Dogs are the definition of loyal and faithful. These traits cannot be taught and are just two reasons that dogs are man’s best friend. George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday, leaving behind his loving family and faithful service dog, Sully.
The 2-year-old Labrador retriever was trained and matched specifically for the former president. He would never leave his side and helped him perform daily tasks. The 94-year-old George H.W. Bush welcomed Sully into the family this past June.
His new best friend appeared often on social media resting at his feet. Bush tweeted, “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.”
Sully had his own Instagram page that gave his followers a glimpse into his life. It portrayed the strong bond between him and Bush by showing off a variety of Labrador socks that the former president wore. Sully’s life was not all work and no play. Many photos showed him letting loose with his canine friends, but he was always ready on a moments notice to be called to work.
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John Miller, Americas Vet Dogs President told Huffington Post, “It was truly an honor to have provided service dog Sully to be by the president’s side for the past several months. As a true patriot and visionary, President Bush will forever be viewed by people with disabilities and their families as a hero through his efforts to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act. We are forever grateful to his service to the American people.”
He went on to say, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time.”
A heartbreaking photo was posted of Sully resting next to Bush’s casket. The photo was shared on Twitter by Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath with the caption, “Mission complete.”
Sully will go on to help other veterans after the holiday. He will join Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program. There he will work alongside two other dogs, “to assist with physical and occupational therapy to wounded soldiers and active duty personnel during their journey to recovery at Walter Reed Bethesda.”
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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