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Urgent Appeal to Bring LCC Comfort Dogs to Earthquake Victims in Napa Valley Area Print E-mail
earthquake damage Napa, CA LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs have been invited to come to St. John's Lutheran Church in Napa, California and the surrounding area as soon as possible due to the earthquake that hit on Sunday morning. A team of four LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers will arrive in Napa later this afternoon.

Yesterday LCC received a phone call from Pastor Mark Heine and Rev. Michael Schmid - Pastors at St. John's Lutheran Church and School in Napa, California - asking for LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs to come to be with families in their church and community who are beginning to feel the emotional effects of the recent earthquake that hit the area earlier this week.

earthquake damage Napa, CAThe District President, Rev. Bob Newton, also asked that we come in to help them with the recovery. They are asking that we come as soon as possible and stay through next Wednesday, September 4.

Pastor Heine told LCC that clean-up is well underway. Everybody is working to regain some sense of normalcy to routine, but nerves are frayed, especially with aftershocks that continue to strike the town.

Children and adults are having trouble sleeping and many people will not even enter their owns homes for fear that they are no longer safe. School children of all ages are frightened when dropped off for school and parents are nervous about separating from their children. The hospital staff is stressed and first responders are experiencing heightened stress due to the earthquake.

Building inspections are being expanded beyond the severely hit downtown area, where many historic, old building suffered structural damage (see video captured via drone).

earthquake damage Napa, CAA growing number of people are being told their homes are no longer safe to live in and will need to find temporary living arrangements.

Through it all, St. John's still held their morning worship service on Sunday, just five hours after the earthquake hit. Pastor Heine wrote that it was "a time to worship our Creator and Protector, our Refuge and to minister to each other."

As in any disaster, it causes intense anxiety as to what has happened and what could still happen. This is particularly true with children. As Christians, we cannot explain why something happened but we can bring and point to the hope we have in Jesus Christ and share His mercy and compassion to those who are suffering.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. - Psalm 46:1-3

earthquake damage Napa, CAPlease keep everyone in the earthquake area in your prayers. LCC President Tim Hetzner along with staff members Dana Yocum and Dan Fulkerson will be leaving this afternoon, Thursday, August 28, for Napa. They will be accompanied by LCC volunteer K-9 handlers Lynn Buhrke, Toni Bazon and LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Shami (St. John, Darien), Isaiah (Holy Cross, Portage, IN), Luther and Ruthie. LCC never charges those we serve and rely on the support of others to help cover transportation costs. Thank you for your support.

You can contribute by:
Donating online:
Napa K-9 Comfort Dog Travel Fund
Donating by mail (please put "K9 Napa Travel Fund" in the memo line):
     Lutheran Church Charities
     333 W Lake Street
     Addison, IL 60101
Donate by phone: (866) 455-6466

Click here to donate to the K-9 Comfort Dog Napa Travel Fund View photos of the damage in Napa
Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 09:05
 
Meet the Trainers Print E-mail
Kare-9 Buck<br /><br />Master Trainer Alex Brooks

Alex Brooks

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Alex has been training dogs since the late 1970′s with an extensive background in all types of training. He was a columnist for the Daily Herald and Journal & Topics writing and answering questions on canine behavior. He has worked with local police canine units and has even trained narcotics dogs. For animal control, he does evaluations and has appeared in court as an expert witness. He also works closely with local animal shelters and rescue organizations doing volunteer work in training dogs so they are easier to place in a forever home. He trains dogs to help the physically challenged gain improved freedom, independence, and quality of life.

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Marcy Brooks Trainer

Marcy Brooks

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Marcy Brooks has been working with dogs for over 23 years. She began training her family dog only to find what training methods she did NOT like. When she got her own dog she began researching trainers and found the method she liked best. She eventually quit her job and began working for the trainer. While with the trainer, she met her husband Alex Brooks. He had been working with the same trainer for many years and was perfecting his technique playing to his own natural talents and abilities. Together Marcy and Alex opened Alex Brooks School of Dog Training (now Alex Brooks Canine Center), in 1989. Marcy is a Certified Canine Specialist, certified in Pet CPR and First Aid, a Reiki Master, a AKC CGC Evaluator, and has been educated in the use of essential oils on pets.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:34
 
Meet the Kare-9 Teams Print E-mail
Kare-9 Blitz and Veteran Bob Royce

Kare-9 Blitz

Veteran Bob Royce

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Bob served in the Army for two years. He went to Vietnam in January of 1969 and returned one year later. Bob was in the Americal Division out of Chu Lai located in the northern part of the country. His actual unit was the 198th LIB or Light Infantry Brigade. Since Bob was trained for infantry and mortars he served as a RTO or Radio Telephone Operator. He carried a radio, PRC25 when patrolling with various companies and would call in fire missions for support when there was an ongoing battle.

