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Comfort Dogs
Comfort Dogs Visit Chicago Behavioral Hospital Print E-mail
Chicago Behavioral Hospital Saturday, January 9th, the Comfort Dog-in-Training class made a field trip to the Chicago Behavioral Hospital. They greeted many of the patients there as they continue their journey towards recovery. The trainees were a big hit as many of the patients miss their own pets while staying at the hospital. The Comfort Dogs-in-Training that attended were Claudia, Jacob, Jeremiah, Priscilla, Reuben, Rhoda and Sasha.

LCC received this kind note from Cailie Emmerich, Activity Therapist at the hospital:

I cannot thank you enough for the visit this past Saturday. It was such a nice experience. I am amazed and touched by the response from the patients. The visit wasn’t only beneficial for the patients but the staff as well. In addition, the trainers were so sensitive and able to connect with the patients. I am so hopeful to continue the relationship and hope for many more visits to come.

Please pray for all those who are afflicted and are in need of support and care.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
From the Desk of Susie Comfort Dog (St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) Print E-mail
Susie Comfort Dog
On Monday, January 4th, my friends Comfort Dog Hannah (LCC), Comfort Dog-in-Training Jacob, and Comfort Dog JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) and I were at St. Peter to greet the students as they arrived for school. We went downstairs to be with Mrs. Rudi's 4th grade class. One of her students, Matthew, lost his mom on New Year's Eve. Although Matthew was sad, he seemed to really enjoy that he and his classmates got to pet the Comfort Dogs. Mrs. Snively's 4th grade class also visited with us.

Hannah and I came back about 1 pm and had our regular reading time with Mrs. Rudi's class. Brad read two books while the class petted Hannah and I. The kids then did some of their homework on the floor with us. It was fun!!

We went to the wake of Matthew's mom on Wednesday. Lots of kids and adults came to talk and pet us. I think Matthew was very happy we were there.

On Thursday, Hannah and I were at the funeral for Matthew's mom.

On Tuesday I was able to go to the Vossel house to play with my friend Archie. Mrs. Vossel took me to her Bible class at St. Peter. I knew that Mrs. Vossel was sad, so I gave her lots of "visits".

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Watseka, IL to be with Flooding Victims Print E-mail
Watseka Resource Center Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Ceci invited the Comfort Dogs to be with flood victims at the “Multi Agency Resource Center” in Watseka, IL on Friday, January 9th. Working with the Red Cross and others, the Comfort Dogs were a welcome sight to those devastated by the flooding. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ruthie, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Sheba, and Comfort Dog Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN) gave comfort to the citizens and met with Pastor Don Love of Calvary Watseka and Mayor Bob Harwood.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
Several Comfort Dogs Visit Funeral of Beloved Pastor Print E-mail
Pastor Keylon On January 8th and 9th, Comfort Dogs Moses (Christ Lutheran Church, Cairo, NE), Katie (Trinity Lutheran Church, Fremont, Nebraska) Cubby (Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, Colorado), Rufus (St. Mark Lutheran Church, Edmond, Oklahoma), Eddie (Peace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Nebraska) and their handlers along with therapy dog Gracie attended the visitation and funeral service of Pastor Glen Keylon. Pastor Keylon was 67 years old and recently retired as the Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo, Nebraska.

In addition to the many friends, guests and relatives attending the funeral, 20 clergies and the Cairo Fire Department (of which Pastor Keylon had been a member for many years) were also present.

Pastor Keylon and his wife Blenda were instrumental in starting the Comfort Dog Ministry in Nebraska, which at this time includes three dogs in Nebraska: Moses of Cairo, Eddie of Grand Island, and Katie of Fremont. His devotion and encouragement of the Comfort Dog Ministry has been a blessing for many people both locally and nationally. He was also influential in introducing the ministry to St. Mark Lutheran Church in Edmond, Oklahoma where his son Koey is located. It was not long after that introduction that St. Mark Lutheran requested a Comfort Dog and received Rufus. Koey is also involved with the ministry and is a handler of Rufus.

