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Comfort Dogs
Stillwater, OK - "This Was My Best Day Ever!" Print E-mail
”Stillwater, The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog deployment to Stillwater Oklahoma last week was met with the phrase “this was my best day ever”. From students on the OSU campus, to children at Skyline Elementary, Sangre Elementary, Sangre Middle School, and all the way down to the children and staff at the Children’s Hospital of the OU Medical Center, people from all over Stillwater expressed their delight and happiness after being with the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. The phrase was also shared by a student on Twitter. ”Stillwater,

Last week’s deployment included visits to Stillwater Fire Stations 1 & 2 for a meeting with the Battalion Chief and to thank and pray with first responders for all they do. The team also delivered 12 dozen home baked cookies from Zion Lutheran Church in Stillwater that had invited the Comfort Dogs down one week earlier, including 13 K-9s and their handlers from 5 different states.


Once again, the handlers and ministry helpers touched people’s lives everywhere they went. They lifted the community up in prayer wherever they went. Home visits and hospital visits were accommodated to some of the individuals and families affected by the OSU Homecoming Parade tragedy.

The Comfort Dogs spent a lot of time on the OSU campus meeting students including working with the Campus Ministry of Zion Lutheran. The team was also invited to participate in a service fraternity meeting of Alpha Phi Omega.


The week did not end in Stillwater as teams visited schools in Mulhall and Edmond Oklahoma on their way back home. God is Good!

Please gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel Expense Fund by CLICKING HERE

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2015 10:57
Comfort Dogs Deploy to Pontiac Township High School Following Sudden Death of School Nurse Print E-mail
”Pontiac November 1, the principal of Pontiac Township High School informed the staff and students of the untimely death of a loved and respected school nurse. He also requested a visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Staff and students were greeted by veteran Comfort Dogs Bekah (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), Kye (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), Barnabus (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN), Angel (St. John's Lutheran, La Grange, Illinois), and Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry, Lake Forest, IL), along with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Rhoda, Sasha, Eve, Naomi and Claudia. As the school day started the Comfort Dogs touched hearts as students and staff tried to understand the loss of this dear friend. Classroom visits and meetings with this golden love definitely helped relief some of the pain being experienced on this beautiful fall day.

Please gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel Expense Fund by CLICKING HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:56
Stillwater: Still Loyal, Still True Print E-mail
”Stillwater" “Without Stillwater, Oklahoma State would not be what it is today,” Jimmy Hutson – Homecoming Executive Director

Stillwater is like and not like many communities with major universities. Stillwater is however Oklahoma State University (OSU). The “Sea of Orange Parade” is clearly in the DNA of Stillwater and OSU for the past 102 years. This year over 80,000 participated in the homecoming celebration. Tragically at 10:30 am the day was marred with 4 dead and 44 injured after a car was driven into the crowd. The tragedy touched lives throughout Stillwater and ”Stillwater"surrounding communities and in the days following it was clear to Pastor Frank Kinast of Zion Lutheran in Stillwater, Zion Trustee Mike Sturzenbecker and Mike’s wife Sarah a teacher at Skyline Elementary, that help was needed for those who witnessed and suffered loss. They reached out and asked for a visit from the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. Mike is part of the Oklahoma District disaster response team and was familiar with the Comfort Dogs work.

Within 48 hours 13 K-9 teams and 12 ministry helpers from 5 states arrived in Stillwater and began working in the community. Their first stop was Skyline Elementary. Skyline is a school of 550 students and many had been in attendance for the homecoming parade. Others have parents who were police and firefighters or who had worked in the hospital. Some lost friends. The K-9’s had an incredible impact on the kids and the staff. Instant smiles, lots of questions, and lots of love.

”Stillwater" The rest of the week the team will be at Sangre Ridge Elementary another school with many close connections to the tragedy, a campus visit to OSU, meeting with campus ministry students at Zion Lutheran, hospital visits in Stillwater and Oklahoma City, visits with first responders and many other stops along the way.

