The giant French bulldog grinning at passersby from his station in front of the Choo Choo Dog Camp at 25 W. 20th St. has never had an official name. So CCDC founder and owner Liz Fortanier decided to have a contest to name him, with all proceeds benefiting DoGood Chattanooga, Wally’s Friends, and the Humane Society, “three organizations,” she says, “that do so much to help dogs in our community.”
The “Name The Choo Choo Pooch” contest runs Nov. 15-Dec. 15. Anyone who wants to participate will pay $1 to contribute each suggested male or non-gender-specific name. There is no limit on the numbers of names participants can contribute. Names can be entered online using PayPal at www.choochoodogcamp.com, at the CCDC booth at MAINx24 on Dec. 1, and at Choo Choo Dog Camp on 20th St.
CCDC is also sponsoring a “Best YouTube Video Featuring Our Dog” contest during the same period. There is no charge to enter this contest, but each posted video must highlight the giant mascot, and the link sent to Fortanier at email@example.com.
A winner in each category will receive a $100 cash prize donated by Choo Choo Dog Camp. Winners will be announced during an open house on Dec. 15 at CCDC.
Contest judges are Karen Roach from DoGood Chattanooga, Eileen Price from Wally’s Friends, Guy Bilyeu from The Humane Society, County Commissioner Joe Graham and City Councilman Andrae McGary.
For more information, contact Ms. Fortanier at 521-4555.