Name a Puppy, Win Tickets to Bark After Dark This Friday

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 19th 2014 125 27

Usually, the bike trails at Shelby Farms are closed after sundown, but for the cost of an entry ticket you can take a lit-up night ride this Friday and big afterparty to benefit the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Keep reading to find out how to win the tickets.

In order to particpate, you'll need at $50 ticket, which – depending on your going-out budget – might seem a little pricey. But let's think about it. For $50, you can ride around Shelby Farms at night (not usually allowed), you can get into the Glow Bash after your ride where all the beer, barbecue, and music is included, and you've made a sizeable donation to the Humane Society. If you're not into biking, you can also just buy a ticket to get into the Glow Bash party for $25.

Sorry to go all Sarah McLachlan on ya, but here's the type of cutie you can help by supporting the Humane Society. P
hoto credit Phillip Van Zandt.

Another beneficiary of your support of the Bark After Dark event. Sweet little Tildy. (I know, I know; I'm sorry!) Photo credit Phillip Van Zandt. 

If you're strapped for cash, but still want to participate, I do have a pair of tickets for the ride and party. 

How to win:
1. Come up with a name(s) for a cat and/or dog for the Humane Society – try to come up with a cute, clever, or just plain awesome name that hasn't been used. You can see past names on the Humane Society Instagram account or 
website adoptables gallery here.
2. Leave a comment on this post with your suggested pet name (or names – multiple entries in the same comment or separate comments are encouraged!) 
3. I'll pick my favorite at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and that person will win 2 tickets to the ride and bash (worth $50 each).
4. If you win, you have to encourage all your friends to go with you.

The Humane Society prepares hundreds of dogs for adoption, and as someone from there said: "We go through a LOT of names…and that’s how we end up with puppies named Mushy Monster."

So come up with something fun, comment here, and you could win tickets. 

Go there:

Bark After Dark Bike Ride & Glow Bash
Shelby Farms
Friday, May 23 

8 p.m.
Register at

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Kristen G. says:

    Bast would be great for one of the cats, she's the Egyptian cat goddess! Eos for a dog with a sunny disposition, she's the goddess of dawn. And Epona for an extra large dog, the celtic goddess's name originates from a word that means great mare! haha

  2. Brenda says:

    Some suggestions: Loki. Lila. Aspen. Wilbur. Sergeant Pepper.

  3. iAmBaronVonTito says:

    Females: Marsha, Sprankles, Basha, Kat

    Males: Falcor, Snoop, Nelson, He, Gus, The Governor

    Unisex: Zoom, Radar, Slate, Getty, Radley, Mud

  4. Scarlett Hester says:

    If a litter of puppies are brought in, you could do a Game of Thrones theme, Grey Wind, Summer, Nymeria, Lady, Ghost, and Shaggy Dog, after the Stark's direwolves. 

    Or, a Memphis theme, Z-Bo, Boscoe, Corky, Gracie (Graceland), Sunny (Sun Studio), and King (Elvis or MLK, Jr.)

  5. April says:

    I have a theme:  Memphis, Griz, Tiger, Tennessee, Elvis, Jerry Lee, Otis, Stax, Royal, Cash, Shaq, Al, and Grace (land).

  6. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Akira- a Japanese male name meaning Bright Boy

  7. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Zaakir – Muslim, meaning grateful, remembering

  8. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:


  9. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Tahlia – means lamb or lambkin

  10. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Tahlia – means dew of heaven

  11. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Taro – Japanese for Big boy

  12. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Tatum – means brings joy

  13. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Tau – African / Egyptian for lion

  14. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Tedra – Greek for supreme gift

  15. Lily (Elizabeth) Curry says:

    Lanassa- Russian for cheerful

  16. Sarah says:

    For pup – Ouchiewawa – from my four year old. 

  17. Christa Smith says:

    Mr. President, Mellie, Pope (as in Olivia), Cy or Beene, Fitz, Huck, Command…..I love Scandal!!  

  18. Stefanie says:

    I guess it depends on size and color, but here are some:

    Male Animal- Casper (definitely for solid white with blue eyes :), Bailey, Tucker, Duke, Mac(arthur), Henry, Jasper, Zeus

    Female Animal- Madison, Greta, Calliope, Amber, Sadie, Heidi, Abbie

  19. Tiffany Sherfield says:

    Pistachio, Jiminy Cricket, bumblebee, Shakespeare, Lilo, Mr. Bigglesworth,


  20. Tiffany Sherfield says:

    One more: Bijuu- Japanese for tailed beast!

  21. Sarah says:

    Delta, Scotch, Noodle, Gilligan

  22. Omar Itani says:


  23. Nadeene says:

    a beautiful maiden who bring the souls of slain warriors!!'


  24. Omar says:

    How about "glow in the dark" πŸ˜€

  25. Mary B says:

    Master Splinter, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello. :)

  26. John Blaker says:

    Here are a couple of “real” names from a dog & cat we used to have.

    Hobo was the name of a cat we found.

    Mullet was the name of a dog found on the road side. My aunt named the dog after “a dumb fish”.

    If I had two new dogs, I would name them Jagger & Richards after the Stones.

  27. Ali says:

    Meb in honor of the American who won the boston marathon this year – especially for a dog who loves to run (all of them haha)


  28. Ali says:

    Ping pong or Bonkers – for the bouncing off the wall types! haha I can think of a certain dog fitting that :) (mine)

  29. Ali says:

    Hoover – like the vacuum! for a dog that eats everything

    Romeow and Juliecat – star crossed kitty lovers?


  30. Ali says:

    Bark Gasol πŸ˜‰ 

  31. Ali says:

    Just because I love the Beatles, I always thought it would be fun to have a Ringo, Lennon, McCartney or Harrison. Or a Jude, Elenor, etc from their songs 

  32. Ali says:


    Jerry (after the sno cones)

    Z boo 

    Tony meowlen 

    if you adopted a brother and sister – grit and grind :)


  33. stacy says:

    Mr Wiggles

  34. Rochelle says:

    How about "Mr Barkley" or I've always wanted to have two pugs & name them "Willie & Waylon"! 

  35. Katie Mars says:

    Thank goodness I keep a running name of cat names in the note section of my phone at all times

    Cat Names for the Dreamers:

    Lucy Furr

    Hilary Kitten

    Fish Sticks

    Cat Benetar

    Kitty Con Queso

    Feline Dion




  36. Tracy J says:

    Oscar! I love this name! Great for a male dog or kitty,


  37. Susanna says:

    Here are some name for male anmals: Ajax, Homer,Sparticus,Sebastian,Finn, Uno, Poseidon!

    For females: Layla,Chloe,Delilah, Happy,Belle,Isis,Hera,Gia!

    Tweedledee and Tweedledum for male and female cats or dogs! 

  38. christine says:

    Feisty, fuzzbutt, dreamer, peeker, sheriff

  39. John wright says:

    Pickles for the puppy.
    Tweezer for the cat

  40. Adam says:

    Luna for a cat.

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