There is no bond quite like the bond that forms between fellow soldiers. Whether they are male or female or have four legs or two, when facing a battle with someone, relationships form that last a lifetime. Just ask Sergeant Jason Bos and his K9 partner Cila aka “Cici.”
These two stood side-by-side for five years together in Iraq. In that time, they went on 100 missions with each other. Those missions included everything from working with the Secret Service to detecting roadside bombs.
Then, however, it was time for Sergeant Bos to retire from the Army due to a back injury. Sadly, since it wasn’t Cila’s turn to retire just yet, Bos had to return home without his best friend. His beautiful Chocolate Labrador, Cila still had some work to do.
“I really didn’t know if I was ever going to see her again,” Bos told the Chicago Tribune. “Honestly, it was not even a 50/50 chance, it was maybe a 10 percent chance that I’d actually see her again.”
A long and painful two years went by while a depressed and heartbroken Sergeant Bos missed his “Cici” every day. Not a moment passed, though, during that time, that Bos didn’t think about his best friend.
But then with a few phone calls, everything changed. Bos got the news that his beloved Cila was also retiring from service. Even still, though, these things can be difficult when you’re dealing with the military.
Bos had some really special helpers, though.
“When I got the news that she was going to retire out, and if I wanted her, of course, I wanted her. I was excited, pumped up, you know, just very enthusiastic,” said Bos. “I didn’t think it was going to happen.”
Cila flew all the way from Germany to Chicago to reunite with her long-lost partner and best friend. Their reunion was a beautiful thing to witness.
Neither one of them remembers a thing about their training on “military bearing” when they finally laid eyes on each other again. The love between the pair is undeniable.
Bos says that he plans to continue working with veterans in his area to help the men and women coming home deal with post-deployment stress. As far as Cici is concerned, her job is going to be a lot of time spent as a “couch potato.”
The pair will settle into a happy retirement together at Bos’s home in Michigan.
Watch the reunion below.
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