I gave Banjo the nickname ‘Shyhound’, because it describes his temperament, and is a portmanteau of his two main breeds: Shepherd + Greyhound.
Temple Grandin has noted that the more inquisitive or curious an animal is, the more likely they are to be highly-strung in temperament – and Banjo is no exception.
We know a little bit about Banjo’s past. A few winters ago, he was found with his mother, a Labrador, and three brothers in a snowy ditch in Queens, New York.
New York City Animal Control picked the litter up and, as the pups were only 5 weeks old and deemed too young to neuter, they would have put down had Sean Casey Animal Rescue not stepped in.
In those early days of the non-profit, Sean Casey ran his shelter from a concrete shed in the cargo section of JFK, and this is where Banjo and his brothers were cared for until they were old enough to be adopted.
Meanwhile, we had seen his photo online (above left) and fallen in love. We’d seen many lovely photos of puppies available for adoption, but when I saw his little peeping face I thought, That’s my dog! and I called to make an appointment to see the puppies.
Two days later, we took our little guy home that same day – and life hasn’t been the same since!
Arooo! Dis Banjo heer. I a speshul dog becos I iz da furst Shyhound. Dis mah doggy blog. I tokking about fings I smelling. Like oder doggies. And fuuds. And runnings, becos I iz part Greyhound. I olso tokking about trabelling and I likes ‘xploring all da off-leash places in America!
I living in Barklyn, Noo York for da furs 4 yeers of mah life. Den, in March 2011, me and mah hoomins is doing a Road Trip from Barklyn to San Diego. I seen lots of fings, like the smellful Mississipilly Riber in Laroosiana, da best dog run evah in Santa Fe, and a very scareful fing called da Grand Canyon!
Some might say she’s barking mad, but Lauren has always done silly accents and voices – she used to be a voice over artist – so when Banjo came into her life, it seemed only natural to create a voice for him too.
Since starting Shyhound.com, Lauren and Banjo have heard from lots of other Shyhounds and their guardians all over the world. This brings them great joy! A lot of people are interested in knowing what their Shyhound puppy will look like grown up; others want to get tips on doing a road trip with a dog. We love hearing from you — Arooo!!