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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 and Kare-9 Dogs Steal the Show at the NID Convention Print E-mail
NID Pastors, church and school workers, congregational delegates and more than 15 staff and volunteers and 8 dogs from LCC attended the Northern Illinois District convention at Concordia University Chicago last Friday and Saturday. Each day started and ended with worship or prayer, between the two the district business was conducted including the election of officers, reports from committees, announcements and presentations including from NID President Gilbert (who was re-elected) and LCMS President Matthew Harrison.

LCC had a large booth next to LCMS’ Operation Barnabas (a church outreach program to the military and veterans) and Military Outreach (an independent outreach and support program), both of which work with LCC’s Kare-9 units.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:17
 
Passing of the Leash Ceremony at Christ Our King Print E-mail
Shiloh Last Sunday, LCC President Tim Hetzner “passed the leash” of Comfort Dog Shiloh from LCC to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon, Illinois. In addition to Shiloh, 10 other Comfort or Kare-9 dogs as well as 12 handlers and LCC staff people were present at the ceremony. Passing of the Leash is the formal hand-over of a year-long trained dog from LCC to a church and the beginning of a new partnership between the organizations.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:54
 
President Matthew Harrison Visits LCC Display Print E-mail
Matthew Harrison After his presentation to the convention delegates, LCMS President Matthew Harrison walked the display floor visiting with attendees on the convention floor and all the booths. As you can see, he decided to “go to the dogs” and stopped by the LCC booth then had his picture taken with LCC’s K-9 Comfort Dogs, Kare-9 Military Service Dogs. Standing behind President Harrison is Richard Skinner a Kare-9 team leader of Chief and Craig Muehler, Director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces. Next to the president is Raleigh Showens, another veteran and Kare-9 team leader of Spike. Over the two days of the convention, LCC had 11 K-9 or Kare-9 dogs at the booth enjoyed by all who passed by.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:53
 
LCC Comfort and Kare-9 Dog Howe Permanently Deployed Serving the Saints Who Have Gone on Before Him Print E-mail
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LCC President Tim Hetzner and Howe
LCC Comfort Dog Howe, who has faithfully served LCC in touching lives with the Mercy and Compassion of Christ, was permanently deployed this past Saturday to serve the Saints who have gone on before him. Howe was a faithful Comfort Dog that most times went out with LCC President Tim Hetzner. He continued to go out with Tim – many times as a Comfort Rug for people to simply lay down on right up to his final deployment. He will be greatly missed as he was one of the first Comfort Dogs with the LCC Comfort Dog Ministry.

He was born up in Michigan and officially named Mr. Hockey Howe (Born 6-16-2003) after Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gordon Howe but later Howe wore a Chicago Blackhawks jersey for special occasions. Howe was cared for and loved by LCC Volunteer Vicky. She gave him his weekly massages and brushings to help with his arthritis that he had in his later years. Howe was able to walk up three flights of stairs to the day he was permanently deployed. He always stood tall with his big head and smile!

Howe’s Bible Verse was Isaiah 41:10 - "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." This was a fitting verse for Howe as he helped people feel safe to talk to, pray with and focus on Jesus – the Hope of our Salvation.

The staff at LCC praise God for all the lives that he has touched over the years – and all the people he was used as a Bridge to connect with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

If you want to see Howe again, be sure that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and eternal Salvation through Him! Howe will be waiting for you!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 08:34
 
Comfort Dogs Help Build Baby Baskets at Faith in Carpentersville Print E-mail
Baby Baskets Faith Lutheran Church in Carpentersville, Illinois held a Baby Basket building project (with a little help from LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Adeena - St. John Burlington). Volunteers from Faith, St. Matthew in Barrington, and the community all chipped in to put together 20 baskets. Baby items placed in the baskets included diapers, wipes, baby toys (rattles), clothes, blankets, coloring books about Jesus and informational pamphlets for tummy time exercises. Working with Pastor Mark Frusti of Faith and TLC Pregnancy, these baskets will be distributed to new mothers welcoming their newborns home from the hospital. Click here to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 15:46
 
Hug-A-Hound Event Introduces a Community to Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Hug-A-Hound Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois held their first ever Hug-A-Hound event last weekend. All of the guests, both from the community as well as the Immanuel congregation enjoyed visiting with the Comfort Dogs. By the end of the morning, each dog had at least one gift that children chose to share with them from the craft tables that were set up as part of the event.

