From the archives: This story was last updated in August 2019.Sergeant Jason Bos and his military service dog, Cila, spent five years side by side in multiple overseas deployments, including Iraq. They were together during almost 100 missions in Iraq, which included working with the secret service and detecting roadside bombs as well as hidden weapons caches.
During time off duty, Sgt. Bos would play with Cila at the kennel in Lackland Air Force Base. While not overseas, Sgt. Bos would check the site of a presidential visit with Cila.
But when the sergeant retired in 2012 due to a back injury, he headed back to the states … without Cila, a beautiful chocolate labrador. The dog stayed behind in the military.
Having to bid goodbye to Cila, Bos was heartbroken. He wasn’t sure if he’d ever be reunited with Cila ever again.
Back to his home near Grand Rapids in Michigan, Bos moved on with his life and took up business class in college.
Nearly two years passed, and not a day went by that Sgt. Bos didn’t think about his Cila. However, fate intervened when Bos learned that Cila was about to retire from her service on Facebook.
When the kennel master at his former base contracted Bos to ask if he wanted to adopt the retired bomb-sniffing military dog, Bos was over the moon and happily said yes.
With the help of the American Humane Association and Mission K9 Rescue, Cila was flown all the way from Germany to Chicago. After a nine-hour flight, Cila finally reunited with Sgt. Bos at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Did Cila recognize him? Yes, she did! Cila connected with Bos instantly.
“Cici! Hi baby,” Bos yelled.
The second Cila hears Bos’s voice, she knows it’s him. “She looked at me, she started smelling me, she knew me,” Bos said.
Cila excitedly leapt into her old buddy’s arms. The dog rolled on her back as Bos gave her a belly rub.
“It means everything to me,” Bos said.
“So, what’s the future hold for you two old soldiers?” the cameraman asks Sgt. Bos.
While he responds by saying he’d like to work with veterans and help them deal with the struggles post-deployment, he’s happy to say that Cila will be put to work … as a couch potato.
Together again, the two retired soldiers are now living their lives of retirement at Bos’s home in Michigan.