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Each handler was selected after a Skype interview, he said.
any situation they might face.
The handlers went through additional training before Eddie became part of the church.
Moses has visited children at Sandy Hook Elementary after the shooting there, a memorial service after the Boston Marathon bombing and people in Arizona after the deaths of 19 firefighters and more.
Now, he said, the dogs are trained from the time they are 8 months old, just like a service animal. Eddie is now about 16 months old, he said.
dog is just a conduit that brings people to a safe place, Martin said.
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Dog becomes part of Nebraska church's ministry
K 9 Comfort Dog Ministry itself started after Hurricane Katrina, said Richard Martin, one of the program directors. One of the workers with Lutheran Church Charities saw how people weren leaving their homes without their pets, and LCC began bringing in boats to take them out together.
not only the dogs training. It the people training, Moeller said.
They realized how special that bond was, Martin said, and they began working with a golden retriever breeder to get the dogs.
The church has been preparing, too, Moeller said.
The three day experience was important, Martin said, because unlike a service animal, comfort dogs have to learn to respond to commands of multiple handlers.
On June 22, he officially joined the church with a of the leash service, after he and his handlers spent a few days learning to work together so they could be ready for Nike Zoom Air Basketball Shoes
Because of that, the handlers have to be precise, he said, such as using the command me instead of handlers learned about everything from how to get the dog to put his head on someone knee to how to reward him with play and quality time, Martin said. They also took several field trips, such as to Walmart, to practice real world situations in a laid back atmosphere.
With the dog as a buffer, Moeller said, the handlers learn to be quiet and simply listen, providing support. Each of the handlers will spend time with the dog every week, and they must work with Eddie three times a day.
They include former teachers, retired police officers and current police officers, Martin said, and their different backgrounds allow them to feel comfortable taking Eddie to any situation.
The first, Moses, who is at Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo, actually was the reason Peace Lutheran began looking into getting a dog, Moeller said.
In addition to acclimating the dog, he said, it helped the handlers learn their role in spreading hope in tough circumstances.
They had to raise about $6,000 for the application to get Eddie, and they had to raise another $6,000 for his arrival.
For Eddie and his handlers at Peace Lutheran, it practice for the work they be doing work that could take them anywhere from the side of a resident at Riverside Lodge Nike Metcon Nyc in Grand Island to the home of a family who lost everything in a tornado in another state.
Eddie is only the second comfort dog Lutheran Church Charities has placed in Nebraska.
Because he and his wife, Connie, will be the primary caregivers, Moeller also had to attend a special training in Addison, Ill., where the dogs are trained.
Church members saw what a difference Moses was making, Moeller said, and the research began.
Getting Eddie has been a huge undertaking, said Don Moeller, who will be the dog caregiver, but the church community felt the unique service he would provide would be worth it, both in Grand Island and beyond.
But as Eddie approached, he started walking too far ahead, and as he was supposed to, the handler had to pull him back and circle him around to try again.
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