George HW Bush’s Former Service Dog Sully Visits WWII Memorial In Touching Tribute

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One of the closest friends former President George H.W. Bush left behind when he passed away in November 2018 was a dog named Sully.

Acting as a service dog for 41 and now a facility dog for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Sully has been providing companionship and therapy to military patients since Bush was laid to rest. And he will never forget his old friend.

On Memorial Day, Sully visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and laid down their lives for their country.

An Instagram post relayed 41’s words under a photo of the steadfast yellow Labrador.

“Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.”

A “personal message” from Sully accompanied the quote.

“Always thinking of my best friend & the bravest military in the world who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country for our freedoms.”


Bush welcomed Sully into his life in June 2018. In a post on Twitter, he wrote, “A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, “Sully,” a beautiful — and beautifully trained — lab from Americas Vet Dogs. Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans.”


When the former president passed away five months later, Sully sat by his friend’s casket before it was interred.

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Mission complete.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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