Meet Banjo, affectionately known as JoJo. This little guy recently lost his family in the blink of an eye. They went on vacation and hired a pet sitter to watch him, but decided they didn't want him when they returned and never picked him up. Luckily, the pet sitter helped this sweet boy find his way to rescue.
JoJo can be tad shy when you first meet him, but once he warms up has a lot of love to share. He's done great in his foster home interacting with his foster family, but can be nervous and barky around some strangers who come to the house. He's a little bit insecure and needs an experience owner who who's not hesitant to correct and redirect him on walks or when he's pushing boundaries. JoJo is true to his Terrier nature and will push boundaries, but responds well to correction and leadership.
JoJo's foster family is very fond of him, his foster dad, Greg, sent us this update:
“JoJo is a joy. He is a dog, but just a wonderful and affectionate one. He has boundless energy and is always ready and willing to go, but when you don't want to engage, he will respect that and calm down. I have seen him fix his eyes on an object when on a walk, but to date, redirection has worked for me. After we pass the 'thing', within 10 feet he seems to have forgotten what had his attention and gets back to walking. He took a dental chew on a walk with Margo and buried it. Two days later, he dug it up on a walk with me and brought it home. Yea, he is a dog.
We went to the Farmer's Market and he was a perfect companion. I had to carry him because of the rules for part of the time and he was cool with it. He doesn't seem to interact a lot with our dogs Stella or Cookie, the three of them just exist in the same space. I think he knows his place in the pack and hasn't tried to challenge it. He is adventurous but we have left him loose in the house for hours and haven’t found any damage or mess. It would be good for him to have an active and engaged home. I think he enjoys interaction and while he could exist in a quiet place, at this point, exercise/play is something he loves.”
JoJo has lived with kids and other dogs. He is house trained, enjoys going for car rides, and loves to cuddle. The one issue they have seen with Banjo thus far is reactivity on leash to some dogs. He's great off leash with dogs, but will bark at select dogs on leash. His foster family is working to get him more comfortable on leash, it's still new to him and will require some time to adjust.
BREED ESTIMATE: Mini Schnauzer
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 23 lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE: 4 to 5 years old
COAT TYPE: Short
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: UTD on shots/neutered/on monthly preventatives
LOCATION: Reston, vA
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to http://adopt.ddbnova.org and complete the application.
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.
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