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Comfort Dogs
St. Paul School in Bremen, Indiana Greets LCC Comfort Dogs in Their PJs Print E-mail
St. Paul, Breman On Monday LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Barnabas and Prince (Holy Cross - Portage, Indiana) visited the students at St. Paul Lutheran school in Bremen, Indiana. to help kick off Lutheran School Week. It was pajama day when we got there, but it didn’t matter to Barnabas nor Prince. Pastor Engel explained the ways that the Comfort Dogs help people in our communities to handle stress in our everyday lives as well as during crisis and disaster.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:48
 
Tim Hetzner Shares 101 Ways for Las Vegas Church Print E-mail
Good Shephard On Sunday, March 15th, LCC President Tim Hetzner, along with K-9 Comfort Dog Luther, spoke with the members of First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Las Vegas sharing some of his “101 Ways” of doing outreach. Located in the middle of a struggling neighborhood, First Good Shepherd inquired and discussed with Tim and their pastor effective ways to reach out to the neighborhood. Along with discovering the potential for outreach utilizing LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, the congregational members have ministry potential right at their doorstep. We pray for First Good Shepherd and ask the Lord’s guidance as they take the move forward in the mission field He has given them.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:56
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Grace Christian Academy in Chicago, Illinois Print E-mail
Grace Academy On Wednesday, March 11, K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Prince and Tillie were invited to participate in chapel with the students and faculty of Grace Christian Academy on Karlov St. in Chicago, Illinois. The teams were able to meet and greet the students in their classroom after the service. Grace is an LCMS school located on the near southwest side of Chicago. The school has been growing the past few years due to the dedication of staff to urban mission and the grace the Lord has provided. LCC continues to keep Grace in its thoughts and prayers. We are thankful for their support and wish them a wonderful conclusion to the year.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:29
 
Comforting Crystal Lake South HS Print E-mail
Crystal Lake South HS LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were requested to visit Crystal Lake South High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Two high school students in the school system have taken their own lives the in the past two weeks and the dogs and handlers are there to show the love and compassion of Jesus to the students, faculty and staff of the school. Partnering with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake are handlers and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zina, Ruthie, Tara, Olympia, Butter (St John's Algonquin) and Luther. Please keep this small community in your prayers during this difficult time.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:53
 
Former St. Paul School Student Dies in Car Accident Print E-mail
Aurora Central Catholic Seth Egger, a former student at St. Paul Lutheran School in Aurora, Illinois was one of two teenagers killed in a car crash last week. Rev. Danny Tutwiler, Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church asked LCC to send a team of K-9 Comfort Dogs to come to the school Thursday after the crash. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Olympia, Tara, Barnabas (Holy Cross - Portage, IN), Gracie (Trinity - Davenport, IA), Tillie, Ladel (St Matthew - Hawthorn Woods, IL), Tabby, and in training Zippy (Trinity - Roselle, IL), and Chloe (Lord of Life - LaFox, IL) shared the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ with the students and staff.

For the same heartbreaking event, Comfort Dogs were also requested to visit Aurora Catholic High School where both teenagers attended. Seven LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers were available to offer solace and peace during their lunch hour on Tuesday, March 17th, the day after the funerals for both students. Scores of students used these Comfort Dogs as a distraction from their grief and pain.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:49
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Alden Estates in Chicago, Ilinois Print E-mail
Alden Last Thursday a team of 6 Comfort Dogs-in-Training visited the residents of Alden Estates in Chicago, Illinois to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ. The residents enjoyed the comfort these long-haired Golden Retrievers can bring.

The highlight of the visit was a group gathering in the 4th Floor Activity Room, where the dogs gave love to the residents, songs were sung and smiles were in abundance. The team will be back in two weeks.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:56
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Zion Pre-School in Chebanse, Illinois Print E-mail
Chebanse On Monday Comfort Dog Barnabas from Holy Cross in Portage, Indiana and Asher Comfort Dog-in-Training visited the Zion Lutheran Church Preschool in Chebanse, Illinois. The students there have given their Chapel offerings to the LCC Comfort Dogs and wanted to meet a couple of them. Part of the mission of Lutheran Church Charities is to educate people (particularly students) on the love of Christ and show them how we use LCC’s K-9 Comfort Dogs to open the door to conversation about Jesus.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:58
 
Comfort Dog Helps with the Children’s Message at Trinity, Danville, Illnois Print E-mail
Trinity Lutheran Rich Martin and Comfort Dog Ruthie, were invited by Pastor Kent Tibben of Trinity Lutheran in Danville, Illinois to speak to the congregation about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Rich and Ruthie also gave the children’s message showing how trained handlers with their Comfort Dogs bring people the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

After the service, Rich and Ruthie also made a presentation where approximately 75 people learned even more about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs ministry.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:34
 
LCC K-9 and Kare-9 Dogs Steal the Show at the NID Convention Print E-mail
NID Pastors, church and school workers, congregational delegates and more than 15 staff and volunteers and 8 dogs from LCC attended the Northern Illinois District convention at Concordia University Chicago last Friday and Saturday. Each day started and ended with worship or prayer, between the two the district business was conducted including the election of officers, reports from committees, announcements and presentations including from NID President Gilbert (who was re-elected) and LCMS President Matthew Harrison.

