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Darien Fest Welcome LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Darien Fest St. John Darien had a booth at Darien (IL) Fest last Saturday. Shami Comfort Dog (St. John – Darien, IL) invited some friends to stop by and help her greet people. Early in the afternoon, Comfort Dog Angel (St John- LaGrange, IL) visited the crowds while Comfort Dog Barnabas from Holy Cross in Portage, IN stopped by later in the afternoon.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:50
 
Fundraiser Held for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs at Calvary Lutheran Church in Wood Dale, IL Print E-mail
Wood Dale On Saturday September 12, Calvary Lutheran Church in Wood Dale, IL held a fundraiser for the K-9 Comfort Dogs during a community outreach event. People at the event paid money to shoot baskets and then there were also prizes awarded. The dogs in attendance were Comfort Dog Zippy (Trinity Lutheran Church- Roselle, IL), Comfort Dog Asher (Lord of Glory- Grayslake, IL), Comfort Dog Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage IN) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Naomi and Reuben.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:08
 
LCC is Bringing the Mercy and Compassion of Christ to Those Suffering Print E-mail

K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploying This Week to Comfort Those Affected by the California Wildfires

Aaron On Monday, LCC received the following email from Christy Kramer, Church Office Manager and Aaron Comfort Dog Coordinator at St. John’s Lutheran Church (Napa, CA):
Team Aaron went to the closest evacuation center in Calistoga, California yesterday evening. We are working with our local Napa Chaplaincy department while there. Chaplain Lee Shaw, the lead Chaplain, is a member of Team Aaron. There are about 1000 people (and many pets) there at this time with more expected soon. This is one of a few centers in the surrounding counties. The city of Napa is fine, but our sister counties and the northern part of Napa County are severely affected. Donations of goods have been pouring in. The Red Cross folks are overwhelmed at the generosity of our locals. Mostly what they need now are monetary gifts. Aaron

We have several families at St. John’s who have firefighters and other first responders involved in this situation. Please keep them in your prayers as well.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to be with the over 13,000 people who have been displaced from the 550+ structures that have been destroyed. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will visit with the firefighters, some of whom have lost their homes. The Comfort Dogs will deploy this week and stay through the beginning of next week to spread the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who have suffered such an incredible loss at the hands of these devastating fires.

Please keep everyone affected, including the firefighters, in your prayers.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on donations to cover expenses. To donate to our travel fund to help us continue comforting, please CLICK HERE To donate to assist those affected by the fires in California, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 October 2015 07:35
 
Lila Comfort Dog Celebrates 3rd Birthday! Print E-mail
Lila's Birthday Lila Comfort Dog (Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church - Mequon, WI) and several of her friends celebrated her birthday on September 2. There was lots of food, fun, friends, and festivities at Lila’s birthday. Some of Mequon’s finest even stopped by to visit with the birthday girl!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:42
 
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Danbury, CT) Welcomes Leah Comfort Dog, Connecticut’s Newest Comfort Dog! Print E-mail
Passing of the Leash It was an event-filled week leading up to the Passing of the Leash for Connecticut’s newest Comfort Dog, Leah, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury, CT.

Leah Comfort Dog joins Addie Comfort Dog at Immanuel Lutheran Church in serving the community. This brings the number of Comfort Dogs serving Sandy Hook School to three: Addie Comfort Dog, Maggie Comfort Dog (Christ the King Lutheran Church - Newtown, CT), and now Leah Comfort Dog.

LCC staff were on hand to train additional handlers for Leah including Pastor Joel Cundiff. The team visited the mall and nursing home as they sharpened their skills and prepared for their final exam.

Immanuel Danbury also joins the ranks of “Dual-Vested” Congregations in reaching out to our military men and women and their families with Navy Veteran Joel Wardenburg and Air Force Veteran Tom Schulz.

Momentum built on the days leading up to the leash passing on Sunday. The community was introduced first to Leah at an aviation hanger at Danbury Municipal Airport where she was flown in and greeted by many of the children and their families from Sandy Hook Elementary. Comfort Dogs from around the country were present for Leah’s arrival, including: LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 Buck, K-9 Comfort Dogs Gracie (Trinity Lutheran Church and School – Davenport, IA), Isaiah (Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Portage, IN), Shami (St. John Lutheran Church- Darien, IL), Lydia (Messiah Lutheran Church- Lynnfield, MA), Lily (Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd- Old Bridge, NJ), Maggie (Christ the King Lutheran Church - Newtown, CT), and Addie (Immanuel Lutheran Church- Danbury, CT).

