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Comfort Dogs
Four Comfort Dogs Complete the American Kennel Club Community Canine Test Print E-mail
American Kennel Club This past weekend, Eddie (Peace Lutheran, Grand Island, NE), Moses (Christ Lutheran, Cairo, NE), Katie (Trinity Lutheran, Fremont, Nebraska), and Cubby (Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, CO) Comfort Dogs along with their handlers attended training at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Nebraska. This training was to sharpen their skills in preparation for the American Kennel Club Community Canine test. They are the first to complete this level. This test will be offered to all Comfort Dogs in the future.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:01
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to St. Peter (Schaumburg, IL) for Chapel Visit Print E-mail
St. Peter Schaumburg LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin, Tara, and JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) and K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Sasha were excited to meet and visit with the students at St. Peter Lutheran School in Schaumburg, IL on Wednesday November 11. The morning was spent hearing how we all can let God’s light shine through us to be kind and help others. After chapel, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs received many hugs from the wonderful students, teachers, and parents.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 12:55
Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Collinsville, IL) Officially Welcomes Esther Comfort Dog Print E-mail
”Collinsville Sunday, November 8, LCC President Tim Hetzner joined handlers:
  • Nicole and Josh Lanahan
  • Cathy and Ken Reuter
  • Leslie and Bill Jourdain
  • Rick and Carol Small
  • Joan Shimkus
  • Sharon Teschendorf
  • Mary Burch
  • Stephanie Fedder
and the congregation of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois for the Passing of the Leash ceremony for K-9 Comfort Dog Esther. Esther officially passed from a K-9 Comfort Dog-In-Training to Holy Cross’s K-9 Comfort Dog. Esther will be Holy Cross’s bridge to show Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. Holy Cross’ handlers and Esther have already begun ministering to those in their community who are hurting. Holy Cross Lutheran Church is also Kare-9 Military Ministry and has two veterans.

The Passing of the Leash ceremony at Holy Cross included Comfort Dog Noah and handlers Diane Saleska and Marla Steenbock from Timothy Lutheran Church, St Louis, Missouri and Comfort Dog Tabby and handler Bill Dietrichs from St Paul, Des Peres, Missouri. Holy Cross, Timothy and St Paul have already begun working together in the community to touch lives by being present, compassionate, and open to those in need.

God continues to grow the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry in order to touch more lives and reflect His love, mercy, compassion, encouragement that He has shown us.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 12:46
Lydia Comfort Dog Jewelry Fundraiser Print E-mail
From Kat Bunker - Lydia Comfort Dog’s Scheduler:
Treasures from the Jewelry Box

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.“ Matthew 6:21 ”Jewelry

Many people, from all across the country, donated treasures from their jewelry boxes to be sold to raise money for Lydia Comfort Dog’s deployment fund. These people showed, in a literal way, that their hearts were set on the ministry of bringing the comfort of Christ to hurting people. LCC’s trained Comfort Dogs are on the scene at many places where life has been harsh and comfort is needed. Lydia Comfort Dog, who is stationed with Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, MA, will be able to respond to these needs as long as her team can raise the funds.


North Boston Comfort Team decided to hold a Jewelry Sale. Newspaper ads, flyers, word of mouth & social media were used to request donations of people’s jewelry that they no longer wore. Boxes & bags of jewelry began showing up in MA from all sides, even from TX and CA and I !!!! For months before the sale, team members cleaned, repaired and carded/bagged each piece of jewelry. A professional appraiser donated his time to look at the higher end items, test them for gold value and help us price them.

We even asked for broken jewelry and single earrings. Jewelry collages in the shape of a CHRISTmas tree or framing a mirror or a photo can be really wonderful!! We will make some over the winter.

The sale was held Saturday, October 17 from 10am-2pm. (In hindsight, we may open at 8am at the Spring Jewelry Sale). Prices were kept very low. Printed photos of ideas for wearing jewelry were on the tables. For example, clip on earrings can be worn on each side of a t-shirt, or in the hair. Pins can go on a hat or a purse.

Refreshments were provided with small tables for shoppers to sit, enjoy a coffee and think about what they’d like to buy. The end result was very, very successful.

So successful (and so many pieces of jewelry still to sell) that the team wants to do a Jewelry Sale in the Spring of 2016.

