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Comfort Dogs
Thank You Letter Received From Woman With Stage IV Lung Cancer Print E-mail
Betsy and Tim

On Thursday, June 19, Betsy and her husband traveled from Fort Wayne, Indiana to see LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Prince, Lydia (In-Training), Barnabas, and Isaiah at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage, Indiana. Betsy has stage IV lung cancer and her husband surprised her with a visit to meet some of her Facebook friends. They first heard about the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs when they were in Newtown, Connecticut, and have been following them ever since. We continue to keep Betsy and her family in our prayers.

On Monday, June 23, LCC received the following letter of thanks after the visit with the K-9 Comfort Dogs.

Dear Dan,

We made it home safely yesterday. It is impossible to tell you what that hour with Prince, Lydia, Barnabas, and Isaiah, you and Pastor Engel meant to us. What an amazing blessing it was. We cannot thank you and Pastor Engel enough for allowing us the privilege of not only meeting the wonderful dogs, but the two of you also. Your passion, commitment and faith just filled the room--and my heart. So, thank you so very much for the experience, but also for the wonderful cards (I have LOVED looking at them) and for my special stuffed comfort dog.

I have named the stuffed friend "Daniel." Daniel will accompany me to chemo next Thursday.

Daniel 10:19
He said, "Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous. When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said,'Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.' "

I feel so blessed to know God's peace in my life. My prayer is not for healing, but for strength and grace to handle whatever may happen with a peaceful heart. Especially the past year, He has continually reminded me of His unfailing love and I am humbled to be in His care. I am ready for anything but my greatest concern is for Tim and my children, but I trust that He will make sure they are ok also.

Ever since I saw the dogs during Sandy Hook, they have been on my mind and in my heart. With our golden, "Dylan" dying just 8 months prior to that, the comfort dogs just filled a huge hole in my heart. It is hard to describe, but my guess is that you have heard this before, so you know exactly what I am speaking of. So what a blessing to meet them, hug them, pet them, and spend time with them. I think I was (and still am!) a bit star-struck! These dogs and those of you who work with them are indeed to be admired. It is humbling.

In closing, it was such a joy to meet you and I feel like Tim and I made some new friends. We really do hope to come to worship with you sometime in the next several months. We will come on a non-communion Sunday and I will check in with you before we plan. (Tim and I were laughing on the way home that we would LOVE to hear Pastor Engel preach, BUT we would want to make sure the dogs are going to be there! We thought he would get a kick out of that!)

I am sending this email to you, but please share with Pastor Engel as well. I am also sending a few pictures that you might enjoy.

Thank you once again, Dan. Peace and God's Blessings to you.
Betsy Pelfrey
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 07:32
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Family Night at University Village Print E-mail
University Village On, Tuesday, June 17, members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb invited LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John Lutheran, Burlington), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran, Roselle), and Ruthie (LCC) with their handlers to attend family night at University Village. The kids especially loved spending time with the K-9's and enjoyed the popcorn and punch too!
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Blessing of the Animals Print E-mail
Blessing of The Animals On Sunday, June 15th, Christ Our Savior in Winfield Illinois held its annual "Blessing of the Animals." LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Susie (St Peter, Arlington Heights) and Tara Sunday (LCC) attended with handlers Brad Schroeder and Marie Payes.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:43
LCC Staff and K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploy to Nebraska Print E-mail
Eddie and Moses LCC President Tim Hetzner is in Pilger, Nebraska to assess the needs following the tornadoes that destroyed much of the town, including St. John's Lutheran Church and parsonage. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Eddie (Peace Lutheran, Grand Island, Nebraska) and Moses (Christ Lutheran in Cairo, Nebraska), along with their handlers Shawn Harders (Moses) and Don Moeller (Eddie) are also in Pilger to be with first responders and displaced families. They are being accompanied by handlers Shirley McCallum and Jerry Schenck from Peace Lutheran Church and two ministry workers, Arlene Doremus and Lorry Dinkelman, also from Peace Lutheran. Please keep all in your prayers. Donate to St. John's Lutheran Church Disaster Relief
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Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 14:11
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Spend Father's Day at Trinity (Oak Lawn) Print E-mail
Shami On Sunday, June 15, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tara (LCC), Shami (St. John, Darien), and Hannah (LCC) spent Father's Day visiting with the members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs had such a great time meeting the members of Trinity and sharing with them all the wonderful work they have done.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visit Zion Lutheran for VBS Closing Ceremonies Print E-mail
Zion VBS On Friday, June 13, Barnabas (Holy Cross, Portage, Indiana) and Lydia (in-training) joined the students at Zion Lutheran Church in celebrating the closing ceremonies of their VBS. The students made the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs the mission they supported and collected over $350 for them. After the ceremonies all the kids got to meet and pet the dogs and even gave them a bag with balls and other toys in it.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:09
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visit Trinity Lutheran (Huntley) VBS Print E-mail
Shami On Thursday, June 12, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther (LCC) and Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere) visited the children of Trinity Lutheran Church's VBS in Huntley, Illinois. It was wonderful to see and share God's love with so many. The children invited us to stay for the day's closing where the message of the day was reinforced by the leaders. We are especially appreciative of the joyfully loud singing we experienced. We thank Trinity for the invitation and wish the Lord's continued blessing on the congregation, school and outreach.
K-9 Trainer Jeanne Moore in Cairo, Nebraska Print E-mail
Cairo LCC staff K-9 trainer, Jeanne Moore, is in Cairo, Nebraska this week working with Moses Comfort Dog's handlers at Christ Lutheran Church. This is a great opportunity for handlers to brush up on their skills as LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Handlers.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 June 2014 12:40
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Eddie Placed at Peace Lutheran in Grand Island, Nebraska Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Eddie Eddie Comfort Dog was welcomed by Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island, Nebraska on Sunday, June 15, 2014. There was also a special LCC K-9 Comfort Dog presentation by LCC staff K-9 Directors Rich & Dona Martin.

