By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent
Last week, Army Sgt. Jason Bos was reunited with his
former bomb-sniffing partner, Cila, a chocolate Lab. According to the Chicago Tribune, the two were paired
together for nearly five years, deploying to Iraq to search for IEDs and taking
on other bomb-detection assignments from their home station of Fort Lee in
Virginia. After hurting his back, however, Bos left the Army in 2012 and Cila,
a young dog of only five years, continued her military career and was partnered
with another handler.
But last month, he saw a post on Facebook with the news that Cila
was set to retire; after getting in touch with his former kennel master at Fort
Lee, arrangements were made. And then on April 30, Bos was in Chicago's O'Hare
airport waiting for his former partner to arrive so he could bring her home for
Before getting to the airport, Bos (as he told the Tribune) was worried that Cila might not recognize him after being
apart for two years: "‘I hope she remembers my voice," he said [a] day
earlier from his home near Grand Rapids."
But as you can see, he didn't have to worry:
After receiving numerous emails this week from WDotW readers
(including T.R. and my sister) with a link to Bos and Cila's reunion clip, it
felt like time to collect these captured moments for your viewing pleasure in
one post. Now, while these are not handlers being reunited with their former
MWD partners, the homecoming emotion is certainly one in the same:
Dog Chuck moves
like the wind...
high-pitched happiness after returning from Afghanistan:
shepherd fetches ball, finds his owner home again:
(Note how these two dogs watch that front door...)
And, not to
play favorites, but this one is mine:
Rebecca Frankel is senior editor, special projects at Foreign Policy. Her forthcoming book War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love
comes out on Oct. 14 from Palgrave Macmillan.
screen shot ABC 7 Chicago