Written by Marié du Preez
Professional photography by Nat Gold ZA
It all started on a late Friday evening during hard lockdown. We’d been talking about getting a dog for a while, and I was perusing Facebook when Fallen Angels Pet Rescue caught my eye – they had a Great Dane in need of a foster home.
I convinced my husband and we applied to be fosters. An inspector came to our home a few days later and, unfortunately, we were advised that our house wasn’t big enough. My heart was shattered. I didn’t want a dog anymore.
Then, about two weeks later, I received a photograph of a mother and her tiny pup. “Flea-ridden and unwanted from Atlantis,” the caption read. I could see the mother was extremely malnourished, but she was protecting her pup. She’d had a litter of five, and this was the only puppy that had survived; her milk had dried up.
Again, I had to convince my husband to give them a chance – we were just going to foster them for a few days anyway… On the 29th of May 2020, mother and son arrived. Maddy (the mother) was so scared and so skinny that I could see the outline of her pelvis, her hair was loose, and her coat dull. She was a smallish dog, seemingly a Jack Russell-Dachshund mixture. Her puppy was so incredibly small but completely fearless. Within a few days of good food, Maddy regained her milk and her puppy was able to suckle again.
Only a few days later, there were enquiries about adopting the puppy, but I’d fallen in love with him already – I couldn’t imagine giving my baby away. We started the adoption process immediately… for both of them. This was the best decision we ever made. They’ve filled our hearts and home with joy.
We called him Django, and it suits his boisterous personality. He continued to grow at a rapid speed, outgrowing his mother in no time. And he turned into quite a handsome fellow.
Django’s MuttMix Results:
Level 2 German Shepherd Dog
Level 3 Doberman Pinscher
Level 4 Whippet
We definitely expected that Django was part German Shepherd; the Doberman and Whippet are very unexpected, although they would explain his very fast running! He’s also speedy when running back to his mommy should he feel unsure of anything (a mommy’s boy indeed!).
Django is a gorgeous, extremely intelligent boy. He has beautiful soft ears and a fluffy German Shepherd tail. He’s very intense and demands lots of attention and stimulation. He loves his “walkies”, droëwors (dried sausage), puppachinos, and playing with his many toys. He’s extremely smart and interactive.
Django and his mum are best friends, and they both love going on holiday to new places and having play dates with their French Bulldog cousins.
He’s as fast as the wind and regularly makes new friends when we go for walks, and he loves playing in water. Most of all, Django loves his mommy and daddy!