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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visits Retirement Home Print E-mail
dog week LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zina, along with handler Hannah McGinnis, is attending Prince of Peace, Palatine's Youth Service Week. On Tuesday, June 2, she visited with the members of the Church Creek Retirement Home and for the rest of the week they will be visiting Plum Grove Nursing Home, Gigi's Playhouse for children with Down Syndrome, and Green Castle Senior Home.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:46
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Our Savior, Joliet Print E-mail
vbs oursavior LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia and Ruthie were invited to the closing VBS picnic at Our Savior Joliet. The Comfort Dogs and Co-Director of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Rich Martin, enjoyed meeting children and adults. Our Savior's VBS chose the Comfort Dogs for their offering project. The Comfort Dogs appreciate all your hard work and heart for the Lord!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Visits Grace Christian Academy Print E-mail
grace academy Excerpt from Grace Christian Academy June 2013 newsletter:
On Wednesday, May 1st, members of Lord of Life Church from LaFox, Illinois, visited Grace Christian Academy with their LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Chloe. This visit gave our students the chance to interact with Chloe. We would like to thank everyone from Lord of Life - including Chloe - that took this opportunity to visit Grace. We enjoyed learning about your ministry so much that a donation to the LCC Comfort Dog program was gifted from our chapel offerings. We also enjoyed sharing our school and its mission with you.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:48
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Receive American Kennel Club Award Print E-mail
award The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have received a Certificate of Honor and a nomination for the 2013 American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). The AKC Humane Fund will announce this year's ACE winners in September. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs thank everyone who has and continues to support us and a very special thanks to the American Kennel Club Humane Fund for the work they do.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:05
Butter Report Print E-mail
butter Last Saturday afternoon Debbie and I went to Crystal Pines. Then in the evening I greeted at church. Anna and I joined six other Comfort Dogs for a worship service led by LCC at Stade's Farm Market near McHenry. We're invited back in September! Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday I stayed with Lynne in the office. Cheryl and Jerry took me to an American Legion meeting in DesPlaines. LCC staff member, Rich Martin showed pictures and talked about the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the places they have traveled.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Newtown H.S. Print E-mail
newtown assembly Newtown High School principal Chip Dumais invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to the school's year end assembly on Friday, June 14. K-9 Comfort Dog sisters, Addie and Maggie, were on hand to represent all of the Comfort Dogs who had served the schools and communities of Newtown, Connecticut after the tragic shootings. June 14 marked the six month anniversary of that day. Our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers have been honored to serve the children and families in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary. The kids had no idea the Comfort Dogs would be there and all cheered when they walked in.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:54
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Kinzie Elementary School Print E-mail
Kinzie Over 700 children attended assemblies at Kinzie Elementary School in Chicago to hear from Rich Martin about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs' recent travels in Texas, Oklahoma, Boston, and Connecticut. They were met by K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Olympia, Darlin, and CDIT (Comfort Dog in Training) Jessy with handlers Hannah, Marlene, and Mark. The children held a fundraiser earlier in the year to support the Comfort Dog Ministry.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 06:40
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and Staff Returned to West, Texas Print E-mail
west fd Arriving on Thursday, June 13th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie, along with LCC staff members, Rich and Dona Martin and Dana Yocum, hit the ground running in Waco, Texas. They made a stop with runners at the "On the Run" store in Waco. They met with some runners who also participated in the Boston Marathon. Ruthie and Luther also shared time with K-9 members of the Hillcrest Therapy Dogs serving Waco and the surrounding communities.

Friday morning the team, accompanied by Pastor Bob Kitson of Trinity, Riesel, Texas started with a preschool visit at Grace Lutheran in Marlin, Texas and then returned to Lutheran Sunset Home in Clifton, Texas, where previous K-9 teams visited. Friday afternoon the team visited with children at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riesel.


Thrivent Financial in Waco, Texas held a K-9 Comfort Dog Fundraiser at the Tehuacana Creek Winery in Waco on Friday evening. TCV winery is owned by Ulf and Inga-Lill Westblom, members of Trinity, Riesel. Pastor Bob Kitson, his wife Sandy, and many members of Trinity, Riesel and surrounding churches helped prepare and serve over 200 people at the evening event. Special "Private Label" wines were available for purchase featuring Ruthie and Luther on the label and the K-9's were featured on etched stemware. The Comfort Dogs with Rich and Dona were the lead story on the 10pm Waco news on KWTX. LCC is very thankful to Sharon Koester and Tim Griesse from Thrivent who were instrumental in organizing and executing the event. Tim even played in his band for the evening.

On Saturday the team revisited West, Texas, the site of April's deadly fertilizer plant explosion. Together with Pastor Matthew Canion of St. Paul in Waco, Texas, the team toured Area 3 where great damage and loss occurred. The team also spent time at St. Mary's School in West where the Dallas Mavericks held a basketball and dance camp for hundreds of area children. Three of four area schools have been lost to the explosion. Afterwards, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team visited the Long Term Recovery center in West and met with a woman who had lost her home in the explosion. Your continued prayers are needed for this community and families as they start the process of rebuilding their homes and lives after this devastating tragedy.

