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Comfort Dogs
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
Comfort Dogs Visit Jerling Jr High Orland Park, Illinois Print E-mail
Jerling Jr High Students of Paula Dzyk’s class at Jerling Jr. High had one request from her at the beginning of the school year: a visit from the Comfort Dogs. It was a simple request but one that required research to make it happen. The students needed to write papers detailing their findings on Comfort Dogs and other working dogs and explain what impact they have on people.

They were rewarded by a visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Luther, Ruthie, Samuel, and Darlin Comfort Dog (St. Paul - Matteson), and this past Wednesday. Teachers and staff were all invited to visit with the K-9s. Kudos to Paula and her class. Well done!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Comfort Dogs Visit with NIU Law Students Print E-mail
NIU Law Students Visited Shiloh Comfort Dog (Christ Our Savior, Dixon, IL), Kye Comfort Dog (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), Kare 9 Flex and Adeena Comfort Dog (St. John Lutheran Church, Burlington, Illinois) met several law students at Northern Illinois University (NIU). They so appreciated the visit and said it really helped them relax a bit during finals week.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit the Des Plaines Craft Fair Print E-mail
Des Plaines Craft Fair On Saturday, December 5th, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Des Plaines participated in a craft fair at First United Methodist Church in Des Plaines, IL. Comfort Dogs Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights, IL), Zippy (Trinity, Roselle, IL), LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Tara and Comfort Dog-in-Training Jeremiah were there to greet those in attendance. Immanuel is in the process of getting their own Comfort Dog and always enjoys when LCC can help them spread God’s love through these wonderful creatures.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:33
Sandy Hook: Three Years Later Print E-mail
Sandy Hook A day never to be forgotten was remembered again this week just three years after the horrific shootings on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. 20 children and 6 staff members had their lives taken at Sandy Hook Elementary that day.

Since that time, the families and community have grappled with that day and the grief and suffering it brought with it. We give thanks to God who has continued to surround these families and see His hand at work in the many acts of love and kindness shown in the Newtown community and beyond.

LCC thanks God as well for opening the doors from the first days after the event for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers whose hearts to share His Mercy and Compassion with the students and staff of Sandy Hook touched many lives. Dozens of K-9 teams have come to know the kids and families over the past three years. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Danbury and Christ the King Lutheran Church, Newtown continue their ongoing K-9 support with Addie, Maggie, and newly added Leah Comfort Dog as well as emotional and spiritual support in the community.

Most recently, Club Comfort was established within Sandy Hook Elementary. Its main goal is to allow those who have been touched by the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to pay the love and comfort forward through decorative plaques with inspirational messages. LCC staff were recent recipients of these beautiful plaques. Club Comfort is also catching on in surrounding schools.

At this time of year where remembering the loss of a love one can be most difficult we encourage you to reach out to someone you know with His Love, His Mercy, and His Compassion.

Learn more about Club Comfort HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
Comfort Dogs Support Wing’s Sweet Home Chicago Event Print E-mail
Wings Seven Comfort Dogs were invited to the Four Season’s hotel on the Magnificent Mile on Sunday to meet with families who attended Wing’s Sweet Home Chicago annual fundraiser.

The mission of the Wings Program, is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie, Luther, and Hannah, Comfort Dog Ladel (St Matthew, Hawthorn Woods, IL), Comfort Dog Bekah (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), and Comfort Dogs-in-Training Jacob and Sheba (who celebrated her first birthday) greeted hundreds of people at this wonderful event. The dogs and their handlers provided love and comfort to all.

Congratulations to everyone who did an amazing job putting the event together and giving their all to Wing’s mission.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:34
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Visit the North Pole on the Fantasy Flight Print E-mail
North Pole The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs visited the “North Pole” on Saturday, December 5th to be with ill and recovering kids with the United Fantasy Flight. A collaborative effort among several groups and countless volunteers, the Fantasy Flight is a wonderful way for recovering or sick kids to take part in an unforgettable day. The children enjoyed music, food, stuffed animals, the LCC K-9 Comfort and Kare 9 Dogs, and a trip in a plane around the area where they were greeted by a water salute by fire trucks.

After entering through a tunnel of candy canes, the children were treated to a day with Santa and pictures with the Comfort and Kare 9 Dogs.

LCC would like to thank all of those involved with this incredible day and for the warm reception that the dogs received.

To view photos from the day, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 09:35
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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:

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

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!