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LCC Places K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey at Concordia University Wisconsin with Passing of the Leash Ceremony Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey Placed at Concordia University Wisconsin On Wednesday, January 29, LCC held the Passing of the Leash Ceremony for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey. It took place at the Chapel of Christ Triumphant on the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) campus.

Students, faculty and staff were able to meet Zoey, and her fellow K-9 Comfort Dog friends at a meet and greet reception following the chapel service. This week marks the first week of the Spring 2014 semester at CUW and what better way to kick it of than with the welcoming of CUW's very own LCC K-9 comfort Dog!

Click here to view photos from the Passing of the Leash Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:12
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploy to Purdue University in Wake of Tuesday's Shooting Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploy to Purdue University The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited to Purdue University by the the University, the Indiana District of the LCMS/Lutheran Campus Ministry as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. On Tuesday, January 21st, a gunman shot and killed another man in the university's electrical engineering building. Students are shaken up by the shooting and are in need of comfort. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be on campus today, Thursday, January 23rd through Saturday, January 25th. More information to come on their specific location on campus. Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:38
 
UPDATE: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Return to St John Lutheran School in Libertyville, Illinois After 11-Year-Old Student Was Killed Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited back to St. John Lutheran Church and School on Friday, January 31st. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ladel (St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods) and Strudel (Grace Northbrook) visited the students, faculty and staff at the school for several hours. This time they left behind special gifts - a stuffed K-9 Comfort Dog for each classroom. On Tuesday, January 21st, one of their students, an 11-year-old girl, was killed by her half-sister. Please keep this girl's family and the church and school members in your prayers. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:14
 
Bethany Lutheran School in Naperville, Illinois Raises Support for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
On Wednesday, January 8th, LCC received a check of support from the students, parents, and visitors of the Christmas program at Bethany Lutheran School in Naperville, Illinois.The following is a message from Michelle Stehle, 6th grade teacher and student council advisor:
The students, parents, and visitors to our Christmas program donated $1600.00 for the "Dumpster Relief Efforts" in Washington, Illinois. Our principal, Ms. Pam Mueller, suggested a "freewill door offering" after our School Christmas Program on December 17th. She also told the Student Council to announce that the December Chapel Offerings would also be collected to help those in Washington, Illinois. Boy, did those boys and girls come through! Some classrooms set goals and others just gave what they were able. We hope that our donation will help MANY families in the clean-up and rebuilding phase. God's Blessings to all those affected and to YOU, Lutheran Church Charities, for the compassion and love you show all those in need. What a wonderful witness of God's great love to all.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:17
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Students at St. John Lutheran Church in Lansing, Illinois for Chapel and a Meet & Greet Print E-mail
K-9 Chapel at St. John Lutheran Church Lansing, Illinois LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tillie, Zina, and Howe, along with their handlers, were excited to visit the children at St. John Lutheran School in Lansing Illinois. They had a wonderful morning meeting so many new friends!

Click here to see photos from the chapel visit to St. John Lutheran School in Lansing, Illinois

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:12
 
Newest Released LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Video Print E-mail

This production by COMCAST Video Productions & Services in Seymour, Connecticut features LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Maggie, who is placed at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Addie, who is placed Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury, Connecticut. Wags "N" Tales was written and produced by Ken Fay who is an LCC trained handler for Maggie Comfort Dog and a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:11
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Harper College Team to Train Handlers - Daily Herald Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in the News On Wednesday, January 15th, the Daily Herald ran a story announcing the partnership of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Harper College. Harper will be offering an eight week online class taking an in depth look at K-9s and being an effective handler for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. LCC will follow up that program with a two day practicum to work with the students and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.

Rich Martin, Director of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry says, "It will give our handlers and trainers more of a complete background." Click here to read the article. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:16
 
LCC Partners with Concordia University Wisconsin to Place the First University LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Placement at Concordia University Wisconsin On Monday, January 13th, faculty, staff and students from Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) traveled to the LCC offices in Addison, Illinois for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog caregiver training. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry continues to grow and CUW will be the first university placement of an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, which will take place later in January. LCC is looking forward to this partnership and the new opportunities that will come from it.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Placement at Concordia University WisconsinThese trainings are in anticipation of the Passing of the Leash Ceremony that will take place at CUW later this month once the spring semester begins. The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at CUW will be led by CUW's Director of Counseling, David Enters. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog will be handled by faculty, staff and students, who will be trained by LCC as handlers. There is a lot of potential for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to grow at CUW, both on campus and in the community.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 16:04
 
LCC Proudly Announces the Placement of Our First Comfort Dog in Texas Print E-mail

Phoebe Comfort Dog is Officially Placed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas

texas training at st paul fort worth k9 phoebe On Sunday, January 12, 2014, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe was permanently placed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1800 West Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, during their 8:00am service. LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin and Jeanne Moore aided in the Passing of the Leash Ceremony and talked about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry during the bible study hour.