Click here to view pictures from Thrivent fundraiser Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 06:45
Successful Visit to West, Texas Print E-mail
K9s in West Texas The team has arrived back in Chicago following the long weekend spent in Waco and West, Texas. Their time spent there visiting with the community at the fundraiser and the clinic, along with various other visits to pre-schools and nursing homes, was greatly appreciated! The dogs were a hit and loved by all.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther and Ruthie returned to West, Texas to bring more comfort to the community following the April 17th, 2013 fertilizer plant explosion. They spent time with many of the students from West Elementary School, which was destroyed in the explosion as well as a group of runners that were in the Boston Marathon and experienced the bombings there. On Saturday, June 15th, the group, including staff members Rich and Dona Martin and Dana Yocum, were at a camp in West, TX where the Dallas Mavericks were there to teach basketball skills to kids and the Maverick's Dancers put on dancing clinics.

K9s in West TexasOn Friday night, June 14th, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were recognized in Waco, TX at a successful fundraiser put on by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans from Waco, Texas. A special thank you to Sharon from Thrivent for putting on this event and for all her work to make the event a reality. Their support will help the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ with more people in their time of need. Click the link below to see a news segment from Waco Channel 10 about the event.

Click here to view Waco Channel 10 news segment on the K-9 Comfort Dogs Click here to donate to the West, Texas Family Fund
Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:16
Butter Report - June 10, 2013 Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dog Update K-9 Comfort Dog Butter Last Saturday morning, June 1, Cliff and I helped my friends, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia and Ruthie greet the people coming to the Round Lake Library. In the afternoon, Kathy and I went to Crystal Pines. On Sunday I greeted at church. Monday I spent time with Mary Jane. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday I stayed with Lynne in the office. What a busy place! I hardly got a nap! It was fun to see Jackie, Marianne, and Don.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 10:36
LCC Staff Member Roger Pollock and K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Stade's Farm Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dog Update Stade's Farm On Sunday, June 9, LCC staff member Roger Pollock presented the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at Stade's Farm Market. K-9 volunteer handlers were also there with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chloe, Ladel, Tara, Butter, Chewie, Shami and Kye. A special thank you to Jeanine Weintz, accompanied by Graffiti Unlimited, for her music and dedication to the K-9 Comfort Dogs.
LCC Receives Check, Dog Basket of Goodies and Free-Will Offering from St. Paul Lutheran, Thornton, Illinois Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dog Update St. Paul Lutheran, Thornton, Illinois On Sunday, June 9, LCC staff members Dona and Rich Martin did a K-9 presentation on the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to the congregation at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thornton, Illinois prior to their service. They focused on their response to the many disasters this year. The congregation was so excited to have K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie and Olympia join them. Ruthie and Olympia even got to help with the Children's Message. The congregation also supported the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry with a donation of financial support, a basket of goodies for the dogs and a free-will offering.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 10:35
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. James Lutheran School, Chicago Print E-mail
K9 Comfort Dog Update St James Lutheran School Chicago On Thursday, June 6th, the 5th - 8th grade students at St. James Lutheran School in Chicago had a nice surprise for the end of their school year. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs paid them a visit. LCC staff member, Dona Martin, did a K-9 presentation on the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. The students learned more about what it means to have the Comfort Dogs out in communities, especially after disasters have accrued. Then the students had a chance to visit K-9 Comfort Dogs - JoJo (Living Christ A.H), Jessy (K-9 Comfort Dog in training), Chewie, and Ruthie.
Third Team of K-9 Comfort Dogs and Handlers Return Home from Oklahoma Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in Oklahoma After another successful visit by the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs this week in Moore, Oklahoma and its surrounding communities, the team has landed back in Chicago, IL and Davenport, IA. They spent much of the week visiting the Crisis and Relief Centers, bringing comfort to the displaced and hurting people. They also walked the communities and handed out Visa Gift Cards that were donated from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mt. Prospect, IL.

LCC thanks the owner of a private plane (who generously donated time and expenses) and flew the Chicago group, LCC staff member Rich Martin with K-9 Comfort Dog Luther, LCC Volunteer Sharon Flaherty with K-9 Comfort Dog Susie, and Barb Granado with K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah, back to Chicago. Susie enjoyed watching the clouds go by from her window seat! The team from Trinity Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA - Bill Meyer and Rick Holste - has returned to Iowa with Gracie Comfort Dog.

LCC and our wonderful supporters keep all those in Oklahoma who have been affected by the tornadoes in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless them and aid in their recovery.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:49
The Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs Respond to Oklahoma Tornadoes Print E-mail
St Johns On Tuesday, May 21st, six LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers departed from Addison, Illinois for Moore, Oklahoma to respond to the tornadoes that devastated Moore and the surrounding communities. On Wednesday the teams met with Pastor Mark Bersche of St. John's Lutheran Church in Moore, Pastor Mark Muenchow of Messiah Lutheran Church and School in Oklahoma City, and Pastor Steve Lee of Peace Officer Ministries to determine where to best serve the people of Oklahoma.

By the afternoon, the teams were cu visiting victims in the pediatric and adult floors of the Oklahoma University Medical Center - Click to View CNN Segment. K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Kye, Bekah, Zeke, Lila, and Barnabas continued their rounds with visits to people in multiple relief centers (in Moore and other communities), police and fire stations, and with countless families being housed in dorms at Oklahoma University. At the end of the week, the team was joined by K-9's Jackson and Louie from Joplin, Missouri and Moses from Cairo, Nebraska. In total, nine K-9's and their handlers, representing four states, joined in the response. LCC will continue to serve Oklahoma with the Comfort Dogs.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund to help keep the K-9's serving in Oklahoma
Click here if you would like to donate to the Tornado Relief Fund
Click here to view photos from Moore, OK
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:22
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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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