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Comfort Dogs
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!"

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

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.

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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
 
“Best Chapel Ever!” (Our Saviour Chicago) Print E-mail
Our Savior Chicago LCC received a note from Our Saviour Lutheran Church and School in Chicago after Rev. Roger Pollack did their Chapel service.

“The staff and children at Our Saviour thoroughly enjoyed their visit with the Comfort Dogs Anna and Tabby on May 12th, 2015. Rev. Roger Pollock and the two care-givers were just great with our preschoolers and Kindergarteners. We all enjoyed Rev. Pollock’s message, and the children agreed that this was their best chapel EVER.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:58
 
Comfort Dogs Parade Their Stuff in Wood Dale Print E-mail
Wooddale Parade Tabby and Susie (St. Peter Lutheran Church - Arlington Heights, Illinois), LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, walked in the Wood Dale, IL Memorial Day parade to promote Vacation Bible School (VBS) this July at Calvary Lutheran Church. Even though it was a bit damp, Tabby and Susie approached it with the enthusiasm of a couple of young dogs, as one of their handlers said, they let their "lights shine "to all the folks there.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 16:59
 
Darlin and Martin Visit Ashburn Lutheran School Print E-mail
Ashburn Lutheran Chapel Visit On Wednesday, May 20, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Darlin (St. Paul, Matteson, Illinois) and Martin with staff member Joel Moritz traveled to Ashburn Lutheran School on the south side of Chicago. After giving a short presentation during chapel, there was a question and answer time with the students followed by the students meeting with both Darlin and Martin. Ashburn is a small urban school with students who are familiar with daily crisis. Even so, the student body presented the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs with their mites for the program to continue. LCC is most grateful for such a gift and we pray for the students, teachers and the families of Ashburn as they continue to share the love and compassion of Christ within such a mission field.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 17:00
 
Comfort Dogs Bring Peace to Prairie Central High School After Suicide Print E-mail
K-9s visit Prairie Central HS Earlier this week LCC received a call we never like. Dan Casillis, principal at Prairie Central High School in Fairbury, IL, asked LCC to bring some Comfort Dogs to the school because of a suicide. We worked with the Rev. Mark Miller, president of the Central Illinois District, and Rev. Mark Gruden of Trinity Lutheran in La Rose, IL and St. John Lutheran in Washburn, IL to put together a team to share the Mercy, Compassion and Presence of Jesus with those students who were hurting and grieving their classmate.

According to Rich Martin, team leader, “The kids were surprised and felt very special that the school and LCC would provide such an amazing service. Social workers and school psychologist also appreciated the assistance. Principal Dan Casillas thanked the team and Pastor Gruden closed us all in prayer."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:54
 
Peanut Butter and Comfort Dogs – a Sticky Situation Print E-mail
Peanut Butter LCC Comfort Dogs want to thank Julie Suter, a student in Tim Hetzner’s WORD class on Monday nights, for always bringing in jars of peanut butter for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs for their Kongs (a plastic toy). Julie – know that you are loved (and licked)!!!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 17:14
 
Three Comfort Dogs Help Students with PARCC testing Print E-mail
Sipley Elementary Last Thursday, three Comfort Dogs in-training visited John L. Sipley Elementary in Woodbridge, IL. Reuben, Lex and Tabby got to visit with students who either had just finished or were getting ready to take the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests. The students learned what Comfort Dogs do and how they differ from service dogs. Of course, there was time for all the students to pet them and get their cards.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 16:05
 
How would you like to Make A Difference in Literally Thousands of Lives? LCC K-9 Training of Trainers Course - Offered Free Print E-mail
Trainers Needed The Lord has blessed the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs by touching the lives of countless people with Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ. The demand from our churches, schools, and colleges is so great LCC is starting another training class for trainers.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring solace 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. After training, the dogs will then be placed to work in a church or school with the goal of touching thousands of Lives!

The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is recruiting apprentice trainers to keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. The Apprentice Comfort Dog Training Course will allow us to do an even better job of training and regulating the standards we set for our Comfort Dogs! We continue to grow and place our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in more states so we are accepting applications NOW from individuals interested in registering for the 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 class will be offered in the following locations: Northbrook, Illinois; Pontiac, Illinois; and St Louis, Missouri.

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 for Chicagoland and Central Illinois
CLICK HERE for St. Louis, MO area

Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:27
 
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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!