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Comfort Dogs
Comfort Handler Training Continues July 14-16 Print E-mail
K9 Handler Training As K-9 Comfort dogs continue to be placed more handlers continue to be trained. Handlers from Timothy Lutheran Church in St Louis, Atonement Lutheran Church in Columbus Ohio, and St Mark's Lutheran Church in Edmond Oklahoma successfully completed handler training with their new Comfort Dogs. The class was led by directors Rich, Dona, and Anastasia. At the end of the day everyone knew "It is not about the dog, but a bridge to show Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.
 
LCC K-9 Comofort Dogs Make a Visit to Youth Conference in Mequon, WI Print E-mail
Mequon On Thursday, July 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tara (LCC), Jewel (in-training), Lila (Beautiful Savior, Mequon, WI) and Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights) went to Concordia University Wisconsin for the Higher Learning Youth Conference. 1,200 people were in attendance for the event. The dogs were able to meet and comfort many new faces. Later on they were allowed out on the soccer fields to play. It was a long ride, but sure fun to be there.
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Help Bring Healing to Teens Grieving After Loss Print E-mail
 St. John's On Sunday evening, July 6, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Angel (in-training), Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Dora (in-training), Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Lily (in-training), Luther (LCC), Mercy (in-training), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Tara (LCC), and Zippy (Trinity, Roselle) were at a special youth service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois.

On Thursday, July 3, 16-year-old Lija Hyssong, a member at St John's and UKANDU Chicago participant, was called home to Jesus. The Sunday evening service, led by Pastor Pete Imlah, was a time of healing through sharing stories, laughing and crying together, and singing some songs. The theme song from last week's UKANDU Chicago trip was "Lift My Life Up" by Unspoken. The lyrics of this song are incredible, and speak to Lija's life and faith.

Click Here to Listen to the Song on YouTube
Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 11:33
 
LCC Hosts Caregiver Training Print E-mail
caregivers LCC continues in its growth of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry as caregivers from Timothy Lutheran Church, St Louis Missouri; Atonement Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio; and St Mark Lutheran Church, Edmond, Oklahoma came to Addison for three days of training this week. LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Directors Rich Martin, Dona Martin, and Anastasia led each day's training covering all the aspects of K-9 training. LCC President Tim Hetzner led devotion and met with the group on the ministry opportunities with their new K-9 ministry. LCC welcomes our new K-9 ministry partners!
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Participate in Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A Print E-mail
Chick-Fil-A On Monday, June 30, the Chick-fil-A in Crystal Lake, Illinois invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to their restaurant to meet the community. A portion of the sales for the night were donated to the ministry of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Even though there were storms in the area, the Comfort Dogs met many new people, and even someone from Dallas, Texas who was in town visiting her sister! Thank you to all the Comfort Dogs and handlers who attended this event!
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Walk in the Belvidere City Anniversary Parade Print E-mail
parade LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs had a wonderful experience at the Belvidere City Anniversary celebration Parade Sunday, June 29. LCC Comfort Dogs Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Bekah (Immanuel, Belvidere), Rosie (LCC Comfort Dog in Training), Lily (LCC Comfort Dog in Training), Dora (LCC Comfort Dog in Training), Jewel (LCC Comfort Dog in Training) along with their handlers enjoyed meeting and greeting the wonderful people along the parade route. All the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, and those in training, were excellent, which is a great testament to the wonderful handlers and trainers. Thank you for your participation and efforts toward the ministry.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:21
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Participate in Mission Sunday at First and Santa Cruz Lutheran Church Print E-mail
Santa Cruz On Sunday, June 29, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chewie (LCC), Ruthie (LCC), and Olympia (LCC) were invited to First and Santa Cruz Lutheran Church in Joliet for Mission Sunday as a mission team from Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview, Ohio finished a week of service at the church and in the community. The invitation came from Josh, a friend from Elim Christian School in Palos Heights, Illinois.
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend St. John's (Sycamore) Family Picnic Print E-mail
picnic On Saturday, June 28, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Kye (Immanuel, Belvidere), Barnabas (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) and Martin (LCC) went out to Sycamore, Illinois for St. Johns family picnic where they met some wonderful people who gave them lots of love and petting
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Movie Night at Minooka Print E-mail
Minooka On Friday, June 27, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Hannah (LCC), and Darlin (Mt. Greenwod, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson), with their handlers, as well as LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training Rufus and Angel with their trainers, were a part of a community outreach in Minooka. The Movie Night began with games outside and an opportunity to meet the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Everyone who attended had a great time and we were happy we could be a part of this wonderful event!
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort to Residents of Pleasant View Print E-mail
hospital visit On Friday, June 27, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in Training Lydia and Angel got to visit with the residents of Pleasant View, a Lutheran Life Community. They had the chance to meet quite a few of the residents as well as some of the staff Everyone loved them so much,a few of them said they wanted to keep them there forever.
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visit Royal Family Kids Camp Print E-mail
girl with dog On Thursday, June 26, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Abbi (Elim, Palos Heights), Lydia (in training) and Barnabas (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) visited the Royal Family Kids Camp where they got to meet some really cool kids and their counselors before they went back to their foster homes.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:26
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Hannah's Hope Picnic Print E-mail
Hannah's Picnic On Sunday, June 22, Prince (Holy Cross, Portage, IN) and Isaiah (Holy Cross Portage, IN) went to Hannah's Hope picnic. While they were there they met some very nice people and had a good time posing for pictures with them
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:25
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit St. John's Lutheran in Lansing Print E-mail
St. John Lansing On Friday, June 20, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Barnabas (Holy Cross Portage, IN) and Isaiah (Holy Cross Portage, IN) joined Lydia Comfort Dog in Training at St. John Lutheran Church in Lansing for their VBS. The theme this year was "Weird Animals" and, although we don't think we look like weird animals, the kids made the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs their mission for their offerings. After chapel services everyone got to meet the dogs and their handlers
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 08:29
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Our Savior Lutheran Church Print E-mail
Our Savior On Friday, June 20, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tillie (LCC), Olympia (LCC), Susie (St. Peter, Arlington Heights), Darlin (Mt. Greenwood, Chicago and St. Paul, Matteson), and Rosie (In-Training) along with their handlers met the children at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Joliet, Illinois. These children spent the whole week at Vacation Bible School and collected an offering to support the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. All of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs would like to say a big "Thank you" to all the children for their support.
 
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
Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 07:32
 
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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

Support these businesses so they will continue to support the dogs! Click here for more information!