K-9 Comfort Dog Training for St. Paul Lutheran Church from Ft. Worth, TexasThis is the first K-9 Comfort Dog placed in Texas and LCC is excited to see the ministry grow across the country as together we bring the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ to those in need. Thank you, St. Paul, for your partnership in this ministry.

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 09:32
 
LCC Receives a Handmade Quilt With Sandy Hook School's Children's Letters to the Comfort Dogs Printed on Squares Print E-mail
Sandy Hook School letters quilt from Bev and Doug Baumann Long-time supporters of LCC, Doug and Bev Baumann, visited the LCC offices in Addison, Illinois on Friday, January 10th. Bev has spent time over the last year putting together a quilt with drawings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School third grade students. The students and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School were very appreciative of the K-9 Comfort Dogs and the compassion and love they brought with them.

Sandy Hook School letters quilt from Bev and Doug Baumann The students drew pictures and captioned them "The best thing about the comfort dogs is..." In this photo, the student wrote "they give all of us love". LCC is grateful for the beautiful preservation of these precious memories. Thank you to Doug and Bev for this gift! Click here to view all of the drawings.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:15
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey Visits Staff and Visitors at Schaumburg, Illinois Library Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey at Schaumburg Public Library On Friday, January 3, K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey went to the Schaumburg, Illinois Public Library to spend time with library staff and visitors. As K-9 Zoey finishes up her training, it is valuable for her to visit public places that will aid her in getting acquainted with new atmospheres and settings. Zoey and her handler, Toni, had a wonderful time and will continue visiting libraries and other public places until she is permanently placed. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
 
UPDATE 1-11-14: LCC Prepares to Place the First K-9 Comfort Dog in Texas at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ft. Worth Print E-mail
texas training at st paul fort worth k9 phoebe On Saturday, January 11th, 2014, members from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ft. Worth, Texas were joined by LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin and Jeanne Moore for a K-9 Comfort Dog handler training. This training is in anticipation of the "Passing of the Leash Ceremony" that will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1800 West Freeway, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, on Sunday, January 12th at the 8:00am service. All are welcome to join in on this wonderful occasion!

K-9 Comfort Dog Training for St. Paul Lutheran Church from Ft. Worth, TexasLCC is excited to partner with this ministry and for the new possibilities that will arise by having a K-9 Comfort Dog in Texas. St. Paul Lutheran Church has a Lutheran day school as well as an adult and college ministry that ministers to many of the local area college students including Texas Christian University.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Saturday, 11 January 2014 23:57
 
LCC Proudly Announces the Placement of Our Third Comfort Dog in Missouri Print E-mail

Passing of the Leash for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Jessy at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri

K-9 Comfort Dog Jessy placed at St. Paul's in Concordia, Missouri On Sunday, January 6th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Co-director Rich Martin "Passed the Leash" of Jessy Comfort Dog to her new home at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri. Pastor Lee Hagen, along with Jessy's handlers and caregivers, received Jessy during the worship service Sunday morning. Luther Comfort Dog was also there to support his niece, Jessy. May God bless this new ministry at St. Paul's! LCC is honored and excited to work with this ministry partner in bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering. Click here to see more photos from the Passing of the Leash Ceremony Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey Visits Staff and Visitors at Arlington Heights, Illinois Library Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog visits Arlington Heights, Illinois public library On Friday, December 20th, K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey and handler Toni visited the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois. They spent time visiting with children and other visitors to the library as well as the library staff. It was a great day and everyone loved getting some comfort during this Christmas season. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 18:09
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Hope and Comfort to Residents of Maplewood Nursing Home in Elgin, Illinois Print E-mail
On Thursday, December 26th, K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training Jewel, Eddie, Noah, Zoey, Lily, and Rufus, along with K-9 Comfort Dogs Hannah, Bekah and Tillie, visited with the residents and staff at Maplewood Nursing Home in Elgin, Illinois. They brought smiles and hope during a time of year that many feel alone. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 12:44
 
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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

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!