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Holy Cross Portage, Indiana LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries Given Chamber of Commerce Award Print E-mail
k9 Award Portage Indiana K-9 Comfort Dogs Prince and Barnabas were special guests at the November 17 Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. The annual event honors individuals, organizations, and businesses for their contributions to the Portage community and Northwest Indiana.

The Comfort Dog Ministries of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, received the Chamber's award for improving the Quality of Life in the city of Portage. Comfort Dog Prince was recognized for his service to the students and staff of Portage High School, where he assists his handler, Tim Kunstek, in his work with at-risk teens. Comfort Dog Barnabas was recognized for his acts of canine compassion as well as his disaster response work in the Portage community and beyond at the side of his primary handler, Pastor Tim Engel.

k9 Award Portage Indiana

Both dogs were dressed to impress as they arrived in custom-fitted tuxedos and mingled with a roomful of more than a hundred community leaders. Pastor Engel admits that he was teary-eyed during the presentation. "Sometimes I underestimate the impact that the dogs have in our community and in the lives of the people they meet. I got a little choked-up when the presenter described the many ways that Prince and Barney make a difference in Portage."

As the Holy Cross congregation prepares for Prince to enter semi-retirement at the end of this school year, they are making plans and raising funds to add another Comfort Dog to their ministry. Engel comments,

"There will be more than enough work in Portage to keep all three dogs busy. They will each help our church bring Christ to our community."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:36

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. Dana Resetarits, DVM of Buckwalter Veterinary Clinic, Bluffton, South Carolina

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska

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

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

Lisa Racine of Grooming Lodge, South Elgin, Illinois

Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, Bluffton, South Carolina

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs!