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Comfort Dogs
Comfort Dogs Bring Peace to Prairie Central High School After Suicide Print E-mail
K-9s visit Prairie Central HS Earlier this week LCC received a call we never like. Dan Casillis, principal at Prairie Central High School in Fairbury, IL, asked LCC to bring some Comfort Dogs to the school because of a suicide. We worked with the Rev. Mark Miller, president of the Central Illinois District, and Rev. Mark Gruden of Trinity Lutheran in La Rose, IL and St. John Lutheran in Washburn, IL to put together a team to share the Mercy, Compassion and Presence of Jesus with those students who were hurting and grieving their classmate.

According to Rich Martin, team leader, “The kids were surprised and felt very special that the school and LCC would provide such an amazing service. Social workers and school psychologist also appreciated the assistance. Principal Dan Casillas thanked the team and Pastor Gruden closed us all in prayer."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:15
Peanut Butter and Comfort Dogs – a Sticky Situation Print E-mail
Peanut Butter LCC Comfort Dogs want to thank Julie Suter, a student in Tim Hetzner’s WORD class on Monday nights, for always bringing in jars of peanut butter for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for their Kongs (a plastic toy). Julie – know that you are loved (and licked)!!!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:14
Three Comfort Dogs Help Students with PARCC testing Print E-mail
Sipley Elementary Last Thursday, three Comfort Dogs in-training visited John L. Sipley Elementary in Woodbridge, IL. Reuben, Lex and Tabby got to visit with students who either had just finished or were getting ready to take the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests. The students learned what Comfort Dogs do and how they differ from service dogs. Of course, there was time for all the students to pet them and get their cards.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 16:05
How would you like to Make A Difference in Literally Thousands of Lives? LCC K-9 Training of Trainers Course - Offered Free Print E-mail
Trainers Needed The Lord has blessed the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs by touching the lives of countless people with Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ. The demand from our churches, schools, and colleges is so great LCC is starting another training class for trainers.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring solace to individuals and families who are suffering pain or loss. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs calm individuals, facilitate conversation, work with special needs individuals, veterans and the elderly, and are used in counseling situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also respond to crisis and disaster situations. In order to be able to accomplish this outreach we need volunteers who can devote time and energy to train our precious golden retrievers to become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. After training, the dogs will then be placed to work in a church or school with the goal of touching thousands of Lives!

The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is recruiting apprentice trainers to keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. The Apprentice Comfort Dog Training Course will allow us to do an even better job of training and regulating the standards we set for our Comfort Dogs! 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 registering for the course. There will be a limited number of people we can train so if you are interested, please fill out the application soon. The training class will be offered in two separate locations Northbrook, Illinois and Pontiac, Illinois.

To hear Sarah talk about her desire to become an LCC K-9 Apprentice Trainer, CLICK HERE.

For more information call 866-455-6466 and talk to Anastasia or to apply, CLICK HERE.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:19
Ladies Evening Guild (LWML) Supports LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
LWML The Ladies Evening Guild at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farley, MO wanted to make the communities surrounding Farley aware of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry. They invited all other LWML chapters in the circuit and LCC was able to have Jessie from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia, MO as well as Louie and Jackson from Immanuel Lutheran in Joplin. The ladies wore name tags shaped like a dog bone, a dog statue decorated the refreshment table and donations were placed in a dog dish. Overall, it was a barking good time for everyone.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 14:14
Bobcat Blitz at Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine Print E-mail
Bobcat Blitz Normally you wouldn’t want dogs around a bobcat…unless the Bobcats are from Immanuel Lutheran School in Palatine, IL and the event is the 2nd Annual Bobcat Blitz. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tara, Ruthie and Tillie hung around plenty of Bobcats in the 5K run and One Mile walk on Saturday, May 9. Students from the school and community were able to participate, enjoy food, win some prizes and shake off their Bobcat demeanor with the dogs.

All proceeds from the race directly benefited community outreach initiatives in Palatine such as the Good Samaritan Food Pantry and Little Sisters of the Poor.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 18:13
Come Again and Stay for a Week Print E-mail
Alden Estates Last Wednesday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Jethro with trainer Joe joined Master Trainer Alex and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Buck at a visit to Alden Estates. Shortly after they arrived, Alex noticed a gentleman sitting alone in the corner, so he and Buck went over to talk. Tony didn’t say a word, so Alex asked him if he wanted to pet a dog. Eventually Tony agreed and Alex took his hand and gently had him pet Buck.

