Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
A special People Magazine edition is all about American heroes and the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog is included. Those dogs have become part of our culture recently for the amazing work they do.
The Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog program has received a lot of national attention during the aftermath of the Orlando murders. 12 of these Golden Retrievers who spend their days helping to make people under stress, tragedy or loneliness feel better headed down to Orlando within 24 hours of the horror. The images of these dogs and the people who hugged them, smiled at them were amazing. They also spend time with school children which is the fun part of their job.
Locally we have several of these Comfort Dogs, Holy Cross in Collinsville is the home of Esther and the seminary shares Noah with Timothy Lutheran Church in south St. Louis. Also Sheba who just arrived at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington Missouri and Tabby who is based at St. Paul in Des Peres. Today during the 11 to noon hour on Fox2 in St. Louis these 4 will be on the air as their handlers explain what these dogs do.
I've heard their air time may be around 11:30-ish, but you never know for sure. I plan to turn on the local news at 11 and just wait. These dogs are wonderful.
Lutheran Church Charities has a Comfort Dog program which brings comfort and love to those who are hurting, sick, lonely. The dogs are all Golden Retrievers, trained from puppy on to be petted and hugged. There are now 100 of these dogs all over the country and a large group of them and their handlers headed to Orlando yesterday to be with those still in shock and pain from the horrible night club killings.
Some of these dogs started out the day at Trinity Lutheran Church in Orlando with its pastor, Bill Brath. Bill was a student here at the seminary in our early years and I remember him as kind, funny and a man who was going to be a wonderful pastor and it seems he is.
There's Bill in the middle of the dogs ready to meet people.
Out on the street near the nightclub.
There's just something about seeing these dogs at bad times which helps people emotionally.
Our church in Collinsville, Holy Cross, has its own Comfort Dog, Esther. She did not get to go to Orlando, but was in Concordia Missouri a couple of weeks ago when two high school students drowned during a class trip.
Esther. These dogs have been on many national news reports in the past 24 hours.
Our church, Holy Cross Lutheran in Collinsville, has a Comfort Dog named Esther. She came to us last fall and has been a blessing to many as she goes to nursing homes, hospitals, schools, places where tragedy has occurred etc, any place where people need a bit of love and kindness. She turned 2 today and the congregation threw her a party.
Here's a photo of Esther with all the Holy Cross people who take turns as her handlers.
And she was surprised by her Comfort Dog friend, Sheba who came to help celebrate. Sheba lives and works in Washington Missouri
My Brother in Law runs. He also cycles. Every day. Here's what happened to him today in his own words.
"I've been chased by pit bulls, followed by hot air balloons, stalked by coyotes, investigated by fox, surprised by snakes and had far too many other encounters to remember, but I've NEVER had anything this adorable follow me home from a run. I beat her to the finish line, but it wasn't fair, she didn't know where we were going."
So what happened?
As I understand the story, someone came and got the little baby and took her to the Deer Valley Sanctuary in Monee. Bruce never saw a sign of the mother although he waited around before heading home with it.
I often take Ferdie into various campus buildings when I have to drop things off or pick up things and each building has commercial carpet squares in the public areas. The carpet pattern is different in each place but basically brown/dark gray in color and Ferdie balks each time we go in. He has to be coaxed to move through the hallways. I finally realized his eyesight sees the carpet differently than we do and it seems like he believes he will fall into a hole when on the carpets. Then i saw this photo last night and I'd be willing to bet this is exactly how our dog sees the carpet squares and I don't blame him for not wanting to move.
At the end of last year Collinsville put together a residential chicken ordinance and I just looked at it for the first time. Here's a few items of interest for those interested in raising chickens or for those who aren't but live near people who have them. This is a pdf so I can't copy or link it, merely quote from it, but the pdf is at the bottom of this link.
A permit must be obtained from the Department of Community Development and the permit lists a number of items you need to know if you want chickens.
The minimum number of chickens will be 2 and the maximum will be 6
75 permits will be the maximum number for the city and they are viable for 3 years
Chickens must be located in the rear yard, if there is no rear yard, no permit will be given
There are coop space dimensions
No slaughtering allowed and no eggs may be sold onsite
Chickens are to be defined as female, no roosters allowed.
There have been people in town who have raised chickens for some time and I definitely hear roosters crowing but I do not see anything about grandfathering in any current roosters.