Lydia Comfort Dog was present at the setup, as well as during the show. Customers could sit and spend some time with her. Just being able to sit and be with her increased their excitement for the Comfort Dog ministry. We passed around Lydia’s business card & every person smiled when told that Lydia had a Facebook page and asked if they would please sign it.

There are many ways to fundraise and Comfort Dog Teams need a constant flow of fundraising in order to be able to travel to disaster sites. They also need funds for the care & maintenance of the Comfort Dog.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:36
Comfort Dogs Comfort Blood Donors at Old St. Patrick’s Church (Chicago, IL) Print E-mail
”Old On Sunday, November 8th, 2015 LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin (St. Paul, Matteson) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), along with their handlers, brought comfort to the volunteers and donors at the Old St. Pat's Blood Drive. Comfort Dogs Darlin and Susie were excited to return to this event and worked hard to help everyone stay calm and relaxed.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:37
Comfort Dogs Attend National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Conference Print E-mail
”NASPA Six LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited by Harper College on Monday to attend the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Conference held at the Renaissance Conference Center in Schaumburg, IL. College professionals from the United States and Canada were in attendance and were able to experience firsthand the power of a Comfort Dog and their trained handler. Many connections were made with some of America’s best universities.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:37
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Event at St. Joseph Medical Center Print E-mail
”St. On Saturday, November 7, 2015 LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin (St. Paul Lutheran Church, Matteson, IL), K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Rhoda, and K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Lois met at St. Joseph’s Medical Center (Joliet, IL) for a very special breast cancer awareness event. They met with many people affected by breast cancer and were honored to be able to bring these hurting people a little comfort to help them through their day.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:38
Nurses Get Hands-On Training and Hands on Our K-9s Print E-mail
”Hands-On Scores of Med-Surg nurses went to Provena/St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet IL last Friday for specialty training. While there, they were blessed to meet some of LCC K-9 and Kare-9 Dogs. Staff K-9 dog Olympia lead the pack and was joined by Shami (St. John Lutheran Church, Darien, Illinois) with Jolene Bazon; Darlin (St. Paul Lutheran Church, Matteson, IL), with Rev. Tom Vician; and Tara with Toni and John Thrash; plus Kare-9 Military Dogs Flex with Fred Vanstrom and Blitz with Bob Royce. Together they welcomed the nurses and many doctors attending the seminar, and then went to St. Joseph’s pediatric ward where they met with staff because children on the ward could not meet them. It was in the Emergency Room where the staff really enjoyed the multi-dog visit loving on the goldens and washing much of their job-related stress away.

The LCC dogs were such a hit that they have already been invited back for next year’s training seminar.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:30
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Receive Special Delivery from St. Peter Lutheran Church (Arlington Heights, IL) Sunday School Class Print E-mail
”St. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Comfort Dogs-In-Training Sasha and Jonah were excited to get a special delivery from the K-5th grade Sunday School class of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL. The 71 students did a service project called “Serving with Nice Attitudes”. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were the example given to the children on serving with nice attitudes. The kids learned that the Comfort Dogs serve with a nice attitude even if sometimes they rather play fetch.

”St. Jill Scultz, Sunday School Director and Jill Hanssen, Assistant Sunday School Director were in charge of this wonderful project of kindness at St. Peter Lutheran Church. The students made a generous contribution to their training.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:29
Claudia and Rhoda Comfort Dogs-in-Training Deployed to Woodland Grade School (Streator, IL) on Monday, November 9 Print E-mail
”Woodland Woodland Grade School in Streator, IL lost a kindergarten student due to cancer. In order to give the class and school some solace, Claudia and Rhoda, Comfort Dogs-in-Training spent time comforting and sharing love with classmates.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:38
Olive Comfort Dog Attends Dorcas Guild Meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park, IL Print E-mail
”Dorcas Comfort Dog Olive attended a Dorcas Guild Meeting at Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park, IL on November 3rd. They wanted to know all about the LCC Comfort Dog Program, including the history of the program as well as how all of the training works.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 14:38
Stillwater, OK - "This Was My Best Day Ever!" Print E-mail
”Stillwater, The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog deployment to Stillwater Oklahoma last week was met with the phrase “this was my best day ever”. From students on the OSU campus, to children at Skyline Elementary, Sangre Elementary, Sangre Middle School, and all the way down to the children and staff at the Children’s Hospital of the OU Medical Center, people from all over Stillwater expressed their delight and happiness after being with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. The phrase was also shared by a student on Twitter. ”Stillwater,

Last week’s deployment included visits to Stillwater Fire Stations 1 & 2 for a meeting with the Battalion Chief and to thank and pray with first responders for all they do. The team also delivered 12 dozen home baked cookies from Zion Lutheran Church in Stillwater that had invited the Comfort Dogs down one week earlier, including 13 K-9s and their handlers from 5 different states.


