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How, you might ask, could a long-dead dog be regarded as a landmark? The simple answer is that a statue placed in Jubilee Square in Simon’s Town and immortalising the dog is a physical landmark. The more complex answer is that this dog left such an impression on the people of Cape Town during his short 7-year life, that his name has endured for over 60 years and is associated with many things.
Just Nuisance was a Great Dane breed born in 1937. He was named Nuisance and as a young dog, he would leave home and return late in the evenings. His owner was to discover that he was catching the train into Cape Town, hanging out with sailors and escorting the drunk ones back to base. Following threats by railway officials of being stopped from entering trains, local sailors were afraid they would lose their trusty companion and convinced the owner to enlist Nuisance into the Royal Navy.
In 1939, Nuisance was officially enlisted and while filling out his certificate of service, the officer asked Nuisance’s handler for his full name. The reply was “It’s just Nuisance, sir” and so his first name was filled out as Just and his surname Nuisance. He was given the rank of Able Seaman and his job description entered as Bone Crusher. He was provided with his own bunk at the barracks but on one occasion was punished for occupying the petty officer’s bed. His punishment was being deprived of bones for a few days. Over the years, he continued to accompany sailors and ensure that they all returned safely. Just Nuisance died after being hit by a car in 1944 and was buried with full military honours. His gravesite is located on the hill overlooking Simon’s Town and can be visited.
The statue of Just Nuisance in Jubilee Square is a sculpting of this characterful dog which unfortunately is not to size.
Today you can purchase a Just Nuisance wine, visit the Just Nuisance community market, watch the movie (coming soon) or read the two books on his life.
Ironically, Just Nuisance was born on April fool’s day and died 7 years later on the same day.