Ex-war dog Django enjoying domestic life in SA

2015-08-12 11:59
Back home in Scottburgh, Django gets accustomed to a new world during a walk on the beach with handler Sheldon Holland.

Back home in Scottburgh, Django gets accustomed to a new world during a walk on the beach with handler Sheldon Holland. PHOTO: 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 - Happy war dog Django is settling into domestic life in South Africa having swapped army troops for monkey troops in the garden he now lives in.

The American war dog was reunited with his best friend and former US explosives handler Sheldon Holland last Friday after a two-year separation.

After months of setbacks and frustrations, the pair were reunited in an emotional reunion filled with hugs from Holland and slobbery kisses from Django.

Holland and Django were teamed up in Afghanistan four years ago and over the 18 months they worked together, the two formed an unbreak­able bond.

Before Holland returned to South Africa, he promised his best friend that he would one day bring him to South Africa to retire and live out the rest of his days with Holland.


Now, four days after Django’s arrival in South Africa, Holland said his furry friend is adjusting well to domestic life, although he is not familiar with it.

“I keep forgetting that Django does not know life as a domestic animal. On Monday, he saw a monkey for the first time.

“He didn’t know what the heck it was.

“He stood still just staring at it and as soon as the monkey moved, he went crazy and was running up and down along the garden wall, barking at the troop.”

Last Saturday, the day after Django’s arrival, Holland fulfilled the second half of his promise to Django by taking him to play in the waves on the beach.

“I knew he loved the water, but I don’t think he has ever been to the beach.

“He loved it. He ran straight through all the waves.”

Holland said he would be taking Django back to the beach soon after he was used to exercising again.

“He has been sleeping on my bed every night since he has been home but I haven’t really slept now that he is here.

“He just wants to play all the time so in the middle of the night he drops his tennis ball onto my bed and nudges it towards me but I don’t mind. I don’t think he has had a ball to play with since I left Afghanistan two years ago.”

Holland added that he had introduced Django to his female German Shepherd and was pleased they got on well.

He said he was in the process of introducing him to his other two dogs and was taking it “slowly”.

- See the touching moment Sheldon is reunited with Django after 2 years.

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