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Comfort Dogs
Your Help Needed to Raise $2,500 to "Comfort" Children this Holiday Season Print E-mail
Stuffed Dogs Ever since the distribution of 600 stuffed Golden Retrievers to students and their siblings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, these lovable plush friends have put smiles on the faces of all who received one.

At this time of year, the LCC K-9 Comfort and Kare-9 Dogs are meeting hundreds of children who are less fortunate, victims of domestic violence and some who are seriously ill.

LCC’s annual Fantasy Flight with United Airlines brings many children who are suffering and in need of a comforting reminder that God is with them.

This year, our Comfort Dogs have been invited by WINGS to participate in Sweet Home Chicago, a fundraiser to support WINGS’ domestic violence shelters, programs and services for women and children in the Chicago area. Close to 500 children will participate in just these two events.

Your generosity and prayers are greatly appreciated as our handlers and their K-9’s touch lives by bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to His dear children.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:16
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Students During Finals Print E-mail
Concordia Chicago On Monday, December 1, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Sunday and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training Titus and Tabby went to visit the students at Concordia University Chicago to help them de-stress as they prepare for finals next week. They also listened as some of the students told them how they overcame personal obstacles in their lives because of dogs.
 
22 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Memorial Service for Kristin Walters Print E-mail
Memorial Service On Saturday November 22, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs attended a Memorial Service for Kristin Walters.

Kristin is the step-daughter of Sarah Walters an LCC Apprentice K-9 puppy trainer. Sarah has trained Noah Comfort Dog (Timothy, St. Louis) and currently is working with puppy Asher.

Kristin died in an automobile accident in Arizona. Her service was attended by 22 K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers at the Arabian Nights Equestrian Center in Willowbrook, Illinois, where Kristin began riding as a child. Please continue to hold Steve and Sarah up in prayer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:04
 
LCC Staff Member Marie Payes and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara Visit with Holy Cross Lutheran Church Print E-mail
Holy Cross On Sunday, November 23, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara, along with handler Marie Payes, visited the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Carey. They visited the Sunday School Classes where they are learning about animals in the Bible.

Tara was excited to meet all her new friends and help them learn about how God uses animals to help spread His Word and bring His comfort to those in need.

 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe Attends Texas District Worker's Conference Print E-mail
PhoebeK-9 Comfort Dog Phoebe (St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ft Worth, TX) attended the Texas District Worker's Conference.

Phoebe arrived Saturday and spent Sunday visiting two Houston area churches before going on to Gloria Dei to set up and be there for the opening of the Texas District Worker's Conference. Praying God's blessing on all who are in attendance for this yearly event.

 
Be Part of Making a Difference to Literally Thousands of Lives! Print E-mail

Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Training of Trainers Course

Because of the success of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in touching lives with Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ, and the demand from our churches, schools, and colleges, LCC is starting another training class for trainers. This is in addition to the classes already in progress!

K-9 Training

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring comfort to individuals and families who are suffering pain or loss. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs calm individuals, facilitate conversation, work with special needs individuals, veterans, and the elderly, and are used in counseling situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also respond to crisis and disaster situations. In order to be able to accomplish this outreach we need volunteers who can devote time and energy to train our precious golden retrievers to become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs who will then be placed to work in a church/school and literally touch thousands of Lives!.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is expanding by recruiting additional people for the K-9 Comfort Dog Trainers Course. By doing this we can keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, and we can do an even better job of training and regulating our standards for our Comfort Dogs! We continue to grow and place our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in more states (16 now and soon to be 20) but in order to do this we need volunteers to participate in our LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Trainers Course.

K-9 Training

We are accepting applications NOW from individuals interested in joining us in this endeavor. There will be a limited number of people we can train, so if you are interested, please fill out the application soon. The training program will be offered in the Chicagoland area.

For more information call 866-455-6466 and talk to Alex or Anastasia, or to apply, click here.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:40
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Pack Boxes for Kids in Need Print E-mail
St. Charles On Saturday, November 15, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena (St. John, Burlington) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Katie attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church/Preschool in St. Charles for an Operation Christmas Child Event.

Preschoolers and their families filled and decorated shoe boxes with gifts for children all over the world. The mission of this program is "...to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world."

Linda Culley, Preschool Director said that over the last couple of weeks they have packed over 150 boxes!

 
Clearbrook Receives Visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Clearbrook On Thursday, November 13, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog training class visited with the clients at the Clearbrook Center in Rolling Meadows. These are adults with varied developmental and physical disabilities that are day clients and residents of Clearbrook.

