Description: Update: Just an update on Banjo. Banjo is adjusting nicely here in Rhode Island. He loves to roll in and eat the snow! He is really a sweetie. It seems like he has always been a part of our family. Banjo, and our cats Aurora & Ashley seem to be adjusting well. Ashley does not care as long as he does not interfere with her sleeping and eating patterns. Aurora stalks him and he pursues her a bit. No one is the worse off for it all - and everyone seems to be accepting and adjustments. We anticipate some boundaries to be tested but as of yet, no one is pushing the limits! Banjo was even good for his 1st bath at home but the next one could be interesting as he is getting secure here now and might let us know how he really feels about bathtime. We will see! Banjo is wonderful on his leash and willing to walk, run, sit and wait all as whoever is walking him desires. No pulling! He has been even in his temperament even as we have had an encounter with an off leash, teeth bearing, barking, growling(no owner in sight ) rotweiler following us on a walk. Thankfully the Rottie gave up and went home- but Banjo's disposition is really great. He is also loving, trusting and obedient. He does love to jump up to eye level for greetings but tries to control himself if asked. His only chewing incident so far was our basket of bills which we felt was an empathetic gesture on his part. We have often times wanted to tear into and dispose of them, anyway. Oh well. Banjo is such a good boy, we will send pics within the next week or so. Dawn, Katherine, & Angelo
11/04/07: Banjo is very smart. In just a short time he learned to walk nicely on leash and to sit to be petted. He is very affectionate. He gets along with most other dogs but because of his background of being starved and abandoned, he will be a little defensive at first until he knows the other dog will not try to take anything away from him. 10/26/07: Banjo and his siblings arrived yesterday. So far Banjo is a delightful, affectionate and happy young fella. He was very good in the kennel last night. He did not bark or whine but went into the dog house and made himself at home. This morning he was very excited to see me and lavished me with kisses. He jumped right in the car for his trip to the vet and lavished me with more kisses. He layed his chin on my shoulder and nuzzled his head into my neck for the ride. He rode great and went into the vet like a trooper. He is going to make some family a wonderful friend.
10/17/07: Banjo and his littermates Mandilyn and Fiddle were abandoned out on government land. They were left to fend for themselves, thus giving them little hope of being easily found. Miraculously they were found, but were starving and frail. A rescue was called and they are now getting healthy and happy. However the rescuing organization was overcrowded and put out a plea, which no one else responded to.
A unique breed that took hundreds of generations and thousands of years to develop. :-) The criteria for the standard is simple yet complex. Expert opinions vary, but one thing is for certain, they are desirable because every one is distinctly unique!! They come in all shades and combinations of white, yellow, black, brown and rust and all coat lengths and textures. They come in 4 sizes; small, medium, large and extra large.
To qualify as an Ozark Mountain Dog, the dog must: (1) be of mixed heritage. (2) unidentifiable with any ‘pure’ breeds (3) have been born or abandoned in the Ozarks and (4) ended up in a shelter or rescue.
Dogs being sold as Ozark Mountain Dogs either by ‘BYB’ (back yard breeders) or IDO (irresponsible dog owners) do not qualify!! :-(
Where to get one: They are only available through a rescue or shelter located in the Ozark Mountains of North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri. You may contact Ozark Muuts and Stuff for a list of qualified sources.
How to register one: Certification as an Ozark Mountain Dog requires 3 documents: A recognizable photo of the dog, copy of a receipt from a rescue or shelter and a sterilization certificate. These may be sent to Ozark Mutts and Stuff along with a donation. If all criteria standards are met, you will receive a certificate of membership into the Ozark Mountain Dog Organization bearing the photo of your Ozark Mountain Dog suitable for framing.
We've been receiving more inquiries then ever before and it is taking me longer then normal to respond to them. Please understand that we are a volunteer organization. It may take a day or two to respond to your questions, so please be patient with us.
Other Pictures of Banjo (click to see larger version):