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Comfort Dogs
Funeral for Long Time Friend of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Lori Schutz, a supporter and friend of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog program, was laid to rest Tuesday, February 3 after a long illness. Lori made an effort to see and hug as many LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs as possible, meeting over 50 from around the country at various events and visits. Very active on Facebook, Lori made many friends through the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, and inspired others around the US and Canada.

Her pastor, Rev. Richard Mau of Immanuel Des Plaines, IL asked for an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog honor line from the church at her funeral. Twenty-nine LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin were in attendance. It was requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Des Plaines K-9 Comfort Dog ministry program.

Click here to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:39
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Firefighter's Children in Normal, IL Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Five LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs (Ruthie, Luther, Aaron, Samuel, & Shiloh), and their handlers, drove through a snowstorm to be with students and the children of a firefighter who died after medical complications last week.

The team visited both Parkside Elementary and Parkside Junior High. Fire Chaplain Mark Hein met with the family of Firefighter Robert Aper before school started. Rob's two sons loved the dogs and especially Luther with his Kare-9 Military Ministry vest. Rob was an Army veteran. Luther sat with Rob's youngest son (pictured, picture courtesy of David Proeber, The Pantagraph) through his first period of school.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs After visiting at the schools, the team went to Fire Station #3 in Normal to meet with Rob's fellow firefighters. They shared stories of Rob, his love for his family, what a good cook he was, and what a great sense of humor he had. The Bloomington-Normal fire departments have mourned the loss of four firefighters in the last 18 months. Rev Hein led the group in prayer. Please keep the families and communities in your prayers.

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

Read the Pantagraph article about this visit here Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 16:32
Tara, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Visits the New Ronald McDonald House Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog 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.
LCC K-9‘s Comfort Eureka High School Student Death Print E-mail
team An 18-year-old student formerly at Eureka High School was killed in a single car accident on January 27, 2015. The following Friday, a LCC K-9 team of 7 handlers and 7 dogs, after being invited by the principal, went to the high school and greeted the students as they were let out of classes. The team, including Rev. Tom Heren of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, IL, then met in the library with the teaching staff. Principal Rich Worley and Jeanne Moore, one of our trainers, both spoke about our LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 ministries. God’s mercy could be seen at work again in the faces of the students.

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, 02 February 2015 14:59
Comfort Dog Lydia Leads the North Boston Comfort Team to a Nursing Home Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Lydia When Lydia, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at Messiah Lutheran Church in North Boston (Lynnfield, MA), comes through the door at the Daniels House nursing home, the excitement in the voices of the residents is remarkable. The North Boston Comfort team tries to bring her in for a weekly visit and since Lydia is not yet 2 years old, we have told the residents that they are helping to train her and....they LOVE it !!

One wheelchair–bound woman is a huge animal lover and always greets Lydia with her stuffed kitty in her arms. Several gentlemen residents love to pat her and tell us about the dogs they have had. Another woman remembered Lydia’s upcoming birthday and suggested the residents have a birthday party for Lydia. It will probably happen, and what fun that will be for all.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 14:30
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs at Pediatric Health Conference Print E-mail
Conference On Friday, January 23rd, 8 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers met with health care professionals at the Pediatric Priorities Conference held at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet. The healthcare professionals learned about new techniques of pediatric care in the conference and about the healing power of dogs in the hallways.

LCC K-9’s Gracie (Trinity, Davenport, IA); Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights); Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul Matteson), Shami (St John, Darien); Samuel (St Paul, Lockport),Olympia, Ruthie and Comfort Dog in-training Pax also had a chance to visit with some patients on the pediatric floor, emergency room and a few individuals who heard about our visit in their rooms.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:44
Emmy Award Winner Ken Fay Speaks at Churches in Indiana and Illinois Print E-mail
Ken Fay Emmy Award Winner, Ken Fay, the director and producer of the award-winning video about LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Wags "N" Tails, and a member at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut, spoke this past Saturday at the invitation of Holy Cross in Portage, IN then on Sunday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, IL, and finally on Monday morning at the Bible study taught by LCC president, Tim Hetzner.

Ken spoke about his personal experiences with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry following the Sandy Hook tragedy and the growth and importance of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry in their community and the surrounding area. There are now 4 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serving in the region - Maggie (Christ the King, Newtown, CT), Addie (Immanuel, Danbury, CT), Lydia (Messiah, Lynnfield, MA) and Lily (Good Shepherd, Old Bridge, NJ).

