R.I.P – A tribute to my pug, splodge!

R.I.P – A tribute to my pug, splodge

On Thursday 24th July my pug, Splodge who was 10 yrs old collapsed.  He was rushed in to the vets who upon scanning him said that he had a large tumour inside his stomach, however it was well contained and they would operate on him the next day.

When he was taken in, I remember just having this deep gut gnawing sensation that things were badly wrong, that there was not going to be a good end to this, but the vet gave us some hope.  She did however suggest that we might like to go in and see him.

I talked to the boys, explained the situation, with hope, but that we should go and visit and ‘possibly’ say goodbyes.  I would never have forgiven myself had I been unrealistic about the situation.  There were tears and he didn’t look good, however he tried to lift his head once when my youngest moved away.  I stroked his small soft ears, and smelt his coat, something that I have as a memory.

Splodge at the vets when we said goodby

Splodge at the vets when we said goodbye

The next day was a hellish day, the waiting, I phoned first thing, he wasn’t great but they said they would scan him for metastasis and if there were some there was no point operating, however if no call by midday that meant the all clear and they were operating.

Ten past midday the phone went, my stomach turned, it was the vets and he had passed away when put under general anaesthetic.  So our boy has gone and I can’t describe how the last couple of days have been, those of you with pets will surely understand fully the gaping hole left when a four legged much loved friend dies.  The only blessing was that he seemingly didn’t suffer for long.

A bit about splodge

My mother & her pug statue

My mother & her pug statue

Our family have always had pugs, when my mother met my father she had 7 to be precise, all of which slept on the bed.  It is a surprise he ever married her as they are smelly snorty beasts!

My mother decided one day upon seeing one of her pugs behind a chair, sitting in the shadows that he just looked like a ‘splodge’ of ink, hence the name which has stuck now through many generations of our pugs.

In latter years she had terriers instead, however when they both passed away and her then husband, I decided to re-ignite her love for pugs and get her one as company which I did 10 yrs ago.

She loved him to bist though she found having a puppy at her age a challenge, you could see she also thrived on it.  He was the laziest pug I have ever met, because of her own health issues the post man used to walk him and you would see him literally flopping his body down to avoid going out.  If you ever let him out in the garden he would turn tail and scratch at the door until he was let in.

pug running

My lazy pug actually running so fast his ears are flipping up

When my mother passed away I inherited him.  Poor splodge went from living in a bungalow, having a very sheltered life, eating titbits from my mothers plate, never having gone up any stairs or public transport, nor met any other dogs apart from his greyhound girlfriend to being in London in a Victorian house with numerous stairs that were wooden.

Have you ever seen a pug try to master wooden stairs, its funny and not funny at the same time, I think he actually took flight at times as his little paws would not get much purchase.  He learn’t to go on the bus, the train and go to parks with many other dogs.

His social skills left little to be desired with having a fascination of doggy bottoms.  Though I know this is normal with dogs, dogs usually inspect other parts of dogs and actually socialize by playing.  But splodge would have none of it, he was only interested in the nether regions and plunged his luckily flat nose there as if super glued, much to the eventual distress of the targeted dog, whose eyes would eventually bulged in the insistent attention and swivel around trying to avoid the snorting and snuffling.

He then had a house move, coming with us to East Sheen in London, his life would change however as he then gained a companion.

Though I have two cats I felt sorry for splodge not having a friend.  At the age of 8 he probably wasn’t bothered, but it bothered me.  So I in my moment of madness went and bought a french bulldog puppy.

You can read more about his introduction to our family here –

It’s a dogs life!

Splodge would look at this small snuffly thing in its cage and sit outside as if guarding it, or in fact making sure rather than someone getting in to hurt it that in fact it would not get out.  Of course the puppy, aka Teddy was let out.  Splodge then looked on mystified as said puppy urinated and pood everywhere.  Said puppy also chewed everything and gutted the bottom of antique chairs.  It was quite a visual ride for splodge.

Little puppy had sharp teeth and splodge being a dog who usually spent his life lying down was a target for said teeth, his lovely soft black ears being so tempting.  Splodge learnt to sit up a bit more.  Splodge also decided that the puppy got attention when pooing on the floor, so he thought it would be a good idea to follow suite.  He was surprised that his Owners were not happy with this donation.

