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Comfort Dogs
K-9 Visit to Clarendon Hills School Print E-mail
shami LCC volunteer handler Jolene and K-9 Comfort Dog Shami from St. John Darien visited a school last Thursday. Four young children lost their mother the previous Sunday and found her in their back yard, it was due to a heart defect. All four children attended the same grade school in Clarendon Hills and Shami visited each child's classroom and then the younger 1st grader accompanied Jolene to other classrooms. Please pray for this family in their time of loss and need.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 19:20
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Played a Significant Role in Beginning the Healing Process for Many in Boston Print E-mail
Boston Hospital It was a week of God working through the LCC team that was deployed to Boston, Massachusetts following the Boston Marathon bombings. Many people were brought comfort and peace in the presence of God, the team and the K-9 Comfort Dogs. From survivors to running clubs, nearby college students and members of the community, all were appreciative to have the K-9 Comfort Dogs there when they needed them most.

Jaimie, one of the Boston Marathon runners, opened up that the dogs helped her get out of her house following the traumatic experience on Monday, speaking about K-9 Comfort Dog Ruthie:

"She's so sweet... This is the first time I've been out of my house. You know when you just need comfort and you hear that someone is here, people have just been so kind."

And Logan, a local Bostonian after spending time with the K-9 Comfort Dogs:

"It's been very tough for the people that were intimately affected by it [Boston Marathon bombings] and I think for anyone that lives by here, works near here, maybe it's a different level of being affected but it feels like someone violated your home. And so I think we are all eager to get back to feeling safe."

Melissa, an environmental photographer/filmmaker, came to First Lutheran Church to take pictures of the dogs and write her blog. Little did she know that she would receive some comfort herself through her interaction with the dogs, handlers and a complete stranger. Read more of her story on her blog by clicking here

Rich Martin, Co-Director of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, recaps the week,

"Wow! Seven 14 hour days never went so fast, never had so many emotions, and never encountered hundreds of thousands of people's emotions. So many other stories to share from the church, the street, the hotel, and the hospitals. Pastor Dutzmann is a very special man. Blessed to be with him!"
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The team spent a lot of their time working at First Lutheran Church of Boston, where the staff and Pastor Ingo Dutzmann played an instrumental role in the work God did through the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Words cannot express the team's gratitude for all their help. The team met with and had opportunities to bring comfort to people in need; runners, marathon volunteers, and local students.

Three marathon volunteers who were working the first aid tent for injured marathon runners experienced much more than they had expected when victims of the bombing were brought to their tent. They came to First Lutheran Church of Boston to spend time with the Comfort Dogs, returning again later that night for more comfort.

Boston Runners

The Wednesday Night Runners Club of Boston, most of which were marathoners from Monday's race, came by for a place they could all gather, talk through the events of the week, and digest their emotions, thoughts and feelings together as a group with the K-9 Comfort dogs. LCC saw a need and were able to provide pizza for the whole group allowing them to continue their healing/grieving process with the Comfort Dogs for a little bit longer.

A group of students, who were emotionally worked up after the bombings, could not get themselves to go to the memorial. Members of the LCC team offered to go with them and bring the Comfort Dogs. The students were able to approach the memorial to pay their respects with the emotional support of the Comfort Dogs and their handlers.

Wherever the K-9 Comfort Dog team went they really helped provide a respite area, a place to step away from the fear and sadness, and work through the healing process individually or in groups.

Click here to donate to the Comfort Dog Ministry Fund Click here to donate to view the photo gallery from Boston, MA
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:08
 
Comfort Dogs Continue to Share the Mercy and Compassion of Christ in Crisis Situations Print E-mail

LCC Deploys Comfort Dogs to Waco, TX for Victims of this Week's Explosion

west texas On Sunday, April 21, LCC President Tim Hetzner led a team of volunteer handlers and a fresh group of K-9 Comfort Dogs, Moses, Samuel, Rachel, Susie and Lila, to Waco, Texas to work with Pastor Matthew Canion from St. Paul Lutheran Church in bringing comfort to the people of West, Texas after the fertilizer plant explosion.

On Monday, April 22, the team went to the West, Texas Middle/Elementary School. In the blast the Intermediate school was destroyed and the High School was badly damaged. Volunteers helped construct three new classrooms at the elementary school to bring in an additional 300 students.

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While at the school, LCC volunteer handler and Lockport, IL Fire Department Chaplain, Rev. Mark Hein from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lockport, IL, and K-9 Comfort Dog Samuel had a special connection with a little boy who lost a family member in the explosion.

Later that afternoon the team visited Baylor University in Waco, Texas. There they met and brought comfort to many students who loved the dogs.

"I found out that professional counselors were working with a second grader who survived the explosion but lost at least one family member in the tragedy. Samuel and I went to see him. When we got there, he was playing with LEGOs. He had made his home that had been destroyed and also a fire truck from the building blocks. I asked him if Samuel and I could sit with him for a little while. He politely said yes and started petting Samuel. He had been answering the counselors questions in short sentences. But the more time he spent with Samuel, the more he started talking with me and the counselor was amazed the connection that this little boy had to Samuel. They asked if I could come back and work with the little boy some more while we are here and we will certainly do that."

