Two years ago, Sgt. Jason Bos said goodbye to the bomb-sniffing dog he worked with while on deployment in Iraq.
Bos had to leave Cila, who he nicknamed "Cici" in 2012, when a back injury forced him to retire from the Army. But he never forgot her and eventually took steps to adopt the chocolate Lab. Via the Chicago Tribune:
Over nearly five years, Bos and [MWD Cila M389]— MWD stands for Military Working Dog, and M389 is the identification number tattooed in her ear — had forged a bond as they searched for roadside bombs and hidden weapons caches in Iraq, and screened sites for presidential visits across the U.S. Their partnership ended when a back injury forced Bos to leave the Army in 2012.
Cila was just 5 years old, and still had time to serve as a military dog. While Bos headed home to Michigan, Cila remained on active duty.
Bos, 33, did not know if he'd ever reunite with Cila. But a month ago, he saw on Facebook that Cila was due to be retired. He was thrilled when the kennel master at his former base contacted him to see if he wanted to adopt her.
"I said 'Yes. What do I have to do?'" Bos said.
After filling out the paperwork, Bos contacted American Humane Association and Mission K9 Rescue for help with the expense of bringing Cila from Germany
"I hope she remembers my voice," Bos said the day before he went to meet her.
On Wednesday, the pair reunited. It's hard to tell just who exactly was more excited about this whole thing—-Bos or Cila. Watch the video and decide for yourself:
Screencap via YouTube.