Christine Young who helped organize the event spoke to two moms from the community who came because they saw in the local shopper that the Comfort Dogs would be in attendance. Because of the community enthusiasm, Immanuel fully intends to repeat this event next year, God willing, and is looking forward to having even more K-9 friends in attendance.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:09
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Students Prepare for Tests Print E-mail
Holy Cross Last Friday Prince, Barnabas and Isaiah, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage , Indiana visited New Prairie Middle School in New Carlisle, Indiana as the students were preparing for their ISTEP tests which were set to begin this week. Because of the relaxing responses people have to LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, this visit will hopefully make the testing period less stressful.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 12:11
 
Fun and Furry Visit to Clearbrook Print E-mail
Marty, Buck and Blitz
Marty, Buck and Blitz
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Jeff with K-9's Cubby, Anna, Jethro, Tabby, Susie, and Spike
Kare-9 dogs Blitz and Spike, K-9 Comfort Dog Susie, and K-9 Comfort Dogs in training Tabby, Angel, Jethro, Anna and Cubby had a happy visit with the residents of Clearbrook Center in Rolling Meadows, Illinois on Thursday, February 26.

The handlers, Kare-9 Dogs and K-9 Comfort Dogs had the joy of greeting and talking with new and old friends of Clearbrook Center. They were able to visit Steve who played for the dogs “Who is that Doggie in the Window” on the organ and visited with Ray, who is the captain of his bowling team.

The LCC K-9 team also got to make new friends Marty, Shaun, Jeff, and Pam who warmed all of the handlers hearts with their beautiful smiles. Marty loved when K-9 Comfort Dog Buck and Kare-9 Dog Blitz visited him with a rise. The dogs found a new buddy that they all wanted to gather around named Jeff.

The handlers and dogs also met two avid baseball fans, Jim who loves the Cubs, and Jeff who loves the Braves. The handlers and residents joined together to sing “Take me out to the ballgame” and are looking forward to a repeat visit in March when the pre-season is over!

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2015 07:59
 
Kids in Chapel at Trinity Burr Ridge Get to Meet a Star…and Two Other Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Trinity Lutheran On Wednesday February 25th the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to Trinity Lutheran School in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Pastor Pollock gave the message about how we can all be the tools of God which fits so well with Trinity’s motto that we should do something. After Chapel all the students got to meet Star, Darlin and Prince, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, where their handlers explained what the Comfort Dogs do specifically in their communities.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 15:04
 
Students at Frontier Schools in Oklahoma Find Solace with Rufus Print E-mail
Frontier Rufus, an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog was invited to Frontier Public Schools in Red Rock, Oklahoma in response to the loss of a young Frontier Middle School student who had recently passed away because of a terminal illness. Rufus and his team of handlers spent the day providing comfort to students and staff alike. Interactions with Rufus were positive and very much needed. Overheard during these interactions were student comments like: “I feel comforted because my dog died just yesterday”, “His smile makes ME smile”, “Hugging Rufus feels like home!” One of the teachers commented, “These kids really needed some cheering up today.” Frontier Schools Assistant Principal, Jera Kiespert, immediately thought of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs when the school administration was initially discussing what to do for the students to provide a calming influence after the loss. Ms. Kiespert was a resident of Moore, Oklahoma in May of 2013 when the community of Moore experienced devastating tornadoes. She had witnessed, and was incredibly impressed with, how the Comfort Dogs aided many in their spiritual recovery and emotional healing after the devastation. A reminder about how people we touch with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs remember their special gifts.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:09
 
