Django is finally coming home

2015-08-04 06:01

WITH less than 24 hours until explosive sniffer dog Django arrives in South Africa, owner and former U.S. American K9 detection services (AMK9) explosives handler Sheldon Holland said he is “overwhelmed with excitement”.

The pair formed an unbreakable bond in 2011 when Holland teamed up with his furry friend as part of the AMK9 in Afghanistan before they were separated after 18 months together.

Holland arrived back in South Africa, to Pietermaritzburg whilst his best friend remained in Afghanistan, however, the former explosives handler had made a promise to his favourite pooch that he would not break, and that was that he would bring Django to live with him in South Africa.

After over two years of separation, and months of trying to bring Django home, Holland will finally be reunited with his best friend. “I am just overwhelmed, it’s hard to explain but I just cannot believe he is finally coming home,” said Holland.

He said Django would be arriving at O.R. Tambo International Airport tonight but he would not see him immediately as Django first had to go into quarantine.

“I want to be the first person he sees when he arrives in South Africa. I am so excited to see him.”

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the team as Holland had started arranging for Django’s arrival in late January this year and faced a number of glitches with permits, lost documents and blood tests before he received the news that Django would be coming to South Africa.

“I have been attached to all the e-mails on the arrangements for Django and on Wednesday I saw an e-mail that said Django was boarding a flight from Afghanistan to Dubai.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I had to e-mail back and make sure that I was reading the e-mail right and when I heard he was on his way here I was so excited.

“Nothing can go wrong now. Django won’t have time to do anything else because he is just going to be with me all the time,” said an excited Holland

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