8 May 2003 - 11 May 2013
George featured in the first Pedigree Dogs Exposed - billed as "the sickest Pug in Britian"- so he did well to get to 10. Ten years and three days to be exact.
George had just about every ailment it is possible for a pug to have, as you can see in the clip below. But my over-riding memory of him will always be that he was such a sweetie.
The picture above was taken about a year ago when we were working on the sequel to PDE. I find it enormously touching.
George was sired by Crufts champion Patsgang Sir Eastonite who won Best of Breed at Crufts in 2004. Astonishingly, George himself qualified for Crufts.
George was owned and loved with a fierce passion by Joanne Morris and her partner Graham. Joanne says they will never have another Pug.
I emailed Joanne this evening:
I have just heard from Kate that you said goodbye to George today. I am so very, very sorry. I know he will be so missed.
Thank you for allowing his story to be told in Pedigree Dogs Exposed. His legacy will live on, I hope, through generations of healthier pugs.
A big hug here from me, Jon and all at Passionate Productions.
And back came this:
I told him as he was PTS that he will go down in history. It was a wonderful peaceful ending after he had gone downhill. He had dementia, had been having fits and then his breathing went as well as his sight. He was ten years and three days old and a miracle after all the crap bad breeding had thrown at him.
"He went with a wag and a tiny bit of George left. I miss him but the pain is now mine. When he passed so quickly he looked so happy and peaceful. An end of an era. Never again. It's been a hard ten years. I do really appreciate you contacting me and allowing George to be part of such a life changing, ground-breaking documentary. I am proud of his part."Bless you, Joanne, for being there for George.
He will be remembered.