Django is making the most of his retired life

2015-09-08 09:27
Django happily recovering at home after his recent biopsy.

Django happily recovering at home after his recent biopsy. (Supplied)

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Django and Sheldon united at last!

2015-08-11 12:35

Two years after they separated, Sheldon Holland was finally reunited with his war dog Django at an emotional reunion in Gauteng yesterday. Holland, a former American K9 explosives handler, was paired with the German Shepherd in Kandahar, Afghanistan, four years ago.WATCH

Durban - With sea, sunshine, and his best friend by his side, Django the retired explosive sniffer dog has bounced back from an operation that saw a growth removed from his side.

The American war dog was reunited with his best friend, former US explosives expert and Pietermaritzburg local Sheldon Holland, last month after a heart-breaking two-year separation.

The two were reunited at the airport’s quarantine kennels in a heart-warming moment that had everyone in tears.

Django, who is staying with Holland and his three other dogs on the South Coast, has settled into retired life and has developed a strong dislike for monkeys.

Holland said the Hillcrest St Heliers Vet had offered Django a free check-up once a year and during one of the check-ups last week, they discovered a small bump on his right side.

“The biopsy went well, and we are waiting for the results. They are not sure if it is cancerous but if it is, they said they have probably caught it in time,” said Holland.

“He is recovering well, and acts like the stitches aren’t even there. He is always so happy and bouncing all over the place, just like a puppy.”

St Heliers accountant Julie Meyers said a friend who knew Holland had told her about it when she saw all the Facebook posts, they decided they would try to help where they could.

“We help organisations and campaigns where we can and Django had such an amazing story and had done so much for so many people, we wanted to help out,” said Meyers.

Meyers said Django was a “lovely” dog to have around and was “like a puppy” the way he loved to play with toys.

“There was a rainbow coloured toy monkey that he was absolutely fixated on at the surgery. He would not stop staring at it so eventually we gave it to him.

“He played with it for a little while and then he just tore it to shreds,” she laughed.

She added that Pet Nutrition had donated bags of dog food to Django too.

Holland said that Django had no issues with any other animals he had seen while in South Africa such as geese, ducks and other dogs, but he still could not get his head around monkeys.

“Django is not a fighter. He will ignore any other animal he sees but when he sees a monkey, he goes off at them.”

Holland said Django had become a huge fan of the sea and has even started tackling the waves whenever they go for walks along the beach

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