On Wednesday, May 27, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Noah (Timothy - St. Louis, Missouri), Sheba (Immanuel - Washington, Missouri), Tabby (St. Paul's - Des Peres, Missouri), and Zillah (Immanuel - St. Charles, Missouri) were asked to be present at a visitation of a young lady who lost her life tragically on May 17th.
This was the first physical request since COVID-19. All K-9 handlers wore masks, were spread out at least 6 feet apart and the Comfort Dogs laid on the floor appropriately distant so anyone who wanted to love on them could do it safely.
Family and friends came to love on the dogs in groups. Each giving space and time for one another. Even in these unusual times, we could see God’s hand at work. A smile through the tears, the softening of shoulders, listening to stories of their dogs, watching as the dogs helped lessen the grief and the verbal thankfulness that we took time for them. It was our honor, and it felt wonderful to be serving again, even in sad situations.
It was our first time offering and bringing a Heart of Mercy and Compassion. It was signed by family, friends and the Comfort Dog teams. Before we left we presented the heart to the family who was very touched by it.