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Comfort Dogs
Lessons from an Ol' Comfort Dog Print E-mail
Kare 9 and K-9 Teams LCC President Tim Hetzner and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare 9 Military Ministry were invited by Pecatonica High School for Tim to be the speaker a their Baccalaureate Service. Tim's topic was "Lessons Learned from an Ol' Comfort Dog". Some of the golden nuggets were: "Bark Less" and "If you want what you cannot see, dig until you find it". These and 13 other golden nuggets were shared. LCC worked through Rev Terry Theiss a St John Lutheran Church in Pecatonica. LCC wishes the class of 2016 God's best.

The K-9 Ministry Team included:
Comfort Dogs:
Jonah (LCC), Adeena (St. John Lutheran, Burlington, IL)
Kare 9 Military Dogs: Britta, Butch and Spike
Handlers: Vicky Pientok, Shar & Dave Farran, Keith & Judy Stanton, Joyce & Dale Sasse, and Raleigh & Linda Showens

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 May 2016 11:59
 
LCC Needs Your Help to Make the 2016 Conference Successful! Print E-mail
Conference Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) is finalizing plans for the K-9/Kare-9 Conference on July 28-29, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. We’re excited to announce a record-breaking number of attendees as well as new preconference events.

To succeed…we need your help! LCC is looking for 90 volunteers to serve in various capacities beginning Saturday, July 23 through Saturday, July 30.

Listed below are the specific areas where volunteers are needed:

  • Anywhere you need me
  • Dog walker/doggie daycare
  • Food service
  • Greeter/guide
  • Host/greeter – breakout session
  • Host/greeter – outside pet relief area
  • Host/greeter – vendor display
  • Host/greeter – volunteer/presenter lounge
  • Preparation of participant gift bags
  • Registration desk
  • Set up/tear down of canopy tents at LCC
  • Set up and clean up for welcome barbeque
  • Van driver/assistant

We will try to accommodate your conference preferences; however, you may be assigned to other areas as needed.

The specific days and time slots when volunteers are needed include:

Saturday, July 23: 9 am until set up completed
Sunday, July 24: 1 pm until set up completed
Tuesday, July 26: 9 am–1 pm; 1:30 pm–4 pm
Wednesday, July 27: 8 am–10:30 am; 11:30 am–1 pm
Thursday, July 28: 7 am–12:30 pm; noon–5 pm; 4:30 pm–6 pm
Friday, July 29: 7:30 am–12:30 pm; noon–5 pm; 4:30 pm–6 pm; 8 pm–9 pm
Saturday, July 30: 9 am–1 pm; 1:30 pm–4 pm

If you would like to volunteer at the K-9/Kare-9 conference, please click on the link below to access the online registration form. Volunteers are asked to register NO LATER THAN June 15, 2016.

LCC has witnessed your passion for serving God with open hearts and hands. So we invite you to join us in making the 2016 conference a rewarding experience for everyone. You will personally witness how God touches and changes peoples’ lives in extraordinary ways through the K-9/Kare-9 Ministry.

CLICK HERE to Register to Volunteer
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 18:23
 
K-9’s Invited to Wildland Firefighter Foundation Family Fire Weekend Print E-mail
Wildland Vicky Minor, Director of Wildland Firefighter Foundation (founded in 1999) contacted Lutheran Church Charities and invited the comfort dogs to attend Family Fire Weekend, May 21-22, 2016. Team Reuben from Yuba City, CA, Team Moses from Cairo, NE, and Team Aaron from Napa, California shared the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of our Lord to the community of courageous wildland firefighters and their families. In attendance were 120 people, including 19 children. These families came together this weekend to honor fallen wildland fire fighters from across the nation. They came to support and be supported.

During the first day, time was spent listening to families share emotional stories and memories of their loved ones. The families celebrated the heroism of those who died or were injured in the line of duty. The dogs also joined the children on a tour of the smoke jumpers' training facility and one of the jump planes. The children also learned about the special parachutes the smoke jumpers use. The two-day commemoration culminated in a march to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation Memorial Gardens led by the Interagency Honor Guard. The comfort dogs and their humans were there to accompany the families as they left flowers on their loved ones' memorial markers. The dogs provided furry shoulders to cry on and hug. After kneeling down and hugging Reuben Comfort Dog, a helicopter crash survivor later said, "It was amazing how a dog licking my face gave me the courage to stand up and do this" (go into the memorial gardens).