At his retirement from Christ Lutheran Church, Pastor Keylon was given a pure bred Golden Retriever puppy which he named Gracie. Pastor worked with Gracie and had been training her to the level that she is now vested as a therapy dog. The word “Grace” was very fitting not only for pastor’s dog but also as the title of the funeral message, “God’s Masterpiece by Grace”. The message was given by one of Pastor Keylon’s close friends and fellow seminary classmates, Reverend Paul Klopke.

Our sympathy and prayers are with the Keylon family.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Comfort Students and Faculty After Deadly Shooting Print E-mail
St Paul Lutheran School A deadly shooting killed two neighborhood teens in the front of St Paul Lutheran School in the Grand Crossing Neighborhood of Chicago last week. The shooting occurred after the school day had ended as children and staff were heading home. LCC was in touch with Principal Robyn Jacks-Dubose of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School (76th and South Dorchester in Chicago) and arranged a visit with the students and staff at the school the following day. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ruthie, Martin, Olympia, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Sheba, along with LCC Staff Rich & Dona Martin, Dan Fulkerson, and Hannah McGinnis, were a welcomed surprise for the kids and staff. Pastor Jeffrey Howell was also present and concluded the visit in prayer. Please continue to lift up these children and their faculty in your prayers.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:29
Maggie Comfort Dog (Christ the King, Newtown, CT) Visits Assisted-Living Facility Print E-mail
Maggie Comfort Dog Maggie Comfort Dog (Christ the King, Newtown, CT) visited an assisted-living facility on Monday, January 4th. Handler Bev Thompson describes the day:
We had a Pawsome visit to Masonicare in Wallingford (CT)! We were in a big multi-purpose room and went from one seated resident to the other. Most seemed to have had dogs during their lifetimes and they asked us a lot of really good questions about Maggie and the program. We did a couple lap & visit commands with the residents to show them some of the special things she does; in turn, they shared a lot of their dog stories with us. It’s amazing to think that some of their dogs lived 18 and 19 years – a poodle, a boxer and one other dog.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:30
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Flood Victims in Eureka, Missouri Print E-mail
Eureka, Missouri Comfort Dogs Noah (Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Missouri), Esther (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois), and Tabby (St. Paul’s Lutheran, Des Peres, Missouri) visited with the victims of floods in Eureka, Missouri. All three LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs made visits to the flood relief center at Central Baptist in Eureka on Saturday, January 2nd. Dr. Glenn Nielsen, Professor and Director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships at Concordia Seminary, describes the day:
The workers I saw loved Noah and told me they enjoyed seeing Tabby and Esther.

I talked to the mayor of Eureka and he said about 75 homes were affected, but only a handful were total losses.

The work now seems to have moved to gutting and repairing homes rather than sheltering people.

Pictured with Noah Comfort Dog is the Mayor of Eureka, Kevin Coffey

Please keep the people of all flood-ravaged areas in your prayers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:30
Pax and Phoebe Comfort Dogs (St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, TX) Deploy to Garland and Rowlett Texas Following Devastating Tornado Print E-mail
St. Paul Lutheran Church Pax and Phoebe Comfort Dogs from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas deployed to to be with victims of the tornado-ravaged areas of Garland and Rowlett Texas on December 30th. Top Dog Janice Marut joined K-9 handlers and ministry helpers Phil and Sue Davis and Linda and Ruby Roy to comfort those who were suffering. They deployed to Gale Field Recreation Center in Garland and the Steadham Elementary School in Rowlett.