Your prayers are needed as the community searches to heal both physically and emotionally.

Please gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel Expense Fund by CLICKING HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:32
Hersey High School Clothesline Project Print E-mail
”Hersey Eight LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs attended the Clothesline Project at Hersey High School on Thursday, October 29th. The Clothesline Project is put on by Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault and is a visual display of t-shirts made by survivors and significant others of violence against women. This is a very emotional display and the Comfort Dogs are there to give emotional support to any students that this may affect. Those that attended in the morning were Kye and Bekah from Immanuel (Belvidere, IL) LCC Staff Dog Tara and Comfort Dog-in-Training Sheba. The afternoon was covered by Zippy from Trinity (Roselle, IL) and LCC K-9 staff dogs Martin and Hannah along with Comfort Dog-in-Training Sasha.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:27
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Fall Festival at Immanuel Lutheran School in Elmhurst, IL Print E-mail
”Immanuel On Saturday, October 31st, 8 Comfort Dogs attended the Fall Festival at Immanuel Lutheran School in Elmhurst, IL. The school children and their parents were there for the festival, which was an alternative to going door-to-door, trick-or-treating. There were games, a band, food and of course candy. In attendance were Comfort Dogs-in-Training Reuben, Gideon, Jacob, Olive, Comfort Dogs Zippy (Trinity Lutheran - Roselle, IL), Angel (St. John's Lutheran - La Grange, Illinois), Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Portage, IN), and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Hannah.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:26
Comfort Dogs Invited to St. John (Burlington, IL) Following Sudden Death of High School Student Print E-mail
”St. Adeena and 12 other LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs met high school students in Burlington, IL after the sudden death of one of their own on Sunday. The youth group from St. John hosted a night of remembrance and prayer along with Pastor Pinion and DCE Kayleigh Belvery to help students learn to cope with death. Those in attendance were Comfort Dogs Adeena (St. John Lutheran Church, Burlington, IL), Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox, IL), Barnabas (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Portage, IN), Shiloh (Christ Our Savior, Dixon, IL), Zippy (Trinity Lutheran, Roselle, IL), Kye (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL) , Bekah (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL), Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry Lake Forest, IL), Angel (St. John's Lutheran, La Grange, IL), JoJo (Living Christ Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL) , and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Naomi, Lizzy, and Reuben.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:31
From the Desk of Susie Comfort Dog (St. Peter Lutheran Church Arlington Heights, Illinois) Print E-mail
From the desk of Susie:
Susie Last weekend was a nice visit at the Arlington Hts. Fire Department open house. Lots of children petting JoJo and I.

We read to classes at St. Peter, went to chapel and other activities.

Today, we were at Hersey High School for all 7 periods on death and grief with Sophomores. It was nice to be there with my friends Asher (North Shore Lutheran Ministry - Lake Forest, Illinois), (LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training) Priscilla, and (Kare 9) Flex. The students liked to pet us and getting some "laps".

Tonight my friend Zippy (Trinity Lutheran- Roselle, IL) and I went to the Cub Scout meeting in Glendale Heights. Brad and Janice spoke of the comfort dog program and then the children petted us. It was "Super Hero" night, so after us the police had their K-9 dogs there for the kids to see. To be safe, we left before the police dogs came-in. Brad spoke to some Glendale policemen and they seemed very interested in our comfort dog program...


To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 12:54
URGENT APPEAL - LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Requested in Stillwater, Oklahoma Print E-mail


”OK" “I was trying to kill myself.” This is what a witness shared was stated by the driver of the car just minutes after crashing into the crowd at the Oklahoma State University parade.

This horrific crash left 4 people dead, including a 2-year-old child and 44 injured. The shock and grief are overwhelming for those left behind. What started out as a beautiful day to celebrate Homecoming ended in tragedy, carnage and death. Now it is time to pick up the pieces and try to find comfort and healing.”OK"

Lutheran Church Charities have been requested to DEPLOY out with our LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Teams to Zion Lutheran Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma in the wake of the injury and loss of life.

HELP US to share: Mercy. Compassion. Presence. Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need. IT IS WHAT WE DO! We are called by our Lord to SERVE His People. Isaiah 40:1 “Comfort, Comfort My People, says YOUR God.”

”OK" We will be deploying to Stillwater Elementary and High Schools to offer comfort and share the Gospel with the families, students, and community who witnessed the unimaginable horror of this deliberate act of violence.

With the full support of both President Henke of the Oklahoma District and the Rev. Ross Johnson, Director of Disaster Response of the LCMS office of National Mission, we will deploy on Sunday, November 1st with our teams including staff, volunteers and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.

”OK" We will be there to pray with, pray for, and pray over the victims, the families, the community and to live out our MISSION of Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation. The mission field is wide and we will be there to share the LOVE of our Lord, Jesus Christ with this hurting people.

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY so that we can continue to SERVE God’s people where they are hurting and in need.


You have the opportunity to HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE by PRAYING for all affected and assisting in this horrific incident.

You have an opportunity to HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE by supporting the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

Thank you for your support to serve those who are suffering and in need.

To donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog fund CLICK HERE

To donate to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund CLICK HERE


Tim Hetzner, President
Lutheran Church Charities

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 12:45
An update from Lila Comfort Dog’s (Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church - Mequon, Wisconsin) Log Print E-mail
Lila Recently when my handler and I were out meeting and greeting in the community, a lady dashed over to say, “Oh! A K-9 Comfort Dog! I first met those dogs over 2 years ago when my brother was having heart surgery.” My handler mentioned that if it was over 2 years ago, perhaps it was a retriever from another K-9 therapy group. “Where was the surgery?” my handler asked. The lady said in Barrington, Illinois. Then my handler decided it probably was the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, since their headquarters is not too far from the hospital. The lady told me how much it meant for my pack members to visit her brother, to calm him down and bring a smile before some very critical cardiac surgery. After the touch-and-go operation, the surgeon put him into a medically induced coma to promote healing. The sister visited daily, and she was there several days later when the doctors brought him out of the coma. She told me that once her brother had opened his eyes, the first words out of his mouth were: “Where are the dogs?”

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 15:28
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Mission Fall Fest at St. Paul Lutheran (Brookfield, IL) Print E-mail
St. Paul Lutheran Tara Sunday Comfort Dog (LCC) and Zippy Comfort Dog (Trinity Lutheran Church- Roselle, IL) and their handlers were at St. Paul Lutheran School in Brookfield on October 23 for their Mission Fall Fest. After an opening prayer by Pastor Brondos, the handlers gave an age-appropriate talk to the students explaining the Comfort Dog Ministry and what the dogs do on a daily basis. The students then were able to meet Tara and Zippy and spend some time petting them and asking questions.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 15:27
Be a Part in Making a Difference in Thousands of Lives! Print E-mail
Training Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Training of Trainers Course will now have a satellite school in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Because of the success of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in touching lives with Mercy and Compassion of Jesus Christ, and the demand from our Churches, Schools, and Colleges, LCC is starting another training Class for Trainers in Grand Island, Nebraska. This is in addition to the classes already in progress!!

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs bring comfort to individuals and families who are suffering pain or loss. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs calm individuals, facilitate conversation, work with special needs individuals, veterans, and the elderly, and are used in counseling situations. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs also respond to crisis and disaster situations. In order to be able to accomplish this outreach we need volunteers who can devote time and energy to train our precious golden retrievers to become LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs who will then be placed to work in a Church/School and touch thousands of Lives!

Training The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is expanding by recruiting additional apprentice trainers for the K-9 Comfort Dog Trainers Course. By doing this we can keep up with the number of requests for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs, and we can do an even better job of training and maintaining high standards for our Comfort Dogs! We continue to grow and place our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in more states (18 now and soon to be 22) but in order to do this we need volunteers to participate in our LCC K-9 Training of Trainers Course.

