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Comfort Dogs
Disaster Relief Volunteer is Trained with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Jennifer Dahn with K-9 Comfort Dogs in Washington, IllinoisLCC received the following thank you note from an LCC Disaster Response volunteer, Jennifer Dahn, in Washington, Illinois:
Just wanted to write you to let you know how thankful I am for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry. I had the opportunity to go through the handler training today in Washington with LCC trainer Jeanne and K-9 Comfort Dog Eddie. Eddie was a trooper as we were practicing the commands with him and walking him through all of the paces. I am excited to continue practicing the new skills I have learned today.

Thank you for all YOU have done in Washington. I have learned A LOT from you and many of the team members over the past two weeks. I am blessed to be a small part of your team in Washington to help bring hope to the lives that have been turned upside down. I am looking forward to many more years of service and helping to expand your ministry. Hope you are doing well.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 12:47
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Residents at Monarch Landing Print E-mail
On Tuesday, December 10, K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Zoey Tillie, and Olympia visited Monarch Landing, an independent senior living community in Naperville, Illinois. The Pet Club asked for a K-9 presentation and for K-9 Comfort Dogs to visit with some of their residents. K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Co-Director, Dona Martin, spoke about the ministry and was presented with a check from the Pet Club. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 12:47
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit With Children at United Airlines' "Fantasy Flight to the North Pole" Print E-mail
United Airlines Fantasy Flight 2013 at O'Hare International Airport On Saturday, December 7th, nine LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers traveled to O'Hare International Airport to take part in the United Airlines Fantasy Flight. The Fantasy Flight is a flight to the North Pole that United Airlines employees run and sponsor every year. They host 30-35 families with a critically ill child and make their holiday wishes come true. Once the children land at the North Pole they get to meet Santa, have a meal in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, and many other fun events. On their way out, they stop by Santa's workshop to pick up a bag of presents for all the children in their family.

United Airlines Fantasy Flight 2013 at O'Hare International AirportThis is the third year the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to participate and were once again a huge hit with the children and their families. Each child was able to get a picture with the dogs that they could have in a keepsake card and were given a stuffed Comfort Dog toy to take with them for times they needed some comfort. It is a privilege for LCC to work with United Airlines with this event and we look forward to the years to come.

Click here for an article on ABC 7 Chicago's website about the event.
Click here to view pictures of the Fantasy Flight Event!
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:18
K-9 Comfort Dogs and Handlers Provide Comfort to Shelters in Washington, Illinois Print E-mail
Washington Illinois The K-9 Comfort Dog team (Luther, Ruthie, Darlin, Samuel and Phoebe) has arrived in Washington, Illinois and is currently with their handlers, Pastor Thomas Heren and his wife Trudy (center of photo), and Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteer members. They will be based out of Crossroads United Methodist Church - 1420 N Main St Washington, IL 61571. Please keep the team, the volunteers and all who are suffering in your thoughts and prayers. Click here to donate to the LCC Disaster Relief Fund
Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 11:25
LCC Permanently Places Two K-9 Comfort Dogs - First Wisconsin Placement Print E-mail
Scarlett Sepe Lutheran Church Charities We are very excited to announce the permanent placement of two LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, litter-mates, Susie Comfort Dog and Lila Comfort Dog! Susie will be placed at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, IL and her sister, Lila, will be placed as our first Wisconsin K-9 Comfort Dog at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Mequon, WI. We thank these churches for their support and partnership in the ministry and praise God for their desire to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to their communities! Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
LCC and the K-9 Comfort Dogs Remember Our Veterans Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Zina On Sunday, November 10, the Kapelle Choir from Concordia University Chicago performed a concert at Faith Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, Illinois in honor of Veterans Day. Fourteen K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers were in attendance to honor all those who have bravely served our country and also those who are currently active in our military.

Please join LCC and the K-9 Comfort Dogs as we honor those who so bravely served our country.

Click here to view photos from the concert Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:15
LCC Staff and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs asked to Help Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Toledo, Ohio Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Helping at Trinity Lutheran Church Toledo Ohio While at the LEA (Lutheran Educators Association) National convention a few days ago, the staff at Trinity Lutheran Church and School found out that a very active parent of a 5th grader had a sudden, unexpected death. The staff at Trinity approached the LCC Staff and Comfort Dogs and asked if we could come in to be with families and students and be present for the funeral. LCC responded and arrived Monday Night and will stay through Wednesday. On Tuesday morning, October 29th, the team met with staff first starting at 7:30AM and then the students.

K-9 Comfort Dogs Helping Pastor Tim Carr at Trinity Lutheran Church Toledo OhioThis is one of several traumatic events that has happened recently at the congregation and school including the hospitalization of Sr. Pastor Timothy Carr. LCC K-9 volunteer handler and member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Belvidere, Illinois , Mike Buhl, and K-9 Comfort Dog Kye visited Pastor Carr in the hospital to bring him much needed comfort.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those who we serve but rely on donations for support for expenses

Please keep the wonderful staff and people at Trinity along with the families of those affected in your prayers as the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ occur.

