Friday, January 7, 2011

All I need to know, I learned from Stubby

I'm sure by now you all have heard that one of my best PugBuddies, STUBBY, crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning. He was very wise beyond his 13.5 years here on earth and I learned many important life lessons from him during the great times I was able to spend with him.

Here's a pic from the summer of 09 when I first met Stubby...

Lesson 1: NEVER be afraid to charm the ladies!!! Moms are typically the pushovers and will let you get away with pretty much ANYTHING, so go ahead and lay the sugar on THICK!

Lesson 2 continued on that same afternoon at the Indy Pug Meetup...

Always keep the Mom happy and smile and look adorable in ALL photos. Moms LOVE that crap!

This brings us to Lesson 3:

If you look SuperExtraCute, tragic AND starving all at're sure to get scooped up and have your own special place at the table. Make sure they're serving something GOOD though before you put all this effort into it though...there was only rabbit food on this table. Ugh!

When I went to visit Stubby in Chicago this past summer, he taught me MORE cool stuff! These were quite ADVANCED lessons (pay close attention...)


Be sure to S T R E T C H as well as you can before you're about to eat mass quantities of nommables (like Popeye's chicken!). Stretching your front paws provides little extra pockets of space for the chicken (or other nommables) to flow, ergo allowing more intake room into your stomach!

Lesson 5:

When you smell something YUMMY (again: Popeye's chicken)...RUN LIKE HELL to the source!! Don't walk, trot, mosey, stroll, sashay or ANYTHING slower than a BREAKNECK SPEED RUN! You won't regret it!

Lesson 6:

Get your face as CLOSE as possible to any potential nommable food source and be sure to snooter and snort ALL OVER it...completely bogarting the foodables and rendering it "gross" and undesirable for human consumption.

Lesson 7:

If some sort of yummy foodable is being offered to you, be sure to act ravenous and completely crazed with hunger. It will make the humans feed you faster.

Lesson 8:
Always be sure to use good manners and write a formal apology if you do something wrong or unkind.

(actual card received from Stubby! HAHAHA!)

Lesson 9:
When chatting up a love sure to discuss common interests.

Here are Stubby and Molly O'Mally this past October. They sat there yammering about their favorite old episodes of The Rockford Files, the early bird specials at Denny's, the best prescription discount cards and the damn kids these days and their loud music and the constant texting, texting TEXTING!!!! Can't you just SEE the sparks flying between these two?

Lesson 10:
If someone is willing to wrap you up and hold you through an entire football game in the cold rain...LET THEM!

No wiggling, no squirming, just snuggle up and enjoy the game! Stubby's dad wrapped him up like a burrito on this particularly cold and rainy Saturday in October!

Lesson 11:
The old adage is true...Birds of a feather DO flock together!

In this case...Crazy Pug Mamas, all bonding over their mutual love of PUGS. Pretty cool eh?

So THANK YOU Stubby, for teaching me so many important things. I will miss your friendship, but am so thankful for the time that I had with you and know that our parents will always be friends.

Farewell old chap! I'll make you a deal...YOU run free and enjoy all the Popeye's you can handle on that side of the bridge and I'll keep an eye on your peeps and make sure they keep the jackassery to a minimum...ok???


Winston, Kizzy and Tika of Two Cats and a Pug said...

That is an awesome deal...... you keeping the jackassery to a minimum while Stubby is up there running free. He sure taught you many good lessons. A wise one he was. I think we all learned a little something from him!

Laurie A Kirkpatrick said...

What a wonderful tribute to a once-in-a-lifetime friend.

Gracie the agility pug

Wilma said...

What a great friend you are Salinger. Stubby couldn't have schooled a cooler dude. You two made quite a pair.

Sonic said...

It's so sad to hear about Stubby. This is the second blog post I've read in row about Stubby - he must've been a very special pug!

I'm sure he'll be among lots of friends across the Rainbow Bridge.


Arlo The Pug said...

That is a really cool tribute to a really great friend! Awesome Job Salinger! Love, Arlo

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh Salibger
a very nice tribute to our special friend Stubby,,,, so nice

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Sorry i mis spelled your name..
i cannot see through the tears

I Am HoneyBuzz said...

I am sad at the passing of your furend Stubby. He certainly sounds like he was one-in-a-million and one heck of a pup.

Big hugs and slurps to you - HoneyBuzz

Puglette said...

a lovely and fitting tribute to such a wonderful little gentleman. well said, salinger.

Aniemother said...

What a lovely tribute to Stubby!


stephanie said...

What a touching tribute. You two were very lucky to call each other friend. I have no doubt Stubby is running free in the beautiful pastures on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

Paula said...


What a wonderful tribute to Stubby! He taught those lessons well!

Yoda, Brutus & Ellie said...

What a wonderful tribute to an awesome pug!! We bet Stubby has a nice big bucket of Popeye's right now.

We were so sad to hear about Stubby and are keeping his pawrents in our thoughts and prayers.

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda, Brutus & Ellie

Becky said...

You did a wonderful tribute to Stubby. We will be thinking of his Mom and Dad. Our furbabies are never here long enough. You give us all your love and ask for so little in return. Run free Stubby! One day we will all meet up there in Heaven!

Diane said...

Hi Sal,
That Stubby was a very smart boy & loved by many. I read all about him on Tweedles blog too. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. This is a WONDERFUL tribute to him. He was a lucky boy to have all these good friends too.
xoxoxoxo Diane

Evy Metal said...

A very noble deal you made with your buddy Salinger - someone has to keep an eye on those humans. You are a very wise little pug to learn from your elders - always a good idea. By the way, when I was a little girl (a very long time ago) we had a mixed breed dog name Stubby - I loved him so very much. A good name for good buddies. Love & cheese to you!

dw said...

Stubby was a very good teacher, wasn't he, Salinger! And that Popeye's bag, yeah, it sure got a work out from both of you guys!! I think the deal with Stubby is just about right -- he gets all the Popeye's his sweet little heart can desire and you keep things in check (and keep the jackassery under control! *can you really do that?!?*). Very nice, dude!

Pearl said...

I loved this tribute to Stubby, Sal. Thanks for helping us all focus on the good times. You're always good at that!


Hank said...

Great tribute, Sal Bubby.

Love -

Sarah, Hank and Molly

Benny and Lily said...

We are so sorry to hear about Stubby
Benny & Lily

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh salinger
what a perfect tribute to dear, sweet stubby.
we learned so much from him and miss him more than words can say.
your post made us smile.
we love you!
m & e

Sandy said...

That was so nice to read and see those pictures. Stubby had a great life!

Apollo said...

Salinger Buddy, that was a great tribute post to Stubby. My Mom said she laughed through her tears. He sure was a good Pug wasn't he.

Southern Fried Pugs said...

Those are certainly excellent rules. We've got the run for food and get as close to it as you can rule down pat. Still working on the being polite part.

The Devil Dog said...

Those are some awesome lessons you learned from Stubby. Lucky and know that he is up there with Muffie and Bridget having a field day, chasing butterflies and eating all the Popeye's chicken he could want.


Dana Orsborn said...

Such a great post!
Stubby was one smart, sexy man
pug. We are going to miss him
a lot.

-Dana & Daisy