Please join LCC in lifting up these communities in your prayers as they try to rebuild their lives.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:32
Angel Comfort Dog Receives Nice Message from Parents Staying at Ronald McDonald House (Oak Lawn) Print E-mail
Angel Comfort Dog Angel Comfort Dog received the following message on Christmas morning:
Hello Angel and "parents",
I met you at Ronald McDonald House in November right before Thanksgiving. I was holding one of the twin infants the evening you came to comfort all who were staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn…
My family saw God's hand in a mighty way while one of the twin grandsons was at Advocate Christ Children's hospital with his open heart surgery. The twins are now 7 weeks old and doing well.
May God bless you and keep you in His care.
Thanks for all the comfort and hugs from Angel!
Marnie Balog

Please join us at LCC as we continue to lift this family in prayer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Comfort Dogs and Kare 9s Invited to Trinity, Lisle’s (IL) Service of Remembrance Print E-mail
Trinity Lisle On Saturday December 19, 2015, Comfort Dogs Zippy (Trinity, Roselle, IL) and Wave (LCC) were joined by Kare 9s Flex and Brandy at Trinity, Lisle’s Service of Remembrance. The service honored and remembered those who passed away. The four dogs and their handlers helped about 200 people honor those who have left to be with the Father Almighty.

LCC received the following message from Barb Wiggins, Service of Remembrance committee member:

I can't tell you enough how receptive the people attending the Service of Remembrance at Trinity Lutheran in Lisle were. Adults and children both were THRILLED (to say the least) to not only see, pet and talk to the dogs, but the handlers were easy to talk to and explain the dogs training and function.

LCC prays for all those who lost a family member or friend during the past year and for all those who are hurting from a loss.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Comfort Dogs and Kare 9s Enthrall Weary Travelers at the United Paws Event at O’Hare Airport Print E-mail
O’Hare Airport The days leading up to Christmas can be stressful enough without trying to navigate through one of the world’s busiest airports. United Airlines understands this well and invited the LCC K-9 Comfort and Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs to help de-stress travelers at Terminal 1 of O’Hare Airport. Thirty-nine Comfort and Kare 9 dogs and their handlers worked in shifts for three days during the busy Christmas week. They were met with comments like:
- “best day ever”
- “just had to leave my dog at the kennel”
- “this is the greatest idea”

and many more. Thousands of people were touched with mercy and compassion. Well done LCC K-9 & Kare 9 Comfort Dogs and United!

To watch a video of the event, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Zina Comfort Dog Participates in Special In God’s Eyes (St. Matthew, Barrington, IL) Christmas Play! Print E-mail
In God’s Eyes Christmas Play LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zina joined members of Special in God’s Eyes of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Barrington, IL) in their 6th annual Christmas play on Sunday, December 20th. The play was extremely well received with Zina providing more happiness to the day!

The group, which meets Tuesdays at St. Matthew, is made up of young adults with special needs and volunteers. The group meets weekly to read Bible stories, play games, and complete service projects.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Marriott Lincolnshire (IL) Resort Staff Comforted by the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Marriott Lincolnshire Resort Staff LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ruthie, and Olympia were invited to attend the weekly staff meeting at Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. The staff has been working very hard all year to give their guests the best in customer service. The team was thrilled to see the Comfort Dogs. One team member exclaimed “this is the best day ever!”.

LCC salutes all the hard workers everywhere that do their best every day in all works of life.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Invited to Mundelein (IL) High School for Finals Week Print E-mail
Mundelein High School LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Luther, and Olympia, as well as Comfort Dogs-in-Training Sasha and Sheba, visited with students from Mundelein High School during finals week. The dogs and their handlers were welcomed sights as the students readied themselves for the exams.

A staff member at the school commented:

Thank you so, so much for organizing the most comforting and relaxing study session we have ever had at Mundelein High School! It was so wonderful to see the students so excited and happy and relaxed, especially during such a stressful week!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Comfort Dogs Visit Special Needs Students Print E-mail
District 211 Academy North Comfort Dogs Susie (St. Peter Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL), JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL), Comfort Dog-in-Training Jacob, and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah visited District 211 Academy North in Palatine, IL. The students at Academy North have special needs. The students and teachers had a lot of fun with the Comfort Dogs!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
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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. Dana Resetarits, DVM of Buckwalter Veterinary Clinic, Bluffton, South Carolina

Dr. Mark Hughes, DVM of Stolley Park Veterinary Hospital, Grand Island, Nebraska

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

Lisa Racine of Grooming Lodge, South Elgin, Illinois

Paw-metto Pooches Pet Salon, Bluffton, South Carolina

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs!