On Sunday, May 27, hundreds of corgis and their eager owners gathered for the inaugural SoCal Corgi Nationals fun race at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. The event was much more than a race, it was a chance to meet fellow corgis and corgi-owners.

“Corgis are bred to be herding dogs,” said Kelly McLemore, the founder of So Cal Corgi Nation Day. “I don’t know if they’re known for speed but both of our corgis are pretty fast…they’re just cute dogs and even cuter when they run.”

McLemore started the corgi meet ups with her husband and corgi, Mr. Pickles, to meet other corgi-owners. So Cal Corgi Nation partners with a local corgi and corgi mix rescue, Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue, and hosts three Corgi Beach Days each year. Six years later, the Corgi Beach Day events draw over 15,000 corgis and people. The next beach day will be June 23 at Huntington Beach.

For more information visit http://socalcorgibeachday.com/.

  • Paddington enjoys a wiggle in the grass.
  • Jax is ready to meet new corgi friends.
  • Morgan and Peach enjoy the sunshine on the infield at Santa Anita Racetrack.
  • Bacon prepares to run in heat 3 of the Corgi Nationals.
  • Porky was sidelined by an injury and traveled by wagon all week.
  • Benji arrived dressed as a hot air balloon.
  • Earl is a rescue dog from Queens Best Stumpy Dog Rescue.
  • Gatsby, also from QBSDR, wears a muzzle.
  • Panda Bear, from QBSDR, shows off a new set of wheels.
  • Dapper, who ran in heat 2, makes some new friends.
  • Chloe plays with her favorite ball.
  • Heather Adams entices her dog, Elfie, to pose for the camera.
  • Justin St. George and Fitz pose with a Memory Plush corgi pillow.
  • Henry enjoys the attention at Corgi Nationals.
  • Alf and Tonya Lamont pose with their dog, Watson, before the races.



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