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Comfort Dogs
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Speaks at Lurie Children's Hospital for Annual Child Advocacy Day Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs at Lurie's Children's Hospital Chicago, Illinois On Tuesday, February 11, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Directors Rich and Dona Martin, along with LCC President Tim Hetzner, were invited to Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Rich Martin spoke to the attendees of the Annual Pediatric Advocacy Symposium. The theme for this year's event was Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pediatrician's Role in Awareness, Recognition, and Support. The event was geared for Chicago area residents and medical students. Rich discussed how the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring a calming presence to children who have experienced traumatic situations such as the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Pictured center: Barbara Bayldon, Stephanie Russell, Rich Martin, Dona Martin, Mary Groll, and Tim Hetzner.

Pictured bottom: Tim, Rich and Dona also had the opportunity to meet Sheela Raja, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Raja is co-author of Overcoming Trauma and PTSD: A Workbook Integrating Skills from ACT, DBT, and CBT.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
 
2014 LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Winter Games Print E-mail

We introduce you to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Winter Games!

Throughout the games we released videos and photographs from the competition on our Facebook Page.

Athletes spend a great amount of time training and preparing for the Olympic Games. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also spend a great amount of time training and preparing for the work they do.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs not only go through socialization training, dog manners, and basic obedience training, but are also given opportunities to be tested physically and mentally. One component of their training includes the use of agility equipment. Agility training is a wonderful tool to build confidence in our dogs because they are challenged to learn and accomplish new things. Another benefit of agility training is it keeps the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in terrific physical shape, just like the athletes. Most importantly, agility is fun and the dogs love to do it!

The equipment our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and puppies-in-training are currently using is not very durable and is showing wear and tear from use. We need your help to get the quality agility gear that our future LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs need for their training.

Click here for the video playlist on YouTube Click here to donate for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog agility equipment
Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 19:36
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort to Family and Friends at the Wake of Maureen Martin, Sister of LCC Staff Member Rich Martin Print E-mail
On Sunday, February 2nd, many of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs came together to bring comfort to the Martin family. Rich and Dona Martin are Directors of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Rich lost his sister to cancer on Friday, January 31st. The family held a wake and more than 20 of the K-9 Comfort Dogs came with their handlers to bring comfort and show their respect to Rich, Dona and their family. Please lift the Martin family up in prayer as they grieve this loss. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Bring Comfort To Toledo, Ohio Firefighters in the Wake of Losing Two Firefighters in a Structure Fire Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs deploy to Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio On Friday, January 31st, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog handler, Pastor Tim Engel, along with K-9 Comfort Dog Isaiah, delivered patches from fire departments in Addison, Illinois; Darien, Illinois; and Lockport, Illinois (patches were collected at Lutheran Church Charities) to the firefighters in Toledo, Ohio. On Sunday, January 26th, two Toledo firefighters lost their lives while fighting an apartment building fire.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs had deployed to Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio on Wednesday, January 29th to bring comfort to a church and school that recently lost a school staff member very suddenly. Some of the team was able to visit with the local fire departments and bring them comfort.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:14
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Students at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, Illinois for their Lutheran Schools Week Chapel Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zina at Immanuel Lutheran School in Emhurst, Illinois On Friday, January 31st, 2014, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Olympia, Zina, Zeke and K-9 Comfort Dog In-Training Rosie went to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School to greet students during their morning chapel service. Immanuel Lutheran School was celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week and asked for LCC to come and speak about the K-9 Comfort Dogs. LCC staff member Marshal Frisque addressed the students and staff and talked about how God is our true comforter and how we He can use each of us to comfort those around us when they need help. The students' chapel offerings were being gathered and given to Lutheran Church Charities for the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:13
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey Greets Students at Concordia Invitational Tournament Print E-mail
comfort dog zoey at cit On Saturday, January 25th, K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey spent time with basketball fans at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW). This past weekend was the annual Concordia Invitational Tournament consisting of teams from Concordia Universities in Mequon, Wisconsin; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Seward, Nebraska; and St. Paul, Minneapolis. Here Zoey is pictured with CUW cheerleader Kelsey.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey was permanently placed at CUW on Wednesday, January 29th during the University's morning chapel service. She will serve in their counseling department as well as in the greater Mequon, Wisconsin community. Zoey is the first K-9 Comfort Dog placed at one of the Concordia Universities and presents new opportunities for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry to grow!

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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deployed to Purdue University Following School Shooting Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs at Purdue University following shooting On Friday, January 24th, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Director Rich Martin, along with Pastor Tim Engel of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Portage, Indiana and other K-9 Comfort Dog handlers, traveled to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with K-9 Comfort Dogs Barnabas, Chewie, Ruthie and Isaiah. They were there to bring comfort to students shaken up by the shooting that took place on their campus on Tuesday, January 21st. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team spent time with students in and around campus and returned on Monday, January 27th in the evening for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) gathering. Please keep all of the students, faculty and staff at Purdue, along with their families, in your prayers as they sort through the emotions of fear that came that day. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:12
 
UPDATE: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to Deployed Out to Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Toledo, Ohio after Tragic Death of Teacher Print E-mail

Latest Update:

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs deploy to Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, OhioThe tragic death of a popular grade school teacher led a team with eight LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to return to Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Toledo, Ohio. Reaching out to students, teachers, staff and parents, the K-9 Comfort Dogs visited each of the classrooms. The teacher who passed away has a son in the school and the K-9 Comfort Dogs also spent a large amount of time in his classroom. At other times, the dogs were stationed in the Trinity Room where individual students, teachers and parents, including the parents and family of the teacher who passed away, were able to come and meet the dogs and visit with their handlers and be assured of the love of Jesus.

