Comfort Dog Ministry

 If everyone could start their day petting a dog that loves them, the world would be a far better place.

Island Lutheran Church, in partnership with Lutheran Church Charities, a national LCMS ministry based in Northbrook, IL, utilizes the unique traits of a dog to bring comfort, help, and hope to those hurting and in need in the  community and surrounding areas.
Sometimes comfort walks in on 4 paws
Sasha Comfort Dog has been a ministry partner at Island Lutheran Church since March 2016.  Trained handlers, all members of Island Lutheran Church, lead this working dog five days a week to visit hospitals, schools, senior centers/nursing/care centers, hospice, charities and community organizations, VA Clinics, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, the Airport, etc.  Her team also deploys in crisis or disaster situations when requested.  
Sasha Comfort Dog, an AKC Golden Retriever, has 2,000 hours of training and is passive and gentle when working with the public. Sasha wears a vest that says "please pet me ".  In some situations, this encourages people to relax enough to talk about their distress and begin the healing process.  A dog is an effective communicator because they help people feel safe, they are nonjudgmental, and demonstrate unconditional love.  Comfort Dogs calm people, work with special needs individuals, veterans, the elderly, and are often used in counseling situations.  The ministry is not just about a dog, it is about using a dog as a bridge to bring the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
SASHA IN THE NEWS

Click this link to see an article about Sasha in the Bluffton Sun

 

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To Learn More or to request a Comfort Dog visit…..

Phone 843-689-5200 or 843-363-5435      

Learn more about what a Comfort Dog does through this entertaining video summarizing the ministry.  “Wags-n-Tales” was produced and directed by Ken Fay of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Newtown, CT and won an Emmy in 2014. Link  Video