Sixty-four LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their teams from twenty states participated in the 10th Annual Virtual Run for Respect for Pontiac Township High School Peers in Action from their home communities the weekend of April 23-24.
The Run for Respect 5K RUN is sponsored by Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac, Illinois. Their high school Peers in Action Group and the Special Education Life Skills classes have been working with Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools to SPREAD THE WORD INCLUSION. They want to create a world where ALL people feel RESPECTED and INCLUDED.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is very grateful to Laura Baumgardner and her students, for inviting the Comfort Dogs and their teams to be part of this event.
The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry teams from all across the country enjoyed walking together as one, to support our friends of the Life Skills class at Pontiac Township High School.
It was so much fun for the K-9 Comfort Dog teams as they walked the 5K Run for Respect. The teams shared laughter companionship and the joy of walking with God as they completed their trek.
As the Comfort Dog teams walked in their communities they shared the places that marked their course. Kezia Comfort Dog shared their adventures at Fort McHenry, while Solomon Comfort Dog shared historic Williamsburg, Virginia, and Amos Comfort Dog shared Leesburg, one of the best-preserved historical areas of Virginia.
Peace Comfort Dog showed us the Walt Disney Amphitheater by Lake Eola. Seth Comfort Dog shared with us campus life at Clemson University, while Isaac shared Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington. Priscilla and Joanna Comfort Dogs showed us around the University of Nebraska.
Hope Comfort Dog walked along the Chattahoochee River area in Georgia and Dove Comfort Dog explored Pokagon State Park, Indiana. Job Comfort Dog showed us the beautiful Memphis Botanical Gardens, and Pax and Phoebe Comfort Dogs shared with us the Bluebonnet the Texas state flower.
While we saw the waves of the Atlantic Ocean from Boca Raton with Jemimah Comfort Dog, we also get a chance to cross the bridge at Celebration Park, Hilton Head, South Carolina with Zoara and Lizzie Comfort Dogs. We experienced a wonderful viewing of sculptures done by talented artists with Gideon Comfort Dog at the Walker Art Institute, Minneapolis.
Devorah and Cubby Comfort Dogs guided us through the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado. Aaron and Gomer Comfort Dogs shared the iconic landmark “The (Grape) Crusher” in Napa Valley, California. Jared Comfort Dog shared with us the set of “Inclusion” murals.
Kye and Bekah Comfort Dogs took us across the bridge over the Kishwaukee River, Illinois, while we explored castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri with Boaz Comfort Dog. Anna, Claudia, and Ezra Comfort Dogs made our tummies grumble as they shared Packo's Hungarian restaurant made famous by Jamie Farr who played Klinger on M.A.S.H.
Those are just a few of the places that our Comfort Dogs gave us a tour of for the 10th Annual Virtual Run for Respect for Pontiac Township High School Peers in Action. All sixty-four Comfort Dogs had so much to share with the Life Skills class and their followers by participating in this very important event.