Paws Of Honor


Banjo is a product of Auburn University’s Explosives Detection Canine Program located in Anniston Alabama. He spent the first 18 months of his life at Coffeyville Prison as part of the Prisoners and Pups program. During this time Banjo was subjected to basic obedience, socialization, familiarity with external objects (flooring, elevators, stairwells, everyday noises etc.). Upon his return to Auburn, Banjo was imprinted on 10 basic explosive odors and then completed a 320-hour course with his assigned handler Chief Don Strawsburg of the National Institute of Standards & Technology, Dept. of Commerce. The first canine ever assigned at his agency, Banjo was an immediate hit and welcome asset during his 6 years of service, paving the way for the expansion of the Explosives Detection Unit at NIST.

Retiring in 2014 Banjo now lives the live of luxury at his handler’s home with his canine brother Moose and his canine sister Lexi.

Thankful for the Paws of Honor program that allows Banjo premium veterinary care, he gives a big shout out WOOF to the staff of Old Dominion Animal Health Center.

To make a donation in support of Banjo’s medical care click the link below. You can make a one-time donation or schedule recurring gift. You may also direct your gift to a specific K9: