Thirteen-year-old Labrador Tubby, who is also known as the World’s Greenest Dog, has died.
The yellow Labrador Retriever was in the Guinness Book of World Records. He earned the World’s Greenest Dog title in 2011 after picking up 26,000 plastic bottles during his twice-daily walks.
The environmentally-friendly pooch would carry the bottles to his owner Sandra Gilmore, from Pontnewydd, Torfaen, to be recycled.
Guinness World Records said it was sad to hear about Tubby’s passing.
“It was a pleasure to have Tubby feature in the book,” a spokesman said. “It was a unique record and we are honoured to have been able to verify his achievement in the community.”
Gilmore believes her beloved Labrador picked up more than 50,000 discarded bottles in his life time. The dog owner shared the Lab preferred crushed bottles to the usual dog toys like a ball or stick.
“He meant so much to us and the local community and he had friends all over the world,” she said. “He didn’t let it all go to his head though as he was always the keenest, greenest recycling canine around with the smallest carbon paw print ever.”
Even the community Tubby lived in admired him and the things he did.
“He was a remarkable dog and did a great job sniffing out rubbish to recycle, and helping to improve the environment for everyone in Torfaen,” Torfaen council’s waste and recycling manager Cynon Edwards said.
Tubby’s efforts for the environment resonated worldwide. His story spread around the world. The Labrador even appeared in BBC, Channel 5 and ITV.