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K-9 Comfort Dog Moses Appears on ABC TV Nebraska Affiliate Morning Show with Pastor Keylon and Jaci Knuth Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Moses On Friday morning, October 19, K-9 Comfort Dog Moses from Christ Lutheran Cairo, Nebraska accompanied by Pastor Glen Keylon and handler Jaci Knuth visited the studios of the ABC affiliate in Grand Island, Nebraska. They appeared on NTV The Good Life and talked about the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, the work of Christ Lutheran and all that Moses has done since arriving in Nebraska just over two months ago. Moses looked wonderful on TV. Pastor Keylon and Jaci did a wonderful job witnessing Jesus and telling the story of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Click here to see the full interview
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Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 12:34
 
The Latest Butter Report Print E-mail
Butter Report Last Thursday I attended the second session of Healing 101. Kathy and I went to Crystal Pines on Saturday. She spent a long time listening, talking, and praying with Elizabeth who was very unhappy. Thank you to Robin and her family for my weekend sleepover and for taking me to church on Sunday. After T'ai Chi on Tuesday we visited with Mary Jane.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 15:36
 
LCC Staff and K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel to Wisconsin for School Assembly Print E-mail
K9 Milwaukee Wisconsin Last Wednesday, October 10, LCC staff members and K-9 Comfort Dogs traveled to St. Peter-Immanuel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Two hundred students gathered in the gym for a K-9 Comfort Dog assembly. The students loved learning more about the K-9's and the ministry work they do with their handlers. Following the assembly they visited with K-9's Olympia, Ruthie, and Chewie. LCC staff Dona and Rich Martin, along with LCC volunteer Lynn Buhrke, followed the visit with a presentation to the Ladies Guild where they were met with a warm welcome.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 15:34
 
Rich and Dona Martin Present K-9 Handler Training in Normal, Illinois Print E-mail
K9 Handler Training On Saturday, October 13 LCC staff members Rich and Dona Martin traveled to the Central Illinois District where they presented a K-9 handler training at Wittenberg Lutheran Center. Accompanied by LCC staff Deaconess Tiffany Manor, who serves in CID, and K-9 Comfort Dogs Zeke (who serves Tiffany), Olympia, and Ruthie, met with a group of prospective handlers. The group included Pastor Bill Jensen with his wife Cindy. Training included the history of the Comfort Dog Ministry, the spiritual needs of those in need, K-9 etiquette, and hands-on training with each K-9. These handlers are now well-equipped to serve the students and community of the Bloomington-Normal area. Well done new handlers!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 15:25
 
ABC 7 Chicago Reports on the Impact of the Closing of Dwight Correctional Center and the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Print E-mail
Sunday, October 7, 2012
On Sunday, October 7, 2012, ABC 7 Chicago's Stacey Baca reported on the impact of the closing of the Dwight Correctional Facility and the training of LCC's K-9 Comfort Dogs
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K-9 Comfort Dog Butter Reports on Her Busy Schedule Print E-mail
Butter Comfort Dogs Last Thursday I attended the first session of Healing 101. It was good to see so many of my friends there. Debbie took me to Crystal Pines on Saturday. I greeted at church on Sunday. Then Cheryl, Liz, and I spent time in Riverside Park. Two ladies from Eastgate enjoyed petting me. Have you seen the 9-11 Firemen's Memorial down there? After T'ai Chi on Tuesday we visited with Mary Jane.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 15:09
 
Animals Blessed at First St. Paul Print E-mail
Olympia Blessing Comfort Dogs On Saturday October 6, LCC staff Dona and Rich Martin joined members of First St. Paul Chicago for the Blessing of the animals. Pastor Tom Johnson met with Scotties, Poodles, Cats, Gerbils, and K9 Comfort Dogs Olympia and Ruth in the courtyard next to the church.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 15:05
 
