On Friday, November 22, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Pax and Phoebe (St. Paul - Fort Worth, Texas), and Triton (Messiah - Plano, Texas) visited Dallas Lutheran School in Dallas, Texas following the destruction of a locally damaging tornado that touched down on October 20. The school sustained millions of dollars in damages but the staff quickly rallied to get the students back in school. On-line education was first established while recover companies worked to modify larger undamaged buildings into classroom spaces. Portable buildings have begun arriving and after the first of the year, classes will move into those areas while insurance decisions are made regarding the remainder of the damaged areas.
The K-9s were honored to be with the students and staff. They offered comfort, love and compassion to those they met. Hearing the students say the school is their safe place let us know how much they appreciate all of the efforts that are continuing to normalize the situation. When we left, we told them to invite us back anytime and that we would continue to lift them up in prayer as well as share their story.
While at the school, we did present the librarian with a copy of "Extraordinary Dogs" featuring 20 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs. She was thrilled! The original library housed over 7,000 books and although not that many were damaged, the space was lost. The library has been moved into a commons area near the lunchroom and the most commonly used books are set up there for the students to use. Before we left, their new book, "Extraordinary Dogs" had found its place among those books.