Comfort Dog


St. Matthew’s Comfort Dog Ministry is growing!  Ladel, Lutheran Church Charities first Parish Comfort Dog, is now 10 years old, and she will be welcoming a new co-worker on August 19!  We will be having a “Puppy Shower” on that day in between worship services.  Everyone is invited!

We will have an official “Passing of the Vest” ceremony for our second Comfort Dog on Sunday, September 9, during the 10:45 service, at which time our Comfort Dog-In-Training will be officially dual vested as an LCC Comfort Dog and KARE-9 Dog (veterans’ ministry).  There will be several Comfort Dogs visiting that day with their teams to help us celebrate.  Come and meet them all!

As of August 19, our Comfort Dog Ministry will consist of 13 handlers, 2 sets of caregivers and 2 sets of back-up caregivers.  We are in need of Ministry Helpers!!  You don’t have to handle the dog to be a part of the ministry!  We need Ministry Partners (people willing to go on visits with the dog and handler), Prayer Partners and crafters to make cards and small gifts for the people we visit, especially during the holidays.  If you would like to help in some way, please contact our “Top Dog,” Deb Kinne at 224-360-2015 or email