CHICAGO (NBC Chicago/WOOD) — A Kentwood veteran has finally brought his military bomb-sniffing chocolate Labrador home.
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Bos was reunited with the dog he calls Cici at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago Wednesday.
Bos and Cici worked together for five years both stateside and in Iraq, NBC Chicago reports. Despite the Army cautioning Bos not to get too involved, the two became attached.
In 2012, Bos sustained a back injury and had to retire from the Army. Cici remained on active duty and was reassigned to work in Germany.
“It was tough,” Bos told NBC Chicago. “I was a little emotional about it because I really didn’t know if I was ever going to see her again.”
Bos kept in touch with Cici’s handler on Facebook. When he found out she was being retired, he worked to bring her to Michigan to live with him. Bos contacted Mission K9 Rescue, which helped make the reunion possible.
When Cici walked into the airport terminal Wednesday, Bos called her name and dropped to his knees. And though she hadn’t seen him in nearly two years, Cici came running. She climbed all over Bos in an enthusiastic greeting.
Bos said Cici will enjoy retirement.
“She will be a couch potato, 100 percent.”