President George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Sully Completes His Mission

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
A service dog’s mission is to enrich the life of his human and aid in living a fulfilled life. A poignant picture of former President Bush’s loyal service dog Sully standing watch at the President’s casket shows how important they consider their jobs.

‘Sully’ became President George H.W. Bush’s service dog in June of this year. He was trained by America’s VetDogs, which is a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs.

Also a war hero, President Bush’s freedom, mobility and independence were enhanced with the addition of Sully in his last few months, particularly since the loss of his beloved wife Barbara.

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The Bush family welcomed Sully, and the yellow-lab became a cherished family member. Jim McGrath is a Bush family spokesperson and said that the service dog completed his mission, however, as President Bush has passed, and with Sully by his side to the end.

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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.

A post shared by George W. Bush (@georgewbush) on Dec 2, 2018 at 6:55pm PST

President Bush’s son, also former President George W. Bush ‘regrammed’ the picture, telling the world that though his family will miss Sully, they know the right place for the young service dog is at his new home where he’ll bring more wounded warriors continued joy.

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Sully had his own Instagram page and often shared about his adventures as the special companion of the former president. It is not known whether he’ll continue that page.

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Nothing like being curled up on a comfy couch reading a good book. Happy . . . . . . . s

A post shared by Sully H.W. Bush (@sullyhwbush) on Sep 6, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT

Sully will be taking a ‘vacation’ back in New York at America’s VetDogs headquarters before he goes to Walter Reed Military Hospital to be part of the cadre of people and animals who tend to America’s most honored service men and women.

Those who know the benefit of Sully to the former President in his latter days know that he is able to do amazing things to help his human, but mostly, he’s an amazing companion and will continue to carry on the legacy he began with the President.

Some worry that Sully will be sad without his human, and while that may be a possibility, the Bush family has always been known to their service and sacrfice to their country–and they want to let Sully continue to do that for which he was trained as well.

Job well done, Sully. You’ve been a very, very good boy.

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