But then, six weeks after Banjo first went missing in the canyon, Hill got a call from the Estes Park Police - they found her.
She had lost almost 25 pounds and was frightened and tired from struggling to survive on her own. But there was no doubt the dog was Banjo. Police had found her searching for food outside of nearby homes.
A police officer gently coaxed the frightened dog to safety. Ash on her coat indicated she had trekked through a forest burn zone and her rescuers estimated that Banjo had traveled more than 50 miles.
"We were thrilled, just absolutely thrilled, to know someone had her at that point," Hill told local outlet KUSA.