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Comfort Dogs
Passing of the Leash Ceremony for K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage, IN Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah On Sunday, September 22nd, LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin and Dianne Bonfield held the Passing of the Leash Ceremony with Pastor Tim Engel and handlers for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage IN. This now is their third LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, now alongside of K-9s Prince and Barnabas, as well as a LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training Rosie. We praise God for the Outreach efforts of Holy Cross in their touching lives with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
Beloved K-9 Comfort Dog Handler Passes on to Meet her Heavenly Father Print E-mail
Liz Fischer It is with sadness that we share the passing of "Liz" Fischer, K-9 Handler of "Butter" from St. John's Lutheran Church in Algonquin, Illinois.

Liz was instrumental in beginning the K-9 Ministry at St. John's. Liz and Butter were familiar faces in the community and a regular contributor to the K-9 web page with the "Butter Report." Her son, John, is also a handler for Butter.

Visitation for Liz will be held Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 4-8 pm at the Willow Funeral Home, 1415 West Algonquin Road, Algonquin, Illinois.

The funeral will be on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11 am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 Jefferson Street, Algonquin, Illinois. There will also be a one hour visitation at St. John's before the funeral, at 10 am.

We pray for Liz's family and friends as they mourn her passing and we will miss Liz but will be with her again at the Great Banquet in Heaven with our Lord!

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:24
Donation to Comfort Dog Ministry Print E-mail
jim dunn On Wednesday, September 11th, Jim Dunne and the folks at Promo Products Association came to the LCC offices in Addison, IL and dropped off a check of funds that were raised at their charity golf outing. Thank you Jim and all those at PPAC that chose LCC's K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry for one of the holes during the outing!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Print E-mail
steve lee On Sunday, September 8, 2013, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Burbank, IL, hosted a First Responder Appreciation Sunday and 9/11 Memorial Service. Local area firefighters, police and EMS first responders attended with their vehicles and equipment to be recognized, honored and prayed for. Pastor Steve Lee of Holy Trinity, who recently served as a volunteer for Lutheran Church Charities in their response to the Moore, OK, tornado, and the Black Forest, CO wildfire, recounted his experiences as a chaplain at Ground Zero, including his participation in the recovery of the Ground Zero cross. Three of Lutheran Church Charities' K-9 Comfort Dogs, Zippy, Darlin and Tara, along with their handlers, were warmly welcomed at this Sunday event by first responders, church members and visitors alike.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. John, Wheaton Print E-mail
st John On Sunday, Septmber 15th, K-9 Comfort Dogs Shami, Martin and Samual attended the St. John's Wheaton event today. They, along with their handlers, met with the congregation and then did a presentation with the Sunday School. They loved finding out we had a "Comfort Fire Dog". K-9 Comfort Dog Samuel is also trained as a fire dog with his handler, Chaplain Rev. Mark Hein out of Lockport, IL. The church is raising money for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. For every $10.00 they collect for Sunday School offerings, they add a bone to the bulletin board pictured here. At the end of the year, the money will be sent to LCC.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:11
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Receive "2013 Dogs of Honor" Award at the Carol Stream, Illinois CSBarks Dog Festival Print E-mail
cs award On Sunday, September 15, 2013, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs attended the CSBarks Dog Festival in Carol Stream, Illinois and were named the festival's "2013 Dogs of Honor" in recognition their work of comforting people in need. Thank you for inviting us to your community!

