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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zoey and Lila Visit Chilcren of Our Redeemer Lutheran School Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey On March 21st, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Lila and Zoey met students from the Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades of Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin at a special Friday chapel led by LCC staff member Reverend Roger Pollock. After the chapel, students met with the dogs and collected each dog's business cards. Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:55
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit With Students of Multiple Chicago Lutheran Schools Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Visit with Lutheran Unity School West Lutheran Unity School's West Campus, St. Paul, Lutheran Church in Canfield, Illinois, and their East Campus Jehovah-El Buen Pastor Lutheran Church in Chicago, had visits from four of the K-9 Comfort Dogs on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Susie, Martin and Chewie met 180 students from the combined campuses. Pastor Roger Pollock gave the chapel message at both campuses, having passed-on 2 Corinthians "The God of All Comfort"; explaining how the Comfort Dogs are a tool for sharing God's Mercy and Compass to those in need. Click Here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:55
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Share With Sophomore Class at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hersey visiting with Sophomore Class at John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, IL The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited with the Sophomore Class at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The students spent time learning about the grieving process and ways to cope when they, or someone they know, experiences a loss. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were honored that they were able to bring comfort to the students while they discussed this difficult topic. Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:55
 
A Special Thank You from Micah's Family Print E-mail
Micah's new van The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs ministry would like to send a big ‘thank you’ to all who donated to and increased awareness about the ‘LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for Micah’ Fund.

Micah is a young boy who fell out of a two-story window when he was 1 year old. He was diagnosed with severe traumatic brain injury, seizures, blindness, and quadriplegia. Micah is fed through a feeding tube and is cared for by nurses during the day and by his mom at night.

On July 18th, 2013, Ladel visited Micah and his family. When he was placed on Ladel, his eyes opened wide and he began to joyfully squeal. Lauraine, Ladel's handler, explained that Micah was feeling Ladel's fur, hearing Ladel breathe and her heart beat.

As he got older and grew more, his mom began having a tougher and tougher time getting him in and out of her car. Because of this, the family was in desperate need of a handicap-accessible van.

Thanks to your generous donations, enough money was raised for Micah’s mom to obtain a handicap-accessible van. The family joined members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Barrington, Illinois), its Special in God’s Eyes program, and Ladel Comfort Dog this morning to thank St. Matthew and everyone who donated.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:52
 
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights Visited by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for Relief During Funeral Luncheon Print E-mail
St. Paul Lutheran Church visit with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Rufus, Darlin, Shami, and Tara with their respective handlers On Saturday March 15th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were requested to attend the funeral luncheon taking place at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The dogs in attendance with their handlers were LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Rufus with handler Tom Barneck, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin with handler Marlene Vision, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Shami with handler Tony Bazon, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara with LCC staff member and handler Marie Payes, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy with handler Jan Wissert. Click Here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:53
 
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit With Lombard Women's Service Club Print E-mail
Comfort Dogs Chewie and Tara On Thursday March 13, 2014 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chewie and Tara, along with their handlers Lynn and Toni, attended the monthly meeting of the Lombard Women's Service Club. Lynn presented a program about the mission and ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Darlene Wingard, program chairman, thanked the dogs and handlers for their informative presentation. Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:53
 
Thanks to Your Generous Donations, Stuffed Comfort Dogs are Making A Difference Print E-mail

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, LCC received a beautiful email of appreciation from the flight nurse who cared for 5-year-old Mason last month after he was fatally stabbed in Warrenton, Missouri. Please watch as LCC President Tim Hetzner reads her message.

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Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 15:17
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visit to St. Paul's Lutheran School in Chicago Heights, IL Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin being petted by children On Monday, March 10th LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ladel (St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods, IL), Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago & St. Paul Lutheran Church, Matteson pictured) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Lydia, along with their handlers Lauraine, Janis, Don and Dan, visited the students of St. Paul's Lutheran School in Chicago Heights to comfort the students after the tragic death of a 4-month-old member of one of the families. Click Here to Donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:53
 
Families of Edison Park Lutheran Church Are VIsited by the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs with Edison Park Lutheran Church Sunday School Students On Sunday, March 9th LCC staff members Dona and Rich Martin, and Joel Moritz, along with Annette Lemke from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, IL, visited Edison Park Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Olympia, and Ladel. The group greeted people at all three morning services and spent time with children during the Sunday School hour. Pictured is LCC staff member Dona Martin, alongside LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie, enjoying her time with the Sunday School children. Click Here to Donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 06:58
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Pay Visit to White River Golden Retriever Club Print E-mail
Barnabas Comfort Dog with Retriever Club Member On Sunday, March 9th K-9 Comfort Dog Barnabas (Holy Cross Portage, Indiana) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Lydia traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to meet with the White River Golden Retriever Club. LCC staff member Dan Fulkerson explained the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry program and answered questions about the ministry to over 25 people who were in attendance. Pictured is Barnabas with a member of the White River Golden Retriever Club. Click Here to Donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 16:53
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Celebration Sunday School at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Illinois Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy On Sunday, March 2nd, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara joined Trinity Lutheran Church's K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy in Roselle, Illinois for a Celebration Sunday School Class. The students made a soft fleece blanket as a gift for the dogs to rest on during travel and visits. Pictured is Trinity's K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy with with her handler, Jan Wissert. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:29
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visited with Students at Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine, Illinois Print E-mail
Students visited by K-9 Comfort Dogs at Immanuel Lutheran School, Palatine, Illinois On Wednesday, February 26th, the students and staff at Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine, Illinois were visited by four of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. K-9 Comfort Dogs Tillie, Wave, JoJo (Living Christ Arlington Heights) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In-Training Eddie spent time with the students and staff before a chapel message by LCC staff member Rev. Roger Pollock. The children loved hugging the dogs and collecting all of their business cards. Click here to see pictures from the visit Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:30
 
Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Training of Trainers Course Print E-mail

DOORS CLOSE AND GOD OPENS BIGGER ONES

LCC K9 Comfort Dog Trainers CourseThe K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is expanding by establishing our own school to educate future K-9 Comfort Dog Trainers. By doing this we can keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, and we can do an even better job of training and regulating our standards for our Comfort Dogs! All important things to do as we continue to grow and place our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in more States.

So, we are accepting applications NOW from individuals interested in joining us in this endeavor. There will be a limited number of people we can train so if you are interested, please fill out the application soon. The training program will be offered in the Chicagoland, Illinois area.

The training of the K-9 Comfort Dog puppies was previously done at the Dwight Correctional Center which was closed in 2013. With Dwight closing, the dog training component of the ministry was put at risk. However, when this door closed God opened another with the addition of two staff members from Dwight joining the LCC staff. This addition of a professional dog trainer and a curriculum coordinator made our own training school possible, ensuring the continuation of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

Those interested must be willing to invest considerable time and energy into acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to produce a quality dog that is trained in basic obedience, social manners, and specialized K-9 Comfort Dog tasks. Future Certified Trainers will be making a total time commitment of two years during which you will train two to three dogs for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Upon completion of the K-9 Comfort Dog Training Program you will be eligible to earn a Certificate of Completion as a K-9 Comfort Dog Trainer.

We are excited to start another K-9 Comfort Dog Trainer class and are looking forward to meeting others who are inspired by this ministry and its vision. If you are interested or know someone that may be interested in becoming one of our future K-9 Comfort Dog Trainers please click here to fill out an application. If you have any questions, please contact Anastasia at Lutheran Church Charities 866-455-6466.

Sincerely,
LCC's K-9 Comfort Dog Team

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LCC K9 Comfort Dog Trainers Course
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 18:38
 
Comfort Dogs Respond to Oak Lawn Fire Tragedy Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Oak Lawn Fire Station 2 The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were requested by Bureau Chief Gary Bettenhausen to visit with Oak Lawn firefighters and other first responders after they responded to a house fire that revealed a tragic murder-suicide which involved the death of a 5-year-old boy. The firefighters and responders were on the scene that day from 5:30 am until dusk searching for the victims, not stopping until the 5-year-old boy's body was recovered. LCC staff members Rich Martin and Joel Moritz were accompanied by volunteer handlers Barb Granado, Brad Schroeder (St. Peter Arlington Heights), George Schiestel (Living Christ Arlington Heights), and K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, JoJo (Living Christ Arlington Heights), Susie (St. Peter Arlington Heights), and Hannah. We are thankful for the dedication of all who work to serve their communities and are honored to serve these wonderful men and women. Click here to donate to help keep the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serving
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 07:00
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Featured in Book "If Not for the Perfect Stranger" Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Boston "Our ministry is honored to have our K-9 Comfort Dogs featured in a new book about the 2013 Boston Marathon. Luther, Ruthie, Maggie, Addie and other Furry Little Counselors are featured in a 17-page section recounting the comfort they provided to victims of the the bombings. As you may know, the K-9 Comfort Dog ministry operates solely on donations, and the publishers of "If Not for the Perfect Stranger" have earmarked a significant portion of each book's sale price for our ministry. Please use the links below to purchase the book, which has over 40 touching stories of how random acts of kindness saved and sustained lives, and how good triumphed over evil that day." - Tim Hetzner

At the 2013 Boston Marathon, after the worst happened Boston was at its best. A series of perfect strangers provided lifesaving and life-sustaining assistance to spectators and runners in need. From a shirt ripped off to be used as a tourniquet for the critically wounded, to a sweater, phone call, or just a hug for the cold, lost and scared. Over 40 spectators, runners and first responders share their stories of the moments of grace that not only saved lives, but created unbreakable bonds.

If Not for the Perfect Stranger "The stories in this book of extraordinary kindness from perfect strangers are uplifting, reaffirming and healing. But I hope you’ll take them a step further: be inspired to be a perfect stranger in someone else’s life." - Tedy Bruschi

"In 'If Not for the Perfect Stranger,' more than 40 poignant narratives are shared beautifully by those who lived them. This anthology, created and edited by Diane Montiel and ​Steve Alexander, themselves witnesses to ​the explosions, is a powerful and moving tribute to the victims and caregivers who found each​ other on a day that now lives in infamy." - Jack Fultz
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To purchase your copy, click below. You can also pay by credit card over the phone or by check by calling the publisher at 312-912-8639. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry (but you must use these links or call the publisher).

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 20:56
 
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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

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!