Blood and sweat to get Django to SA

2015-07-15 09:43
Sheldon Holland with his best friend, Django, the explosive sniffer dog, in Afghanistan in 2012.

Sheldon Holland with his best friend, Django, the explosive sniffer dog, in Afghanistan in 2012. (Supplied)

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

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

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

When Holland’s term in the military ended, he had to leave Django in Afghanistan with the US military, however, he promised his team-mate that he would find a way to bring him to South Africa to live the remainder of his life happily 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 both Holland and the loveable 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 excitedly.

He said he was sorry that 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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