The Corgi Walk 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, monies raised through donations and sponsorships will be dedicated to medical/therapeutic treatment, and behavioral training for Corgis.
The annual Corgi Walk is held each year on the third Saturday of August. 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 NW Portland.
Due to circumstances in and around the Pearl where we have held the annual Walk in prior years, the 16th annual Corgi Walk will be held at Wallace Park in lovely NW Portland on Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 9 am to 1 pm.
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. The Walk currently raises money for the Corgi Assistance Fund.
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.