Later that afternoon the team visited Baylor University in Waco, Texas. There they met and brought comfort to many students who loved the dogs.

A Thank You from LCC President Tim Hetzner:

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THANK YOU TO ALL who make this possible - Being out in West, Texas, in the school and in the town, and all over Waco, confirms the need to be here to share the Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ with people who are in one way or another affected by the recent explosion. The Presence of Jesus Christ through his people and through his creation (Comfort Dogs) brings healing. Thank you to all who make this possible and who are an extension of the feet and arms and presence of Jesus Christ.

We ask for help:

  • Prayers for all affected by the fertilizer plant explosion
  • Support for travel expenses of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. We never charge those we serve and rely on other donors to help us bring the Presence of Christ to those suffering.

Click here to help financially cover travel expenses to West, Texas Click here to view photo gallery from West, Texas Click here to visit the K-9 Comfort Dog Facebook Page to follow their work of comfort and compassion in West, Texas
Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 15:04
 
LCC Deploys Comfort Dogs to Waco, Texas for Survivors of This Week's Explosion Print E-mail
Chaplain Mark Hein with K-9 Comfort Dog Samuel at the Lockport, Illinois Fire Station A new group of LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been asked to come to Waco, Texas to work with the first responders and the survivors of this week's explosion in West, Texas. We were invited in by Rev. Matthew Canion, Pastor of St Paul Lutheran Church in Waco, Texas. Rev. Canion is also a Chaplain for the Texas State Police and has been on the ground in Waco, West with the first responders since the explosion.

LCC will be deploying six K-9 Comfort Dogs and eight handlers. Coming from Chicago are Tim Hetzner, President of LCC, Rev. Mark Hein (pictured above) and his wife Donna with K-9 Comfort Dog Samuel, LCC staff dog trainer Jeanne Moore with K-9 Comfort Dogs Susie and Lila, and Kristen Stapleton with K-9 Comfort Dog Rachel. Rev. Hein is a Fire Chaplain for the Lockport Fire Department and is trained in critical incident stress debriefing. Shawn and Nancy Harders (pictured) and K-9 Comfort Dog Moses from Cairo, Nebraska are also coming, as well as Rev. Tim Engel and K-9 Comfort Dog Barnabas from Portage, Indiana. Rev. Engel is a Chaplain for the Fire Department in Portage.

K-9 Comfort Dog Moses leaving Nebraska The group will be leaving the LCC Offices in Addison Illinois at 3AM Sunday morning and flying by private plane out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 5AM (donated for the cost of fuel!)

Ways to Help

  • Please keep all in your prayers - first responders, families of first responders that have lost loved ones, other survivors suffering loss from the explosion
  • Help support travel expenses - Click here

Thank you for all of your support in helping!
Last Updated on Friday, 26 April 2013 10:35
 
Boston Memorial Service at First Lutheran Church is Cancelled but the K-9 Comfort Dogs will Still Be at the Church Today Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie Because of the lock-down in Boston on Friday morning, April 19th, in response to recent shootings and manhunt in progress, the Memorial Service at First Lutheran Church of Boston at 299 Berkeley St in Boston has been cancelled. THE LCC K-9 COMFORT DOGS HOWEVER WILL BE AT THE CHURCH from 11AM till 2PM Eastern today if anyone would like to spend time with them. Please feel free to stop by for some time of peace and comfort in the name of Christ during a very stressful time!

Four of the five K-9 Comfort Dogs, Luther, Ruthie, Maggie and Addie were invited to Fenway Bark for free grooming and relaxation after days of bringing comfort to the people of Boston. What a treat it was, thank you to everyone at Fenway Bark for their kindness!

Click here to see pictures from the trip to Boston.
Click here to see see Wednesday, April 17's NBC Nightly News coverage of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team in Boston and the Today.com article written about them.
Click here if you would like to help financially cover travel expenses to Boston A special thank you to Lutheran Disaster Response for their assistance in helping with a portion of our travel expenses.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:28
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Continue to Bring Comfort to Survivors in Boston Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie Rich and Deana with K9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Maggie, along with Richard from First Lutheran Church of Boston, made a hospital visit yesterday to three young women who were severely wounded at Monday’s Boston Marathon. Two of the women are best friends and the other has two of her best friends in other hospitals with severe injuries. Luther and Maggie accompanied one of the women who was taking her first walk from her surgery this week. She is missing her dogs at home and can’t wait until she can run again. Continued prayers for everyone! Click here to see pictures from the trip to Boston.
Click here to see see Wednesday, April 17's NBC Nightly News coverage of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team in Boston and the Today.com article written about them.
Click here if you would like to help financially cover travel expenses to Boston A special thank you to Lutheran Disaster Response for their assistance in helping with a portion of our travel expenses.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 11:49
 
UPDATE: LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Deploys to Boston, Massachusetts in Response to Bombings - Asking for Your Support Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs were deployed on Tuesday, April 16th to Boston to be with the survivors of the bombings from Monday, April 15, 2013. We have been working with First Lutheran Church of Boston which is only blocks away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Rev Ingo Dutzmann, Pastor of First Lutheran Church of Boston , has asked that the Comfort Dogs be there for those in the community who are shaken up from the bombings.

