George H.W. Bush's Former Service Dog Begins New Career With US Navy
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
February 28, 2019
The former service dog to late President George H.W. Bush is on a new mission to help service vets.
Sully H.W. Bush has begun a new job with the US Navy at Walter Reed National Military Center outside Washington D.C. He joined the medical center's facility dog program where his duties include helping patients and staff reduced stress and increase their well-being.
The 2-year-old yellow Labrador was appointed to the rank of hospital corpsman second class during ceremony streamed live on Facebook. The US Navy even prepared a personalized oath of enlistment for Sully's new duties:
"Do you affirm or pant as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy that you will support, comfort and cure warriors and their families, active duty and retired? That you embrace our staff and bear unconditional love and solace, especially on busy days? That you take this obligation freely, without any promise of treats or tummy rubs and that you will faithfully discharge the duties to provide joy, love and nurturing for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and sailors and their families?"
"Your appointment as a petty officer in the United States Navy makes you heir to a long and proud tradition of naval leadership," said a Navy spokesman at the Bethesda, Maryland, ceremony.
Sully's Instagram account posted a photo of the pup wearing his new "military uniform" vest, writing that he looked forward to his mission "as my best friend wanted me to."
"Today I became an official Facility Dog - HM2 Petty Officer. It’s an honor and privilege to join a wonderful group of dogs at@WRNMMCand I look forward to continue my mission to serve veterans as my best friend wanted me to. 🇺🇸🐾"
Sully was named after Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed a damaged US Airways airliner in New York's Hudson River. Trained by America's VetDogs, Sully was assigned to former President George H.W. Bush in 2018 after his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, passed away.
Thank you for your service, Sully!
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