Sgt. Jason Bos retired in 2012 after his deployment to Iraq due to his back injuries.
Sgt. Bos and Cila M389, a Labrador Retriever, searched for roadside bombs and explosives in nearly 100 missions in Iraq. They worked together side by side for 5 years.
“They tell you not to get too attached, that they’re not a pet, they’re a tool to help keep people safe,” Bos told The Chicago Tribune. “But it’s hard.” So when he retired, CiCi continued working and the two were separated.
After nearly two years apart, Cilia was about to be retired. Sgt Bos had not forgotten about his partner during these two years they had been apart. He reached out to Mission K9 Rescue and the American Humane Associate for help with the process of flying Cilia back to America and adopting her.
“I was a little emotional about it, because I really didn’t know if I was ever going to see her again,” he explained. “Honestly, it wasn’t even a 50-50 chance, it was maybe a 10 percent chance that I’d ever see her again.”
“Her whole life has been about working. Now it’s time for her to worry about just relaxing,” Bos said, noting that CiCi will get a prime sleeping spot on the couch. As for what having her back in his life means to him, Bos says, “It means everything to me.”