Stamford Advocate: Stamford puppies with Taylor Swift-inspired names to appear in the 2024 Puppy Bowl
By Brianna Gurciullo, Staff Writer
STAMFORD — Hours before Taylor Swift — potentially in person — watches her boyfriend play in the Super Bowl, three Stamford puppies with names inspired by her lyrics will appear in the Puppy Bowl.
Inez, Betty and Rebekah will represent Lucky Dog Refuge in Puppy Bowl XX, which is set to air Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. on Animal Planet.
The Stamford rescue noted in a press release that the names Inez and Betty came from Swift’s song “betty.” Swift mentions the name Rebekah in another song, “the last great american dynasty.”
All three puppies have been adopted since the filming for the Puppy Bowl took place — and two have new names.
Lucky Dog Refuge plans to hold a watch party at Third Place by Half Full Brewery on Feb. 11. The star trio will be in attendance, as will adoptable dogs.
In the last Puppy Bowl, Twinkle, a Husky mix, represented Lucky Dog Refuge. Co-founder Maria Mende adopted Twinkle, who now goes by Emma.
More than 100 puppies are on the Puppy Bowl XX roster, including 14 from Connecticut.
After the Puppy Bowl airs, the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will go head to head in Super Bowl LVIII. Swift’s boyfriend, Travis Kelce, plays for the Chiefs.
Here is the story of each of this year’s puppies from Stamford:
Rebekah is a German Shepherd-Neapolitan Mastiff mix who played for Team Ruff.
A local rescuer found her in Mississippi when she was a few weeks old, according to Lucky Dog Refuge. People were selling puppies at a gas station, and Rebekah was abandoned after no one bought her.
Lucky Dog Refuge paid for a surgery for Rebekah, who had a fractured femur. After she came to Connecticut and played in the Puppy Bowl, a Stamford family adopted her, naming her Poppy.
Her family said that Poppy and her adopted sister, fellow Lucky Dog rescue Kiki, love playing together. Poppy is particularly fond of tennis balls, tends to be a little too rough with her toys and prances to her crate when it is time for food.
Local rescuers took Inez and her sister Betty — who are Australian Cattle Dog-Poodle mixes — out of a pound in Mississippi.
Her Stamford parents adopted her a day after she played for Team Fluff in the Puppy Bowl.
They described her as happily spoiled and full of energy. She likes to snatch and play with her parents’ socks and makes it known that she wants to play tug-of-war by groaning. She also closely examines new foods before she tries them.
While her sister was on Team Fluff, Betty was on Team Ruff.
She was the last of three puppies to be adopted. Her Stamford family, who are Swifties, brought her home in December and kept the name Betty. She has two human siblings who are in their teens.