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Sorry, Corgi Lurkers Are Not Welcome At Corgi Beach Day

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Sep 10, 2015 3:15PM

Corgi on the lake (Photo by Dawn Mueller via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Corgi owners are a proud bunch—and rightly so, their dogs are the cutest. But the last thing they want is thousands of corgi admirers lurking around their beach day gathering.

What is normally a tame gathering of the paragons of the dog species and their owners threatened to be overrun by these dreaded corgi lurkers the other day when hundreds of Chicagoans—who presumably do not have corgis themselves—invited themselves into the Facebook event posting for this weekend's Corgi Beach Day at the Montrose Dog Beach.

The beach could support maybe a few scores of the excitable, knee-high fuzzballs at most, but probably not the 2,243 who RSVP'd for the event before the event organizers informed everyone that you actually need to have a corgi to attend a Corgi beach day (an arbitrary and discriminatory rule against corgi lovers everywhere who don't have the time, space, money or general habits of a responsible adult to be in possession of a corgi, to be sure) and shut the event down.

Jezebel first reported the story Wednesday afternoon, and since then event organizers have taken event planning to a considerably smaller Facebook group for Chicago Area Corgi Owners. The pups will have their day to splash their little legs in late-summer Lake Michigan, but organizers have kindly asked group members to refrain from sharing the event details from here out.

Apparently, even as corgi beach days have grown around the country, this isn't the first time Chicago's Corgi Beach Day has been crashed by outsiders.

"So, 2,200 people have RSVP’ed for this event...once again," a woman wrote on Facebook, according to Jezebel. "I think we all know there aren’t that many Corgis in Chicagoland, so clearly people have been sharing the invite."

Another Facebook user wrote on the event post:

"I can not bring a corgi. Does this mean I will be denied the opportunity to see/pet/play with pups? This is all I wish to do."

And whether that interest in watching dozens of Corgis chase each other around Montrose Beach in an infinite loop of sausage-shaped fur was genuine or not, it was clearly unacceptable. Posted to the corgi owners' Facebook group Wednesday afternoon:

To all members of the group, no worries when you see the event cancel in a bit. A new private group event will be sent within a couple hours.

But who can blame Corgi lurkers for wanting to catch a sight like this?

This is how they do Corgi beach day in Los Angeles (Photo by Spencer Harding/LAist)