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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cheer On Walkers of Voice of Care’s Mile for Mileage Challenge Walk Print E-mail
Voice of Care A beautiful Saturday welcomed a special group of supporters to Castaldo Park in Woodridge, IL for a walk in support of Voice of Care. Comfort Dogs Angel (St. John’s Lutheran Church- La Grange, IL), JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church- Arlington Heights, IL), Darlin (St. Paul – Matteson, IL), Shami (St. John Lutheran Church – Darien, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday greeted the many participants as they arrived and then walked with the K-9s. A lunch in the park gazebo celebrated the success of walking for Voice of Care’s Mile for Mileage Challenge Walk. This wonderful morning celebrated the continuing efforts of the Voice of Care. They continue to grow in ministering to equip the church in nurturing people with disabilities and their caregivers.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:13
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Smiles to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School’s (Palatine, IL) Backpacks, Worship, and Barbecue Event Print E-mail
Immanuel Rain gave way to a beautiful blue sky and cooler temperatures as K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers visited with children and adults at a park in Palatine for worship, a barbeque and backpacks for back to school. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Star, Ruthie, Olympia, along with K-9 Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church- Arlington Heights, IL) and Adeena (St. John Lutheran Church – Burlington, IL) were on hand to be with everyone and enjoy worship and listening to Immanuel’s praise band. LCC received the following email from Immanuel Palatine’s Diana Broj:
“Thank you for sending the dogs and their handlers! From what I could see, everyone loved them...kids on up!

I heard children talk about collecting the dogs' business cards. Glad to see that you've continued that fun tradition…

Thank you again!
Diana”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:11
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Greet Students at Pontiac Township High School to Celebrate Start of New School Year Print E-mail
Pontiac High LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Jacob, Rhoda, and Claudia, as well as Susie Comfort Dog (St. Peter Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, Illinois) celebrated the start of a new school year with the students and staff of Pontiac Township High School. During a student assembly, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were thanked for their support to the school last year following the death of three students.

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Freshmen classes were the focus part of the day. The dogs helped calm nerves and bring smiles to the students. The students as well as staff enjoyed the warm, fuzzy love of the dogs.

Following the visit, LCC received this kind note from Eric Bohm of Pontiac Township High School:

" I cannot say enough great things about the visit. The faculty, staff, and students of Pontiac Township High School greatly appreciate the work of the dogs and their handlers. The dogs are very special to us at PTHS and we look forward to continuing the partnership that was developed last year."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:05
 
Dr. Glen Redeker, Spring Hill Veterinarian and Friend of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry, Retires Print E-mail
Retirement" On Saturday August 15th, Dr. Glen Redeker started a new chapter in his life with his wife Elizabeth. He passed on the Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic to Dr. Erin Redeker-Goelitz who will continue to provide outstanding animal care with her sister Dr. Amy Redeker. LCC Staff, K-9 Comfort Dogs, Apprentice Trainers and their puppies, along with LCC K-9 Affiliates, were on hand to celebrate the occasion. Dr. Glen Redeker and his staff have been instrumental since the Comfort Dog Ministry began in providing the best in care for over 70 of our K-9s and Kare-9’s. LCC has been blessed and knows that God has a plan for him and Elizabeth!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 13:04
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Aurora Back to School Fair Print E-mail
Back to School On Saturday, August 15th, K-9 Comfort Dogs Angel (St. John’s Lutheran Church – LaGrange, IL), Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church – Portage, IN), Susie (St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) and LCC K-9 Tara Sunday went to Aurora, IL to meet with the community as they received services like dental exams, backpacks, and school supplies in the Aurora Back to School Fair. Some of these people waited in line for hours and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were a great help in alleviating their stress.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 13:23
 
Lila's Log - August 12, 2015 Print E-mail
Lila's Log I’m still basking in the glow of my first visit to St. Mary’s Ozaukee yesterday. Tony, the wonderfully accommodating manager of the ICU unit, told us the results of a study he learned about at a medical/cardiac conference: the phenomenon known as “heart coherence.” When a dog and a human, one of whom is stressed and nervous (as evidenced by “heart rhythm. . . all over the map”), are placed in a room together, a “heart-lock in” begins to occur. As a result of the good feelings (between human and dog), heart rhythms became more “coherent,” meaning that they begin to mimic each other’s. The author, a science/health editor who writes about neuroscience, concluded that the “love was ‘contagious’.”
“Lord, as we try to mimic Your peace and love, enable us to help those who are in desperate need of the rhythm of Your comfort, and let them lock their hearts with Yours.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:20
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Concordia Publishing House's Operation F.U.N. Print E-mail
Operation F.U.N. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to Concordia Publishing House's Operation F.U.N. (For a United Neighborhood) on August 6th, 2015. Four K-9 Comfort Dogs, including Louie Comfort Dog (Immanuel Lutheran Church - Joplin, Missouri), Jackson Comfort Dog (Martin Luther School - Joplin, Missouri), Noah Comfort Dog (Timothy Lutheran Church - St. Louis, Missouri), and Tabitha Comfort Dog (St. Paul’s Lutheran) were on hand to greet visitors. Operation F.U.N. offers free backpacks and a hotdog lunch to the South St. Louis neighborhood.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:56
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Smiles to Barrington Giving Days! Print E-mail
Giving Days Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church- Arlington Heights), Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry- Lake Forest), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran Church- Roselle), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-In-Training Sheba and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Chewie, and Olympia were on hand with their handlers at Barrington’s Giving Day. Hundreds of underserved families were invited and given the opportunity to select from a variety of essentials, from shoes to clothing to back to school supplies. The community even provided vaccinations at participating churches. The response to the event and the K-9’s was once again very well received.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:57
 