The puppy got bigger and randy and spent many hours dry rogering poor splodge both ends I might add.  I will add luckily for splodge that Teddy was not a good aim, but I am sure he got headaches and backache with the goings on.

pug and french bulldog

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
― Josh Billings

Teddy became a firm protector of Splodge.  When going out on the Common if any dog would show an interest negatively towards Splodge or Teddy suspected this he would shoo the inspector away, he would always look back and stop if Splodge was having a slow moment walking, so sweet to see.

Teddy always used to lie on top of Splodge, so we go them a bigger basket, a huuuuge basket yet it made no difference, Teddy would use Splodge like a cushion and lie nearly on top of him, on many occasion he would actually sit on his head.

pug and frenchie stuck in the car

pug and frenchie stuck in the car

He didn’t even mind when he got literally stuck in the car with Teddy. (excuse the view)

Splodge was also the greediest dog in the world, he would literally eat anything.

His greediness was displayed in many varying ways.

One time he disappeared when I was walking him, and being Splodge he would only move at speed for very few things.  I searched around for him and saw a woman walking a pram, there in front of her legs was Splodge walking at the same speed.  She had not noticed him, perhaps sleep deprivation.  His nose was plunged in to the carrier underneath which had a loaf of bread in of which he was happily munching away.

We also have vines at home, of which many a time we would see leaves plunging back and forth across the window, Splodge was tugging at the vines to get to the grapes.  He polished off my entire yield of strawberries and would eat the rotten apples from my tree.  He never got an upset stomach over these types of things except for spicy sausage or when he had an explosive moment c/o Teddy, of which you will see the account of what happened in the post links below  –

A crap journey! Pet tales & humour….really I promise….

Random Moments of Delight #11 ~ Doomsday to choccie day!

I also remember the time we had a babysitter who left her bag on the floor, I went to show her around and when I came back the contents of her bag where all over the place and what looked like half a bap.  I went to search for Splodge who moved at lightning speed towards his basket with a bap in his mouth the size of his head which he promptly buried under his cushion.  Like I wouldn’t notice right?

Now Splodge had a foot fetish!

Now I always thought this was a rumour but upon doing some investigation I find this as quoted from A Brief History of the Pug

When enterprising European traders made their way to the Far East, these intriguing little dogs captivated them. Dutch and Portuguese merchants are generally credited with bringing the pug to the Western world. Easy to transport and care for, pugs would have made fine cargo to bring back to the royal courts of Europe, where toy breeds led pampered lives as lap dogs, foot warmers, and flea catchers. The unusual pug was sure to find favor.

Note I highlight foot warmer.  Splodge seemed to have brought this pug duty with him through the generations of his family in the form of a foot fetish.  Oh yes Ladies and Gentlemen, every time anyone arrived at the house or anywhere Splodge was he would source a foot that was the most motionless and plant his ass on it, he would then look up at said person as if to say “see I am now keeping your foot warm will you smile please?”

The usual reaction from people was curiosity at first “what is he doing?”  When I would explain, most but not all would go “ewww” and not see it for the devotion he was providing and promptly yank their foot out.  That would never stop Splodge as he would follow said foot and try again.


A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
Josh Billings

Now if you had naked feet in sandals in the Summer oh my Splodge was in toe heaven.  As you will see from the photos, he has rather a long tongue which got longer the older he got.  This tongue would snake out and diligently like in, around and over any naked toes with a seeming ecstatic demeanor which would involve even more snorting and sneezing which would horrify most people.

It came to be a problem when going out in to the park and summer especially if someone was sunbathing.  Splodge seemed to also like suncream and salty skin, the latter doesn’t surprise me.  He would make a beeline for anyone lying down and take a long eager lick.  Sometimes this would benefit Shrek (husband) as the woman might be lying down on her belly with bikini top undone, he would sometimes get a good view before appearing sorry that our dog had behaved in such a way.

One time he did it to some rugby players who were doing press ups.  Splodge took it in his stride to loiter under each and every one and give them a face lick as they lifted up and down.  Though there was much shouting I take my hat off to the players for their diligence as they did not stop, except for one who couldn’t take it and collapsed on the floor.

Splodge and my children

Splodge lived in a house with two boisterous boys.  He was an angel as he would put up with anything and everything that they would do to him.  They were not mean but sometimes got carried away with treating him like a toy and or not realizing he was tired and really had had enough.  I kept telling them that he was a gentleman and they needed to take the cue when he was ready for his basket.

play and food for a pug

play and food for a pug

Splodge loved it when my children lay on the floor he would leap on them and sneeze all over their faces.  This is a pug thing, most of you pug owners will know right?

He always came to greet us and paw us with his feet with glee in his face that we were there.

