President Bush’s New Family Member Is Service Dog Named Sully
President George H.W. Bush is 94-years-young and tweeted that he’s become the proud papa to a Labrador Retriever from America’s Vet Dogs. ‘Sully’ will now accompany the Bush wherever he goes, as he’s recently been in and out of the hospital suffering from fatigue and low blood pressure. The former president also suffers from vascular parkinsonism and uses a motor scooter to get around.
A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, "Sully," a beautiful — and beautifully trained — lab from @AmericasVetDogs. Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans. pic.twitter.com/Fx4ZCZAJT8
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 25, 2018
And, with a perfect picture of non-partisanship showing, Sully was delivered to his new home by former President Bill Clinton, a close family friend of President Bush. Sully was trained by the organization Puppy With a Purpose, the same group that trained the Today Show Puppy Charlie. Bush is a former World War II Veteran, and said he was delighted to receive such an honor from America’s Vet Dogs.
Officials at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland recommended the organization to the Bush family to help the president with day-to-day activities. Sully is named after airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, III. You may remember him as the pilot who famously emergency landed a plane he was in charge of in the Hudson River in New York City. Sully was weaned from his mom and then took part in the Vet Dogs’ Prison Puppy Program, where he was trained and socialized by inmates.
After he graduated from that training, he learned specialized commands to be purposed just for President Bush. John Miller is the President and CEO of America’s VetDogs and said that they worked closely with the president’s family and staff to help ensure Sully was the perfect service dog. Additionally, Miller says they are thrilled that Sully will be in a family that so clearly loves and appreciates the companionship of dogs, as he and late wife Barbara were the ‘parents’ of English Springer Millie.
Breeding, raising, training and placing a dog at no cost to the recipient costs America’s VetDogs over $50,000 a dog, and they depend on donations and volunteers. If you’d like to help this worthy organization, you can do so by donating on their website.
Welcome home, Sully!
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