$500 in Books Graciously Donated to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Print E-mail
Books Karen Tindle (Spring Hill Veterinary Clinic) and her husband Jeremy made the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry the recipients of $500 in book donations from a book drive they held.

There is an assortment of books focused on pet subjects from toddler age to high school age.

We thank both Karen and Jeremy for supporting the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry with this donation.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 13:00
 
A Gaggle of Goldens Greet Prospect Heights National Night Out Attendees! Print E-mail
Gary Movara On Tuesday, August 4, 2015 the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry were invited to the Gary Morava Recreation Center to participate in the Prospect Heights National Night Out. The dogs got to meet many people from the community as well as our first responders. In attendance were Kare-9’s Flex, Brandy ,Butch, and Brutus. K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training Jacob, Priscilla. Naomi, Sarah, Rueben, Claudia, Lois, Eve and Sheba along with Comfort Dog Kye (Immanuel – Belvidere, IL) were also present to bring smiles to those in attendance!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 12:56
 
Anna Comfort Dog Placed with Passing of the Leash Ceremony at Trinity Lutheran Church (Toledo, Ohio) Print E-mail
Passing of the Leash Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio officially welcomed Anna Comfort Dog into their congregation on Sunday when LCC staff member Rich Martin passed the leash at three services. Supporting Anna and her new K-9 Team of handlers and helpers were Rosie Comfort Dog (Atonement - Columbus, Ohio), Mercy Comfort Dog (Our Savior - Louisville, Kentucky), Kye & Bekah (Immanuel Belvidere, Illinois) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Olympia. LCC is excited for our new K-9 Affiliate in Toledo and the lives they will touch.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 07:22
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. Luke’s (Itasca, IL) Vacation Bible School Print E-mail
St. Luke The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to attend Vacation Bible School at St. Luke Lutheran Church and School (Itasca, IL) on Monday, July 13th. After the visit, LCC received this nice email from Melody Rissman of St. Luke:
The visit was WONDERFUL! The kids really took to the visit and made the understanding of missions and helping others more real to the young ones. I know my daughter still talks about them and when I remind her to give money to God, she equates that with the dogs. So many other children were incredibly positive about them and it made this year’s VBS so much more important and special to them and hopefully their good experiences will add to their ministering to other kids.
We thank St. Luke Lutheran Church and School for the invitation and we’re glad the children enjoyed the dogs.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:49
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend “Coal City Strong” Print E-mail
Coal City On Sunday, August 2, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to the "Coal City Strong" benefit in Manhattan, IL. “Coal City Strong” was a benefit concert for the victims of the tornadoes that ravaged Coal City, IL. Rueben, Shami (St. John Lutheran Church and Early Learning Center - Darien,IL), Samuel (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Lockport, IL), Darlin (Mount Greenwood Lutheran Church - Greenwood, IL), and Angel (St John's Lutheran Church - La Grange, IL) Comfort Dogs helped bring smiles and comfort to the crowds!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:19
 
Lutheran Church Charities Surprises Mary on her 100th birthday with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs! Print E-mail
100 On Wednesday, July 22, Mary’s family surprised her with a special birthday trip to LCC to visit with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs. It was a very happy 100th birthday for Mary as noted by a friend of Mary’s daughter:
“Thank you so much for making Mary's 100th birthday so special. My friend, Maryanne was so touched by your generosity and said her mom had such a good time. Please let everyone know thank you and I am also touched by your kindness.
I hope to see you all soon!
In Christ's Love,
Pam”
If you would like to have elderly friends or family members meet the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs on their birthdays, please contact LCC at (866) 455-6466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange for a visit to our office.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:27
 
LCC Receives Notes of Gratitude Following Site Visits Print E-mail
Esther, Shami, Tara LCC received two very kind notes following the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs site visits to the University of St Francis (Joliet, IL) Back to School Fair on July 23 and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dwight, IL on July 24th:
“…from what I saw from my table, the dogs were a huge hit. Kids and adults alike enjoyed seeing the dogs, getting a hug, and hearing their stories. I saw lots of smiles. The handlers were so gracious and helpful. Esther is in training but she was very well behaved and people love seeing her there.” – Hollie Baker-Lutz
“Thank you for having the LCC Comfort Dogs come to our VBS. The children and adults as well enjoyed them. I personally have always felt this ministry is wonderful!!” - Linda Andersen, Emmanuel Lutheran Church Secretary and VBS coordinator/blockquote> LCC would like to thank both the University of St. Francis and Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the invite and warm reception.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:27
 
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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

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs! Click here for more information!