I was also very impressed that at his age he would still enter in to games one of which you will see in the highlighted post which is good fun –

Weekly photo challenge ~ inside ~ serious and dribbly!

He even put up with my French bulldog’s bottom falling out, oh the trials and tribulations, some of which you will see below:

Pet Tales & finally cooking as Spring is here ~ Fiesta Friday #6

Toilet humour & general debauchery! ~ Fiesta Friday #7

So it is with this post that I leave you now, maybe to read through some of the links, maybe to think of how our four legged friends mean so much.  I admit sometimes I took him for granted and now that he is gone, there is a hole which I hope I can fill in some way with good memories, part of which what this post is about.

Please give your four legged friends of any type a little cuddle from me.

Thank you for reading & this is why there has been no Fiesta Friday, Random Moment of Delight and Sat post was pre-scheduled, hugs, Justine xx

© Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com


  62 comments for “R.I.P – A tribute to my pug, splodge!

  1. July 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    He must’ve been an awesome dog. So sorry about your loss 😦


    • July 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Thank he was it was good though teary to write the tribute but something I wanted to do for his memory xx


  2. July 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Aw Justine 😦

    I’m so sorry to hear this hun, I know how hard it is to loose such a good and loyal friend.

    Big hugs missus xxx


    • July 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Thank you sweetie ❤ had a little cry again whilst writing the post it's seeing pics of him sends me off xx


  3. Lainey
    July 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    So sorry to hear this Justine. It’s a terrible place to be (I remember my losses all too well) and nothing we can say will help. This was a beautiful, loving tribute and I too send Big Hugs xxx


    • July 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Thank you for your lovely words I’m glad I wrote it he was a very special friend xx


      • Anonymous
        July 20, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        Beautifully written tribute to a much loved four legged friend. My love to you – so sad xx


        • July 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

          Thank you, are you a four legged Owner? It’s nice to get comments esp on something so emotively attached x


  4. July 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Justine – this is some of your finest writing and a loving tribute to Splodge, your mother and your entire family. I am so sorry for your loss. Such a heartfelt ode to Splodge and pugs everywhere; I feel as if I was right there with the snorts, sneezes, and butt sniffs.

    I look forward to hearing more memoirs about Splodge and will meander through your links to hear more tales. Through my tears, I had to chuckle about Shrek and the bare-breasted bathing beauties. You sure know how to write about life.

    Big hugs to all.


    • July 20, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      awe thank you for lovely words and glad you felt a little of what I was trying to convey, it was also just a way for me to work through all the memories and have it down forever, maybe I will make him a doggie pinup LOL, plastering him around instagram and pinterest, famous Splodge!! Had my 11yr olds birthday party today to keep me distracted xxx


      • July 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        I’m glad you had a party to distract you. And I think Splodge Stories and photos should definitely filter through your many ways of sharing him with us!


        • July 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM

          awe thank you i might well do a little piece on him every now and then, for now though every time i see a photo of him and focus on it longer than two seconds the sprinklers start so trying to avoid for now heh. Gave teddy a huge brushing session he really wasnt sure what was gong on lol x


  5. July 20, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I feel with you, it is not nice to need to say goodbye and see you to beloved friend. You gave him a nice tribute here. You are in my thoughts.


    • July 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      thank you, i think you have a dog too right? Teddy my frenchi eis getting extra hugs x


      • July 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        I understand you Justine and yes I have a big puppy and two older cats at 11 years old.


        • July 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

          my cats are 15 and 17, getting on in years, you forget how time passes so quickly it is scary sometimes x


  6. July 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I would say Splodge had a pretty good life – with lots of love, attention and appreciation. He was one lucky dog to find your household. Beautiful tribute and I feel for you and your family in your loss.


    • July 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      awe thank you, kind of you to say such a thing. Your comments are very welcomed, made me smile x


  7. July 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful little dog, that is so hard. Take care, and I am thinking of you.


    • July 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      thank you, getting such nice comments makes it a bit easier xx


  8. July 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Justine, this is a fine tribute to Splodge, he sounds such a character! You will always have fond memories of him, and I know how heartbroken you feel. They are with us for such a short time, but the love – that special LOVE from our lovely dogs will never be forgotten. Be kind to yourself hun. *hugs*


    • July 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      thank you i am learning not to look at his pics doesn’t help ,i am sure each day it will get easier. Teddy my frenchie has been lonely so getting lots of hugs xx


      • July 20, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        Aww bless, losing family is so hard, and our dogs are very important family members. Xx


        • July 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

          they are indeed and sometimes you dont realize how much until it is too late x


  9. July 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    so sorry to hear about your loss. Dogs are one of the best friends!!


    • July 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      thank you and your right they are best friends and their love unconditional xx


  10. July 20, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Darling, I am so sorry for your loss but what a lot of wonderful, mad, hilarious, bonkers and touching memories you have of Splodge – he sounds like he was quite the character. Sending you lots of love and hugs xx


    • July 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      he was suuuuch a character and sorely missed but wonderful memories, thank you for your kind words selma xx


  11. July 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    So sorry about your loss, Justine! Wishing you tenderness and softness during this difficult time. xo


  12. July 21, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    My sincerest condolences for your loss and a lovely well-written tribute to him.


  13. M-R
    July 21, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Dear Justine …You have written your heart out here, and I’m sure it helped you a little bit. I am terribly sorry for your grief – and real, genuine grief it is. We all know it will pass in time; but right now you are so unhappy … and who can help you ?
    Only you yourself. Write more.


    • July 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      awe thank you for your words, i hadn’t really felt like writing but will do so, its helpful your right xx


  14. July 21, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    How sweet and beautiful a tribute! I love all these photos! I love pugs too! I hope you and your sweet family find peace! I’m so sorry for your loss! 💗


  15. July 21, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    So sorry to hear about Splodge! Sweet post you have written about him. Yes, it’s so super hard to lose our animals.


    • July 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      thank you lori and sorry i have not been in touch, have been trying to get some rl work so blogging has ben n a bkburner x


  16. July 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss.


  17. July 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Justine, I am so very sorry for your loss. This is such a sweet tribute and made me cry and laugh all at the same time. Big big hugs to you from Bailey and me. ❤ ❤ ❤


    • July 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      awe i thought you would resonate with it, thank you for your lovely words xx


  18. July 21, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Very sad for you xx


  19. nikkiharvey
    July 22, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. this post has reminded me of all the pets I’ve lost. The last time was 2 years ago and I’m tearing up just thinking about it. You will always have the memories and try and concentrate on the good times and the good life you gave him


    • July 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      awe i am sorry i made you cry its odd how it can creep up on us and old emotions still be there, mind you two years isnt so long, hugs xx


  20. July 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    We sort of just had a loss too. SIL and BIL lost a fur friend to cancer. After our own fur friend passed I chose to remain pet-less. Grandchildren sort of fill that void, but we can send them home 🙂

    May you also remember all the fond and funny.

    Hugs, Jules


    • July 23, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      awe thank you jules,very sweet and sorry for your furry losses too x


  21. July 24, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Oh Justine – I just read this. I am so sorry to hear about Splodge. He sounds like such a character. We lost the family dog recently too, and it’s heartbreaking. Sending you a hug.
    (Written with a sleeping pug on my feet!) x


    • July 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      ijust found you on instagram its bitter sweet seeing your furry friends but glad to see such ah andsome black pug, your so lucky, and yes its horrible when we lose pets quite a shock ! x


      • July 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Aww, sorry if it brought painful memories, I only read your post about Splodge afterwards. X


        • July 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

          its ok, painful memories come and go he got cremated yesterday and he arrives next week, we have some hollow jewellery pieces to keep as keepsakes, hang up or whatever x


          • July 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM

            Ah, that’s lovely. Maybe pick some favourite photos to get framed, or make a canvas of too? That was you can keep his little furry face around to make you smile x


            • July 25, 2014 at 6:03 PM

              awe yes eventually the kids cry every time they see his photo and they ask not to, i get teary too, silly i know, but maybe in a few months xx


  22. July 30, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    I just saw this post. I’m so sorry Splodge died. He was obviously a very important part of your family.


    • July 30, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      He was, most definitely and my mothers originally so that extra connection there xx


      • July 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Even though he is gone, the memories will last forever.


  23. July 31, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    I am just now seeing this, why didn’t I get a notification that was a post, I am upset about that. What a lovely tribute to Splodge, he was such character or so I gather, He was loved much and gave much love. They teach us patience and give unconditional love, so so sorry for your loss I know what you are going through and am hoping that your other dog is doing ok, they grieve like we do, Take care of yourself.


    • July 31, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Awe yes wp is horrible sometimes hiding posts. Teddy went on a playdate today with some other dogs he’s been very miserable at home.
      I had another little cry today as splodge comes home cremated tomorrow. Just hits one sometimes my 11yr old has taken it v hard! I do miss him dreadfully but it will ease. Thank you for your kind words x


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