Move along, little doggies: Seeing Eye dash through Morristown gives pups Halloween warmup

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By Jeff Sovelove

Teagan dressed as a cow at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Teagan dressed as a cow at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Light rain couldn’t dampen spirits at The Seeing Eye’s annual Doggy Dash on Sunday.

 
This year featured a 5K run for the first time, and participants came to Morristown’s Lidgerwood Park from as far away as Glen Ellyn, IL .
 
That distinction went to Pat Byrne, who raced in the 5K because his dog, Jenna, is a graduate of The Seeing Eye. 
 
Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:
Jay and Melissa Durnan from Edison and his dog Beck, a Seeing Eye graduate, at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Teagan dressed as a cow at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jordan dressed as a cowgirl at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Finishing the 5K at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Mayor Timothy Dougherty and James Kutsch, CEO of The Seeing Eye start the dog walk at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Shamsi, 5, of Morris Township with her face paint, at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Warming up before the race at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Talon dressed as the UPS guy at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Charlie dressed as Pikachu, with his owner, at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lion anyone? The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lion at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Teagan dressed as a unicorn at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Performing for the crowd at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jill and her dog Abby dressed as a watchdog at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Cocoa in her Halloween costume at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Samuel, 6 1/2 , from West Orange as Spider Man at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Handing out the medals at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Medal time at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Sprinting at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Finishing the 5K at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Finishing the 5K at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Starting the 5K at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Mayor Timothy Dougherty and James Kutsch, CEO of The Seeing Eye start the The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Mayor Timothy Dougherty and James Kutsch, CEO of The Seeing Eye start the race, at Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Starting the 5K at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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He and Jenna have been together for 8 years.
 
“She likes 5Ks,” Byrne explained. “I think she likes them more than I do!”    He said his daughter talked him into doing a 5K a couple of years ago and he does a couple a year. But this one was special because it’s run by The Seeing Eye.  
 
Talon dressed as the UPS guy at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Talon dressed as the UPS guy at The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 8, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Mayor Tim Dougherty welcomed everyone, and he was joined by Councilwoman Alison Deeb, his opponent in next month’s election. James Kutsch, CEO of The Seeing Eye in Morris Township, was there, too.  Awards were handed out to winners in each age.

 
Other activities included face painting by Diane Spadola of Bella Faccia Face Painting; a dog pageant, and a dog walk for those not running in the 5K. 
 
Virtually every breed of dog was represented, from lapdogs to Bernese Mountain Dogs, and they were dressed as everything from lions to cows, in a tantalizing tuneup for Halloween.
 
 
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