LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry Update
“Walking Together / Serving as One”
Now that it seems that the rainy season has “paw”sibly come to an end, I am so excited for the sunshine and warmer weather. That means I don’t have to endure as many towel offs (except after baths) and paw wiping. It also means I get to chase after my favorite red frisbee outside again. Woohoo!
Last month I completed the 5k “Run for Respect” with my handlers Penni Cremen and Michele Arnold. This is the second year in a row we have participated in this virtual run to support the efforts of Special Olympics to replace the hurtful r-word (retard/retarded) with the new r-word “respect.” In addition to receiving my own numbered race bib, I also received a really cool medal which is currently on display in the church office. And yes, I did run the entire race!
I am looking forward to participating in some great activities this month, including a trip to Salem, Oregon where I have been asked to attend the Oregon Pastors’ Conference in early May. We are hoping to spread the word there about LCC Comfort Dogs since currently there are no Comfort Dogs which have been placed in Oregon.
When I return from Oregon, my team and I will be hosting our LCC K9 Comfort Dog regional gathering. We will have teams joining us from Teams Reuben (Yuba City), Lois (Las Vegas), Elk Grove, Turlock, Stockton, and Faith Communities in Las Vegas. It is amazing to see how God continues to grow the ministry. My humans are excited that we are expecting more than 70 guests to join us for training and fellowship. But I am most excited that we’re going to be hosting at least three other dogs! I can’t wait to find out which of my canine friends make the trip out from Chicago. If you are interested in an opportunity to see this ministry “in action,” all are welcome to stop by and observe as we meet on May 11.
Later this month, we will once again commemorate National Police Week by visiting with local law enforcement agencies to thank them for their service and support of our community. During the week of May 12-18, we hope to drop off some goodies for the officers and dispatchers. If you would like to help in this effort, donations of “treats” for the officers/dispatchers would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the church office. We try to provide pre-packaged snacks which are small and easy to grab while on patrol.
For more details about National Police Week and our regional gathering, please visit my Facebook and Instagram pages.
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