Corgis invade SF’s Ocean Beach as Precious Dog Festival returns

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning in Ocean Beach, an unexpected sound echoed above the waves.

High-pitched, playful barking.

It was twice a year in San Francisco Con Corgithe first held since 2019 after pandemic postponements, and hundreds of corgis and their humans came out for a day with friends, running around in Warriors suits, baseball caps and jerseys, their distinctive rears squirming.

The event – popular with corgi owners and fans, well known as the Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite breed — featured several events, including a race, obstacle course and costume contest. The canine conference had everyone smiling as they met new friends and took photos of the best-dressed puppies.

Morgan Zablocki and Alli Jones, who attended their first Corgi Con, wore bright aqua blue Hawaiian shirts to match their corgi, Perry.

Hundreds of corgi owners and lovers gather at Corgi Con on Ocean Beach in San Francisco, June 18, 2022.

Sabrina Sellers / Special at the Chronicle

“There are so many corgis here, you want to make sure you can easily spot which one is yours,” Jones said, as she watched Perry sprint towards the ocean with the other puppies as fast as their short legs leaped. allowed them.

Further up the beach, dozens of people lined up to take a photo with the most famous pup in attendance – YouTube and Instagram sensation gatsby the corgi – who sat calmly as he posed with hundreds of fans throughout the day.

Amanda Rodriguez, who has been a Gatsby fan for about five years, bought just about every Gatsby-themed item available while she waited in line – a stuffed toy, aprons, a tote bag and more Again.

For her, Gatsby and her owner Ryen Lung, who live in the Bay Area, were an inspiration for how to care for the beloved breed.

“It was really great to see someone from the local community demonstrate how to take such good care of a corgi,” Rodriguez said. Her partner Emile added that they were Gatsby fans before they got their own corgi, Sir Tonka Reyes III, who is 2.

Courtney Swope poses for a photo with a group of costumed corgis at Corgi Con, held June 18, 2022 on Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Courtney Swope poses for a photo with a group of costumed corgis at Corgi Con, held June 18, 2022 on Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

Sabrina Sellers / Special at the Chronicle

“They really helped us learn and know what we were getting into when we got our corgi,” he said.

For those with furry friends, there were several stalls with local treats and accessories to spoil their pups.

One booth, based in San Francisco pet wants shop, sold a particularly unique offering – a beer for dogs.

“Don’t worry, they’re not alcoholic,” said Aden Berkeley, whose mother Christine Anuszkiewicz owns the shop. The drinks, whose flavors included chicken broth, beef broth and peanut butter, featured playful names like “IPA Lot in the Yard” and “Mailman Malt Licker.”

Samantha and Elden Ostrea bought the peanut butter variety for their corgi, Grizz Lee. He was a little skeptical at first, perhaps expecting his usual water, but soon came back for more.

“It looked so funny,” Samantha said, as Elden poured the drink from the can into Grizz Lee’s dog bowl. “It was like, dog beer? We must have that.

At noon, the corgis and their humans gathered – or attempted to gather, as only a small fraction succeeded – for a deliciously chaotic group photo.

A Corgi Con attendee sports a corgi-themed tote bag from Pretzel's Pupwear in San Francisco.

A Corgi Con attendee sports a corgi-themed tote bag from Pretzel’s Pupwear in San Francisco.

Sabrina Sellers / Special at the Chronicle

Immediately after, more than a hundred people gathered to watch the dogs race through an obstacle course – dubbed Corgi Ninja Warrior – cheering enthusiastically as the dogs jumped over beams and through hoops, rooting them if they stumbled.

Some in attendance had no dogs at all, but couldn’t pass up the chance to see hundreds of corgis in one place.

Andrew Magie, a self-proclaimed corgi enthusiast, “dragged” three of his friends with him to enjoy the day.

“I’ve been obsessed with corgis all my life,” he said, pointing to his t-shirt, which featured the side profile of a corgi with the dog’s characteristic rear-pointing arrow with the word “buttocks”.

He had been to Corgi Beach Day in Southern California when he lived there, he said, but it was his first Corgi Con since moving to “Northern California paradise.”

“I couldn’t miss that,” he said.

Danielle Echeverria is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @DanielleEchev

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