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:30
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Provide Comfort to Grieving Community After the Sudden Death of Beloved High School Cheerleader Print E-mail
Stillman Valley High School Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

On Friday, September 4th, 17 year-old Emily Fleming, a cheerleader and beloved senior at Stillman Valley High School, and Andy Conderman, a 64 year-old transportation consultant and helpful father, husband, and grandfather, were killed in a car accident. Two other teens survived the crash.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited the high school to offer their special form of comfort to this grieving town on Tuesday, September 7, 2015. Stillman Valley was comforted by the support and solace found in the form of four paws and a golden coat of fur as they grieved the loss of a student and member of the community.

We pray for Emily’s and Andy’s family, friends, and the community as they struggle to cope with their unexpected deaths. Please keep everyone in your prayers, as well as the two teens who are recovering from the accident.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:51
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs Invited to Funeral of U.S. Army Veteran and Illinois Officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz Print E-mail
Fox Lake On Monday, September 7th, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry dogs were invited to be present at the funeral of U.S. Army veteran and Illinois Officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz. He was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, September 1st. He is survived by his wife and four sons. The dogs were present to provide support and comfort to those hurting in the Fox Lake, Illinois community after this devastating loss. Lt. Gliniewicz was a well-respected and loved member of the Fox Lake community. Please keep all those impacted by this death in your prayers as the area continues to mend and heal.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry never charges those we serve but relies on donations to cover expenses.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 07:18
 
LCC Comfort Dogs Attend Prayer Vigil in Fox Lake, IL Print E-mail
vigil On Wednesday, September 2nd, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs were invited to a vigil for fallen Fox Lake, Illinois officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, September 1st. The Comfort and Kare-9 Military Ministry Dogs were present to spread the mercy, compassion, presence, and proclamation of Jesus Christ to this hurting and devastated community. Please pray for all those affected by the death of this police officer and veteran.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry never charges those we serve but relies on donations to cover expenses.

Please help us continue to serve - donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs by CLICKING HERE
Last Updated on Monday, 07 September 2015 08:44
 
From the Desk of Susie Comfort Dog (St. Peter Lutheran Church-Arlington Heights, Illinois)! Print E-mail
Susie Comfort Dog
It has been a nice couple of weeks to meet people, get some petting and make people smile. Here are some places we have been:

8/24...St. Peter- AH...School is back in session!!!!!!!! (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog) Hannah, (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training) Jacob, JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, Illinois) and I met the children as they came in the morning. We were happy to see all of them and they were happy to see us!!!! We walked around a little bit and then Brad and I read to Mrs. Ryg's Kindergarten class. We did this last year and it was great to start again this year!!!!!!

8/25...St. Peter-AH...Hannah, JoJo and I met the Pre-school children as they came to school...t sure was nice to see them back to School!!!!!!

8/27...Deerpath Senior Care- Huntley...My comfort dog friend Adeena (St. John Lutheran Church Burlington, Illinois) and I met with lots of nice people at the Home...I wore my camouflage Military vest, as some of the residents are veterans...everyone enjoyed the visit, lots of pets and we promised to come back many Thursdays.

8/28....Norwood Crossing Rehab Center...(LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training) Leah, Priscilla, and JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, Illinois) and I went to all 4 floors and visited the nice people...they petted us and we had fun being there. Priscilla is really good at 4 months old.

8/30.... Clearbrook-AH... JoJo and I were with Pastor Paul and people from Living Christ and St. Peter to have Day of Service. We sang songs, listened to Pastor Paul's message and then helped the residents do a neat craft with a picture of a sheep, glue, cotton balls and crayons. Everyone seemed to have fun.

8/30... I met my comfort dog friends Tara and Tillie (LCC) to greet people on behalf of Immanuel Palatine Church at the Palatine Streetday...we saw so many people, gave out cards, got petted and explained what our ministry does. When we were leaving, we stopped with lots of people who wanted to meet us. One nice lady was looking at us, so we went over to see her and her friend...she hugged me and cried, as she lost her Golden just a couple months ago...we talked for a while and she smiled and we went home...It is nice when we meet people and through God's love, make their day a little better.

8/31...St. Peter-AH...We met the children as they arrived at School.... I got to wear my red tiara, as it is my birthday today...3 years old!!!!!!!! Aunt Julie took some nice pictures and lots of kids and adults wished me a Happy Birthday!!!!!! Brad and I will take some nice walks today.

