Poubelle takes final bow wow

2015-05-05 06:00

Performing Poubelle, the illustrious singing dog, has taken his last breath.

He was laid to rest in his favourite spot, next to the little lighthouse was built by Poubelle’s constant companion, musician Monique Martine, with the ocean as theatrical backdrop.

The lighthouse served as theatre stage for Poubelle’s first Christmas carol concert.

Accompanied by Martine on guitar, the puppy seduced members of the media in the costume of one of Martine’s preschool musical virtuosos. “I am not a dog, I am Sandy Claws,” sang he.

Poubelle had unconventional attributes and performing antics.

He passed away exactly eight years to the day after national reporters at an award ceremony had singled him out as “spunky”, a term the cute and courageous canine lived up to throughout his career.

Having devoted a considerable portion of his life to raising funds for charities, for dog sterilisation and against animal abuse, he himself was confined to a wheelchair prior to his swansong performance.

This was captured in the biographical lyrics of The final bow wow, which Martine dedicated to him.

He took the offer of a performing artiste’s disability grant.

An exceptionally attentive listener, Poubelle’s head would tilt politely from side to side, absorbing Martine’s amended instructions backstage at Artscape, before pawing an impatient request to end the doggy dialogue and allow him to sing, much to the amusement of the cast.

The unique name,Poubelle (“dustbin” in French) which he earned early last decade whilst Monique was rehabilitating his scavenger inclination, was subsequently plagiarised internationally by movie makers, musicians and dog lovers as Poubelle rose to stardom

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