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Comfort Dogs
Lila’s Log: Making Friends, Bringing Comfort, and Spreading our Lord’s Message Print E-mail
Lila's Log
I know I shouldn’t brag, but honestly, sometimes, it does seem as though I have super-canine powers. (Note to self: Talk to my handlers about getting me a satin cape with a big “L”)

Recently, I was visiting my friends at Newcastle, in their lovely sitting room library. My handler asked the whole gang “Who’d like a visit from Lila?” Everybody said, “I would!” – all except a lady in red slacks.

“Not me,” she said. “I’ve always been afraid of dogs.

I flashed by brightest smile, but she wasn’t buying it.

So I made the rounds of the other residents, basking in their compliments. As we were about to leave, I heard, “Wait. I think I’ve changed my mind.” It was the lady in the red slacks. “I’d like to give it a try.”

I trotted over to her chair and set my chin gently on her knee for a pet. Tentatively, she began to stroke my head and ears. The tension flowed out; the relaxation flowed in. “I’d give a million dollars if my kids could see me now,” she whispered to me.

The power of a Comfort Dog! But we all know who is really responsible for my “super-powers,” don’t we???

Yours in Peace and Comfort,

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:00
Seniors, Movies and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Marcus Cinemas LCC staff members Rev Roger Pollock and Rich Martin were accompanied by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Olympia, and Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL) to movie mornings at the Marcus Cinemas in Elgin and St Charles, IL. This group met with over 300 seniors on Tuesday and Thursday and listened to Rich give a presentation on LCC and the K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 Military Ministries.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were a huge hit with everyone!!

Your organization has so much to offer and it was wonderful to learn more about the program and meet Olympia, Ruthie and Zippy too. It was really nice to have them early so they could meet some of our members, they loved getting close to them. They are beautiful and kind dogs, they do make your heart melt. We took some pictures to add to our pre-show and share again with our members each month.

Thank you for the work that you do and coming to The Experience Monthly Movie Meetings!

Kimberly A. Knes

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Help support our Kare-9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:27
Olympia and Barnabas Visit Elementary School Print E-mail
Carpenter Elementary School On Wednesday, June 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia and Barnabas (Holy Cross – Portage, IN) visited Carpenter Elementary School in Park Ridge, IL where the students learned about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, how they are different from service dogs, and in general how to approach dogs. Of course they also had time to pet the Comfort Dogs and get their cards.

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:21
Tragedy at Animal Hospital in Longview, Texas – Team Phoebe Responds Print E-mail
Animal Hospital On Thursday, June 11th, LCC received the following message from a Facebook follower:
Hello, I wanted to make you aware of a tragic loss in my hometown in which I think your team could be a great comfort. A few days ago a beloved veterinary clinic [Kimbrough Animal Hospital in Longview, TX] caught fire during the night and over 30 animals perished. It is an understatement to say that our community is devastated. The Kimbrough family are pillars of the community and have a great pride in their work which makes this tragedy all the more painful. There will be a candle light vigil on Monday night having the furry love of the LCC comfort dogs would have a huge impact.

Full details can be found HERE

Immediately, the team at St. Paul Lutheran Church began their plans to head to Longview with K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe. On Monday, June 15th, the team met with first responders who answered the call at the hospital. On Tuesday morning, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, which is just a few blocks away from the scene, opened their fellowship hall for people to come by and meet Phoebe.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:24
Angel’s Leash Passed to St John’s La Grange, IL Print E-mail
St. John La Grange On Sunday, June 7, 2015 LCC passed the leash of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Angel to St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL. The handlers and caregivers spent three days training with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Angel learning how to be present in every situation and to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those they meet.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Pax, Asher, and Tabby all attended the Passing of the Leash and are excited for their friend to begin her ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in La Grange, IL

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:13
St. John Schaumburg Welcomes LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Handlers Print E-mail
St. John Schaumburg On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zippy (Trinity – Roselle, IL), Kye, and Bekah (Immanuel – Belvidere, IL), along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-Training Pax visited with the members of St. John Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, IL. We had a wonderful time meeting all of the friendly people and sharing the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry with them. We hope that we can see them again very soon!

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:12
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Sunshine and Comfort to Texas After the Flooding Print E-mail
Texas LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Phoebe (St Paul - Ft Worth, TX), and Rufus (St Mark - Edmond, OK), along with staff Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie, had a productive few days in Texas following the disastrous flooding that occurred this spring. The dogs and their handlers visited the Volunteer Recovery Centers in San Marcos and Wimberley to spend time with volunteers, as well as FEMA and Red Cross workers who had been working 12 hour days since the flooding took place.

Texas Several homes were visited as well, including one home that experienced flooding to the top of the roof of the first story. The homeowner, Anna, melted when she saw the four dogs sitting in her driveway. She told her story of escape, and held back tears as LCC staff prayed with her. Pastor Martin Danner of Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, TX prayed with soldiers from Fort Hood who were mucking out another home and loved petting the dogs.

The Comfort Dogs then visited Duck Creek Nursing Home. The dogs comforted several new friends, including Nada who is 92 and loves dogs. LCC staff talked and prayed with an occupational therapist who lost her dog in the flood and a social worker whose home was 37 feet above the water but still received damaged when the water went to almost 50 feet. TexasA special moment occurred when the head nurse asked if a dog could be brought to a 34 year-old firefighter who was paralyzed after getting hit by a truck while riding his bike. Pastor Danner, Jonathan from United Way, and LCC staff member Rich Martin joined Ruthie Comfort Dog in the room. As Ruthie approached, she immediately crawled up the tall wheel chair onto Colin's lap. Colin let go of the stress ball he had been holding with his left hand and put it on Ruthie’s head.

