonfield and Vida Johnston attended the annual Mission Fair at Trinity, Roselle. Zippy Comfort Dog from Trinity joined them at the LCC display.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:13
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Noah Visits St. Louis City Hall Print E-mail
Noah Aldermen On Friday, February 6th, Noah Comfort Dog from Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis traveled to the City Hall in St. Louis. He was accompanied by his handler, Rev. Glenn Nielsen, and Pastor Bill Wilson of Timothy Lutheran. Noah passed through security with no problem; in fact, the guards were waiting to see him. Next they headed up a set of marble stairs to meet some of the Aldermen and Alderwomen for St. Louis. But first, Noah was given the grand tour of the offices, where he met various workers and officials of the city of St. Louis. He was a big hit, and almost everyone stopped to meet him and receive his business card. Finally, they entered the Board Room, and Noah was ushered to his place up front with the President of the Board - Lewis Reed. It took a while to get there because so many wanted to greet him. His handler then spoke for a few minutes about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog program to the Board of Aldermen, followed by a prayer to open their meeting. Tensions are still high in St. Louis after what happened last year in Ferguson, MO, an inner suburb of St. Louis, and two people mentioned how it was good to have their blood pressures reduced for a few minutes that day!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:13
 
Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Chicago Print E-mail
Alzheimers Association The staff at the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Chicago suffered the sudden loss of a fellow co-worker. On Thursday, February 5th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (Dona Martin LCC) Hannah (Barb Granado LCC) and Samuel (Pastor Mark and Donna Hein, St Paul Lockport) visited with the staff for several hours bringing some smiles and comfort to the staff.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 12:13
 
Strudel, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Celebrates her 12th Birthday Print E-mail
K-9 Studel Rich and Dona Martin, LCC staff members, along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Olympia, were on hand to celebrate Strudel Comfort Dog's 12th birthday with her congregation, Grace Lutheran Church in Northbrook, IL. Strudel is one of LCC's earlier placements in the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and, together with Top Dog Diane Moody (pictured), continues to provide comfort and compassion to people in her community. We thank God for faithful servants and His dogs!
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:15
 
LCC President Tim Hetzner and an LCC Staff Member Visit St. James Lutheran School with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther Print E-mail
K-9 Quincy On Wednesday, January 28, LCC President Tim Hetzner, staff member Joel Moritz and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther participated in the chapel service at St James Lutheran School of Quincy, IL. After the service, K-9 Comfort Dog Luther enjoyed meeting with each class and staff members. St James Lutheran School has over 90 students in K-8 and over 100 in their day care, which services children from ages 2 years up to Pre-K ages. The school is pledging their third quarter chapel offerings toward the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. We are grateful for the support of the mission and wish St James Lutheran in Quincy a blessed remainder of the school year.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:12
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Clearbrook Nursing Home Print E-mail
Kare-9 On Wednesday, January 28, members of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog training class, as well as some of the Kare-9 Military Ministry teams, went to Clearbrook Nursing Home in Rolling Meadows, IL to visit the residents. It is always great to see the smiles and hear the laughter when the pups come into the room. When the residents interact with the dogs it helps them with some of their disabilities, while also helping the pups train for real life situations. Those attending were Kare-9s Buck with master trainer Alex Brooks, Flex with Veteran Fred, Brandy with Veteran Marvin, Blitz with Veteran Bob, Cubby and Comfort Dogs in-training Leah, Pax, Tabby and Titus along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin from St Paul Matteson.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:16
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara and LCC Staffer Marie Payes Visit Young Cancer Patient Print E-mail
Tara Marie Payes (LCC staff) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara were invited to visit a young cancer patient at the new Ronald McDonald House in Winfield, IL. Tara brought smiles to the faces of Caleb and his family as the 17-month-old goes through treatment. Before the day was done, Marie was also able to visit with several other patients in the home. Please lift up this family in your prayers.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:16
 
Check out Amazon's Kindle Book, Dog Days: The Pawsome Life of a K-9 Comfort Dog Print E-mail
Pastor Tim Engel The story of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Fuerst, and his handler Pastor Tim Engel of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage, IN, is a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the work and home life of an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog. Amazon says, "Adept at soothing people of all ages in times of crisis and sorrow, Fuerst is described as having the ability to 'work the room' and console those who needed it the most." Click here to purchase the e-book from Amazon Don't have a Kindle? No problem, there's a free app for that you can download from the link.
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:19
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Two Schools Celebrate Lutheran Schools Week Print E-mail
St. Johns ELMHURST IL - Rev. Roger Pollock, staff member at LCC, gave the chapel message at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst IL. After chapel the student met and greeted the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs as they went back to their classrooms.

RACINE WI - Last Wednesday afternoon LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara, Dora (Lutheran High School Association of Milwaukee), Zoey (Concordia University Wisconsin) and Comfort Dog-in-training Tabby went to St John's Lutheran School in Racine to help the students close out National Lutheran Schools Week. Rev. Pollock shared with the students how the right tools make the job easy and how the Comfort Dogs are the right tools in spreading God's love. The students then got to meet the dogs, collect their business cards and learned what each of the dogs do on a daily basis.

Click here to donate to support the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:14
 
Tim Hetzner (with LCC K-9 and Kare-9 Dogs) Visit Aurora Fire Station Print E-mail
Lutheran Church Charities' K-9 Comfort Dogs are often called upon by firefighters and police officers to assist people who are going through traumatic events. LCC supports and thanks both police and firefighters in their efforts to serve their communities. Because of our close relationship with first responders, we like to visit them and say "thank you" in person. Last Saturday, Tim Hetzner, with 4 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs, stopped in at the Aurora, IL Fire Station 10 to do just that. As you can see, the firefighters enjoyed the dogs as much as kids do and, as one of the dog handlers said, "they were a bunch of good guys." Thanks again guys.
 
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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

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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

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Ana Ristic of Two Paws Up in Itasca, Illinois

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