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Comfort Dogs
Edison Park Lutheran Church Sunday School Gets Furry Visitors Print E-mail
Sunday School On Sunday, April 12, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Pax and Tabby joined Barnabas (Holy Cross - Portage, IN), a fully trained LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, at Edison Park Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. Their handlers were able to tell the congregation about all the work the Comfort Dogs do, from meeting kids in Sunday School to deploying to disaster situations – like a lot of the things the dogs did this weekend – to bring a little peace in times of trouble and sorrow. One little girl even wore her dress with dogs on it to welcome their furry visitors.

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

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 16:35
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visiting First Responders and Residents of Fairdale Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in Fairdale, IL LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, staff, and volunteers from LCC, Immanuel Belvidere, St Peter Arlington Heights, and Christ Our Savior Dixon were joined by Pastor Carl Rasmussen from First Lutheran Church in Kirkland, IL to visit with first responders and residents of Fairdale, IL last Monday. Several dogs were able to visit Fairdale on Sunday.

Please keep everyone affected by last week's tornadoes in your prayers as they continue healing from this disaster.

CLICK HERE to donate to help those affected by the tornadoes in Northern Illinois
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 17:43
 
Well Being Week at Harper College Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dogs at Harper College LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Martin, Ruthie and Olympia were invited by the Honor's Program at Harper College to participate in "Well Being" week for students. The dogs were accompanied by LCC staff members Dan Fulkerson and Rich & Dona Martin.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:20
 
LCC K-9's Meet Campers at Fox Valley YMCA Print E-mail
Fox Valley The Fox Valley YMCA in Plano, Illinois was visited by LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Darlin (St. Paul - Mattson, IL) to learn about the Comfort Dog ministry and what a Comfort Dog does. According to the School Age Child Care Director, “The children LOVED their time with Darlin! Marlene did a wonderful job of explaining the job of a Comfort Dog. They were very attentive, enjoyed the video and scrapbook, but most of all, being able to touch and pet Darlin! The children asked a lot of great questions and were very interested.”

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

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:42
 
ComEd Crew Helps Prepare Area for Dog Training Print E-mail
ComEd Twelve volunteers, all employees of ComEd in the Chicago, Illinois area gave of their time and sweat to build a special walking path to train LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and KARE 9 Military Ministry dogs. They cleared out brush and an old fence in the area behind our training facility (and soon-to-be new headquarters building), then built paths of different walking materials for dog training to introduce different textures to the dogs. Additional landscaping was also done to make the area even more “dog friendly”.

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

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund

Help support our KARE 9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:45
 
Elgin Community College’s Early Childhood Visit Print E-mail
Susie On Wednesday April 1, 2015 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Susie (St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) and Martin went to Elgin Community College to visit the Early Childhood Center students and staff. There they met really nice students as well and heard them sing songs. The teacher then read a book about therapy dogs and what they do. While she was reading to them the kids all got to pet both dogs and get their business cards. Afterwards, the dogs met some nursing students and members from Student Life.

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

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:36
 
Veterinarian for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Dora Dies Suddenly Print E-mail
Elmwood Vet Dr. Kevin Ruch, veterinarian for Dora (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee) at the Elmwood Veterinary Clinic in Brookfield, Wisconsin, died suddenly last week. He volunteered time and services for years and we thank him for his excellent unselfish time. He leaves behind his wife, Beverlee, and two sons.

Please keep them in your prayers.

To view the website for the clinic CLICK HERE Help support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry DONATE HERE
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 11:45
 
New Song Community Outreach Event Print E-mail
New Song Community How does an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog make an impression on someone? Respond to a handler giving a “lap” command. Last Saturday, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Zippy (Trinity, Roselle IL) did just that. Zippy, joined by Tara and Tabby Comfort Dog in-Training went to New Song Community Church in Aurora to meet about 300 people of the church and community as the kids searched for Easter eggs. When they were done everyone got to meet and pet all the dogs and collect their cards. The volunteer who requested the site visit wrote that the "…visit from the K9 Comfort Dogs over the weekend was amazing! The kids and adults really appreciated having your group at our Church Easter outreach event."

