Hundreds of corgis and their owners gathered in Daxing, Beijing on Saturday for an annual party, which returned this year following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I believe it is worth the wait. Sure enough, the weather is very good today” said Liv Yiran, a corgi owner. “Their life is actually very short, we will hope that in our limited time with them, they can have more colourful memories. If the dogs are happy, we will be happier as owners.”
Footage shows the corgis playing and running together in the park, with some in fancy dress. There were obstacle courses and other competitions for the dogs, while owners got the chance to visit various stalls, including the chance to learn how to write their pet’s name in calligraphy.
There was also a display set up for owners to swap details and help their pups find new playmates.
“Usually there are not much opportunities for us to take our dogs out to play together (with such many other dogs). The organiser of this event is Corgi Alliance, which might be the largest single breed dog alliance group in Beijing,” said another owner, Liu Shujun.
COVID-19 measures in the city have largely been lifted, although the outdoor nature of the event reduced the risks. With so many people expected to attend, owners said they were required to take tests 48 hours before attending, which is slightly stricter than for other events which only require a 72-hour window.