On The Road Again…

I took Larry to the airport last week to greet those wonderful lifesavers who work at Southwest Airlines.  What with security and all of that stuff, they made us wait outside the check point.  But when I heard their voices, I got all excited and in a very uncharacteristic way, I let my emotions take hold.  I surprised everybody by leaping up and kissing a whole bunch of faces.  Tammy, the shy one, kind of stood back a little.   Then she started crying.  Happy tears, she called them.  Followed by happy hugs.  It was a good time had by all.  Reunions are like that.  So now that I’m pretty well healed, I’m out and about with Larry most everyday.  It’s a great life.   Keep your tail a waggin’, Banner         


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Approaching Full Recovery

Well here it is one month to the day since Banner’s Lucky Day. He’s high stepping the neighborhood on his morning walks and covering about a mile. Of course, he hits the side walks before six a.m. when it has cooled down to 80+ degrees!

Banner was overjoyed to learn that the Southwest employees who saved his life will be receiving Southwest Airline’s Spirit Award on Wednesday August fifteenth. Making the trip to Dallas will be Supervisors Toni Dreiseszun and Karen James, along with Customer Service Representatives Tammy Ward, Rhonda Newton, Kristy Boehr, Michelle Burwell, Leslie Riesterer and Troy Anderson. Troy, who is now known as the “Human Tourniquet”, has become one of Banner’s greatest friends. Congratulations to all of these kind, committed and caring individuals.

Banner has been nosing at the key board, honing his typing skills. It won’t be long before he’s tapping these keys with his very own paws. Stay tuned.

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8/02/07 Back on the Street Again….

The summer monsoon weather has hit the deserts. With the morning temperatures much cooler, Banner has begun his rehabilitation exercises. The first couple of days he took short walks around the block at an even pace. By the 3rd day, he was returning to his curious and spunky self, so the route was expanded. With this renewed zest for his work, it was time to see how he would handle crowds.

So, on the 4th day it was off to the local shopping mall for an early morning stroll. The pedestrian traffic is mild prior to the stores opening and this would provide an easy way to slide him back into the situations he encounters at airports, hotels and convention centers.

Banner blended in with the morning “mall walkers” and never missed a beat. He navigated in and around the people, baby strollers and maintenance workers as he always does. Now his routes will be increased to build his strength and stamina. Before too long he’ll be up to his full potential and ready for a few laps around the pool!

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7/26-07 – Farm living is the life for me…

Farm Dog Banner - Banner's idea of the ultimate vacation

This photo of Banner just being a “dog” was taken in May of 2007 on Dale and Betty Johansen’s farm in Underwood Minnesota. He was truly enjoying himself. All his friends are anxious for his speedy recovery. Won’t be long and he’ll be rolling, running, and romping like this again.

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7/25-07 – Banner visits the vet

Banner visits the vet

Banner visits his wonderful vet, Dr. Bastec. He has two stitches removed but the rest need to stay. He is being treated for a slight infection in the wound.

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7/24/07 – Banner makes his YouTube debut

Banner on YouTube

See Banner’s story on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=YZ17L8j6bsY and be sure to rate the video and leave a comment. THANKS!

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7/23/07 – Banner’s idea of technology – a satellite dish


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