Sully the service dog stays by former president Bush’s side

While the flags fly at half-mast and the nation mourns former president George H W Bush, a dog called Sully receives a special invite to the funeral.

Service dog Sully was drafted in to help George Bush around the house after the decorated war veteran’s wife passed away in the summer of 2018. Jim McGrath, a spokesman for Mr Bush remarked that Sully seemed like quite a dog, capable of understanding two pages of commands (which included answering a phone).

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There’s something about Sully

He can do just about anything,’ McGrath told CNN earlier this year, ‘except make you a martini, but not to worry, he can go get you someone to make you a martini’.

To an Instagram post of Sully lying beside the former president’s casket McGrath wrote: ‘Mission complete’.

The 9-year-old Labrador was trained by America’s VetDogs: a charity that provides service dogs to veterans and active-duty service members alike. The dog was named in 2009 after pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III who was hailed a hero after landing his stricken A320 airliner on the Hudson river.

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Sully will travel with the 41st president’s casket to Washington, DC, for the funeral next week. Once the funeral is over Sully is scheduled to begin helping other veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland: ‘the Nation’s largest and most renowned joint military medical center’.

On Instagram Bush’s son George W Bush also a former president 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, that be brought to 41’.

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Nick John Whittle lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is a specialist copywriter, journalist and theatre critic. Over the years Nick’s family has owned dogs, cats, rodents and birds. The history of animal domestication and of people’s relationship with their pets over the centuries interests him a lot. He cares greatly about the welfare of both feral and domesticated animals and supports ongoing protection of endangered species.