Soldiers are commonly warned against forming emotional connections with the dogs that they serve alongside in the field. But for one particular sergeant, this direction proved impossible to follow. Yes, thanks to all that he and his dog had been through together, Jason Bos found himself deeply attached to his slobbery sidekick. Unfortunately, though, circumstances meant that the dream team eventually went their separate ways – and yet that wasn’t the end of the tale. Man and dog were ultimately reunited, in fact, and their meeting was a moment that Bos had been looking forward to for years.
The object of Bos’ affections is Cila, a handsome chocolate brown Labrador. Better known to her handler as Cici, the pooch bravely served alongside Bos in Iraq for an impressive five years. It’s perhaps little wonder then that the two formed such an unbreakable bond. Yet although Cici had experienced more things than many humans, it remained to be seen whether she would remember her beloved handler.