February 27, 2019:
We lost Banjo, a 14.8 year old bonded-goldendoodle, on December 3, 2018. When we returned home without Banjo from the vet clinic, the house was, of course, way too quiet. His bonded-buddy, Jack, was very subdued and stuck close to us for several days. It was amazing to us that Jack seemed to intuitively understand that Banjo was gone and wasn't coming back. We had been worried about how Jack would handle Banjo's absence; but, he was busy figuring out his new relationship with us as being our only dog.
We only had the privilege of having Banjo with us for 18 months before we lost him. He was a mellow, sweet dog who enjoyed eating, getting petted, sleeping on one of his dog beds (in the living room or in the bedroom) and being with his pack which was comprised of Jack and us. We are retired so we were able to spend more time with both dogs than a working couple could have. We are grateful for this since his time with us was so short.
Banjo's one vice was that he would tear up things after we left the house. He never tore up anything of value; it was always some small thing with our scent on it. Banjo made it clear that he liked having his pack intact...and at home with him. We tried several approaches to stopping this behavior; but to no effect. So, we began to pack or put up things that we knew would attract a "Banjo attack" and this worked the best of all of the approaches that we tried.
Banjo loved people and always expected everyone to love him back. He assumed that everyone wanted to pet him and would lean on people's legs in invitation if they didn't make the move to pet him first. Also, he loved our little grandson and was very patient with the clumsy exploration that babies make towards dogs. We never worried about a negative reaction from Banjo. We so appreciated this about him.
Banjo was a special dog whom we miss like crazy. We love you, Banjo!
August 28, 2017:
Banjo is a real love-bug. Right from the beginning, he wagged his tail and leaned into the legs of anyone who would scratch his ears. He has a very calm personality and he definitely loves people. He has stolen our hearts with his many endearing qualities--greatest of which is his ability to love us as much as we love him.Banjo, along with his "brother" Jack, have made a complete transition to our household. They have amazingly accurate internal clocks and they come to remind us when it is time to let them out into our fenced backyard, to feed them and to walk them. They are very excited when we come in the door whether or not it is a short or a long time that we were gone. Soft-hearted dogs like golden retrievers and goldendoodles, like humans, seem to have the ability to love an infinite number of people. Banjo and Jack are prime examples of this because, although we're sure that they continue to love their former family equally to loving us, they demonstrate every day that they are happy to be here with us now.
We are grateful to have the opportunity to be Banjo and Jack's new forever parents. Adopting them has been a privilege for us and we dearly love having them in our lives.
August 17, 2017:
Great news! Banjo and his "brother" Jack have found their forever home together. They are happy, healthy and doing great! Soon you will be able to find updates and pictures posted in our Happy Dog section. Thanks to everyone for helping these two handsome boys!
July 11, 2017:
Banjo has successfully had a tumor removed which was located in a bothersome place and the lab results show it to be benign. Great news! He also had his teeth cleaned while under anesthesia which is always a good idea. In addition to sailing through his surgery, the infection in his anal glands is cleared up too! To say that he is feeling better is an understatement! Our 9-month old grandson visited us last weekend and Banjo and Jack (a bonded pair) were wonderful with him, and they never bothered any of his toys. Our son and daughter-in-law couldn't believe how well-mannered and patient they were--nor could we!
Banjo and Jack have adjusted to our daily routines and schedules already. They follow us around and lay down close to us no matter which room that we are in. They appear happy here and are very loving. We think that they are as cute as can be and love them right back. They are very special dogs! It will be time soon to look for their forever home who will be blessed indeed to get them.
June 22, 2017:
Banjo is a sweetheart and a lovebug! He loves getting petted and asks several times a day for one-on-one attention. His tail madly swishes when his ears are being rubbed. We have discovered that the table between our recliners is tail-height for him. His swishing tail has twice cleared off things at the front of the table. Obviously, we're going to have to reorganize our stuff. Both Banjo and Jack (a bonded-pair) love going for walks. We've started to each take a dog so that they have a chance to walk separately with us. Banjo doesn't pull on the leash and walks close on the left-side of us. He's not used to stopping to investigate and leave his mark everywhere. This allows us to keep up a good pace and actually provides a good walking workout for us as well as the dogs. We put the dogs out in the backyard after our walks to allow them to take care of their needs before returning to the house.
June 15, 2017:
Banjo and Jack are bonded Goldendoodles, so they will be looking for their forever home together! Banjo, who is the older one, is laid back and takes things as they come. He has very good manners and loves to be petted and having his ears rubbed. We found out on Friday at his vet visit that he has some medical issues that are probably the basis for why he has been eating the best since getting here last Sunday. He tested positive for Lyme disease and has an infection in his anal glands as well. He's on antibiotics and has a checkup in two weeks to see if the problem with his anal glands has been cured. He also may have allergies which has caused him to rub his eyes and ears on carpet and furniture. He is on Benadryl and, hopefully, that will offer him the relief that he needs during these high pollen-count days. Banjo is very loving and a great companion. One of the really great things about these two dogs is that they sleep all night long and wait until you get up in the morning before they start moving. Even if you get up in the middle of the night, they won't stir unless you turn on a light or make some unusual noise. This gives us a chance to get a good night's sleep and what a gift that is!
June 8th, 2017:
Banjo came to us on June 4 with his "brother"Jack, and they are quite the bonded pair! He is settling in nicely and in no time him and Jack found the water bowls, soft dog beds and toys to play with. He enjoyed exploring the house his first day with us and slept great his very first night! After a few days of settling in he will visit the vet to make sure all is well. Banjo is a pretty mellow guy and is used to daily walks which is what keeps him nice a trim. We look forward to learning more about Banjo and his "brother" as they continue to settle in and learn from us!