My name is Banjo (JoJo) - ADOPTION PENDING!!!

Miniature Schnauzer/Border Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Banjo (JoJo) - ADOPTION PENDING!!
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Facts about Banjo (JoJo) - ADOPTION PENDING!!

  • Breed: Miniature Schnauzer/Border Terrier Mix
  • Color: Black - With Gray Or Silver
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11288893

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
GENDER:   Male
APPROXIMATE AGE:  4 to 5 years old 
COAT TYPE:   Short 
OTHER INFO:   UTD on shots/neutered/on monthly preventatives
LOCATION:  Reston, vA


FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to and complete the application.

You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.

About Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without affection, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but is dangerous to the community. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and anyone who wanders into this space can be attacked.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT ok to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgement, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are located in foster homes in the DC Metro area. Please go to and fill out an application, and once you have been approved, we can schedule a meeting with a dog who will be a good fit for your home.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the process is to complete an adoption application at
Secondly, we will set up a time for you to meet the dog in his or her foster home. If the visit goes well and the dog appears to be a good fit for your home, the next step is the home visit. Finally, the official adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.