Shami Loves Reading Day!! Print E-mail
Shami Afriacan American Comfort Dog Our Comfort Dogs are multi-talented! Shami works as a reading tutor for the African American Literacy group! Lace school and St. John's Darien are among the groups that provide tutoring support for the students who attend the program. The group meets on Wednesday each week. During this time, Shami meets and greets the students, and they then have the opportunity to sit and read with her. Shami is very patient and supportive, and loves to listen to the students read!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 15:02
 
Immanuel Lutheran East Dundee Mission Day Print E-mail
Wave K-9 Comfort Dog Immanuel Lutheran East Dundee held a Mission Day on Saturday October 6 ,2012. One part of the event was visiting two nursing homes in the area. The K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited to come along to cheer up and greet the residents. K-9 Comfort Dog Wave gets some love from residents at Sherman West Nursing Home.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:59
 
LCC Comfort Dog Prince Getting Ready to Retire from Portage High School Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dog Prince - Holy Cross PortageAt the end of the current school year, Comfort Dog Prince will have served at the Portage High School, Portage, Indiana, for four years with his handler, Mr. Tim Kunstek. At the age of 8, having worked with thousands of students, Prince will prepare to go into semi-retirement.

Mr. Kunstek has seen the difference that Prince has made in his work with at-risk youth, grief groups, and students with emotional or physical challenges. Prince is loved by both students and staff and helps to lighten the moods of folks who can often be described as "stressed out".

"Prince is able to reach students in ways that I can't to help them open up and talk to me," Mr. Kunstek explains. "He helps me be a better counselor."

Even though Prince will no longer be a daily presence at Portage High, the need for a Comfort Dog in the Portage Township Schools is still very great. So Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN, Prince's home congregation, is raising funds to purchase a new Comfort Dog from LCC. This new dog will continue the work that Prince has been doing since May 2009.

This work includes helping students cope with:

Holy Cross Portage
  • grief
  • divorce
  • abuse
  • homelessness
  • suicide
  • emotional and mental challenges
  • anger and violence issues
  • physical handicaps
  • depression
  • bullying

    Holy Cross is not asking Portage Township Schools for funding so that the Comfort Dog is not considered to be a school mascot. The dog helps Mr. Kunstek and Holy Cross bring the Mercy and Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ into the Portage school community.

    For more information contact Rev. Tim Engel at (219) 763-6343 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Click here to donate

  • Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 16:35
     
    ABC 7 Chicago Reports on the Impact of the Closing of Dwight Correctional Center and the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Print E-mail
    Sunday, October 7, 2012
    On Sunday, October 7, 2012, ABC 7 Chicago's Stacey Baca reported on the impact of the closing of the Dwight Correctional Facility and the training of LCC's K-9 Comfort Dogs
    Visit ABC 7 Chicago's website at KFUO.org

    Click here to learn more about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs

    Click here to support the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry

     
    K-9 Comfort Dogs Called to Return to Concordia Chicago Following Second Faculty Death Print E-mail
    K-9 in training Rachel On Friday, October 5, the K-9 Comfort Dogs returned to Concordia University Chicago at the request of campus leadership. Earlier in the week Professor Lila Kurth died unexpectedly. Professor Kurth had been on staff at Concordia for over 30 years and was loved by students and staff alike. Her death is the second faculty death in less than a month. Three weeks ago the K-9 Comfort Dogs were called to help the campus grieve the loss of Professor Deb Serra who succumbed to cancer. This past weekend was also Homecoming at Concordia.
     
    Help Chaplain Hein Receive an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog - Fire Service Dog Program Print E-mail

    Please help make this exciting new ministry opportunity happen

     

    A joint project of Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) and the Rev. Mark Hein, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lockport and chaplain for the Lockport Township Fire Protection District.

     

    Chaplain Hein

    Please help Lutheran Church Charities raise the funds for a K-9 Comfort Dog to assist Reverend Mark Hein as he serves Lockport and the surrounding community in crisis situations as Chaplain to the Fire Department.