LCC had a large booth next to LCMS’ Operation Barnabas (a church outreach program to the military and veterans) and Military Outreach (an independent outreach and support program), both of which work with LCC’s Kare-9 units.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:17
 
Passing of the Leash Ceremony at Christ Our King Print E-mail
Shiloh Last Sunday, LCC President Tim Hetzner “passed the leash” of Comfort Dog Shiloh from LCC to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon, Illinois. In addition to Shiloh, 10 other Comfort or Kare-9 dogs as well as 12 handlers and LCC staff people were present at the ceremony. Passing of the Leash is the formal hand-over of a year-long trained dog from LCC to a church and the beginning of a new partnership between the organizations.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:54
 
President Matthew Harrison Visits LCC Display Print E-mail
Matthew Harrison After his presentation to the convention delegates, LCMS President Matthew Harrison walked the display floor visiting with attendees on the convention floor and all the booths. As you can see, he decided to “go to the dogs” and stopped by the LCC booth then had his picture taken with LCC’s K-9 Comfort Dogs, Kare-9 Military Service Dogs. Standing behind President Harrison is Richard Skinner a Kare-9 team leader of Chief and Craig Muehler, Director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces. Next to the president is Raleigh Showens, another veteran and Kare-9 team leader of Spike. Over the two days of the convention, LCC had 11 K-9 or Kare-9 dogs at the booth enjoyed by all who passed by.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:53
 
LCC Comfort and Kare-9 Dog Howe Permanently Deployed Serving the Saints Who Have Gone on Before Him Print E-mail
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LCC President Tim Hetzner and Howe
LCC Comfort Dog Howe, who has faithfully served LCC in touching lives with the Mercy and Compassion of Christ, was permanently deployed this past Saturday to serve the Saints who have gone on before him. Howe was a faithful Comfort Dog that most times went out with LCC President Tim Hetzner. He continued to go out with Tim – many times as a Comfort Rug for people to simply lay down on right up to his final deployment. He will be greatly missed as he was one of the first Comfort Dogs with the LCC Comfort Dog Ministry.

He was born up in Michigan and officially named Mr. Hockey Howe (Born 6-16-2003) after Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gordon Howe but later Howe wore a Chicago Blackhawks jersey for special occasions. Howe was cared for and loved by LCC Volunteer Vicky. She gave him his weekly massages and brushings to help with his arthritis that he had in his later years. Howe was able to walk up three flights of stairs to the day he was permanently deployed. He always stood tall with his big head and smile!

Howe’s Bible Verse was Isaiah 41:10 - "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." This was a fitting verse for Howe as he helped people feel safe to talk to, pray with and focus on Jesus – the Hope of our Salvation.

The staff at LCC praise God for all the lives that he has touched over the years – and all the people he was used as a Bridge to connect with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

If you want to see Howe again, be sure that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and eternal Salvation through Him! Howe will be waiting for you!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 08:34
 
Comfort Dogs Help Build Baby Baskets at Faith in Carpentersville Print E-mail
Baby Baskets Faith Lutheran Church in Carpentersville, Illinois held a Baby Basket building project (with a little help from LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena - St. John Burlington). Volunteers from Faith, St. Matthew in Barrington, and the community all chipped in to put together 20 baskets. Baby items placed in the baskets included diapers, wipes, baby toys (rattles), clothes, blankets, coloring books about Jesus and informational pamphlets for tummy time exercises. Working with Pastor Mark Frusti of Faith and TLC Pregnancy, these baskets will be distributed to new mothers welcoming their newborns home from the hospital. Click here to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 15:46
 
Hug-A-Hound Event Introduces a Community to Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Hug-A-Hound Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois held their first ever Hug-A-Hound event last weekend. All of the guests, both from the community as well as the Immanuel congregation enjoyed visiting with the Comfort Dogs. By the end of the morning, each dog had at least one gift that children chose to share with them from the craft tables that were set up as part of the event.

Christine Young who helped organize the event spoke to two moms from the community who came because they saw in the local shopper that the Comfort Dogs would be in attendance. Because of the community enthusiasm, Immanuel fully intends to repeat this event next year, God willing, and is looking forward to having even more K-9 friends in attendance.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:09
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Students Prepare for Tests Print E-mail
Holy Cross Last Friday Prince, Barnabas and Isaiah, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage , Indiana visited New Prairie Middle School in New Carlisle, Indiana as the students were preparing for their ISTEP tests which were set to begin this week. Because of the relaxing responses people have to LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, this visit will hopefully make the testing period less stressful.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 12:11
 
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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!