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Comfort Dogs


Salty Dog Print E-mail
Practicing Socialization LCC K-9 Comfort Dog in Training class practiced socialization, which means exposing the dogs to people, places, situations, sounds, surfaces and things. The apprentice trainers brought in all kinds of props to expose the dogs to such as rolling suitcases, backpacks, long puffy winter coats, cowboy hats, umbrellas, stuffed pythons, and much more. One of the apprentice trainers even brought in a rain slicker and wide brimmed hat, which is not something dogs normally see. The appearance and the sound of the slicker when a person moves is quite different and unexpected for the dogs.

The dogs and the apprentice trainers worked through the challenge of encountering something new in a positive and progressive way. The goal is that the next time the LCC Comfort Dogs in training are exposed to these experiences or something similar, the dogs will be less sensitive and more confident.

The dogs even practiced the commands “front”, “sit”, and “stay” as they circled around the trainer who looked suspiciously like the Morton Salt Girl.

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

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 11:13
 
K-9s Celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week Print E-mail
National Lutheran School Week LCC K-9s shared love and comfort as they participated in NLSW across the Synod. Here are some of our K-9s doing what they do best!

Dora Comfort Dog (Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee)
Dora spent time reading and visiting students at Our Redeemer Lutheran School

Zippy Comfort Dog (Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, Illinois)
Zippy enjoyed meeting with a couple of great friends in Mrs. Gross’ Kindergarten Class

National Lutheran School Week Pax Comfort Dog (St Paul Lutheran, Fort Worth, Texas)
Pax had a great visit with the father of a former St. Paul Lutheran student a hospital in Southwest Fort Worth.

Tara and Zina (LCC)
Sasha (In Training)
Visited: Good Shepherd Pre-School, Elgin

National Lutheran School Week Tara (LCC) Eve (St. John’s Lutheran Lombard, IL)
Isaiah (Holy Cross, Portage, IN)
Visited: Immanuel Lutheran School, Elmhurst, IL

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 20:25
 
A Golden Opportunity Print E-mail
A Golden Opportunity As the LCC K-9 ministries continue to grow, so do the many mission-minded individuals receiving dog handler training and instruction. On January 30 & 31, a new training class of 19 spent concentrated hours learning proper dog handling, directional commands, and clearly defining our missions focus. Training included in-depth class instruction as well as handlers and their dogs passing the Canine Good Citizen Certification necessary to qualify as an approved LCC K-9 handler. Our K-9 staff works diligently to ensure all handlers are completely versed in the tenets of the program.

Training included a trip to a local nursing home. The sea of 15 golden retrievers, accompanied by the smiling faces of the handlers, were a welcome sight to Alden Estates employees, residents and visitors. The sheer delight people derived from the visiting dogs is inexpressible. Wheelchair-bound people stroked and hugged dogs as the canines lay gently across their laps. Residents shared heartwarming stories; from reminiscing about the pets they once loved, to memories from a 92-year-old veteran as he recalled his time served in WWII. Prayers were offered, tears were shared, and ministry happened all because a Comfort Dog opened a path to a heart.

LCC has a golden opportunity (pun most certainly intended) to minister to hearts where love and compassion can reach into the lonely and darkened places, shining the light of Christ.

LCMS Ministry Participants
Atonement Lutheran Church, Columbus, Ohio
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Mequon Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Danbury, Connecticut
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, Grayslake, Illinois
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox, Illinois
Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
North Shore Ministry, Lake Forest, Illinois
Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Missouri
Trinity Lutheran Church, Fremont, Nebraska
To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:37
 
LCC President Travels to the Land of 10,000 Lakes to Bring Comfort Print E-mail
10,000 Lakes LCC President Tim Hetzner traveled with LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Luther, Zina, Hannah, and Jacob and their handlers to the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes” - Minnesota - on January 29-31. The mission, “To Bring the Mercy, Compassion, Presence, and Proclamation of Jesus Christ” to everyone they met.

The team was invited by Pastor Pat Simmons from St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Top Dog, Dianne Williams.

The LCC team traveled with the future K-9 Ministry team for St Michael’s and met with people at the Presbyterian Assisted Living Center in Bloomington, as well as dispatchers and police officers at the Bloomington Police 10,000 LakesDepartment who had just experienced a tragic accident involving city workers. The team also visited with individuals and their families in hospice, veterans in hospice and rehabilitation centers, and visited with Ruth, a retired professor at the University of Minnesota, who collaborated to invent the “Gentle Leader” lead for canines. 10,000 Lakes Ruth, a long time member of Hetzner’s “WORD” Bible Study, is a member at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Edina, Minnesota.

On Sunday, the teams visited with members of Redemption Lutheran Church in Bloomington and St Michael’s and shared the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry at their Mission Fair.

To gift to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Fund, CLICK HERE
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 20:25
 
K-9 Ministry Supports Grief-Stricken Elementary School Print E-mail
Raymond Comfort Dogs:
Katie (Trinity Lutheran, Fremont, NE)
Moses (Christ Lutheran, Cairo, NE)
Eddie (Peace Lutheran, Grand Island, NE)

Katie, Moses and Eddie, along with their handlers, traveled to Raymond Central Elementary School in Valparaiso, NE after being invited to serve following the unexpected death of a sixth grade student on January 19.

The Comfort Dog team met with students, faculty and staff for the day on January 21st in small group settings along with counselors from several area schools.

On behalf of everyone at LCC, our hearts and prayers go out to the family, Raymond Central Elementary School, and the community of Valparaiso.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:36
 
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