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team ventured out into the community to bring comfort to the shaken up as well as the survivors of the blasts. They visited one of the survivors in the hospital just hours before she had surgery on her leg. They brought smiles and peace that only dogs can bring. Wednesday night the team met with a running group from Boston and provided pizza for them.

Thursday was no less busy as they spent most of the day at First Lutheran Church of Boston, meeting with members of the community that sought them out. They met with people of all ages and the ministry of presence for the Lutheran Church Charities team was felt and appreciated by all!

Please keep all the people affected by the bombings in Boston in your prayers as they heal physically and emotionally.

Click here to see pictures from the trip to Boston.
Click here to see see Wednesday, April 17's NBC Nightly News coverage of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team in Boston and the Today.com article written about them.

Click here if you would like to help financially cover travel expenses to Boston

A special thank you to Lutheran Disaster Response for their assistance in helping with a portion of our travel expenses.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 08:56
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend PLI in Omaha, Nebraska Print E-mail
pli It was a jam-packed week at the Pastoral Leadership Conference in Omaha, Nebraska this past week. Over 100 pastors and their families attended the conference from all over the world. They were able to see and hear about the many ministries LCC works with and through. Participants also enjoyed a week with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Luther. K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Co-Directors Rich & Dona Martin and other LCC staff were busy, not only with conference attendees, but with the wonderful members and volunteers from King of Kings Lutheran Church in Omaha, visiting four preschool classes at King of Kings, and conducting a handler training with Moses and new handlers for Christ Lutheran in Cairo, NE. Click here to view photos from PLI
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:09
 
LCC Conducts K-9 Handler Training in Omaha, NE Print E-mail
training omaha Twelve members of Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo, NE traveled to a handler training in Omaha led by Rich & Dona Martin from LCC. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Moses, Ruthie, and Luther were also on hand to assist with the training. Moses was placed at Christ Lutheran in Cairo in August of 2012 and his presence has been in high demand.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:09
 
K-9 Visit to LWML in Champaign, IL Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zeke and LCC staff member Deaconess Tiffany Manor shared with 70 LWML members at St. John Lutheran Church in Champaign, IL about the K-9 Comfort Dog ministry. The women from churches in several communities were eager to hear about Zeke's service responding to Hurricane Isaac, and his trip to serve Superstorm Sandy victims and Newtown, CT along with his campus ministry at Wittenberg Lutheran Center in Normal, IL.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:09
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Luther North High School Print E-mail
luther north hs LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Olympia, Jojo, and Ladel met with students from Luther North High School in Chicago, Illinois at their assembly Monday morning. Rich and Dona Martin, along with handlers Lauraine and Ellen from St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods, and George and Arlene Schiestel from Living Christ in Arlington Heights talked with students about the K9 ministry with students.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:10
 
LCC Staff Presents K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to the LWML from St. John's Lutheran in Country Club Hills, Illinois Print E-mail
country club hills LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Co-Directors Dona and Rich Martin were invited to address LWML zone members at their Spring Rally at St. John's Lutheran Church in Country Club Hills, Illinois on Sunday, April 14th. Forty members listened to Dona and Rich tell about the K-9 Comfort Dogs responding to the Newtown tragedy. Joining Rich and Dona were Ray and Jan Pemoller and Marlene Vician with K-9's Olympia, Ruthie, Wave, and Darlin.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:10
 
K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Portage, Michigan Print E-mail
Prince Comfort Dogs Prince and Barnabas from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage, Indiana traveled from Portage, Indiana, to Portage, Michigan, on Tuesday, April 9, with their handlers Pastor Tim Engel and Janet Lippert, for an assembly at St. Michael Lutheran School. The student body of one hundred or so children, ranging from Kindergarten through eighth Grade, heard about the work that the dogs do in their community. Pastor Engel described Prince's job at the Portage High School, where he works with his primary handler, Tim Kunstek, a mental health counselor at the school. The children also learned how Barnabas helps his handlers share the love of Jesus with people that they meet in the community. Pastor Engel also spoke about the ongoing Comfort Dog work in Newtown, Connecticut, which began the day after the school shootings in mid-December.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:10
 
Bad to the Bone Print E-mail
Bad to the bone The Bad to the Bone 4-H Dog Club from Middlesex County, Connecticut held a fundraiser to benefit the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Thank you for Making A Difference! Click here to see the letter
 
Divots for Dogs Print E-mail
divots for dogs St Peter Arlington Heights, Illinois made golfers and K-9 Comfort Dog lovers happy with their fundraiser "Divots for Dogs". They offered a 20-minute golf lesson with a golf pro to raise money for placement of a Comfort Dog at St Peter.

Pictured is Barb Granado, K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah and young golfer Andrew Granado, Barb's grandson.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 19:00
 
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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!