Once again, the handlers and ministry helpers touched people’s lives everywhere they went. They lifted the community up in prayer wherever they went. Home visits and hospital visits were accommodated to some of the individuals and families affected by the OSU Homecoming Parade tragedy.

The Comfort Dogs spent a lot of time on the OSU campus meeting students including working with the Campus Ministry of Zion Lutheran. The team was also invited to participate in a service fraternity meeting of Alpha Phi Omega.


The week did not end in Stillwater as teams visited schools in Mulhall and Edmond Oklahoma on their way back home. God is Good!

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Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2015 10:57
Comfort Dogs Deploy to Pontiac Township High School Following Sudden Death of School Nurse Print E-mail
”Pontiac November 1, the principal of Pontiac Township High School informed the staff and students of the untimely death of a loved and respected school nurse. He also requested a visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Staff and students were greeted by veteran Comfort Dogs Bekah (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), Kye (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), Barnabus (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN), Angel (St. John's Lutheran, La Grange, Illinois), and Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry, Lake Forest, IL), along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Rhoda, Sasha, Eve, Naomi and Claudia. As the school day started the Comfort Dogs touched hearts as students and staff tried to understand the loss of this dear friend. Classroom visits and meetings with this golden love definitely helped relief some of the pain being experienced on this beautiful fall day.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:56
Stillwater: Still Loyal, Still True Print E-mail
”Stillwater" “Without Stillwater, Oklahoma State would not be what it is today,” Jimmy Hutson – Homecoming Executive Director

Stillwater is like and not like many communities with major universities. Stillwater is however Oklahoma State University (OSU). The “Sea of Orange Parade” is clearly in the DNA of Stillwater and OSU for the past 102 years. This year over 80,000 participated in the homecoming celebration. Tragically at 10:30 am the day was marred with 4 dead and 44 injured after a car was driven into the crowd. The tragedy touched lives throughout Stillwater and ”Stillwater"surrounding communities and in the days following it was clear to Pastor Frank Kinast of Zion Lutheran in Stillwater, Zion Trustee Mike Sturzenbecker and Mike’s wife Sarah a teacher at Skyline Elementary, that help was needed for those who witnessed and suffered loss. They reached out and asked for a visit from the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Mike is part of the Oklahoma District disaster response team and was familiar with the Comfort Dogs work.

Within 48 hours 13 K-9 teams and 12 ministry helpers from 5 states arrived in Stillwater and began working in the community. Their first stop was Skyline Elementary. Skyline is a school of 550 students and many had been in attendance for the homecoming parade. Others have parents who were police and firefighters or who had worked in the hospital. Some lost friends. The K-9’s had an incredible impact on the kids and the staff. Instant smiles, lots of questions, and lots of love.

”Stillwater" The rest of the week the team will be at Sangre Ridge Elementary another school with many close connections to the tragedy, a campus visit to OSU, meeting with campus ministry students at Zion Lutheran, hospital visits in Stillwater and Oklahoma City, visits with first responders and many other stops along the way.

Your prayers are needed as the community searches to heal both physically and emotionally.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:32
Hersey High School Clothesline Project Print E-mail
”Hersey Eight LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs attended the Clothesline Project at Hersey High School on Thursday, October 29th. The Clothesline Project is put on by Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault and is a visual display of t-shirts made by survivors and significant others of violence against women. This is a very emotional display and the Comfort Dogs are there to give emotional support to any students that this may affect. Those that attended in the morning were Kye and Bekah from Immanuel (Belvidere, IL) LCC Staff Dog Tara and Comfort Dog-in-Training Sheba. The afternoon was covered by Zippy from Trinity (Roselle, IL) and LCC K-9 staff dogs Martin and Hannah along with Comfort Dog-in-Training Sasha.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:27
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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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