Pompey, photographed by Boy Fenwick
Since I began writing this blog I've had the pleasure of meeting a number of my readers, several of whom have been under the impression that the name of said pug is pronounced the same as Pompeii, the Roman city that had the misfortune to be buried under a flow of molten ashes when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. Actually, it is not.
The Forum, Pompeii, with Vesuvius in the Distance
Christian Kobke, 1841
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Pompey, if parsed out in dictionary format, would be Pŏm′pē. In other words, it rhymes with donkey, and not Pompeii. The emphasis is on the first syllable "pom", and "pey" is pronounced "pee" (which he does at least several times a day).
Landscape with Donkey
Eugene Joseph Verboeckhoven, 1846
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Just in case you wanted to know . . .