Click here to watch Wags "N" Tails
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:45
Immanuel Batavia Mission Fair Print E-mail
Batavia On Sunday, January 25, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere) and Chewie (LCC), along with Comfort Dogs-in-Training Anna, Asher, and Katie and their handlers, visited Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia, IL to attend their Mission Fair and share the work of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 13:21
Buffalo Grove Firefighters Meet the Next Generation of LCC K-9 and Kare-9 Dogs Print E-mail
Buffalo Grove Last Thursday, 12 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs, plus their trainers, visited the Buffalo Grove, IL fire department. Firefighters from 3 Buffalo Grove fire stations came to introduce themselves to the dogs. In disaster and humanitarian crises, Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs are many times called on by first responders to offer solace and warm snuggles to people in stressful situations. Our mission to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need is made possible by the willingness of first responders to call on us to assist whenever possible. We thank them for their willingness to serve. Click here to watch a short video from this visit Donate to help keep the K-9 Comfort Dogs comforting
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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:20
Harry’s New Hairy Friend Print E-mail
Harry Last Sunday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Barnabas (Holy Cross Portage, IN) and Tabby, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training, visited a young man by the name of Harry. They were invited after his 9-year-old sister, Ruby, had met them at her school and asked her mom if maybe Harry could meet them. Harry has Down syndrome and does not attend the same school as Ruby (Immanuel, Valparaiso). At first Harry was a little afraid but soon took a liking to Barney and they became friends. The family was amazed at how well Harry responded to his hairy new friend Barney.
Reflections on Nashville, IL – Noah’s Deployment Print E-mail
Noah Sue Nielsen, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog handler from Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Noah, were deployed to the funeral of the Gutzler family in Nashville, IL. Five members of the family were flying back from a Florida vacation when their plane crashed and only Sailor, their 7-year-old daughter survived. Sue wrote of her memories of the events surrounding their visit. Here is an excerpt:
Two moments stand out. Piper Gutzler (Sailor’s older sister) played basketball, and her teammates came to the visitation in their basketball uniforms wearing black terry wristbands with “PG” and her uniform number embroidered on them. While waiting in the back of the gym to be escorted as a group up to the caskets, the girls were just giggly 4th graders. However, when they got up to the coffins, the reality of what happened hit home, and the entire team started sobbing. Tim Hetzner, President of LCC, saw what was happening, and pulled 3 of the dogs and their handlers, up front to the end of the receiving line. As the girls got to the end of the line, they immediately got down on the floor with the dogs, and were able to hug and pet, as well as cry with the dogs, for much needed comfort... Continue Reading
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:45
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther Celebrates Lutheran School Week Print E-mail
Luther Monday, January 26, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther and LCC Staff Member Joel Moritz celebrated the first day of Lutheran Schools Week with the students of St. John Lutheran School in Champaign, Illinois. Following a short presentation on the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Luther visited the kids in their classrooms. St John’s students generously donated this week’s offerings and their 3rd quarter chapel offerings to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Program. We are thankful to God for Lutheran schools and the staffs which give great efforts to enlighten children spiritually, mentally and physically. We are grateful to St John Lutheran-Champaign for their support and prayers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 13:28
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit South Academy School Print E-mail
Academy On Thursday January 22, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin (Mount Greenwood Lutheran Church), Ruthie and Comfort Dog in-training Tabby visited South Academy school in Streamwood Illinois, where they were able to meet students and staff. The students were learning about how people are comforted by things and this is one way. They all loved meeting the dogs and learning about the job that they do. Sometimes the dogs give comfort where we were not expecting, for instance one of the students had just had to put her dog down so she really enjoyed today‘s visit from the Comfort Dogs.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:45
School Receives Visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
BJBE On the afternoon of Sunday, January 18, LCC staff member Dianna Bonfield with trainers Lisa Hartman, Stephanie Christian, Lori Bonafas, Brad Schroeder and Dan Christian along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights) and Comfort Dogs in-training Angel and Katie were invited to do a presentation and visit at Congregation BJBE (B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim). The dogs and staff met with the 8th and 9th grade confirmation classes and demonstrated some of the K-9 training and how the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs help people in times of tragedy and disasters or stress.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:47
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Rockford Rescue Mission Print E-mail
Thrift Store On Saturday, January 17, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Kye and Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Tara Sunday and Comfort Dogs in-training Anna and Shiloh greeted the shoppers at the Rockford Rescue Mission Thrift Store. This Mission ministers to people in need of secure housing. The Rescue Mission shares the hope and help in Jesus' name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness. Much of the Mission's work is funded by the store's sale of quality clothing, household and gift items.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:00
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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

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