Sully, George H.W. Bush's Service Dog, Lies By His Casket in Moving Photo
By RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter
December 3, 2018
Sully, a yellow Labrador service dog who worked with the late, former President George H.W. Bush, is on one final mission with his master, and will be traveling with Bush's casket on his flight from Houston to Washington D.C. according to a source familiar with the plans.
Bush, who died Friday night at his home at a gated community in Houston, is being taken to the nation's Capitol where the 41st President will lie in state beginning on Wednesday.
Accompanying the president's body is his former service dog, a Labrador named Sully. Jim McGrath, a spokesperson for Bush, shared a photo of Sully lying next to Bush's casket on Sunday with the caption "Mission complete."
Sully takes his name from the famous former airline pilot, Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, who saved 155 passengers and crew in 2009 after landing a damaged airline jet on the Hudson river.
Sully has the ability to obey a wide-array of commands, including answering the telephone and fetching items. He began working with the former president this summer after Bush's wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, passed away earlier this year.
Following Sully's final mission of escorting the 41st president to the nation's Capitol, he'll continue working with other veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to an Instagram post from former President George W. Bush. Sully won't be attending the memorial, according to a post from TMZ.
"As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41," Bush wrote in a post on Instagram.
Sully won't be assigned to a specific veteran on site, but rather, will act as a "roving" dog in the program, helping to provide support, comfort and reduce stress for wounded soldiers and their visitors. He'll go home with a handler every night.
The Bush family is welcome to visit Sully anytime they want, the facility adding that they would be "honored" if the president's family came for a visit.