Dogs have always been guy’s best friend.
We’ve hunted with each other, dined together, grown with each other, and most specifically, fought alongside each other. There is no greater love than that of a canine and owner because they both recognize the love is unconditional.
So it’s hard to imagine when soldiers are informed not to get too attached to their K9 partners. The bond between man and beast is evident, most especially in times of danger when they have to look after each other.
Cila the K9
United state Army veteran Jason Bos was partnered with Cila back in 2008.
Cila, or affectionately called CiCi, is a chocolate Labrador retriever and an explosive discovery canine. The beautiful hound is good at her job but there was one problem. Cila really did not listen to anybody. That is until Bos came along.
A unique connection
” Nobody can deal with this dog, and yet, she listened to me,” Bos claimed to FOX News. “I do not know why she listened to me. Maybe it’s my inflection, maybe it’s my personality.”
They bonded quickly and worked together well.
Their major mission was to search for roadside bombs and hidden weapons caches through greater than 100 missions in Iraq. However besides hunting for explosives, they also did a lot of other missions.
” We have actually done some pretty cool things together,” Sgt. Bos said to WZZM 13. “Secret Service missions for the President and Vice President. We did the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and we also did the United Nations General Assembly in New York City City.”
When they weren’t working, however, Bos spent time having fun with Cila in her kennel.
An injury made them part ways
The duo was separated in 2012 when Bos was hurt.
The back injury he received from training stopped him from doing things that were required for the military. He had to leave and Cila was provided to one more handler.
Cila continued to work while Bos headed home to Michigan. In that time they spent apart, Bos admitted that he was emotional since he really did not recognize if he ‘d ever before see Cila again.
An unforgettable Facebook post
Their partnership was revived though when Bos saw a post on Facebook.
The post said that Cila was due to be retired. As her former handler, Bos had priority to adopt the canine. The kennel master at his former base contacted Bos and Bos currently knew the answer to his question.
” I could not think it … I was sort of depressed the last year and a half, so I make sure she was too.” He said to WZZM 13.
Not an simple journey
To make the reunion possible, Bos reached out to the American Humane Organization and Mission K9 Rescue for assistance. The companies covered the price of flying Cila from Germany to Chicago.
” A lot of these dogs aren’t able to go back to their handler, and I’m one of the lucky ones,” Bos told FOX Information.
Recognizing her former handler
After a 9-hour flight, Bos and Cila became a duo once again.
She stepped out of the plane and a extremely excited Bos shouted out her name. Cila quickly jumped on her former-handler-but-always-best friend. She was rolling, and panting, and climbing over Bos. After years of saving lives, Cila was lastly home.
“Her entire life has been about working. Currently it’s time for her to worry about simply relaxing,’ Bos claimed. ‘It means everything to me.” Bos claimed to FOX.
No more bombs and goals for Cila from here on. Just couches, balls, treats, and strolls with her best friend.
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