Please join us in welcoming LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Eddie to his new home at Peace Lutheran!

KHAS - NBC 5 Hastings, NE Video - Sunday, June 15, 2014
Grand Island Independent story - Saturday, June 14, 2014
Grand Island Independent video - Saturday, June 14, 2014
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 13:49
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Maggie's Handler Wins Emmy for Documentary Print E-mail
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs would like to congratulate Maggie Comfort Dog's handler, Ken Fay of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut for receiving an Emmy Award for his work on his documentary Wags "N" Tails. Maggie with Emmy

The video features LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Maggie, who is placed at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Addie, who is placed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury, Connecticut. Wags "N" Tales was written and produced by Ken Fay, who is an LCC trained handler for Maggie Comfort Dog and a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:15
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Presented with Handmade Collars Print E-mail
Collar On Friday, June 6, Hilary Lamon was gracious enough to present seven of our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs with exquisite handmade collars that had their names and a beautiful cross engraved on the buckle.

Attached to the collars is also a dog tag that Hilary is making available to help support Therapy Dog work. We thank Hilary for her generous gift to the Comfort Dogs, they are "styling in their new collars." Hilary Lamon is living her dream of owning her own specialized company, Hilary Lamon Unexpected Luxury. More information may be found here.

Hilary with Collars
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:58
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visit Royal Family Oaks Camp Print E-mail
chloe On Monday, June 9, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Susie (St. Peter Arlington Heights), Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox), Abbi (ELIM Christian School), and JoJo (Living Christ Arlington Heights), along with their handlers, met many students attending Royal Family Oaks Camp. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were very happy to be able to bring comfort to these campers as they began their week at camp.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:34
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Central Road Elementart School Print E-mail
Jojo, Susie, Tara On Wednesday, June 4, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs JoJo (Living Christ Arlington Heights), Susie (St. Peter Arlington Heights), and Tara, along with their handlers, visited with the children at Central Road Elementary School in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were so excited to meet the wonderful children at Central Road, they hope they are able to meet them again!
LCC Hosts Top Dog Training June 2-4 Print E-mail
Handlers with dogs At the beginning of last week Lutheran Church Charities hosted several churches in Top Dog Training. Several churches participated in the event, including Trinity Lutheran in Davenport, Iowa; St. John's Lutheran in LaGrange, Illinois; St. John's Lutheran in Lombard, Illinois and Our Redeemer Lutheran in Fort Collins, Colorado. We look forward to the continued partnership with these congregations long into the future.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie Visits Many Different Places Print E-mail
susie LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (St. Peter Arlington Heights) has been very active the past few weeks visiting such places as Prince of Peace in Palatine, St. Philip's in Chicago, the Central DuPage Hospital, Good Shepherd in Elgin and numerous other places.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:44
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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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