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Comfort Dogs
LCC President Tim Hetzner Travels to Ferguson, Missouri Print E-mail

While in St. Louis for Noah Comfort Dog’s Passing of the Leash ceremony LCC President Tim Hetzner, James Kirschenmann - a seminarian at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis - and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther (LCC) visited the community of Ferguson, Missouri. They were able to bring Christ’s love to a community that is hurting from constant violence. The community invited Noah to come back to the opening of Bermuda Elementary School and to come back to the community to bring comfort and Christ’s love.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:26
LCC Places Two More LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Over the Weekend Print E-mail
Rosie Leash Passing Ohio Welcomes First LCC K-9 Comfort Dog

On Sunday, August 17, Rosie Comfort Dog was officially welcomed into the congregation of Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio.

Stephanie Christian and Dan Fulkerson represented LCC as staff and were able to speak about what the comfort dogs do in our communities and how they can be the bridge to Christ's love.

Dan Ludlum (head elder) and his wife Mary (Top Dog) were on hand to accept Rosie for Atonement. All of Atonement's Dog team was then commissioned into their roles by Pastor Brian Larson. The congregation then had a reception after the service and Pastor Brian spoke more about what the Comfort Dogs have done. Rosie is the first LCC K-9 Comfort Dog to be placed in Ohio. We are excited about all the doors opening in this state.

Noah Comfort Dog Placed at Timothy Lutheran Church in Missouri

Noah Leash Passing

On Sunday, August 17, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Noah was officially welcomed into the congregation of Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri. LCC staff members Tim Hetzner and Beth Nielsen represented LCC at the ceremony.

Tim Hetzner was able to speak about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and all they contribute to the communities around the country and how they can be a tool to show Christ’s love.

