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

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.