Event to celebrate love of Corgi dogs

Lions Park in Temple will be invaded by hundreds of big-eared, stumpy-legged canines and their owners Saturday, Oct. 7, during the inaugural Texas Corgi Roundup. The roundup will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the picnic pavilion next to the dog park.

What started out as a small picnic for a few dogs and their owners quickly grew into a major event that has drawn the attention of corgi owners across several states. More than 300 corgis are registered to attend the event along with their owners. Dozens of corgi-enthusiasts and dogs of other breeds have also signed up.  

The roundup was organized by several committee members, including Alex Ramirez and Jillian Allinson who moved to Longview last November and started looking for an event to take their corgis to. They couldn’t find one, so they decided to organize their own centralized event in Temple, so people from all over Texas could attend. Dog owners from across the state, as well as Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Oklahoma are registered to attend.

Proceeds from the roundup will be donated to Bandit’s Bandaid, an assistance program that helps dog owners fund emergency vet bills.

 “We both have been affected by them and helped by them directly, and this is our way of giving back by having this fundraiser,” Ramirez said. “We hold fundraisers for them by doing auctions and other events, but this is just one event that we’re used to attending in different states, and we know there are corgi picnics all over, but we couldn’t find something like this in Texas.”

The roundup will feature a myriad of corgi-themed activities including a corgi kissing booth, a photo area with props and vendors selling dog and corgi related items. There will be a costume contest, and contests for hot dog bobbing, best trick and biggest shedder. There will also be prize drawings every half an hour, and a live auction.

 “It’s going to just be a fun-filled day,” Allinson said. “We’re really calling it the ‘Texas Corgi Round Up’ but it’s basically an all day event for a nice picnic for everybody to come out and relax and support a great cause and play some games.”

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