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2016 19:48
 
The LCC K-9 Ministry Continues to Grow Print E-mail
LCC’s K-9 Ministry hosted Top Dog Training for new affiliates that will be joining the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry on May 9-11, 2016. Training involved 3 intense days for the newest members of the K-9 Ministry: Tricia Major, Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO; Jennifer Weber and Suzanne Black, Christ Lutheran, Phoenix, AZ; Judy Adams, Christ the Shepherd - Alpharetta, GA; Henry Barrington, Trinity, Lutheran - Auburn, IL; Randy Newsome, The Rock - Seward, NE; and Sue Kessler, Lord of Life Lutheran - Lafox, IL.

Top Dog Training

The newest Top Dogs learned the mission of LCC: “To share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering or in need.” Those who attended were also given opportunities to role-play various situations they may encounter once the K-9 Comfort Dog is placed, and learned the importance of building a strong team through different games and scenarios. The Top Dog trainees also spent time in prayer, an important aspect of the ministry.

LCC looks forward to seeing how God works through the K-9 Ministries in these congregations and their communities.

Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. Isaiah 49:13

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 06:51
 
For All The Saints Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Offer Comfort after Tragic Deaths of High School Students

Heartbreaking tragedy struck in two different states at two high schools and the LCC and affiliate K-9 Comfort Dog teams were called upon to bring compassion, presence and comfort to the families, students, faculty and friends of the three students who died in these sad accidents.

Saint Paul Lutheran High School | Concordia, Missouri

St Paul High School “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it: if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” - 1 Corinthians 12:26

On May 10, 2016, while on their senior trip, two Saint Paul Lutheran High School (Concordia Missouri) male students drowned while swimming in Table Rock Lake. Their bodies were recovered by the Missouri Sate Highway Patrol water division sometime around 8:30 or 9:00 that evening. The Saint Paul family is extremely saddened by this tragedy.

K-9 Comfort Dogs: Noah (Timothy Church Lutheran - St. Louis, Missouri), Esther (Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Collinsville, Illinois) Jackson and Louie (Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School - Joplin, Missouri), Sheba (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School - Washington, Missouri) and Jessy ( St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Concordia, Missouri) were available throughout the week for students, faculty and staff. A memorial service was held for family and friends at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, MO on Friday, May 13, 2016.

On behalf of the LCC family, we offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for all, especially the families and the students, faculty and staff of Saint Paul Lutheran High School.

Fisher High School | Fisher, Illinois

Fisher High School With great sadness, Fisher School Superintendent Barbara Thompson requested the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to Fisher High School today in Fisher Illinois after a weekend auto accident took the life of Justin Unzicker, a senior. LCC staff members Dan Fulkerson and Jeanne Moore, apprentice trainer Elaine Mortensen, K-9 Handler Nancy Carroll (Holy Cross - Portage, Indiana),and Pastor Karl Gibbs from Our Savior Lutheran in Milford, Illinois accompanied K-9 Comfort Dogs Silas, Barney, Jeremiah, and Gideon. Our Savior is currently in the process of implementing a K-9 Comfort Dog ministry.

On behalf of the LCC family, we offer our deepest sympathies and prayers for all, especially the families and the students, faculty and staff of Fisher High School.

Thoughts From LCC Staff Member Who Initially Met Comfort Dogs Amidst Tragedy at Her High School

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the two boys who passed away last week, but in particular the class mates of those two young men. My high school went through a very similar tragedy with one of the members of my sophomore class, Eli, drowning in Lake Michigan while on a mission trip. That was a very difficult thing for my little Lutheran high school but the Comfort Dogs came to help us grieve his loss. That was my first experience with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and 5 years later I now work side by side with those dogs in an effort to spread the comfort and presence of Jesus Christ that was brought to our school when it seemed darkest. And I carry the memory of Eli with me every day. So to those touched by this horrible tragedy, please know that there are people out there who share your pain and are praying for you and know that the memories of Isaac and Shijian can continue to live on through you. I am so sorry for your loss. - Hannah McGinnis LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Staff Trainer and Handler

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 12:04
 
Bringing Comfort to the Czackowski Family Print E-mail
Shiloh Comfort Dog The response for K-9 Comfort Dog team was tremendous after receiving the call from Glueckert Funeral Home that the family of Tracy Czackowski had requested the Comfort Dogs for her visitation. The story from earlier in the week touched the hearts of people across the country. Tracy was shot while driving home from a family weekend in the Wisconsin Dells with her husband, Greg, and two children, Matthew and Sofia. Tracy later died from her wound.

Prior to the visitation, as the family gathered for prayer, Shiloh Comfort Dog (Christ Our Savior - Dixon, IL) and Damarius (in training) were invited to join the family. Fourteen Comfort Dogs and their handlers were present at various times throughout the visitation, which was a great comfort to both the children and adults. In addition to her husband Greg, Tracy is survived by her children, Matthew and Sofia, her parents, six siblings, in-laws, and nieces and nephews.

