It’s been four months since dog handler, Sheldon Holland and his sniffer dog Django were reunited and they’re both still over the moon to be together.
“He loves the beach,” Sheldon tells us.
YOU reported in August that the pair met in Texas, America, 2011, where they formed an indestructible bond and worked together in Afghanistan for 18 months.
When Sheldon was feeling down being away from his loved ones, Django was there to cheer him up.
They got separated when Sheldon left Afghanistan two years ago and he promised that he’ll bring his best friend to live with him in SA.
The 45-year-old didn’t go back on his word – they now live happily ever after in Scottsburg on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast after they were reunited in August.
And their bond grows deeper each day.
“I can’t go outside,” he says. “If I leave the house he stays at the same spot until I come back.”
Sheldon says it feels like he’s got a new child now with Django around and they’re both loving their lives. PHOTO: Supplied
Django is enjoying every bit of his retirement and has put on about 3 kg.
“It’s not even me feeding him,” he says.
“But everyone wants to give him something when they see him because he’s such a nice dog,” he laughs.
He’s so charming that his homecoming was rated number 6 on Jacaranda Radio's top 10 best shows of the of the year.
Sheldon and Django often go to for long walks on the beach or the golf course. He reveals that he still dresses him up like he did when they were in Afghanistan.
However, the German shepherd’s joints have taken some beating after working so hard at the war-torn countries both in Afghanistan and Iraq as an explosive detector dog. Sheldon noticed some discomfort when Django walked long distances.
And he’s currently taking herbal tablets, the K9 joint recovery supplements that were donated to him. They don’t repair his joints but manage the pain and inflammation, Sheldon explains. “And he’s feeling much better.”
Sheldon says it feels like he’s got a new child now with Django around and they’re both loving their lives.
It’s great seeing him as a normal dog and they’re looking forward to spending Christmas as a family, he adds.
“He can even smell flowers now.”
-- Gabisile Ngcobo