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.
When your light goes out upon this earth,
I'll look up to the sky;
It will twinkle there in a million stars,
Like it did here in your eyes.
And when your flame no longer burns,
To warm my every day;
I will bask in the warmth of your memory,
That will never go away.
Then when your bark no longer rings,
I will listen deep within;
For it will be the sweetest gift,
'Twas left here by my friend.
So rest in peace in the arms of God,
My precious, faithful friend;
You'll be in the joy of each memory,
Long after your journey's end.
Allison Chambers Coxsey, 2000
Thinking of you dear Banjo & all the love we shared. Hard to fathom that it has been 7 long years since I held you close. I will love♥you always...Mom
Three score and ten are given to man, But ours is a much briefer span. So, though I give you all my heart, The time will come when we must part. But all around you, you will see, Creatures that speak to you of me; A tired horse, a hunted thing, A sparrow with a broken wing ... Pity - and help (I know you will) And somehow, I will be with you still; And I shall know, although I'm gone, The love I gave you lingers on.