Eve the comfort dog lends a helping paw to EC’s stressed out student body

Photos by Roxanne Timan & Cheyenne Roper EC students rally around Eve, the temporary campus LCC K-9 comfort dog, for emotional support and stress relief.

Photos by Roxanne Timan & Cheyenne Roper

EC students rally around Eve, the temporary campus LCC K-9 comfort dog, for emotional support and stress relief.

By Cheyenne Roper, News Writer

Eve the Comfort Dog likes people, maybe all dogs like people, but for Eve, it’s kind of her job.

“People tend to open up and share their stories,” says Lombard Pastor Peter Imlah, Eve’s human. “We know she is accomplishing her mission by the smiles we see.”

Eve is a trained LCC K-9 comfort dog that trots over to campus twice a month to make new friends and lend an ear (and once in awhile, a cold nose) to old ones.

“She’s kind of like my dog away from my dog,” says student Chris Wallace, ‘19, explaining that Eve makes up for not seeing his dog from summer until winter.

Eve and Imlah come to campus every first and third Thursday in the Founder’s Lounge.  

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Besides being a four-legged non-traditional student, Eve sits and listens without looking at her phone. “Eve provides a soft, safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental presence to express emotions,” says Imlah. 

Eve’s affection is infectious, but it all comes down to science.“In humans, petting a dog can trigger the release of the bonding hormone Oxytocin. Feeling that fur can also lower a person’s heart rate and blood pressure,” Imlah explains about her impact on EC students. 

Not only does she visit our Elmhurst campus, she also interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and even disaster response situations.

 After the deadly Las Vegas shooting in October, Eve traveled to visit with and comfort patients who had been affected at the Sunrise Hospital of Las Vegas. 

Her comfort can be seen across the U.S., and when Eve stops by our campus, there is often a crowd gathered around her to enjoy her sweet company. 

EC Sophomore Molly Medlock , mentions, “I look forward to her laying in my lap because every time I see her she lays down.”