Matthew and Sofia spent much time with all of the dogs as they frequently watched photos of their mom flash above on a monitor. Matthew had his first communion the previous week and Tracy’s husband Greg recounted beautiful memories of Tracy and emphasized how much more good than evil there is in this world. Greg went on to thank all the people and family members, and their strong faith, who have come by his family’s side.

Please continue to lift up the Czackowskis up in your prayers.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 May 2016 10:30
 
Shelter from the Storm Print E-mail
k-9 comfort dogs “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4

The shelter provided by God for Antigo High School & Peace Lutheran Church, Antigo, Wisconsin, may come in the form of K-9 Comfort Dogs with their handlers who bring comfort, compassion, presence, and distraction.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers: K-9 Comfort Dog Luther and Rich Martin, K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Silas and Hannah McGinnis, K-9 Comfort Dog Angel and Kristin Stapleton, K-9 Comfort Dog Bekah and Lynne Johnson, K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Job and Terry Ressler, Lila and Joy Friede, K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie and Lynn Buhrke, and K-9 Comfort Dog Zina and Joel Mortiz were a presence on Wednesday at Antigo High School and Peace Lutheran Church.

The Comfort Dogs and handlers role was to be that shelter the students, parents and staff needed after the shooting. The handlers and dogs listened and gave comfort as the students, parents and staff shared their shock, fear, anger, and grief as a result this tragic experience.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs provided a distraction with their furry faces and soft accepting eyes. For a brief time, the shock of what happened was displaced as the students sat or laid on the floor snuggling and petting their furry new friends.

The students even had some moments of levity as they learned that K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Job, named for the Biblical figure Job, not “job”. It was a pleasant distraction learning the meaning of Job’s name and how Job has a “job” to bring comfort and joy to those who are hurting.

The students, parents and staff of Antigo High School and Peace Lutheran also are a shelter of compassion and mercy for one another and the community. Instead of hatred or gossip for the shooter, the students spoke of and offered compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and prayers that he is saved, and one day they will see him in the heaven.

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” 1 John 4:16-18

LCC never charges those we serve. Your gift will help us continue to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:38
 
Comfort Dog Anna Visits with 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard Print E-mail
Anna Comfort Dog Psalm 91:15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

Anna and her LCC Comfort Dog ministry team from Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio are honored to know many of the men and women of the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard. We first became acquainted with them in November when we were asked to attend an event for the families of those airmen that were scheduled to be deployed in a few months. Many stopped by our table to enjoy some comfort from Anna and kind words from her ministry team.

The next time we met was in January, the night that the men and women were actually deployed overseas. Families waited for hours for their loved ones to depart, so Anna played a very important role in keeping the children occupied while the adults asked questions about what she does and where she goes. Most were surprised to learn that a church owns her. Anna circulated throughout the crowded hanger showing compassion and putting smiles on otherwise sad faces.

Because Anna was so well received by the 180th, we were building a working relationship with the coordinators for family services. So about a month into the deployment, we were asked to host an event for the families of those deployed. Anna and her entire Comfort Dog ministry team, along with many other church and school volunteers, hosted the day-long event at Trinity Lutheran Church and School. There were several informative breakout sessions for the adults, while the children rotated through games in the gym, art projects and X-box in our youth room. Anna and a handler circulated to each room, welcoming everyone to our church and school. At one point, Anna and some of her handlers were invited to a pretend picnic in the pre-school room, hosted by three young ladies that made us feel very special.

Then as the families left, Anna presented each child with a stuffed Anna Comfort Dog. We heard several children ask if they could come back to Trinity next month for another event!

In April, Anna and her team were once again honored to be present for the airmen’s homecoming. It was a beautiful sunny day for the men and women to arrive home to their loved ones. We were able to see many of our friends and take pictures of them with Anna and their welcome home signs while we stood and waited on the flight line. Most of those there remembered Anna from at least one of the previous events and were very happy to see her again. Several children talked about playing with their stuffed Anna dogs at home.

Anna’s team is very blessed to have been able to show the mercy and compassion of Christ to the airmen and their families.

When the call came, you answered that call! God bless these brave men and women.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 14:11
 
Nine New Handlers Unite Print E-mail

Nine

Nine new handlers, including four of our country’s veterans, were brought together this past weekend (April 23-24) through these dogs, which are a gift given to us by God.