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Kare-9 Brandy and Veteran Marvin Hanks

Kare-9 Brandy

Veteran Marvin Hanks

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Marvin served in the navy for twenty years from November 1954 to March 1974. He served five years off the coast of Vietnam during the war from 1965 to 1970 and retired as a chief machinist mate. Marvin served on two aircraft carriers East and West coast. He also was a Destroyer Tender and three destroyer’s home ported in Hawaii, and Japan. His last duty station was Great Lakes Naval Training Center as a Service School instructor for Machinist Mates. Also Marvin worked at Allstate Insurance Co. for twenty years as a building engineer. Marvin and his wife, Yoshiko, are members of St John Lutheran Church in Northbrook, IL.

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Kare-9 Britta and Veteran Dale

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Veteran Dale Sasse

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Sergeant Dale Sasse was drafted into the US Army in June 1970, and served until March 1972. He received basic training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, then went on to Advanced Individual training at Ford Ord, California. Dale attended NCO School at Ft. Benning,Georgia, and served as a Color Guard at Fort Knox, Kentucky, before going to Vietnam with the 101st Airborne 2nd/506th Infantry.

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Kare-9 Brutus and Veteran Gene Weisbecker

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Veteran Gene Weisbecker

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Gene served in the Navy from 1956-1958. He served on a submarine as a Ships Cook and is a member of the Submarine Veteran Group – USS Chicago Base, and also serves as an a associate member to the US Submarine WWII Veterans Chicago Chapter.

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Kare-9 Butch and Veteran Keith Stanton

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Veteran Keith Stanton

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Keith served with the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1969. He attended Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and then technical training as an Administrative Specialist at Amarillo Air Force Base. Keith served in Okinawa with the 15th Tactical Recon Squadron, whose pilots flew unarmed aircraft during the Vietnam War in November 1969. Keith was then ordered to Washington D.C. at Andrews Air Force Base. There he trained as a Personal Affairs Specialist. He attained the rank of SSGT (E-5) when honorably discharged in 1969. Keith and his wife are members at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Freeport, Illinois. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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Kare-9 Chief and Veteran Richard Skinner

Kare-9 Chief

Veteran Richard Skinner

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Richard entered the U.S. Navy on February 29th, 1972 and served until August 13, 2003. This period included the final years of the Vietnam War through Operation Desert Storm. Richard’s primary assignments were in areas of Cryptology (first 14 years) and Law Enforcement (final 7 ½ years). He attained the rank of Senior Chief Master-At-Arms (E8) and was retired with a 30% disability.

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Kare-9 Flex and Veteran Fred Vanstrom

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Veteran Fred Vanstrom

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Fred served in the US Army from 1970–1972. He attended Basic training at Fort Lewis (WA) and AIT at Fort Bliss (TX). His active duty station was with the 34th Artillery Detachment, 559th US Army Artillery Group, Southern European Task Force (SETAF). Fred is married to Kathy and they have two grown daughters. He is now retired and spent his career in DP/IS/IT. Fred has been involved with LCC's K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry as a caretaker and handler and has seen first-hand how these wonderful dogs bring comfort and compassion to people in need of emotional support.

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Kare-9 Spike and Veteran Raleigh Showens

Kare-9 Spike

Veteran Raleigh Showens

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Raleigh was drafted into the Army on October 26, 1966. He attended Basic Training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Raleigh then went onto Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He then went to White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Raleigh traveled all over the world in hospital flights. He crossed over the ocean 37 times in 19 months. Raleigh served in the Army for two years from October 26, 1966 to October 25, 1968.

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Kare-9 Susie and Veteran Brad Schroeder

Kare-9 Susie

Veteran Brad Schroeder

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Brad served in the Army from August 10, 1967 to August 9, 1969. He served in the 199th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam from February 1968 to February 1969.Brad achieved the rank of Sergeant, he was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for Valor. He was honorably discharged in August 1969. Brad is married and he and his wife, Ginny have two children.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 10:42
 
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Visit Countryside Association Print E-mail
Countryside On Monday, August 25, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ruthie (LCC), Olympia (LCC), and Zina (LCC) had a chance to visit with clients at Countryside Association for People with Disabilities in Palatine. Countryside is a place dedicated to offering a better quality of life for the people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Comfort Dogs met with clients and made many new friends.
 
Immanuel Lutheran School Receives Visit from LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Print E-mail
Immanuel Lutheran School On Monday, August 25, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Chloe (Lord of Life, LaFox) and Tara (LCC) were at Immanuel Lutheran School in Des Plaines to welcome students to their first day of the new school year. The K-9 Comfort Dogs also spent time with Kindergarten, first and third grade with the handlers answering questions about this ministry. Immanuel is anxiously awaiting a Comfort Dog for their church hoping to serve the multi-ethnic population of their community.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:48
 
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