Loudon comfort dog shares Lutheran Church ministry with Baton Rouge and Orlando communities

A Loudon County golden retriever is taking her calm canine comfort to parts of America affected by violence. She’s even been known to lick away tears.

Three-year-old Jewel is a trained comfort dog owned by Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Loudon. The slender, cream-colored dog is one of 130 canines in the national Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry.