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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
Umpqua Community College Deployment Update Print E-mail
Roseburg At the request of the Umpqua Community College President, last week LCC deployed a second group of K-9 Comfort Dog teams to the campus as classes resumed after the shooting on October 1st. Eight K-9 Comfort Dogs and 15 handlers, including LCC staff, arrived on campus Monday and offered comfort and prayer to UCC students, faculty and staff throughout the week. The teams stayed on the campus each day for 12-15 hours. Roseburg Often times, teams and dogs accompanied students to and from classes, sat with them and helped in assisting counselors to speak with those struggling in grief. Many parents of students and alumni came to the campus and found calm and relief from the teams’ presence and offerings of prayer. The week concluded with memorial services in which the LCC K-9s were asked to participate.

The Comfort Dog Teams and handlers attending were:

  • Aaron Comfort Dog (St. John's Lutheran Church - Napa, California) with Ken Arnold, Janet Peterson, and Autumn Zimmerman
  • Moses Comfort Dog (Christ Lutheran Church - Cairo, Nebraska) with Kim Dibbern and Jan Leth
  • Angel Comfort Dog (St. John's Lutheran - La Grange, Illinois) with Kristen Stapleton
  • Bekah Comfort Dog (Immanuel Lutheran Church and School - Belvidere, Illinois) with Charmaine Cornwell
  • Hannah Comfort Dog (LCC) with Barb Granado
  • Claudia Comfort Dog-in-Training with Jeanne Moore
  • Jacob Comfort Dog-in-Training with Sharon Flaherty
  • Roseburg
  • Shami Comfort Dog (St. John Lutheran Church - Darien, Illinois) with Toni Bazon
  • Phil and Brenda Burden (Island Lutheran Church - Hilton Head, South Carolina)
  • Lutheran Church Charities President Tim Hetzner
  • LCC staff member Joel Moritz
Roseburg The Lord’s gifts of peace and hope were shared and gladly received by all. During the time on campus and visits, the dogs and handlers accepted invitations to visit a local homeless shelter, a house of refuge for victims of domestic violence, and St. Paul Lutheran, Roseburg, Oregon. The Lord’s love and grace was spread throughout the community in more ways than could have been imagined.

On October 15, 2015, LCC received the following email from Detective Nate Goodman from the Douglas County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office:

I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you and all of your human/K9 teams for your assistance in Roseburg! I spoke with you briefly this past Monday at UCC and saw first-hand the comfort your dogs provided to several UCC students/staff, as well as law enforcement officers. I also had the opportunity to speak with several of the K9 handlers who shared many heart-warming stories of the lives they have touched.

Roseburg Yours is truly an important program and I wish you the best of luck in the future!

Detective Nate Goodman

LCC is thankful for all of the volunteers, donor support and prayers offered during such an occurrence. This support is the reason LCC is able to bring Christ’s mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation to a hurting community and world. LCC is grateful for them all and asks for continued prayer for the UCC community as they move forward.

To watch a story about Cubby Comfort Dog (Redeemer Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO), CLICK HERE

For an article from KPIC – Roseburg, OR, CLICK HERE

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 14:41
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Attend Silent Parade and Memorial Service at Trinity - Lisle, IL Print E-mail
Memorial Service LCC K9 Comfort Dogs were invited to attend the 21st Annual Silent Parade and Memorial Service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, IL.

The event, hosted by Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, and Lisle Fire Departments, featured fire service vehicles from 25 surrounding communities. The parade traveled from Hinsdale to Lisle, and the vehicles displayed their lights to honor those firefighters and civilians who lost their lives due to fire or other disasters.

Angel Comfort Dog (St. John's - La Grange, IL), Kare-9 Brandy, Kare-9 Flex, Gideon Comfort Dog in training, and Sarah Comfort Dog in training were on hand at the Memorial Service at the conclusion of the parade. They were present to greet, honor and comfort firefighters, their families, and their guests before and after the service.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:46
LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry and Comfort Dogs in Texas Print E-mail
Texas On October 10th, the LCC Kare-9 Military Ministry and the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs arrived in Texas for a multitude of events. On October 12th, the Kare-9 and K-9 groups visited the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home. They visited many men, women and staff. One Vietnam veteran, Michael, had a birthday that day. Michael loved the dogs and was honored with the Kare-9 Challenge Coin. He was thrilled when the group sang Happy Birthday to him.

The first visit was followed up with a visit to the Olin E. Teague Veteran's Medical Center. The teams covered three floors of patients. The most notable visit was with Wilford, a WWII Veteran. Wilford informed the team that 72 years ago on that date, he was marching into Rome with the 3rd Infantry Division to liberate Italy. He expressed a strong faith in Jesus and beautifully sang two verses of Amazing Grace for the Kare-9 and Comfort Dog teams. October 13th, the Comfort Dogs and Kare-9 groups visited Austin, Texas to be with children of Bethany School and Helping Hands. Helping Hands is a non-profit whose purpose is “to provide needy children around the globe with food, clothing, shelter, health care, and education while showering them with joy and compassion.”

For more information about Helping Hands, CLICK HERE

The groups are also visiting the Heart of Texas Fair.

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

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministry never charges those we serve but relies on gifts to cover expenses.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 12:22
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