Comfort Dogs

Four purebred Golden Retrievers are being trained to become comfort dogs as part of Peace Lutheran Church’s ministry. A training class is held every Thursday as dog handlers take their puppies to church for various training exercises. At the end of class the dogs are rewarded to play.

Dog handler Brad Keasling gives praise to his six-month-old purebred Golden Retriever Dinah during one of several training exercises inside the Peace Lutheran Church sanctuary.

Dog handler Brad Keasling gives praise to his six-month-old purebred Golden Retriever Dinah during one of several training exercises inside the Peace Lutheran Church sanctuary.

Comfort dog Jude makes it to the top of two flights of stairs during one of several training exercises at Peace Lutheran Church.

Comfort dog Jude makes it to the top of two flights of stairs during one of several training exercises at Peace Lutheran Church.

Comfort dog Levi is tempted by Cheez-it crackers, but doesn’t move during one of several training exercises in the Peace Lutheran Church parking lot. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Comfort dog Levi is tempted by Cheez-it crackers, but doesn’t move during one of several training exercises in the Peace Lutheran Church parking lot.

Two of four comfort dogs chase one another while playing fetch with a tennis ball at Peace Lutheran Church.

Two of four comfort dogs chase one another while playing fetch with a tennis ball at Peace Lutheran Church.

Levi has his service vest put on by Carol and Rich Deardorff during training exercises at Peace Lutheran Church.

Levi has his service vest put on by Carol and Rich Deardorff during training exercises at Peace Lutheran Church.

Comfort dog Bethany takes a rest on a tile floor at Peace Lutheran Church.

Comfort dog Bethany takes a rest on a tile floor at Peace Lutheran Church.

 

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