     

    There are great ministry possibilities for an LCC K-9 Comfort Dog being a fire service dog and assisting Chaplain Hein in his ministry to fire personnel and victims of tragic situations.  

    Lockport Township Fire Protection District serves a population of about 65,000 residents in the cities of Lockport, Crest Hill, portions of the Village of Romeoville and New Lenox, along with areas of Du Page, Homer, Joliet, Plainfield, Troy, and New Lenox Townships.   Lockport Township Fire Protection District has 79 sworn and 12 civilian personnel staffing six fire stations and its administrative offices.  

     

    From 2004 to 2011, Chaplain Hein responded to 277 fire rescue and EMS calls in addition to critical incident stress debriefings and other individual and group counseling situations. He has received three service awards and one unit citation.

     

    In addition to twenty years in the pastoral ministry, Chaplain Hein served ten years in hospital administration where he was involved in crisis and disaster response planning. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, a Master of Arts degree in interpersonal communication and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

     

    Some of the situations in which the Fire Service Dog may be deployed include:

    • House fires
    • Apartment complex fires
    • DOA's
    • Shootings
    • Suicides
    • Drownings
    • Tornado/Severe Weather aftermath
    • Following death notification
    • Family comfort during search and rescue
    • CISD's with fire personnel
    • Assist school authorities in counseling students and staff
    • Chaplain follow-up with victims

    The fire service dog will be available with Chaplain Hein to attend special events and give special presentations to community organizations thus serving as a great public relations tool for the Lockport Township Fire Protection District.

     

    Please help Chaplain Hein raise the funds for a K-9 Comfort Dog. Wondering why the Fire Department isn't being asked to fund the K-9 Comfort Dog? Because everything LCC does always carries the Mercy and Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Christ, and accepting tax dollars could hinder this, we have determined it would not be appropriate to accept such funding. For the sake of the Gospel, please help us by clicking below to donate.

    Click here to donate to the Chaplain Hein K-9 Fund
    Last Updated on Sunday, 07 October 2012 19:34
     
    K-9 Comfort Dog Barnabas Joins Kiwanis Club of Portage Indiana Print E-mail
    kiwanis Barnabas, one of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, Indiana,often attends meetings of the Kiwanis Club of Portage with his handler, Pastor Tim Engel. Barney also is a frequent guest at Kiwanis fundraising events, such as their Chili Lunch in December and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, accompanied by Dan & Karen Fulkerson, the family with whom Barney lives.

    The members of the Kiwanis Club are always eager to greet Barney when he comes to their meetings and functions. They recognize the value of having a Comfort Dog that serves the Portage community and have been supportive of the Comfort Dog Ministry.

    To affirm that support Club President Joy Lundstrom asked Pastor Engel if it would be all right with him if Barnabas were made a Kiwanian, to which Pastor Engel replied that it would be an honor. On Tuesday, September 25, along with four other new members, Barnabas was inducted as an honorary member of the Club, complete with a Certificate of Membership and a pin for his collar. As he welcomed Barney into membership, Kiwanis Lt. Governor Steve Ingram commented, "I can't think of anyone who embodies the idea of service more than Barnabas."

    Click here to read the story in the Portage News
    Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 13:21
     
    K-9 Comfort Dog Butter Reports on Her Busy Schedule Print E-mail
    butterLast Thursday I attended the Club 55 planning meeting. It sounds like lots of fun stuff is on the calendar. On Saturday I went to the LWML Fall workshop at Trinity, Huntley. Liz told the ladies a little bit about my work. Then I circled around and around the tables while the ladies filled bags with products for the homeless. I greeted at church on Sunday. I spent Monday morning with Mary Jane. In the afternoon John took me to meet with girl scouts at Roslyn Road School in Barrington. Star and Leo were there too. Ball game!
    Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 15:35
     
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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:

    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

    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!