Sue Nielsen (Top Dog) and Noah’s trained handlers were there to officially accept Noah for Timothy Lutheran Church. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther (LCC) and Jessy (St. Paul, Concordia, MO) were also there to welcome Noah to Timothy Lutheran Church. The Congregation held a reception for Noah Comfort Dog after the Passing of the Leash to celebrate his new position.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 11:47
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend CLEF Networking Conference Print E-mail
CLEF On Monday, August 11, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin (LCC), Luther (LCC), Ruthie (LCC) and Olympia (LCC) traveled to Walther Christian Academy for the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) Networking Conference. This annual conference is held to give the teachers of CLEF schools a boost into the school year. While the conference attendees were ending the conference with their lunch, the Comfort Dogs met with them as they left. LCC was grateful to give them a supportive send off into the new school year. We wish all returning into the classrooms a safe, enlightening and fun filled year.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Take a Visit to Stade's Farm for Outdoor Worship Print E-mail
Stade's On Sunday, August 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs: Martin (LCC), Luther (LCC), Zina (LCC,) Howe (LCC), Adeena (St. John, Burlington), Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Star (LCC), Lily (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In-Training), Tara (LCC), Angel (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog In-Training) and Zina (LCC) all visited Stade's Farm in McHenry, Illinois for outdoor worship and Fellowship. The Lord provided all with a beautiful morning as the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were all brought up and the mission was explained to all who attended. Afterwards, there was a time of meet and greet for all. We thank Stade's Farm for their invitation as well as choosing LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to be a partial recipient of funds that will be raised during their "Tractors for Charity" this coming Sept. 6-7. We look forward to another enjoyable time of fellowship and fun. Click here for more photos
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday Makes a Visit to St. Philip in Bryn Mawr Print E-mail
Bryn Mawr On Saturday, August 9, St. Philip in Bryn Mawr hosted their Annual Neighborhood Bash. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara's favorite thing to do is meet people! She was so happy that she could be at this event and bring joy to the people she met.. Games, food and music were enjoyed on this beautiful, sunny day. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara (LCC), and handler, Marie Payes, enjoyed meeting everyone, especially Pastor Eric Gawura.
Back2School Event Gets Visit From LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Back2School On Saturday, August 9, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (LCC), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran, Roselle), Ladel (St. Matthew, Hawthorn Woods) and Jojo (Living Christ Lutheran, Arlington Heights) met with over 400 children and their families as St Matthew Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois hosted the Barrington Giving Day community event "Back2School". Members of Barrington churches, schools, businesses and civic organizations are always generous in their support of this day.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Take a Trip to the Channahon 3 Rivers Festival Print E-mail
Channahon On Saturday, August 9, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs enjoyed the afternoon at the booth for River of Life Lutheran Church at the Channahon 3 Rivers Festival. While they were there they greeted members of the community. A good time was had by all, especially for the children that got to pet the Comfort Dogs.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Director Rich Martin Visit Action For Children Print E-mail
AfC On Friday, August 8, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Director Rich Martin and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie (LCC) met with a group from Illinois, Action for Children. Action for Children is an Illinois non-profit at Kendall College in Chicago. Rich shared with the group about how the Comfort Dogs interact with children of all ages and Ruthie gave some much needed comfort to these wonderful advocates of children and their families.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Head to Grace Lutheran School Fore the Kids Print E-mail
zippy LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Zippy (Trinity Lutheran, Roselle), JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran, Arlington Heights), and Shami (St. John Lutheran, Darien) along with their handlers cheered on the participants at "Fore the Kids" Golf Classic. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were honored to be part of this event that benefits the students at Grace Lutheran School in Chicago.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:52
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin Visits Westchester National Night Out Print E-mail
WestChester On Tuesday, August 5, at the Westchester National Night Out, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin (LCC), greeted guests as they gathered in the parking lot of Faith Lutheran Church. The group then walked from Faith to Westchester Park where Martin visited with guests including members of the Westchester American Legion Post #1437. A special thank you to Officer Verber who invited Martin and LCC handler Deaconess Dianna Bonfield to come back for this event.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:49
Handler Training Continues Print E-mail
Northbrook The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team spent August 2-4 training 23 new handlers and caregivers. We are thrilled to partner with Our Savior, Louisville, Kentucky, Christ Our Savior, Loudon, Tennessee, and St Mark's in Edmond, Oklahoma to bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those they meet.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:51
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Make Visit to VBS at Clavary in Woodale Print E-mail
Woodale On Monday, July 28, we were blessed to be able to visit with the children of Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodale, Illinois, at their VBS. We were able to tell them all about the work we do in our communities and around the country. They are making The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs their mission for their offerings.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago Print E-mail
First Immanuel On Sunday, July 27, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago where they were met by Rev. Harold Therwagner. LCC K9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (LCC) and Olympia (LCC) met with members and children during the education hour where Directors Rich and Dona Martin shared information on the Comfort Dog Ministry. The team also met with members after the worship service. First Immanuel Lutheran Church first began in 1854. We wish you joyous blessings on the 160th anniversary.
LCC Staff Member Sherry Bolosan and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin Speak at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill, IL Print E-mail
Bunker Hill On Sunday, July 27, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin (LCC) had the privilege of attending Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill, Illinois, annual church picnic. LCC staff member Sherry Bolosan gave the presentation on the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry. Sherry and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin enjoyed visiting with the wonderful members of Zion.
LCC Staff Member Joel Moritz and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther Make Visit to St. Michael's in Bloomington, MN Print E-mail
Minnesota The weekend of July 26 and 27, LCC staff member Joel Moritz and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther (LCC) visited St. Michael Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. After speaking to the Bible class sessions, the members enjoyed meeting and greeting Luther. St. Michael's is a large congregation with a wonderful heart for serving in the mission field. A crew of St. Michael's members were also in Pilger, Nebraska assisting in the continued recovery of the tornadoes that recently touched down there. We are grateful to the members of St. Michael's and look forward to working together in service of others in the time to come.
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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

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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

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