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Iraq Vet And His Canine Colleague Were Reunited At Airport, And Their Joy Is Absolutely Contagious

05/05/2014 04:44 pm ET | Updated May 05, 2014

When retired Army Sgt. Jason Bos last saw Cila, it was almost two years ago. Until recently, he wasn't sure he'd ever see the military working dog -- who was at his side for nearly five years -- ever again.

But that all changed last week when Bos reunited with Cila at O'Hare International Airport.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Bos worked with Cila in Iraq, where she sniffed for bombs and other hidden weapons, starting in 2008. Their resume together includes almost 100 missions in Iraq, NBC Chicago reports. Back in the U.S., they also provided security at sites of presidential visits throughout the nation.

In 2012, a back injury forced Bos out of the military and he bid farewell to his beloved colleague, heading back to his Grand Rapids, Michigan home.

When Bos received word that Cila was retiring and was available to be adopted via a Facebook post by her handler, he jumped at the chance -- though probably not nearly as high as Cila jumped when she first saw Bos' face last Wednesday night in Chicago. She appeared to recognize him instantly before she leapt into her old friend's arms.

What's ahead for the doggie and his new keeper? Lots of relaxation, from the sounds of it.

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