Lifestyle Pets This Beachside Corgi Convention Is Proof that Heaven Is a Place on Earth Corgi Con hosted over 1,100 corgis this year at Ocean Beach in San Francisco By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 19, 2018 05:13 PM Share Tweet Pin Email While you are were sweating, chafing and trudging through the summer heatwave that has descended upon most of America this past weekend, hundreds of corgis waddled their way onto San Francisco’s Ocean Beach for a day of fun in the sun. While it may hurt to know you missed this event in person, we have plenty of adorable photos to salve those wounds. Plus, Corgi Con, as this joyous meet-up is called, happens annually, so you can start planning for next year now! Amy Liu Amy Liu Corgi Con started in June 2014 thanks to Cynthia Lee. Lee, a corgi owner, wanted a way to meet many of the precious corgi pooches she followed on Instagram and Facebook, so she created one. The first Corgi Con hosted an impressive 90 dogs, but 2018’s gathering blew those numbers out of the water. Amy Liu Over 1100 corgis turned up for this year’s event, thanks in part to Corgi Con’s adoption of Facebook Events to spread the word. The oodles of short-legged canines enjoyed a day packed with activities including beach frolicking, a costume contest and races. Amy Liu Additionally, this year, corgis also had a chance to compete in Corgi Ninja Warrior, an agility course scaled to corgi-appropriate size. Amy Liu Along with sniffing butts and exchanging Instagram handles, the corgis of Corgi Con also helped those of their kind in need. Proceeds from the sale of Corgi Con merch at the event went to help corgi rescue groups. Amy Liu Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends? Click here to get the cutest pet news and photos delivered directly to your inbox. So next time you are feeling down, remember, there are hundreds of corgis out there helping other corgis just by being corgis, and that is a magical thing.