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

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:38
 
Girl Scout Meeting at Good Shepherd in Bolingbrook, Illinois Print E-mail
Girl Scout Meeting Samuel and Shami (St. John Lutheran Church - Darien, IL), both LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, met with a Naperville Girls Scout Troop last week. The girls are learning about different types of dogs/animals and how they are able to help people. Through his handler, Samuel shared his stories about his work as a “Fire Dog”, which is very unique, because he doesn’t own any spots! Handlers for both dogs also shared a book called “Dog Heroes”, where Samuel’s work at the Texas Refinery Fire, and Shami’s work in Boston is showcased. The team talked about all the places both dogs have been, how they help people, and the love they are able to bring to others through their paws, and warm hugs!

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

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 15:33
 
Passing of the Leash at St. John’s Napa, California Print E-mail
Passing of the Leash in Napa The transfer of an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog from LCC to a local church is not a quick and easy task. First, LCC must coordinate with the church all the handlers and caregivers for the dog, then there is extensive training of the handlers and caregivers (because the dog has already been trained), then there is the formal Passing of the Leash.

Last Sunday, March 29, 2015, after three days of extensive training, Lutheran Church Charities welcomed St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napa, California into the Comfort Dog Ministry by passing the leash of LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Aaron (Exodus 33:19). LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Aaron is the first LCC K-9 Comfort Dog place in California. Now with Aaron working in their ministry, the St. John’s team and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog will work daily to bring comfort to those that are hurting in their community and surrounding areas.

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

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 10:00
 
Lions and Tigers and Dogs…Oh My! Print E-mail
Animal Conference Earlier this week, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Ruthie, Luther, Hannah, Jacob, Tara, Rufus (St. Mark Lutheran Church – Edmond, OK), and Phoebe (St. Paul Lutheran Church – Fort Worth, TX) plus their handlers and Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, attended the Animal Conference in Oklahoma City. Sponsored by the Kirkpatrick Foundation, the conference brought together numerous animal experts and advocates. National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, a New York Times journalist, exotic animal specialists, former Oklahoma attorney general and others involved in animal well-being all met to discuss and learn more about animal-human relationships.

Tim Hetzner was the closing speaker at the conference presenting “Dog Is Our Co-Pilot: A Bridge for Touching and Changing Lives.” It was a great way to end the conference.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:47
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Alden Estates Print E-mail
Alden LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in-training Asher, Tabby, Jethro, Katie, Anna, Eve, Cubby, KARE 9 Buck and their handlers spent time last Thursday with many of the residents at Alden Estates Rehabilitation and Senior Living in Chicago, Illinois. The residents shared stories about their own dogs and how much they miss them. The Comfort Dogs enjoyed all the hugs and kisses they received from the residents. Comfort Dog in-training Katie got to meet resident Katie, Comfort Dog in-training Anna also met Anna; a resident at Alden. The Comfort Dogs became camera hounds as they gathered around Maria, who wanted to meet all of them.

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

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:04
 
Activate Elgin Has Big Finish with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Gail Borden Library The community of Elgin, Illinois closed a month-long series of events that focused on healthy living called Activate Elgin. It ended with a 1 mile walk that included the Mayor at the Gail Borden Public Library. Our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs greeted the participants during the Grand Finale Event which included music, face painting, and hugs from the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs along with many other fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:27
 
Children At Rehabilitation Center in Bethany, Oklahoma Visited by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Oklahoma Children with complex medical and physical disabilities between the ages of birth and 18 were visited by LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Rufus (St. Mark Lutheran Church – Edmond, OK) and Phoebe (St. Paul Lutheran Church – Fort Worth, TX) and their handlers. Some of the patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital were born with their medical conditions and some sustained a traumatic accident or illness. No matter why they are at the Rehabilitation Hospital, they all enjoyed the visit from these new furry friends.

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

Donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:26
 
United Trying to Ensure Spring Break Travel Doesn't Bite at O'Hare Print E-mail
United By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune

Traveling during busy seasons like spring break can be, well, ruff.

Dog-lovers who happen to be flying on United Airlines over the next few days can enjoy some quality petting time with five golden retriever comfort dogs on the B and C concourses of Terminal 1 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday through Monday.

United said the dogs will "offer travelers some comfort and provide a flier-friendly experience for dog lovers at the airport."

The event with dogs is a reprise of a similar one held a few months ago during the Christmas travel season. The Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs are named Luther, Ruthie, Tilly, Butter and Gracie.

To read the article online CLICK HERE

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:39
 
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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

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