After much prayer, Gideon Comfort Dog arrived at St. Michael’s in August 2016. He is part of the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry, a national ministry using the unique skills of dogs, specifically Golden Retrievers, to open opportunities to touch people with mercy and compassion. Comfort Dogs like Gideon are trained service animals prepared to interact with people in ways that provide a bridge for compassionate ministry to take place. St. Michael’s is thrilled to be a home for Gideon and for the teams of trained volunteer handlers and ministry helpers who work with him in our community. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact Barb Lapham at


K-9 Ministries

Launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs and veteran handlers, and LCC K-9 Police Ministry Dogs and law enforcement officer handlers are a bridge for compassionate ministry, opening doors for conversation about faith and creating opportunities to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ. Gideon serves in all three capacities.

An LCC K9 Comfort Dog is a pure bred Golden Retriever
who is AKC certified and has passed the AKC Good
Citizenship Test and received their AKC certification LCC K9
Comfort Dogs and their handlers are certified by LCC and
receive ongoing and advanced training.
Social, gentle, and loving, LCC K9 Comfort Dogs bring
comfort to individuals and families suffering pain or loss,
calm hyperactive individuals, facilitate conversation, work
with veterans, and are used in counseling situations. LCC
K9 Comfort Dogs also respond to disaster situations.
Gideon is triple vested to participate with his police handler,
or a military veteran at police or veteran events along with
his work in the community.

A special thank you to the Star Tribune for sharing our ministry.

Read the story here!

Visit Gideon’s Facebook Page to see daily updates on what Gideon is up to in the community and off leash.