British Columbia

Vancouver corgi meetup a 'big success,' organizer says

Organizers said they were inspired by similar events in California.

Dozens of dogs showed up for an afternoon at the beach

The dog friendly portion of Spanish Banks beach was crowded with the little corgis for hours. (Rhianna Schmunk/CBC)

On Saturday, Spanish Banks beach was covered in corgis.

Dozens of animals and their owners gathered at the dog-friendly section of the park for a meetup. Organized by the Corgis of B.C. group, the event gave pups a chance to play together and owners a place to meet face-to-face.

Most dogs chose to roll around in the sand while their owners chatted. Others were content to play fetch in the ocean. Some just plopped down for a nice nap. 

Bentley, a Pembroke corgi with years of acting experience, was also there. The two-year-old has thousands of Instagram followers and was available for photo-ops, which proved popular.

Bentley the corgi currently stars in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency on Netflix. (Rhianna Schmunk/CBC)

Massive corgi meetups have been held on beaches before: Southern California corgi events happen twice a year, with hundreds of dogs and owners swarming Alamitos Beach in San Diego, Calif.

Teresa Holland organized the Vancouver event and said she was inspired by the southern California get-together. 

"It just seemed like such a neat thing and I thought would just be nice to do on a June afternoon in Vancouver," Holland said.

Her dog, Alfie, is three years old.

Teresa Holland has had her corgi, Alfie, for years. (Rhianna Schmunk/CBC)

"I've always loved corgis. I think it probably started when I was younger because I love the Queen [Elizabeth II] and I always wanted to have one. They're just really funny, curious, loving dogs."

Holland said she hopes she can start holding corgi events regularly.

"I didn't realize it would be such a huge event to be honest," she said. "It's actually been a big success."

More than 60 dogs were at the beach, according to organizers. (Rhianna Schmunk/CBC)