On Sunday, November 10, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Barnabas (Trinity Lutheran - Hobart, Indiana), Eve (St. John's - Lombard, Illinois), Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois), JoJo (Living Christ - Arlington Heights, Illinois), Levi (Immanuel - East Dundee, Illinois), Malachi (St. Matthew - Hawthorn Woods, Illinois), and their handlers attended a celebration of a life well lived and service well done for our friend and fellow LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ladel (St. Matthew - Hawthorn Woods, Illinois).
Following the “Celebration of Service,” the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited the Sunday School classrooms to share some joy with the students and their teachers.
A pioneer of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, Ladel was "permanently deployed serving the saints" on October 25. Ladel Comfort Dog was instrumental in the launch of the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, being the first comfort dog to be placed in a church on September 1, 2008.
At her placement, Ladel was only one-year-old. Since then, she has served as the bridge for compassionate ministry to a countless number of people that she has comforted, bringing the hope that can only be found through Jesus. In addition to serving her community, Ladel and her ministry team have deployed to crisis and disaster situations such as the Sandy Hook shootings, Super Storm Sandy, Joplin Tornadoes, Boston Marathon Bombing, just to name a few. Ladel’s calm and gentle demeanor, light wispy tan fur, beautiful eyes, and abundance of smiles brought joy to all those who met her. When home relaxing, she enjoyed chasing and popping bubbles, and being with those who took such good care of her.
Left behind are the countless hearts she touched and a legacy to be proud of. Free in heaven to serve, run and play in the meadows and hills just over the rainbow bridge, Ladel will always be remembered and greatly missed. In the midst of our sadness, we praise God for the gifts He gave to Ladel and for the time He has given us with her. We pray that God will now comfort her team at St. Matthew and all those who will miss her daily presence.
"And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." (Romans 5:5)