Tony’s total disposition changed and he started talking to Alex. They talked for an hour about Tony’s life, his hardships, his joys and more. All the time, nurses kept coming by and checking on them. When it was time to finally go, Tony said to Alex, “Come again and stay for a week”… a nice thank you from Tony. Then the nursing supervisor came over to Alex and gave him a hug. Why? She said that “Tony never talks to anyone”.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 14:16
Hersey High School’s The Clothesline Project Print E-mail
Hersey High School The Clothesline Project is a visual display addressing the issue of violence to women. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to attend to help students who may be upset by the topic or event. LCC staff member Kimberly was standing at the entrance to the event with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Eve when a soft knock alerted her that the special needs teacher had arrived with three students. The teacher asked if the kids could pet Eve.

One student in a wheelchair was acting out. The teacher said she had not been reachable this morning or the previous day. The other two students started petting Eve. Then Kimberly brought Eve up next to the wheelchair and guided the student’s hand on Eve. After about five minutes the student quieted down and was responding to Eve. The teacher hugged Kimberly and had a big hug for Eve. Kimberly put Eve’s card in the student’s hand and she was still smiling as her teacher wheeled her away.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 14:01
LWML Puts On Fundraiser for LCC K-9 Ministry Print E-mail
Upper Kaskaskia LWML Spring Rally Thirty seven women attended the Upper Kaskaskia LWML Spring Rally at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville, IL. Rev. Dr. Glenn Nielsen of Timothy Lutheran in St. Louis made a presentation on the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry and brought Comfort Dog Noah along to make the presentation more interesting. This mid-April meeting was well received and the Upper Kaskaskia LWML was very generous.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:06
Our Savior Lutheran Preschool in Joliet Gets A Zippy Visit Print E-mail
Our Savior Preschool Zippy and her handler Janice arrived at Our Savior Preschool in Joliet, IL with a smile and a wagging tail. Zippy was well prepared and ready to spend time with the students. Janice provided a preschool-appropriate presentation about Zippy and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry. Zippy spent time with about 37 preschool age students in the morning session and then came back in the afternoon to spend time with 26 Kindergarten and preschool students. According to the Preschool Director, “It was a lovely day!”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:06
Bethel Lutheran School Chapel Print E-mail
Bethel Visit Kindergarten teacher Tamara Brown wrote a note of thanks for a visit to Bethel’s Chapel last week. “Thank you so much for coming to our school!! The children absolutely loved the visit!! It was wonderful how you explained the ministry with the coloring tool. I teach Kindergarten and they "got" the message!! I hope that we can continue to support this important ministry. Thanks again!!”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:31
Webinar on LCC’s K-9 Comfort Dogs Thanks to Lutheran Hour Ministries Print E-mail
Timothy Lutheran Church Webinar Laura Thompson, one of the handlers for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Noah, based out of Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis, was asked by Lutheran Hour Ministries to develop and present a webinar on how Timothy Lutheran Church uses Noah in their ministry. It is a great presentation and in addition to how their congregation uses Noah, Laura gives a comprehensive overview of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry.

Click here to view this webinar

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:46
Luther Attends LWML Rally Print E-mail
St. Matthew Lutheran Church On Saturday, May 2nd, LCC staff member Joel Moritz and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther gave a presentation at the LWML Rally at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Holt, MI. It was a beautiful day of sharing the Comfort Dog ministry with the ladies of the Lansing Zone. LCC was pleased to learn of the support of Sudanese Refugee families in this area. We pray for the Lansing LWML Zone as well as all the LWML chapters in their missions and ministries. May the Lord continue to bless them in sharing Christ’s love and compassion.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 10:31
Reading to Dogs Improves Children’s Reading Skills Print E-mail
Glenview Library Studies have shown that when children read out loud to dogs, their reading can improve by up to 12%. Scholars say it is because if the child makes a mistake in reading there is no embarrassment involved when the dog is listening. Students and families of the Henking Reading Club at the Glenview Public Library read to LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tara, JoJo, and Strudel last Thursday evening. The students read in both Spanish and English, and had a chance to learn about the dogs. Although they didn’t say anything, it appeared as if the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs enjoyed both the stories and the wonderful petting too.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:15
K-9 Chapel Visit to St. John school in Mattoon, IL Print E-mail
Mattoon Chapel Visit On Wednesday, April 22, LCC staff member Joel Moritz, along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther, participated in the chapel service at St. John Lutheran School in Mattoon, IL. After worship, the students, faculty and staff were able to meet with Luther. St John is a growing school that just recently hired a new principal to lead them into a God-directed future. LCC is grateful for the invitation and we rejoice in the new leadership to carry them into a blessed time ahead in feeding Christ’s lambs.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:05
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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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