Former President George H.W Bush passed away on November 30 at age 94, leaving behind a memorable legacy. He is survived by his loving family members and friends — one of whom was a loyal service dog named Sully.
The late former president first gained the furry addition to his family back in June of this year. The yellow Labrador was named after Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger III, the pilot who successfully landed a damaged plane on the Hudson River back in 2009. Considering the dog's moniker honored an American hero, it's no surprise that the Bush family knew he'd be a good boy for the beloved former leader while he was still alive.
Now, the patriotic pup — who was trained by Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs — is being honored for his service in a big way. A source told Fox News that Sully would be traveling with Bush's casket on the flight to Washington on Monday. Meanwhile, Jim McGrath, the Bush family spokesman, paid tribute to Sully in a touching Twitter photo of the sweet pup with the late politician's casket. The caption simply read: "Mission complete."
It's hard not to get choked up about the powerful bond that existed between the remarkable man and his best furry friend, especially when we take a look back at his sweet public introduction to the pup.
Bush proudly took to Twitter to show off his dog to the world during the summer, sharing a photo of himself with fellow former President Bill Clinton and Sully. In the caption, Bush wrote: "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."
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
It's no surprise that the late president's son, former President George W. Bush, took to Instagram to honor the dog after his father's passing. He wrote, "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," referring to the military hospital.
We're sure that this amazing dog will continue to do amazing things.