Wednesday, 19 March 2014


Wednesday 19th March 2014-03-19

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


  1. Thoughts with you guys. A very sad day. Elly&Mick x

  2. So sorry to hear of your sad loss of a companion, friend and confidant, as we know they become. RIP Banjo.

  3. RIP Banjo. You will be sorely missed by so many people and dogs including ourselves and Muffin. Our thoughts are with you Diane and Ray.

    Linda and Richard
    (NB Mary H)

  4. Always sad when you lose a friend. They become part of your life and leave a hole when they have gone.

  5. This is not actually for publishing if you do not wish!. Just a personal message
    Have never actually met you but have seen you and Banjo around Aston, and know what good friends you are to Paul & Elaine Very sorry to hear about Banjo he was obviously as precious to you as Sammy & Bombo are to P&E . It no doubt hurts at the moment but just remember the good life he had with you, an old "sea dog" could not have asked more!

  6. Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts. We are missing him very much but we also know that the pain that he was in was too much for him and for us to allow to continue. Time will heal but he will always be part of us and we will always remember him.

  7. Hi you two, at least you have the satisfaction of knowing he didn’t die alone, which is the best you can do for your dog.

  8. 12 years Banjo... What a great run! But you will be missed by those you leave behind!

  9. Our thoughts are with you, first they steal your heart, then they break it. We only had the pleasure of his company a couple of times but his lovely character was evident, he had a fabulous life and that is down to you. Time does heal but you will always remember.

  10. I was so sorry to read this. All dog owners dread this day and you must both be devastated. You do though have man unhappy memories to look back on. Take care