How The Late President Bush’s Service Dog Was One Of His Most Loyal Companions

Last Friday, the former president George H. W. Bush passed on to his next life at the age of 94.

And while Bush had many roles, he is remembered especially by a yellow Lab by the name of Sully. 

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Earlier in the year after the death of his wife Barbara, along with the former president’s declining health and limited mobility, Bush was matched with a service dog trained by the nonprofit America’s VetDogs.

And with open arms, Bush and Sully quickly became fast friends. 

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Sully is able to open doors, turn on lights and retrieve far away objects.

You could say she is one skilled pup!

But of all the gift Sully gave to Bush, the best gift of all was that of companionship. 

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And Sully was loyal and supportive til the very end. 

This past Sunday, Jim McGrath, the Bush family spokesperson, shared a photo of Sully’s admiration for his dear friend. 

The touching photo reveals Sully lying next to Bush’s coffin with the caption, “Mission complete.”

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One user commented underneath the post saying: 

“Respect. Love it. He was an amazing president. I’m truly grateful for everything he has done to make our lives better. He was outstanding, smart, and a very sweet man. Tbh, he was probably one of the best president’s we’ve ever had! That’s my opinion.”

While another user said: 

“I balled when I saw this. Such a sweet pup. He will bring so much joy to another person as he brought to George H.W. Bush. “

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“Sully, you are the gift that just keeps on giving! Thank you for your service. Thank you for taking care of our beloved 41.”

Sully was so loved by many that he even had his very own Instagram account where loyal fans could keep up to date on all of his activities. Many commented how they hope the unofficial Instagram page will be kept up as they would love to follow what the sweet and loyal dog is up to. 

The 41st president was laid to rest this past Thursday in College Station, Texas. 

He was buried next to his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, who passed away in April, along with their daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3. 

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Though Sully lost a dear friend, he will continue to honor his legacy of service for many years to come. 

Son George W. Bush posted online, sharing how Sully will be helping veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland. 

“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.” 

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Sully, you have touched the lives of many and we sure do hope this is not the last we hear from you. We hope you bring many smiles to your new friends at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 

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