The new handlers spent two intense days learning the commands and how to work with an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog as a team, and about the mission of serving others by being open, being present, listening, and praying.

LCC Kare 9 Ministry’s new veteran handlers are:
Len Higgins, First Good Shepherd in Las Vegas, NV: Air Force -1961-1988
George Chambers, Atonement in Columbus, OH: Army - 1965-1968
Ken Eby, Immanuel in Joplin, MO: Army - 1974-1978
Nine Gary Kirkpatrick, LCC Kare-9 volunteer: Army - 2002-2004

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry’s new handlers are:
Tom Daub, Beautiful Savior, Mequon, WI
Nancy Carroll, Holy Cross, Portage, IN
Brett Hubbard, Atonement, Columbus, OH
Dan deBoer, Lord of Glory, Grayslake, IL
Erin Erzinger, LCC staff

Nine people from around the country with different God given-gifts united together to serve others.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

These servants of the Lord rearranged their schedules and traveled to Northbrook because they believe in the mission: to show mercy, compassion, and presence to others just as Christ showed us.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:26
 
Planes, Trains and Lambs Print E-mail
Exodus Recently, a full Kare 9 Military Dog Squad training event was held at the viewing area of the Chicago Executive Airport just north of LCC's headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. The purpose of this training is to acclimate the dogs to the sights and sounds of airplanes taking off and landing. This is in preparation for an upcoming event in Davenport, Iowa next week where they will be witness to a WWII B-17 bomber taking off and landing.

Little did they know God had other plans. Within minutes of our arrival, a van pulled up from Lamb's Farm (A non-profit organization serving people with developmental disabilities) with approximately 15 residents. They were there to watch the airplanes. Needless to say, after they saw the dogs, the airplanes were no longer a focus of their attention. What a wonderful God we serve. He arranges our appointments according to His plan.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:56
 
Mercy & Compassion Have No Boundaries Print E-mail
Cook County To see life threw the through the lens of a camera. That was Christopher Jacobs' mission when he decided to make a difference in the life of detainees at the Cook County Jail. “CJ," as the detainees refer to him, has been teaching photography classes at the Vocational Rehabilitation Impact Center for some time now. The detainees carefully listen to CJ as he critiques their work and selects his favorites and asks which are theirs.

The class has worked on profile photography, different objects, their cells, and each other. Two weeks ago CJ announced to the class they would be using live models the following week for their class. Who they met in class the following week was a huge surprise!

CJ, no stranger to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, has taken hundreds of photographs of them at the United Airlines Fantasy Flight for seriously ill children. It was there that he was inspired to bring the Comfort Dogs in on this very unique and special class project.

Cook County

When LCC staff members Rich Martin, Sherry Bolosan, and Joel Moritz arrived with the K-9 models on the morning of April 15, 2016, they were escorted through the customary security checks and entered a classroom to find their friend and instructor, CJ. He explained how the class would work and asked the team to sit at the back of the room until the detainees entered. Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Sarah, and Luther sat patiently as they waited for the session to begin.

First, the corrections officers entered and then one by one the detainees entered the classroom quickly and were shocked to see that their models were Golden Retriever Comfort Dogs. The expressions on their faces were familiar to the handlers. Joyful smiles and excitement filled the room. Many of the men had only had previous contact with protection dogs. One detainee was extremely afraid of dogs, but with CJ’s encouragement, he was slowly shown the love of the Comfort Dogs.

The detainees were encouraged to take a photo of whatever they found to be interested or significant during the class. The handlers shared with the class stories of the people, places and situations that handlers and Comfort Dogs work with. As the class moved into the courtyard, the photography session ended. The team then asked the men if they would like to pray with the LCC team and it was met with a resounding “YES”.

LCC is thankful for the many people who volunteer, work, and show Mercy and Compassion to those less fortunate. Thanks again to Christopher Jacobs (jacobsfilms.com) and Dr. Dena Williams for all they do to Make a Difference in the lives of so many.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 09:31
 
Passing of the Leash - Sheba Comfort Dog Print E-mail
Sheba The handlers, caregivers, and congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington, Missouri celebrated the Passing of the Leash of their new K-9 Comfort Dog, Sheba Philippians 3:8, on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10. Tim Hetzner, President of LCC, presented Sheba, to Immanuel and welcomed the church to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. President Hetzner was invited to make a presentation during the Bible Study hour to the congregation on Sunday. Debbie Schwartz, Andrew Schwartz, Wilma Adams, Lana Kloppe, Alicia Pruser, Shannan Robinson, and Rich Ulsas were trained the previous week as handlers and caregivers at LCC in Northbrook, Illinois along with Top Dogs Kelly Hardt and Susie Blatt.