For more pictures from this event, click here.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:37
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Pay a Visit to Make-A-Wish Illinois 5K Running Event Print E-mail
make a wish On Sunday, September 15th, rain did not diminish the participation in the 5k Race for the benefit of Make-A-Wish Illinois on Chicago's lakefront. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Olympia, Hannah, Darlin, and Susie were there to greet families and friends. Many of our Facebook friends were also in attendance.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:25
LCC Receives Letter From Newtown Girl Print E-mail
maggie On Wednesday, September 4th, LCC received an email from a girl in Newtown, CT who our K-9s recently visited at Christ The King Lutheran Church. Her father is being deployed in the military very soon and she spent time with K-9 Comfort Dog Maggie amongst the others to find comfort in this time of uncertainty. Here is the thank you message from her email:

Thank you for visiting our church over the holiday weekend. Your visit meant a lot to our community and my family as my dads deployment approaches. Hope your trip back home was comfortable.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:58
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Crosroads Kids Club Print E-mail
Crossroads Kids

On Wednesday, September 6th, LCC staff member, Rich Martin, and volunteer, Lynn Buhrke, along with K-9's Ruthie and Micah, were invited to attend the Crossroads Kids Club Conference in Streamwood, IL. Crossroads Kids Club helps churches connect with kids in public schools.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Provides Comfort at Funeral Print E-mail

On Wednesday, September 4th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Howe spent some time with a couple at his father's funeral. The couple was very thankful for his visit and Howe enjoyed bringing comfort in a time of sadness.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visits Herthstone Lutheran Home Print E-mail

On Wednesday, September 4th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah spent some time with the people at Herthstone, Lutheran Home. They loved meeting her and having her visit with them!
Daily Chronicle -"Heartland Bank customers greeted by furry trainee" Print E-mail
A lifelong dog daily chronicle lover, Cornwell had become a certified comfort dog handler for Lutheran Church Charities in May and in July accompanied a pair of dogs to Prescott, Ariz., to aid those grieving over the loss of firefighters killed in the forest fire near there. It was on that trip that she made the commitment to become a comfort dog trainer.

"That was my first crisis situation that I had ever deployed to, and to see a grown man weep while hugging a dog, you knew that you had to continue the ministry and make it grow, because you could see how much good that they do," Cornwell said. "To be a part of that and knowing how many lives this dog will touch ... you can't put a value on it."

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:41
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog, Moses Visits Veterans Home Print E-mail
moses vets K-9 Comfort Dog Moses arrived on Thursday, August 29th for his first visit around campus at the Grand Island (Nebraska) Veterans Home. Members enjoyed visiting with Moses in physical therapy and on the different units. Many thanks to Jan Leth (handler) for bringing Moses to our campus today. The staff enjoyed visiting also, and we have to also take care of the "caregivers" so thank you Moses for the love you spread to all today!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 15:48
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Addie and Maggie Visit the Acton Area Print E-mail
Acton Mt Calvary Lutheran Church welcomed the K-9 Comfort dogs, Addie and Maggie, to the Acton area on Wednesday, August 21.

Addie and Maggie began their day at the Marlborough Hospital visiting with patients. Their handlers are Nate Palkewick and Elizabeth Brose, both from the Danbury, CT area. As part of the visit, patients are offered a card that has Addie and Maggie's picture, as well as Facebook, twitter and website information about the dogs.

After a morning at Marlborough Hospital they visited the Acton Police Department where they met several police, fire and other town employees. Later, at Acton Life Care Center on Great Road, Addie and Maggie visited with many of the senior residents and the staff; bringing smiles and fond memories of personal pets to those they met. Addie and Maggie ended the day by attending the Mt. Calvary Community Supper and visiting with the many guests who attend the weekly meal. Several children and their families also came simply to meet the dogs and spend some quality petting time.

Maggie Comfort Dog Permanently Placed at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut Print E-mail
Maggie Comfort Dog On Sunday, September 1, Lutheran Church Charities permanently placed Maggie Comfort Dog at Christ The King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut with the Passing of the Leash ceremony. We are blessed to be working with the people of Newtown and Danbury! May God continue to use this ministry to bring healing and comfort to the Church and the Community! Click here to watch the Passing of the Leash Ceremony at Christ the King Lutheran Church Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:13
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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

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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

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Ana Ristic of Two Paws Up in Itasca, Illinois

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