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, 4400 Main St, Hilton Head Island, has partnered with Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) a national Lutheran Church Missouri Synod ministry based in Northbrook, IL to utilize the unique traits of a dog to bring comfort, help and hope by visiting individuals in our community, and touching people who are hurting or in need. 

Sometimes comfort walks in on 4 paws

Sasha Comfort Dog arrived in March.  The AKC certified purebred Golden Retriever has over 2,000 hours of training to a service dog level.  She understands 30 some commands.   Sasha Comfort Dog has been taught to be passive and gentle when working with the public.  A dog is an effective comforter because they make people feel safe.......they are non-judgmental and demonstrate unconditional love. Their simple presence is calming and healing.  Sasha Comfort Dog 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. Comfort Dogs calm people, work with special needs individuals, veterans and the elderly, and are used in counseling situations.  They also deploy to crisis or disaster situations.  Sasha Comfort Dog will be “dual-vested”, both K-9 and Kare-9 (military) certified.

Eight trained handlers, all members of Island Lutheran Church, will lead the working dog six days a week into schools, senior centers/nursing homes, hospitals, veteran/military organizations and events, community organizations, charities and also deploy in crisis or disaster situations when requested.  The ministry will only go where invited, it will never intrude.

 

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