Comfort Dog Ministry

Poster with Triton the golden retriever Comfort Dog wearing a jacket with the Comfort Dog Ministry. Poster includes the Comfort Dog Ministry logo and the Bible verse Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

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 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 download the questionnaire below. 

Our Comfort Dog
Triton
Email Triton

Director
Carolyn Nussman
972-398-7500
Email Carolyn

Request A Visit

Social Media
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Poster with Triton the golden retriever Comfort Dog wearing a jacket with the Comfort Dog Ministry. Poster includes the Comfort Dog Ministry logo and the Bible verse Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

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 download the questionnaire below. 

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.

Our Comfort Dog
Triton
Email Triton

Director
Carolyn Nussman
972-398-7500
Email Carolyn

Request A Visit

Social Media
Click to visit our Comfort Dog social media pages:

Read Our Newsletter

If you are interested in receiving a visit from Triton, please submit a request below. 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.  We appreciate your cooperation to ensure your request is received!

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, visit their website.

Learn more about what a Comfort Dog does through this video. “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.