Previous Report:

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs deploy to Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, OhioTrinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio knows much about trying circumstances and tragedy. This past year their Senior Pastor, Timothy Carr, was diagnosed with stage four cancer and has been hospitalized on and off. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were called out last October after the sudden death of a very active mother in the school - who had a son in one of the classes at Trinity. Click here to read more.

On Tuesday of this week, LCC got a phone call from Pastor Carr asking if the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs could come in to be with parents, students and faculty because one of their teachers had ended his life. This teacher was involved educationally with every student at Trinity. He also has a 4th grade son in the school. Please keep his wife Wendy, daughter Jillian, and son Beau in your prayers during this time of grief. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be there when school starts back up on Thursday, January 30 sharing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who suffer and are grieving, offering the hope that comes in Jesus Christ.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs deploy to Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, OhioThe LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but rely on donations for support for expenses to deploy out. Please keep the wonderful staff and people at Trinity, along with the families of those affected, in your prayers as the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ occur.

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:14
 
LCC Places K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey at Concordia University Wisconsin with Passing of the Leash Ceremony Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey Placed at Concordia University Wisconsin On Wednesday, January 29, LCC held the Passing of the Leash Ceremony for LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Zoey. It took place at the Chapel of Christ Triumphant on the Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) campus.

Students, faculty and staff were able to meet Zoey, and her fellow K-9 Comfort Dog friends at a meet and greet reception following the chapel service. This week marks the first week of the Spring 2014 semester at CUW and what better way to kick it of than with the welcoming of CUW's very own LCC K-9 comfort Dog!

Click here to view photos from the Passing of the Leash Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:12
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploy to Purdue University in Wake of Tuesday's Shooting Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploy to Purdue University The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited to Purdue University by the the University, the Indiana District of the LCMS/Lutheran Campus Ministry as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. On Tuesday, January 21st, a gunman shot and killed another man in the university's electrical engineering building. Students are shaken up by the shooting and are in need of comfort. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs will be on campus today, Thursday, January 23rd through Saturday, January 25th. More information to come on their specific location on campus. Click here to donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:38
 
UPDATE: LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Return to St John Lutheran School in Libertyville, Illinois After 11-Year-Old Student Was Killed Print E-mail
LCC K-9 Comfort Dog The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited back to St. John Lutheran Church and School on Friday, January 31st. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Ladel (St. Matthew Hawthorn Woods) and Strudel (Grace Northbrook) visited the students, faculty and staff at the school for several hours. This time they left behind special gifts - a stuffed K-9 Comfort Dog for each classroom. On Tuesday, January 21st, one of their students, an 11-year-old girl, was killed by her half-sister. Please keep this girl's family and the church and school members in your prayers. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:14
 
Bethany Lutheran School in Naperville, Illinois Raises Support for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
On Wednesday, January 8th, LCC received a check of support from the students, parents, and visitors of the Christmas program at Bethany Lutheran School in Naperville, Illinois.The following is a message from Michelle Stehle, 6th grade teacher and student council advisor:
The students, parents, and visitors to our Christmas program donated $1600.00 for the "Dumpster Relief Efforts" in Washington, Illinois. Our principal, Ms. Pam Mueller, suggested a "freewill door offering" after our School Christmas Program on December 17th. She also told the Student Council to announce that the December Chapel Offerings would also be collected to help those in Washington, Illinois. Boy, did those boys and girls come through! Some classrooms set goals and others just gave what they were able. We hope that our donation will help MANY families in the clean-up and rebuilding phase. God's Blessings to all those affected and to YOU, Lutheran Church Charities, for the compassion and love you show all those in need. What a wonderful witness of God's great love to all.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:17
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Students at St. John Lutheran Church in Lansing, Illinois for Chapel and a Meet & Greet Print E-mail
K-9 Chapel at St. John Lutheran Church Lansing, Illinois LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Tillie, Zina, and Howe, along with their handlers, were excited to visit the children at St. John Lutheran School in Lansing Illinois. They had a wonderful morning meeting so many new friends!

Click here to see photos from the chapel visit to St. John Lutheran School in Lansing, Illinois

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:12
 
Newest Released LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Video Print E-mail

This production by COMCAST Video Productions & Services in Seymour, Connecticut 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 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, 12 February 2014 10:11
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, Harper College Team to Train Handlers - Daily Herald Print E-mail
K-9 Comfort Dogs in the News On Wednesday, January 15th, the Daily Herald ran a story announcing the partnership of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry and Harper College. Harper will be offering an eight week online class taking an in depth look at K-9s and being an effective handler for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. LCC will follow up that program with a two day practicum to work with the students and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.

Rich Martin, Director of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry says, "It will give our handlers and trainers more of a complete background." Click here to read the article. Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Fund

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:16
 
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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

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!