Three of the Missouri LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers attended the Passing of the Leash: St Paul Lutheran Church in Des Peres (K-9 Comfort Dog Tabby), Timothy Lutheran Church in St Louis (K-9 Comfort Dog Noah), and St Paul Lutheran Church in Concordia (K-9 Comfort Dog Jessy). Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville, Illinois (K-9 Comfort Dog Esther) also were there to support the handlers and caregivers at the Passing of the Leash for Sheba.

Lutheran Church Charities welcomes Immanuel, Washington, Missouri to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. We pray for the handlers as they begin this journey with K-9 Sheba, reaching out with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:58
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Respond to Death of Student Print E-mail
St. Mary LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Teams responded after receiving a request from Principal Richard Morehouse of St Mary’s School in Pontiac, Illinois after the death of a student. Blaze, an 8th grade student at St. Mary’s, was killed in an ATV accident on Saturday, April 9, 2016. LCC staff dog trainer, Jeanne Moore, along with volunteer trainers and handlers Elaine Mortensen and Sarah Walters (Comfort Dogs in training Olive, Bernice, and Gideon) were with the junior high students of St Mary’s on Monday to be present and offer comfort to those in need. LCC lifts up the family of Blaze, his friends, and the faculty and staff of St. Mary’s in prayer.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:58
 
"Hub Strong" Event to Mark One Year Anniversary of Tornado in Rochelle and Fairdale Illinois Print E-mail
Tornado Just one year ago, on April 9, 2015, a tornado tore a path of destruction through Rochelle and nearby Fairdale and left residents stunned. LCC Disaster Response and K-9 Teams quickly responded with boots and paws on the ground.

On the one-year anniversary of this devastating event, the Ogle County Long Term Recovery Committee organized the “HUB STRONG” event in Rochelle as a day of remembrance and thanksgiving. LCC teams visited, remembered and prayed with those who not only still experience stress and pain, but always wanted to offer prayers of thanksgiving for God’s Mercy during this tragedy.

The Rev. Greg Hoffmann, Pastor of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, IL, invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare 9 Military Dog Ministry teams to attend this event to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need and to celebrate the rebuilding and healing that has taken place in the past year.

Kare 9 Military Dogs:
Flex and Butch

K-9 Comfort Dogs:
Angel
(St. John's Lutheran Church, La Grange, IL)
Butter (St John's Lutheran Church Algonquin, IL)
JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church Arlington Heights, IL)
Samuel (LCC)
Shiloh (Christ Our Savior Lutheran, Dixon, IL)
Tara Sunday (LCC)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:49
 
LCC Launches Satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Nebraska Print E-mail
Nebraska It is with a heart of thankfulness and praise that LCC announces the opening of a satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Grand Island, Nebraska. While the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is not about the dog, it is very much about touching lives by offering comfort, demonstrating compassion, being present and listening, and being Christ-like to others.

Comfort Dogs are the bridge that welcome the humans into a person’s life. These creatures are welcoming, accepting, non-threatening, friendly and comforting. These are traits that we aspire to build within ourselves.

Through the trials and tribulations that each person faces, God is always with them. It is thanks for God’s grace and mercy that the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at LCC has grown to become a service ministry that serves those who are suffering or in need.

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LCC K-9 handlers, Don Moeller (satellite facilitator) and Lucy and Mike Kerby (trainers) of Grand Island, have been a vital part of the success of the launch of this new training facility.

The ministry is blessed to have talented, dedicated and committed apprentice trainer volunteers who invest much time and energy learning to train and in turn, train future K-9 Comfort Dogs for the ministry. LCC welcomes Michael and Tara Peterson, Mike and Carol Owen, Michelle Kohlhof, Carol Deardorff, LaVerle and Kathy Miller, Brad and Katie Keasling, Cheryl Weinrich and Brooke Johnson to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

Nebraska

“People are looking for answers and trying to find ways to help. God has given it to us with these dogs but these dogs need to be trained.” said Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities

"God has opened the door in Grand Island, NE by providing the facility, professional trainers, and volunteers to nurture, socialize and train future Comfort Dogs. These dogs will be the bridge that God has given us so we can go out and reach those who are suffering and in need just as Christ taught us.”

The LCC satellite K-9 Comfort Dog Training School in Grand Island, Nebraska, which opened on Thursday, April 7, 2016 has 4 “student” puppies who are eager to learn!

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine... Ephesians 3:20

Give Today to help support the K-9 training school in Grand Island, Nebraska
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 22:57
 
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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. 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

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

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!