To view more photos from Texas CLICK HERE

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 11:39
Rosie Comfort Dog’s 2nd Birthday Print E-mail
Rosie On Sunday, May 31st, Rosie (Atonement – Columbus, OH) celebrated her 2nd birthday with the help of her sister Mercy (Our Savior – Louisville, KY), Katie (in-training), Barnabas (Holy Cross – Portage, IN) and Lex (in-training) and all her friends from Columbus, OH. Rosie loves to go out on visits but today everyone came to her. Wasn't that great?

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 13:26
Comfort Arrives in Texas Print E-mail
Texas Just before midnight on Sunday, May 31st, LCC received a request from Pastor Martin Danner at Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, TX to bring LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their hurting community. Recent heavy rains caused severe flooding leaving an estimated 300 families displaced and temporarily living in low income housing in San Marcos. Along with Pastor Danner’s request, the CEO for United Way asked for dogs in San Marcos schools on Wednesday, June 3rd.

As soon as the team arrived in San Marcos, they visited a house where several families, mostly children, are now living after losing their homes. It is one of only three homes not hit by floods. The handlers for Phoebe Comfort Dog brought stuffed comfort dogs from Fort Worth to hand out to the children.

Texas Serving in Texas this week are Phoebe (St. Paul – Ft. Worth, TX with handlers Janice Marut, Rhonda Hampton, and helper Laura), Rufus (St. Mark – Edmond, OK with handler Erica Ehrler) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie with LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin.

Please keep those affected by the flooding in Texas as well as Oklahoma in your prayers during these turbulent times.

LCC never charges those we serve. Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund DONATE HERE
Last Updated on Friday, 05 June 2015 17:01
Plano YMCA Best Day Ever Summer Day Camp Print E-mail
YMCA Day On Tuesday, June 2nd, Shiloh Comfort Dog (Christ our Savior – Dixon, IL) and Lex Comfort Dog in-training visited with the day campers at Fox Valley YMCA in Plano, IL. The day campers learned about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and what they do in their communities. Of course, there was plenty of time to pet each of the dogs and get their cards.

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:37
Holland Home Memory Unit Gets Visit by Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Holland Home Retirement Community On Friday, May 22nd, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to Holland Home Retirement Community in South Holland, IL. The residents were greatly comforted by the dogs, as noted by Holland Home staff member Mary Kate Heenan, in an email to LCC:
"...the dogs brought so much joy to our residents at the Holland Home, especially our Memory Support floor! The smiles on their faces really lifted everyone’s mood immediately! The dogs brought so much comfort to the memory care unit! A lot of them suffer from anxiety and tend to worry. When they are with the dogs all their worries go out the window, and it calms them down! Please keep doing what you are doing with these animals! They really do impact people in the best way possible!"

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 13:51
Addison Women’s Group Supports LCC K-9 Print E-mail
Addison Donation This past Thursday, May 28, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were awarded a financial gift from The Women’s Club of Addison (Illinois). Ruthie Comfort Dog and Olympia Comfort Dog along with Kare-9 Flex attended to accept this gracious gift. This is a wonderful, committed-to-service group of ladies. We wish to thank them for all that they do to help the community and serve others.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 12:36
Training the Trainer Classes Still Open! Print E-mail
Trainers Needed LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Ministry Dogs have touched the lives of countless people with the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ. Because God has blessed these ministries, the demand for dogs from our churches, schools, veterans and colleges is so great LCC is starting another training class for trainers.

You can learn how to use LCC’s dogs to bring solace to individuals and families who are suffering pain or loss. In addition to the comforting aspects of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 Ministry Dogs, we use the dogs to open conversation with people who are hurting. The ministry is not about the dogs, it is about sharing the love of Christ with people and dogs open the doors. Many people are shy about approaching strangers, but well-trained dogs are not. They gravitate toward people, especially those who are hurting.

If you would like to learn how to become a trainer of one of our precious golden retrievers and help them become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, sign up for our Apprentice Comfort Dog Training 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 classes will be offered in two separate Illinois locations, Northbrook and Pontiac.

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 Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:58
Good Shepherd School in Pekin Loses LCC Friend, Comfort Dogs Visit Print E-mail
Good Shepard Kim Williams was a 6th Grade teacher at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Pekin, IL, she was also a friend of LCC. Two years ago when the town of Washington, IL was devastated by a tornado, Kim opened her home to LCC volunteers who were helping the residents of Washington IL recover. Today, the first day of school after her untimely death, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Bekah (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School - Belvidere, Illinois), Anna, Kye (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School - Belvidere, Illinois), Olympia and their handlers were in Pekin to mourn her passing and to offer comfort and support to the children saddened by her death, reminding them that through Christ she is with Jesus.

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015 13:35
“Huge Hit…Amazing” Visit to Omro Middle School Print E-mail
Omro Middle School Toni Albright from Omro Middle School in Wisconsin wrote LCC a note about the visit there by Dora (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Lila (Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church - Mequon, Wisconsin), two LCC-9 Comfort Dogs.

“My staff was texting me so many wonderful pictures and comments while you were here. They all had so many good things to say ("huge hit" "amazing" etc.). Not only did they think that the dogs were wonderful, they also complimented the handlers/staff who brought the dogs, saying that they worked very well with our students--which means a lot!

“There are not enough words to describe my gratitude for giving us the awesome opportunity to receive some comforting therapy from Dora and Lila.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:59
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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!