The Corgi Walk in the Pearl was started in 2007 by dog fancier Lynde Paule, to raise money to care for injured, abused, abandoned, and/or neglected dogs, specifically Corgis. In 2019, the mission was expanded to include disabled Corgis with disc diseases such as Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) or Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD).
Beginning in 2020, registration fees and donations at each annual Walk will be dedicated to medical/therapeutic treatment, and behavioral training for Corgis. Corgi owners who have registered for the annual Walk are eligible to participate in the Corgi Assistance Fund.
The annual Corgi Walk in the Pearl is held each year on the third Saturday of each August in Portland’s Pearl District. The Walk is a fun event for Corgis and their families and features educational information for Corgi owners and different activities for Corgis to enjoy. The Walk also draws many dog lovers who come just to enjoy the spectacle of Corgis wearing matching scarves parade through the Pearl District.
Because of the pandemic and the lack of herd immunity in Oregon, the 2021 Corgi Walk will be a Virtual Walk on August 21, 2021.
Since the Walk began in 2007, the Corgi Walk has grown steadily. That first year, between 50 and 60 Corgis participated and the Walk raised $1,500. It is now a major annual event in Portland, with over 300 Corgis from different areas and states participating each year. As of 2019, the Walk has raised over $100,000. Monies raised in previous years went to Corgi Rescue, DoveLewis, and Oregon Humane Society.
In 2015 and 2017 Spot Magazine awarded the Corgi Walk in the Pearl 2nd place Top Dog Event. It also has been featured in The Oregonian, VIA Magazine, Portland Magazine, and has been promoted by the event’s annual sponsors.