It is with much sadness that we announce that Banjo passed away today.
He appears to have suffered a mini-stroke when we were out in Newcastle on Tuesday which we did not recognise as such – the end symptoms appeared similar to a back complaint that he had 2 years ago.
After a good night on Tuesday night he had a violent fit followed by another (encompassing a stroke) and suffered a further episode whilst we were with the Vet in the morning.
His lack of co-ordination and ability to simply stand as well as the pain and distress that he was in gave us just the one option.
He has lived a great life and enjoyed life on the boat.
We picked him up as an 8 week old puppy and whilst he could have been a bit of a nuisance with his constant shadowing, he was a very good dog throughout his life.
Devoted to Diane as he was, it was his one joy in life to be with her as much as possible.
We will surely miss him in his usual place at the rear of the boat whenever we are cruising.
He was 13 years old – we could never be sure how long he would live – he was one of the early pups of the Spoodle variety (Cock-a-poo in England) and therefore no one really knew.
He grew up alongside the kids and was always a part of the family – as he should be.
Long will we miss him – in the end it was too painful to see him suffer
So long Banjo