Forgive Rosie today if she seems a little tuckered out -- she's had quite a busy schedule.

In the first two days of her stretch last week, she attended Evening Street Elementary School in Worthington, followed by a visit to a senior-living facility in south Columbus.

On Sept. 6, she was at a street festival in Delaware and an honor flight the next day at John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

The 6-year-old English cream golden retriever's name is Rosie, with Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry. She became a member of Atonement Lutheran Church and Preschool in August 2014 after a 1-year, 2,000-hour training program in Chicago.

Mary Ludlum, administrator of the Comfort Dog Ministry at Atonement, 1621 Francisco Road in northwest Columbus, said Rosie makes five to eight appearances a week at churches, libraries, schools, veterans organizations and anywhere else her presence is requested or appreciated.

"If we can get it in the schedule, we'll do it," Ludlum said.

She said two people -- a handler and a helper -- accompany Rosie to her destinations. There are 11 handlers, some of whom belong to different churches, she said.

Visits are one thing; deployment is something far more serious.

Rosie was on hand in Dayton after the city was hit by several tornadoes during the Memorial Day weekend, and she was back there again after a mass shooting in which 10 people were killed and 27 injured Aug. 4.

There are more than 130 Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs in 27 states.

Although not all of the canines' visits are religious, the mission of the comfort dog ministry is, "Share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are in need or suffering," Ludlum said.

Letha and George Chambers, a retired couple, are among the team of Rosie's handlers.

No matter where she goes, the tender, kind-natured dog is showered with affection, Letha Chambers said.

"It's rewarding," she said. "It's pleasure. It makes you feel good."

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