Training We are accepting applications NOW from individuals interested in joining us in this endeavor. There will be a limited number of people we can train so if you are interested, please fill out the application soon. The training program will be offered in Grand Island, Nebraska and will start in January.

Those interested must be willing to invest considerable time and energy into acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to produce a quality dog that is trained in basic obedience, social manners, and specialized K-9 Comfort Dog tasks. Apprentice trainers and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in training will attend a two-hour class once a week. Each apprentice trainer will also have 30-60 minute lesson with one of the LCC trainers every two weeks. Future Apprentice Trainers will be making a total time commitment of one to two years during which you will train two to three dogs for the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

To hear Sarah talk about her desire to become an LCC K-9 Apprentice Trainer, CLICK HERE For more information, call 866-455-6466 and talk to Anastasia or to apply, CLICK HERE for the Grand Island, NE area To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:00
“Spirit of Life” Chorus Honors Lutheran Church Charities with Benefit Concert Print E-mail
Spirit of Life On Sunday, October 25th, at 4p.m. on October 25, 2015, the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers attended a concert by the "Spirit of Life" chorus, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (195 Nesler Rd. - Elgin, Illinois). The theme of the concert was "O Come Let Us Adore Him". The chorus has been singing together for over 25 years singing God's praises! There are about 80 people in the choir, and they had a very powerful and beautiful sound. They were also accompanied by a selection of musical instruments. Spirit of LifeThe concert was sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois, and all of the gifts from the concert were given to Lutheran Church Charities. In attendance from LCC were Alex Brooks, Beth Nielsen with Kare 9 Buck, Joel Moritz with Comfort Dog Martin, Vida Johnson, Marie Payes with Comfort Dog Tara Sunday, President Tim Hetzner with Comfort Dog Zina, Marissa Arndt, Dianna Bonfield with Comfort Dog Luther, Jamie Miller, Phil Bandy, Norm Gotsch, and Reverend Roger Pollock.

Spirit of Life It was a beautiful concert and was well-attended by the members and guests of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Tim Hetzner, the President of Lutheran Church Charities, gave a short video presentation on the mission of LCC. Tim reviewed how we share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those that are suffering and in need. Tim marched forward during the concert intermission, with all of the dogs and handlers, and spoke to the congregation reviewing the highlights of the video. The attendees enjoyed learning what LCC does and seeing all of the dogs lined up with the handlers. It was an enjoyable day for all attendees. They also served a huge spread of food and desserts after the concert which everyone enjoyed.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:42
Comfort Dogs Attend Lutheran Altar Guild Federation Meeting at Concordia University Chicago Print E-mail
Gild Comfort Dogs Zippy and Barnabas attended the Lutheran Altar Guild Federation’s meeting at CUC on Saturday October 17th. While there, handlers Janice and Dan explained what Comfort dogs do, how they are trained and some of the places they have been. As usual there were many question and lots of petting, oh and a few laps as well.

Please consider gifting to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:00
K-9 Comfort Dogs Help the Grieving at the Boone County Circuit Clerk Following Employee’s Sudden Death Print E-mail
Boone Kye Comfort Dog (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Belvidere, IL) and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Naomi and Elizabeth offered comfort to employees at the Boone County Circuit Clerk's office which lost a beloved 40-year employee to a sudden illness. We heard some great stories about Barb and shared some tears and laughter. She will be greatly missed! The cone and flowers marked the parking spot that the employee used every work day.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:58
LCC Kare-9 and K-9 Comfort Dogs Travel to Texas Print E-mail
Eight K-9 and Kare-9 Comfort Dogs traveled to Texas last week for a tour of schools, churches, hospitals and more, which was sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

Five dogs from LCC: Luther Comfort Dog, Ruthie Comfort Dog, Kare-9 Brutus and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs-in-Training Pricilla and Eve joined their handlers and LCC staff members Rich Martin, Dona Martin, Jim Morrison, Hannah McGinnis, and Josh Homp traveled to Texas. They met up with the St. Paul - Fort Worth K-9 Team and Comfort Dogs Phoebe and Pax to start the week with a dedication at St. Paul in Ft Worth. This was immediately followed by a Texas visit to Texas Health Harris Hospital to visit with a young woman who had been severely injured in a car accident. The team warmed her and her family’s spirits when the seven dogs walked in the room.

The team was welcomed Sunday evening at Trinity Lutheran in Riesel, Texas by Pastor Bob Kitson and his wife Sandy. As always, the Kitsons opened their home with welcoming arms.

Texas The team traveled to Temple, Texas on Monday where they visited dozens of veterans at the WR Courtney State Veterans home after which they were invited to visit with vets at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center. Stories of unimaginable struggle were shared with the team. Every visit ended with prayer, sometimes followed by a prayer or song from a veteran.

Early in the week, team Titus Comfort Dog from Prescott Valley, Arizona joined Eve and Priscilla for 4 days at the Heart of Texas Fair in Waco where they met kids, families, and many veterans. Pastor Matthew Canion from St. Paul in Belmead, Texas kept their schedule full with trips to medical centers and children’s homes.

Texas While the three dogs anchored the Heat of the Texas the five other dogs hit the road. Beginning at the Texas District office of the LCMS, the dogs and handlers went on to Bethany Lutheran in Austin, Texas. Wednesday, the teams traveled to San Marcos where they had responded to the flooding this summer. The team revisited the Bonham Pre-K, Wimberley, and Martindale schools then finished the day in the city council chambers of San Marcos with Mayor Daniel Guerrero.

Texas While visiting future LCC K-9 Affiliate Memorial Lutheran in Katy, Texas the team attended a chapel service, circuit Pastor’s conference, and two wonderful visits to area nursing homes.

The team was not more than 30 miles from the Bastrop Pines Fire on Thursday night. As the team contemplated deployment it was apparent that the smoke from the fire would be of concern for both the K-9s and humans.

Texas On the final day the team visited the Clifton Quilt Auction. An amazing fundraiser of over 60 quilts supporting residents at Sunset Ministries. These beautiful award winning quilts were auctioned for as high as $4,000.

On October 17, the K-9 Comfort Dog and Kare-9 teams from Lutheran Church Charities, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Worth, Texas, and representatives of Thrivent Financial had the privilege of sharing dinner with Jeff Kyle, Amy Kyle, and their daughters. Jeff and Amy spearhead the Chris Kyle Foundation named after Jeff's brother, Chris. Chris' experiences as a U. S. Navy Seal were told in the book and movie American Sniper.

Texas After dinner, Rich Martin of LCC shared the mission, task and purpose of LCC with the Kyles. Jeff then told the teams about the work of American Valor, the latest endeavor of the Foundation. American Valor, through the proceeds of the annual Foundation Memorial Weekend, supports the work of a Veteran-focused charity chosen by the Foundation Board. The St. Paul team made plans with Jeff to take part in the Gold Star Family Night portion of the weekend next May. LCC would also be available to assist with the Gold Star night.

It was clear to the LCC teams and the Kyles that our respective missions intersect and merge in many ways. It was agreed we all would make plans to work together to serve our nation's Veterans. The LCC teams and the Kyles will remain in touch with each other to explore additional areas of cooperation. LCC staff member Rich Martin closed in prayer.

Texas This trip could not have been possible without the help and support of Sharon Koester and Rheanon Leaverington of Thrivent and the amazing planning and organizing of Janice Marut and Rhonda Hampton and the wonderful team from St. Paul in Ft Worth, Texas as literally thousands of lives were touched.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund to help us continue comforting, CLICK HERE

To gift to the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry to Veterans DONATE HERE

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:28
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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!