Blood, sweat and joy getting dog home to SA

2015-07-21 06:00

AFTER five months of waiting for his beloved dog to come home, former U.S. soldier, Sheldon Holland’s best friend, Django, a German Shepard, should be arriving in South Africa within a month.

The former U.S. military AMK9 member was teamed up with explosives sniffer dog Django in 2011 when he was contracted to the U.S. military.

The two immediately bonded with Django planting hundreds of “kisses” on Holland’s face at their first meeting.

When Holland’s term in the military ended, he had to leave Django in Afghanistan with the U.S military, however, he promised his teammate he would find a way to bring him to South Africa to live the remainder of his life with Holland and his other furry friends.

The process however, has taken much longer than Holland first expected with numerous delays and backlogs, hampering Django from reaching South Africa.

“I paid the costs to bring him over in February and they told me he was ready for shipment, but when he reached Dubai, they said they had to pull him off the ship for blood tests.”

After the tests were completed, they were sent by post, only to be lost, so more blood was taken and then he was given the all-clear.

“They then told me they had to get permits for him, but he will definitely be here within 30 days.”

It has been a gruelling process for Holland and Django, but after a five-month waiting period filled with endless blood tests and transport issues, Django will be home soon.

“I am just waiting for flight details.”

He said he was sorry the process had taken so long as not only was it frustrating for him, but he worried about the toll it might take on Django.

He said he was excited to be in the last phase of Django coming home and could not wait for his arrival in South Africa

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