Arrival Story: Banjo was on death row along with three other female Siberians. The owner had brought them to our vet and asked that all be put to sleep and cremated. Banjo was 7 yrs old, two of them were 6 yrs old and one 8 yrs. old. All were healthy dogs. The owner's neighbors had complained about all the singing going on and hired a lawyer to make her get rid of them. The receptionist at the vets office called me and wanted to know if I could foster a couple, and try to give her time to find a home. I took Banjo and Misty, My sister took the other two. Misty was a very friendly, outgoing dog and was easily adopted. Banjo was another story. She was scared to death of men. It took me over 6 months to get her to trust me. She still does not trust my husband to this day, ever though he tries everything to get her to give in. I had a home lined up for her, but when the time came to give her over, I just couldn't do it. I was so afraid for her, she needed special care and attention. And I was in love. She is a sweet and lovable girl who I have never been sorry I kept. She became fast friends with my Alaskan Malamute, Kiska. When Kiska passed away in April of 2004, Banjo was so depressed, she would not eat or barely move from the door. She did not become herself again until we got the pups, KJ and Rain. Then she became mother Banjo. It was a joy to see her happy again. The other two Siberians went to a Siberian Rescue in Colorado.
Bio: February 20th, 2007
Today I said a tearful farewell to my beautiful, and oh so sweet Banjo. She acquired her wings at noon today. She has had arthritis in her back legs for some time now and they were getting weaker and weaker. The medicine she was on was no longer helping her. The bones in her back legs were slowing disintegrating. And today her hip bone collapsed. Due to the bad shape of her other back leg, there was nothing else I could do for her, but set her free to meet her Creator. And I'm sure my other Angels, especially her friend and playmate, Angel ^Kiska^, who she mourned for so long, was there to greet her and welcome her to the Bridge. She was a very special girl who won my heart, and I will never forget those piercing eyes with so much soul looking back at me. She may be gone, but she will never, ever be forgotten. I love you my Sweet girl, be at Peace...Until we meet Again.
Happy Birthday my dear Banjo girl! I hope you are enjoying all that Heaven has to offer you on your special day. I can just see you running & playing in the lush green grass with our Angel family & all of your wonderful & loving furiends.
Each year it seems like a lifetime since we celebrated your birthday together. But the memories of those special days makes me smile now as I remember you going nuts over a new squeaky toy or a new bone to chew on, & all the while doing your one of a kind dance. Just to have known & loved you is all I could have asked for...one day I will be celebrating this day right beside you.
So many years gone by. But I know you are still here, you cannot be gone because you live in my heart. Thinking of you sweet girl & so thankful you were in my life...
A dear friend sent us the following verse. Thank you to Zeus & family for this, it is beautiful!
"Although I had to leave you, it will never be goodbye.
For I have left my heart with you so don't you ever cry.
The love that's deep within me shall reach you from the stars,
You'll feel it from the heavens,
and it will heal all scars"
Hope you are enjoying all the things you love today at the Bridge as you celebrate your birthday with all your furiends & your Angel furfamily dear Banjo. But you can visit me after your pawty is over & everyone is sleeping off all the goodies they ate!
Happy Woofday to you!
I will be waiting for you in my dreams. I love♥ you now as I always will & I miss you each & every day. Kisses to Heaven for you...Mom