I hope that you have a happy and blessed day.

Susie

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:42
 
St. John Lutheran Church in Lombard, IL Invites LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to Block Party! Print E-mail
Block Party A perfect sunny Sunday afternoon was host to a block party at St. John Lutheran Church in Lombard, IL. Comfort Dog Angel (St. John's Lutheran Church - La Grange, IL), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday, and Gideon Comfort Dog-in-Training happily met many people of all ages. Pastor Dan Wegrzyn welcomed those attending as they arrived to enjoy food, games and information about St John's ministry.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:29
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Handlers Invited to Listen to Michigan State Legislator Print E-mail
Three Rivers On Wednesday, August 26th, Comfort Dogs Anna (Trinity Lutheran Church- Toledo, OH), Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church- Portage, IN) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Reuben traveled to Three Rivers, Michigan with their handlers to listen to State Legislator Aaron Miller speak about the Michigan Legislative Prayer Caucus. Did you know the National Prayer Caucus was started by Benjamin Franklin?

LCC received the following email from Pastor Robert Bartz (St. Peter Lutheran Church – Three Rivers, Michigan) regarding the response of the community to the Comfort Dogs:

The event went very well. Every contact we have had with Comfort Dogs and Handlers has been positive and well received by those in attendance at the events.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:58
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Chapel Visit at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, IL Print E-mail
Trinity Roselle On Wednesday August 26, Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Roselle, IL invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers to do a chapel visit. Rev Roger Pollock gave the chapel message based on Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men…”. In attendance were Comfort Dogs Angel (St. John's Lutheran Church- La Grange, IL), Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry - Lake Forest, IL), Kye (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School- Belvidere, IL), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Roselle, IL), and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Naomi.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:54
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Cheer On Walkers of Voice of Care’s Mile for Mileage Challenge Walk Print E-mail
Voice of Care A beautiful Saturday welcomed a special group of supporters to Castaldo Park in Woodridge, IL for a walk in support of Voice of Care. Comfort Dogs Angel (St. John’s Lutheran Church- La Grange, IL), JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church- Arlington Heights, IL), Darlin (St. Paul – Matteson, IL), Shami (St. John Lutheran Church – Darien, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday greeted the many participants as they arrived and then walked with the K-9s. A lunch in the park gazebo celebrated the success of walking for Voice of Care’s Mile for Mileage Challenge Walk. This wonderful morning celebrated the continuing efforts of the Voice of Care. They continue to grow in ministering to equip the church in nurturing people with disabilities and their caregivers.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:00
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Smiles to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School’s (Palatine, IL) Backpacks, Worship, and Barbecue Event Print E-mail
Immanuel Rain gave way to a beautiful blue sky and cooler temperatures as K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers visited with children and adults at a park in Palatine for worship, a barbeque and backpacks for back to school. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Star, Ruthie, Olympia, along with K-9 Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church- Arlington Heights, IL) and Adeena (St. John Lutheran Church – Burlington, IL) were on hand to be with everyone and enjoy worship and listening to Immanuel’s praise band. LCC received the following email from Immanuel Palatine’s Diana Broj:
“Thank you for sending the dogs and their handlers! From what I could see, everyone loved them...kids on up!

I heard children talk about collecting the dogs' business cards. Glad to see that you've continued that fun tradition…

Thank you again!
Diana”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:52
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Greet Students at Pontiac Township High School to Celebrate Start of New School Year Print E-mail
Pontiac High LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Jacob, Rhoda, and Claudia, as well as Susie Comfort Dog (St. Peter Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, Illinois) celebrated the start of a new school year with the students and staff of Pontiac Township High School. During a student assembly, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were thanked for their support to the school last year following the death of three students.

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Freshmen classes were the focus part of the day. The dogs helped calm nerves and bring smiles to the students. The students as well as staff enjoyed the warm, fuzzy love of the dogs.

Following the visit, LCC received this kind note from Eric Bohm of Pontiac Township High School:

" I cannot say enough great things about the visit. The faculty, staff, and students of Pontiac Township High School greatly appreciate the work of the dogs and their handlers. The dogs are very special to us at PTHS and we look forward to continuing the partnership that was developed last year."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 12:05
 
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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. Dana Resetarits, DVM of Buckwalter Veterinary Clinic, Bluffton, South Carolina

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska

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

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

Lisa Racine of Grooming Lodge, South Elgin, Illinois

Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, Bluffton, South Carolina

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs!