DogFest New Jersey | Sunday, October 1st, 2017
151 Parsonage Rd
Edison, NJ 08837
11am to 2pm
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~1 mile walk around pond
free parking as well as many handicap parking spots
10:30 am – Registration- Sign up at the registration table and receive your free wristband
11:00am – Welcoming Ceremony, thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, and supporters!
12:00pm– Walk around the lake begins, you do not need a dog to participate
12:30pm- Graduate Speakers – Meet Ethan and Gavin Morrobel, 2 brothers who received and share a Canine Companions dog
1:00pm- Demo with Service Dog Graduate Mike Saverino and Webster and Agility demo with former Canine Companions dog in training Forest. Come see our Canine Companions dogs demonstrate tasks such as retrieving and delivering dropped items.
1:45pm – Doggie Costume Contest – Join for the chance to win a prize for your dog’s awesome costume. There will be prizes for silliest dog costume, most original dog costume and best human canine costume team.
2:00 – DogFest Walk ‘N Roll Ends – Thank you for your support!
Event Day Activities:
- Agility Course
- Doggy tattoos
- Bobbing for apples
- Doggie Costume Contest
- Picture booth
- Vendor tables
Interested in becoming a sponsor or having a festival booth? Click here to request info.
Gavin and Ethan Morrobel, brothers ages 12 and 14, both suffer from Usher's Syndrome, an inherited condition characterized by progressive vision loss and hearing impairment. They were matched with Erickson III, a two-year-old lab/golden retriever mix trained to respond to over 40 advanced commands.
Both boys were born deaf and suffered from balance troubles. They were issued cochlear implants shortly after birth, which enabled them to hear. Additionally, they are both visually impaired.
After participating in a two-week team training program held at Canine Companion’s Northeast Regional Center, Gavin and Ethan came home with Erickson, who helps with routine daily activities to help improve the quality of life that the boys live as the disease progresses.
“The boys really wanted a dog, but I was worried about their safety. They weren’t qualified for seeing-eye dogs," says their mom, Pam Morrobel. “The boys are starting to settle into a routine with Erickson. We hope to have many wonderful years with him.”