Veteran reunites with beloved service dog after two years
There's nothing quite like the relationship between people and their dogs -- and when they haven't seen each other in two years, you just know their reunion is going to be a good one.
"CiCi! Hi baby! ... I got her all kinds of toys, good food. Got her a bed. Um, but she can sleep on the couch with me."
That 60-pound Labrador retriever is a specialized search dog named Cila. But former Army Sgt. Jason Bos loves to call her Cici.
The two quickly formed a bond during K9 training and they later served in almost 100 missions together in Iraq starting back in 2008, according to a writer for WFLD.
'No one could work with this dog, and yet, she listened to me. I don't understand why she listened to me. Maybe it's my inflection, maybe it's my personality."
As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, WMAQ says Cila and Bos were sent to Iraq to detect explosive devices. They later returned stateside and protected President Obama at a United Nations conference in 2012.
But soon after that, Bos was forced to retire after suffering a back injury. Cila was then sent to Germany with another handler.
"They were apart for 2 years and when Bos learned that she was retiring, he jumped at the chance to adopt."
Bos had kept in contact with Cila's new handler in those two years, and the new handler was happy to let Bos adopt the pooch. But there was a problem: how was he going to get her.
WBBM notes that the U.S. military does not pay to fly retired service animals back to the states because they're considered surplus equipment."
So Bos contacted Mission K9 Rescue, which is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to retiring and retired service dogs.
Mission K9 Rescue wrote on its Facebook page that in coordination with the American Humane Association, it was able to raise the necessary $1,500 to fly Cila home to Chicago.
Bos and Cila were finally reunited Wednesday at the O'Hare International Airport, and now Cila just has endless days of relaxing to look forward to.