Comfort Dogs In Dire Need
“God works in miraculous ways.” Tim Hetzner, President of the Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) believes this and so do those that have received support from the Comfort Dogs. The Comfort Dogs, an LCC ministry, has developed into a much needed societal asset. Lately the dogs, each belonging to a Lutheran Church or to LCC themselves, have been in great demand because of the recent national tragedies.
There just does not seem to be enough dogs or trained handlers, however, to go around. Each Comfort Dog is a fully-bred Golden Retriever. Completely qualified breeders from Michigan produce the puppies that become the Comfort Dogs. Although the puppies begin their training when they are just a few months old, not every dog that is bred is eligible to become a Comfort Dog. They must qualify to specific standards in order to be considered for this very special position of love.
When the ministry began in 2008, they had four dogs. To date there are over 60 dogs in seven states plus the Lutheran Church Charities have about 12 dogs in their facility in Addison, Illinois at all times. More than 10 other Lutheran Churches are seeking a Comfort Dog of their very own. They have been approved, now they just have to wait for the puppies to arrive and be trained.
The Comfort Dogs have been in the news for their good works at Sandy Hook, the Boston Marathon bombings and the fertilizer explosion in Texas. They also visit nursing homes, college campuses., hospitals and other areas of need when they are invited. These Christian canines are doing the work that they were meant to do. Let’s all pray that enough dogs and trainers come forth so that more humans can get the relief that they seek.
Melissa Stoneburner began writing about dogs two years ago. She is still an author on Examiner.com, Helium and Hubpages and works with Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois as the Community Outreach Program Manager. Find Melissa on Facebook and Twitter.