The puppies in training visited about 50 people. We sang Happy Birthday to several and prayed with a few others during the visit.

What a blessing it was to meet these beautiful people and share our Comfort Dog Ministry with them.

 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help with Chapel at St. Peter Lutheran School Print E-mail
St. Peter On Wednesday, November 12, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin, Olympia, JoJo (Living Christ, Arlington Heights), Tara, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Tabby met with the students from St. Peter Lutheran School in Schaumburg, Illinois, following their chapel service. LCC staff member Sherry Bolosan gave the chapel message. We enjoyed our visit with the students and teachers and hope that we will be able to visit with them again!
 
Twelve LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Remembrance Ceremony Print E-mail
Washington 1 One year ago, on November 17, 2013, a tornado tore through the town of Washington, Illinois. A large swath of the town was taken out, including several homes. Just out of the path was Our Savior Lutheran Church. Although the church sustained damage, it was able to set up as a center to help those in need. Through Our Savior, LCC worked to bring the mercy and compassion of Christ Jesus to those in need during this time. Washington 2

On Sunday, November 16, Our Savior held a praise worship service to remember what had happened and to thank God for all He has done in the recovery. Twelve LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were able to come to the service and help remember with the rest of the Our Savior family.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John, Burlington), Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox), Gracie (Trinity, Davenport), JoJo (Living Christ, Arlington Heights), Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Ruthie (LCC), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), and Comfort Dogs in-training Aaron, Asher, Anna, and Katie made the journey down to Washington, Illinois to attend their special remembrance service.

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The service included praise for what God has done to help restore their town, as well as first hand accounts of that day.

After the service a potluck lunch was served to those in attendance. The Comfort Dogs were well received and loved by all. May you continue to keep those in Washington in your thoughts and prayers as they continue with reconstruction a year after the devastating tornado ripped through their town.

View Pictures from the Service
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:11
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort to Red Cross Blood Drive Print E-mail
Red Cross On Sunday, November 9, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to the Red Cross Blood Drive at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago.

Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights) and Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson), along with their handlers, were there to offer comfort to those donating blood, their waiting family members, as well as all of the hard working volunteers.

It was a great success all around with lots of pats, ear scratches, smiles and life saving blood donations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:37
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Present in Whitefish Print E-mail
Our Savior On Sunday, November 9, LCC President Tim Hetzner was invited by Our Savior Lutheran's LWML to speak to the congregation about the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

Tim was joined by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther (LCC), Lila (Beautiful Savior, Mequon), Zoey (Concordia University-Mequon) and Dora (LHSA of Greater Milwaukee) to present how the ministry works and the fruit it has produced.

The K-9 Comfort Dogs even had an opportunity to visit with the Sunday School children in attendance that day.

 
Bottle Band Concert Visited by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Bottle Band On Saturday, November 1, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights) and Dariln (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Katie, along with LCC Kare-9 Military Dog Brandy (Marvin), attended a bottle band concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

It was a great event with a "band" playing songs with bottles that were filled with various amounts of liquid to produce different notes.

The concert was sponsored by Thrivent and the attendance was great. The ticket revenue is being divided between the three charities that were there: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Phil's Friends, and Packages4Patriots. We also share about the LCC K-9 Ministry and what it does for those in need.On Saturday, November 1, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights) and Dariln (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in-training Katie, along with LCC Kare-9 Military Dog Brandy (Marvin), attended a bottle band concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.

It was a great event with a "band" playing songs with bottles that were filled with various amounts of liquid to produce different notes.

The concert was sponsored by Thrivent and the attendance was great. The ticket revenue is being divided between the three charities that were there: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Phil's Friends, and Packages4Patriots. We also share about the LCC K-9 Ministry and what it does for those in need.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:22
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help wth Chapel at Cross Lutheran School Print E-mail
Yorkville On Wednesday, October 29, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs enjoyed their time with students at Cross Lutheran School in Yorkville, Illinois. LCC staff member Rev. Roger Pollock gave the chapel message. Following chapel, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox), Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul Matteson), and Star, along with their handlers, spent time with the students to share the love and comfort they bring to those who they meet.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:17
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Barnabas Brings Healing Comfort to Those Affected by Plane Crash Print E-mail
Barnabas LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Baranbas (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) was privileged to attend the Flight 4184 memorial last week to bring comfort to families and responders who were remembering the victims of that crash 20 years ago. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as they heal from this devastating accident.

Learn about the Flight 4184 accident.

Photo credit of NWITimes

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:15
 
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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!