Barb Miller Wake and Funeral Print E-mail
Barb Miller It was with heavy hearts that LCC K-9 Comfort Dog teams attended the wake and funeral of Barb Miller, Top Dog for St John Lutheran Church, Lombard, Illinois this past Thursday and Friday. St John is completing the process of starting their K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Barb was a catalyst for it to begin. A beautiful example of outreach for St John Barb left friends and family to be with the Lord whom she served. LCC staff and associates pray for the Miller family and we all find comfort in the fact that Christ’s victory over death promises us we will meet her again.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 14:58
 
Six LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training Visit Care Facility Print E-mail
Anna and Titus On Thursday, February 18, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in training: Anna, Pax, Cubby, Jethro, Angel, Titus, and Kare-9 Flex with their handlers, visited the ladies and gentlemen of Alden Estates of Northmoor in Chicago, Illionis. They had a lovely time greeting the seniors there and singing “Taking Me Out to the Ballgame,” “Jesus Loves Me” and “Happy Birthday” to Elaine who they have visited with in the past.

The Comfort Dogs and handlers also visited with French, a lovely 99 years young woman. Titus got to celebrate his last visit as a Comfort Dog in Training with his sweet friend Anna, who enjoyed giving him a hug. The Comfort Dog team also met new friends Joy and Sam who love the dogs and delighted in petting and hugging their furry new friends.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:08
 
Tim Hetzner Speaks at Hope Lutheran’s “Seniors’” Luncheon Print E-mail
Hope Lutheran The seniors’ group at Hope Lutheran Church in Countryside, Illinois last Wednesday, Feb. 19, heard LCC President Tim Hetzner give a presentation at their seniors’ luncheon. He was accompanied by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tillie, Darlin, Martin and LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry Teams Brutus (with Veteran Gene), Brandy (Veteran Marvin), Flex (Veteran Fred) and Blitz (Veteran Bob). LCC is grateful for the opportunity to have our president share with the seniors the history of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry, and thank them for the prayerful and financial support they provide.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:28
 
Pleasantview Fire Station Receives Visiting LCC K-9 Dogs Print E-mail
Pleasentview LCC K-9 and Kare-9 dogs work with a lot of First Responders in emergency and crisis situations. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, LCC Kare-9 Teams Brutus, Flex, Blitz, Brandy and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Martin took time to be with the firefighters at Pleasantview Fire Protection District Station 1 in a non-crisis situation. Dogs and handlers enjoyed a fun, casual time to speak with this group of First Responders thanking them for all they do in safeguarding the area. We appreciated the time spent with them and wish them and those they protect, as well as all First Responders, a safe year.

LCC never charges those we serve, we rely on those led to help cover the transportation costs. Thank you for your faithful support!

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 13:30
 
Lila the K-9 Comfort Dog Helps “Open” the Memory of a Patient Print E-mail
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Lila, an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at Beautiful Savior (Mequon, WI)
Highlands Health Center in East Mequon, Wisconsin has a special Memory Care unit. Last week, Lila, an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at Beautiful Savior (Mequon, WI) and her handler, Joyce, visited with several residents there, then headed toward a back corner where a lady sat motionless in a wheelchair. A gentleman visitor was with her. “Mary”* was slumped over in her chair, eyes closed, head downturned. The gentleman said that she really was conscious, but just didn’t care to respond. He also said that dogs had always been an important part of her life, but for many months now, Mary had retreated into “another world.”

Lila rested her chin on Mary’s knee, the gentleman took Mary’s seemingly lifeless hand in his and slowly stroked Lila’s neck. Before too long, her hand started to tremble a little, and then she began to blink her eyes. When she looked down and saw Lila staring up at her, she struggled slightly to sit in a more upright position. They visited for quite some time, silently connecting.

After meeting and greeting everyone in the room, our team turned to leave, but then noticed that Mary’s visitor was wheeling her over toward Lila for “just a few more minutes.” Mary, now with her eyes wide open, had been begun softly speaking, most words we couldn’t understand except one…“dog”. Then Mary began to pet Lila on her own, all the while softly whispering. Staff members in the Memory Care unit were called over to see what was happening. To paraphrase Joyce, “was there any doubt that someone is guiding this ministry…using K-9 talents to His glory?”

*Not her real name

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 17:33
 
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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!