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:09
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Love to Visit People All Over Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs It was a busy week as the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been out in the community bringing comfort to many at Fire Stations, craft fairs and mission fairs. They went to the new fire station in Addison, Illinois for an open house, to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, Illinois and to the mission fair at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:12
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia Visits Green Bay Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Olympia visited Green Bay, Wisconsin to tell the Lutheran Women's Missionary League about the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. While in Green Bay, Olympia and LCC staff member, Deaconess Tiffany Manor, visited Our Saviour Lutheran Church, two nursing homes, Trinity Lutheran School and Pilgrim Lutheran Church.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 14:11
LCC President, K-9 Comfort Dogs, Awarded at Lutheran Education Association (LEA) National Convocation Print E-mail
Tim awarded Esther Award at LEA National Convocation LCC President, Tim Hetzner, was awarded the Esther Award for leadership in times of crisis at the Lutheran Education Association 2013 National Convocation on Thursday, October 24th. Executive Director of LEA, Jonathan Laabs, presented the award to Tim after briefly talking about Lutheran Church Charities and the work that has been done through LCC over the past year with Tim's leadership and dedication to the ministry God has entrusted to him. Click here to view the video that was shown introducing LCC and the Esther award. The K-9 Comfort Dogs were also awarded that night with the Topel Golden Tail Award for their work in crisis and disaster situations! What an honor it was to be recognized and we thank God for LEA and the ministry they bring through our Lutheran educators across the country!

Family at LEA National Convocation During the LEA Convocation many teachers and their families stopped by the Lutheran Church Charities booth and visited with the K-9 Comfort Dogs and received some furry love and comfort. Many of the teachers had their families with them and this little girl loved K-9 Comfort Dog Howe!

Click here to view more photos from the LEA 2013 National Convocation Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 11 November 2013 14:17
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Mission Fair in Oak Lawn Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Chewie On Sunday, October 20th LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chewie, Shami, Darlin, and Barnabas, along with their handlers, attended the Mission Fair at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Everyone enjoyed meeting and interacting with the dogs!
K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena's Southern Roadtrip Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena (St. John - Burlington, Illinois), accompanied by two of her handlers, went to Franklin, Tennessee to support and to surprise a sister and a brother who ran a concession stand at their grandmother's garage sale to benefit the Comfort Dogs. Both the surprise and the sale were successful with over $130.00 being raised. Adeena also visited with members of Concordia Lutheran Church of Nashville, Tennessee, who wanted to learn more about having their own Comfort Dog. The last leg of the trip was to Louisville, Kentucky, to visit with Rachel Comfort Dog and her handlers at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Adeena was warmly greeted by the congregation as they left the late service. Rachel's and Adeena's handlers then were able to participate in the sharing of their experiences with the dogs as well as their hopes and plans for the future of this ministry.
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Bethesda Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Zina and Tillie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, paid a special visit to the Bethesda group home in Plainfield, Illinois on Tuesday, October 22. Darlin, the K-9 from Mt Greenwood Lutheran Church also joined the event. The dogs had a wonderful time meeting Mike and Rick, who enjoyed petting and talking to them. The K-9s were invited back for a group celebration as they were told that they "make a difference!"
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Staff and Volunteers Returned to Boston - Visited Universities and Met with Those Affected by Marathon Bombings Print E-mail
MSPCA Award The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, along with Co-Directors Dona and Rich Martin, handlers Sharon Flaherty, Barb Granado, Wendy Cole, Elizabeth Brose, and Nate Palkewick, revisited Boston on the six month anniversary of the Marathon Bombings.

The visit began last Thursday, October 17th, at Suffolk University where the team, along with Pastor Paul Lantz, was invited in to meet and address students by Communications & Journalism Senior Lecturer, Norine Bacigalupo. The visit at Suffolk began with a special recognition by University President, James McCarthy, who gave Honorary Doctors of Healing bandanas to K-9's Ruthie, Luther, Zoey, Hannah, Maggie, and Addie. A K-9 presentation followed with students of the Communication & Journalism School.

Thursday evening was also a memorable event as the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were awarded the Animal Hero award at the MSPCA-Angell Awards held at the Boston Park Plaza. Over 1,000 people attended the event recognizing individuals work with animal welfare throughout the country. We salute the MSPCA and all who commit themselves to the protection and welfare of God's creation.

Friday and Saturday many of our friends from Universities and the community visited with the team at First Lutheran Church of Boston. We are once again grateful for our hosts and spiritual leaders Pastor Paul Lantz and Pastor Ingo Dutzmann of First Lutheran Church.

K-9 Comfort DogsThe trip concluded with an invitation to a private gathering with medical volunteers and first responders at the recently reopened Forum Restaurant near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Over 75 medical volunteers, EMT, and other first responders were in attendance and visited with the Comfort Dogs. Pastor Ingo Dutzmann shared remarks using an analogy out of the book of Esther. It was an honor for the team to be with these remarkably brave men and woman who sacrificed their own safety to save so many lives. May God Bless them and all who respond to these man-made and natural disasters every day.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Fund
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:28
Tim Hetzner and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Team Attend and Present at LCMS National Disaster Response Conference Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs On Monday, October 7th, LCC President, Tim Hetzner, along with the K-9 Comfort Dog team, including Co-Director of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Rich Martin, arrived at the LCMS Disaster Response 2013 National Conference held in St. Louis. They were there for the whole conference which ended on Thursday, October 10th.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs were there to bring comfort to attendees while Tim Hetzner and Rich Martin addressed the attendees about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry involvement in Disaster Responses over the past year.

Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:40
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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!