Comfort Dog Blog
A Message from Mercy
My ministry has taken a strange and different turn this spring. Sadly, I have had to stop all my visits to people and friends who need comfort. I am such a social butterfly, that I really have missed my people visiting. I look forward to the day when I can get back out there and visit folks in the hospital, in a nursing home, at school and church. I miss you all tremendously! I especially miss my handlers and ministry partners.
On the happy side, I’ve been spending lots of time at home with my caregivers and human sisters. We play often and go for lots of walks, especially when the weather is nice. I am having fun refereeing the two cats, Minnie and Moose, because they don’t get along very well. I usually stand between them to keep anything bad from happening. My caregivers are making sure that I continue my training by reviewing my commands on a regular basis. That way, I’ll be ready to step right back into comforting when this time is over. Let’s pray that is soon.
I have been posting a lot on my social media pages, so watch for encouraging words there. If you’d care to follow what I am doing and view my pictures, you can see me and “like” me on my own Facebook page. www.facebook.com/MercyComfortDog I am currently at over 3,500 “likes” on my page. Have you liked me yet? Share me with your Facebook friends. All they have to do is click “like” on my page. I also have a Twitter account as well. You can follow me there. My handle is @LCCK9Mercy. I also have an Instagram account! (These social media pages are keeping my handlers busy! If you ever have a picture of me on your camera or phone, send it to them! They’d appreciate it!) My Instagram handle is lcck9mercy. Look me up and follow me there, too. Facebook tends to be my primary means of social media at this time, though.
My team has started a new feature here on my newsletter page. It’s called “Getting to Know You,” and it will feature one of my handlers or ministry partners each month. You’ll get to know a little bit more about them and what they are like. Look for it at the end of this blog.
Are you looking to get involved with a ministry at Our Savior? My team is constantly looking for more people willing to help out with our ministry, whether as a dog handler or especially at this time, ministry partner. Ministry partners go out with the handlers and assist them in handing out cards, greeting people, talking with them and praying with them when appropriate. Time commitment is as much as you care to do. If you are interested in any of these positions please contact my “top dog”, Doug Netherton at 541-5199. We can fit you in.
Did you know that my ministry is not funded by the general fund of Our Savior? I am funded totally by the generosity of folks like you and by fund raising that my team does on my behalf. If you’d like to donate toward my expenses, I am very appreciative and will give you a big hug. I love going to Feeder’s Supply, so a gift card from there is always great. Since our ministry is not funded through the OSLC general fund, we appreciate all monetary donations as well.
Another way that you can also help out my ministry is by saving your aluminum cans and recycling them here at church. Drop them off in the trailer parked in the southwest back corner of our church parking lot. All proceeds go to our Comfort Dog ministry. Thank you!
If you or your family has a need for comfort, please contact my “top dog,” Doug Netherton to arrange a visit. We’d be happy to see you!
My verse is Exodus 34:6, "And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.'"
In HIS Love,
Mercy Comfort Dog