Meet Triton, Our LCC K9 Comfort Dog.
Messiah Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas is an Affiliate in the K9 Comfort Dog Ministry of Lutheran Church Charities (LCC). The K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, launched in August 2008, is a national human-care ministry that embraces the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. Comfort Dogs serve every day in their community and are also deployed in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them. They serve as a bridge for ministry and outreach. Comfort Dogs calm people, demonstrating unconditional love and are taught to be passive and gentle when working with people which makes them an effective comforter because they help people to feel safe. Their simple presence is calming and healing and encourages people to talk about their distress and begin the healing process.
Triton is an AKC Certified purebred Golden Retriever and has a minimum of 2,000 hours of training and over 30 commands. He has passed the AKC Good Citizenship Test, and is certified by Lutheran Church Charities. Triton was officially received at Messiah on August 26, 2018. As our Comfort Dog, he assists us in various caring and outreach ministries working daily to share the care and compassion in schools, senior centers/nursing homes, veteran/military organizations and events, community organizations, and charities just to name a few. He will also deploy in crisis or disaster situations when requested.
To read this month’s Comfort Dog Newsletter article click here
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How to inquire about Triton’s Schedule
If you are interested in receiving a visit from Triton, please submit all requests via Triton’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Top Dog, Carolyn Nussman reviews all incoming requests to determine Triton’s availability. Having all requests come in through one source will help to track all requests and ensure a timely response. You may also call the church office at 972-398-7500. We appreciate your cooperation to ensure your request is received!
Would you like more information about being involved in this exciting ministry?
To learn more about what is involved in being a Ministry Helper, you may pick up a questionnaire at our Comfort Dog table in the Chapel lobby, or click here for a PDF version of this form.
Visitation Partner Training
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 1:30-3:30 PM-Church Conference Room
Pastor Otte will lead a training seminar for those interested in serving as a Visitation Partner within the Comfort Dog ministry. The Visitation Partner accompanies handler and Triton to visits/events and helps where needed. This is a very active role as you will be available to go on visits with a Handler and Triton during the week and/or weekends. For example: Helping to pass out our Triton’s business card, listen to and offering to pray with others during visits. If able, also assist with deployments. (2 year minimum commitment) For more information, contact Kathy Mardis at 972-398-7500.
Lutheran Church Charities
For more information about the wonderful work Lutheran Church Charities is doing in addition to to the K-9 Comfort dog ministry, go to their website http://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/
Learn more about what a Comfort Dog does through the video below. “Wags-n-Tales” was produced and directed by Ken Fay of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, CT, which won an Emmy in 2014.