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Sully George H.W. Bush, the Presidents Service Dog

December 23, 2018

There are many famous dogs in history. As a dog-lover I’m sure you noticed Sully, the dog of President George H.W. Bush. Sully, the President’s beloved service dog, faithfully joined the President on his final journey. Sully therefore got a very prominent place during the official ceremonies honouring the President and I believe Sully, in this way, become one of the great dogs in history.

The dog’s full and official name is Sully H.W. Bush. Sully was recently photographed sitting faithfully by the casket of President Bush. The caption reads: Mission complete.

At the time, Sully was a two-year-old yellow Labrador. He was first named after the famed pilot and Air Force veteran Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. The dog Sully was raised and trained for a year by an incarcerated veteran in a prison in Maryland, which is common for service dog programs.

Trained to Perfection

But, as one can expect of a dog serving the President of the United States, Sully needed professional training. He was therefore trained by America’s VetDogs and then presented to the 41st President shortly after the death of his wife, Barbara. Training service dogs like Sully requires multiple months of classes spread over 10 acres in Smithtown. Brad Hibbard was among those who brought Sully to the Bush’s summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, last June, offering the President companionship and support during his time of grief.

Sully’s trainer, Valerie Cramer said she knew Sully would be perfect fit for the 41st President. Sully was loyal, calm, kind with children – exactly what the president’s team had asked for. When President Bush received Sully he tweeted that it was, “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 Professional Dog on Duty

The president had a form of Parkinson’s disease and was often shown in a wheelchair toward the end of his life. Sully was trained for tasks such as opening doors, picking up items and summoning help. The Bush family later told Cramer that the President and his dog Sully developed a close bond and that the President wanted Sully to serve other veterans after his death. Speaking about his farther and Sully, Mr Bush said: ”As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we’re comforted to know he’ll bring the same joy to his home that he brought to 41.”

America’s VetDogs says that Sully is getting his spirit back after the death of his master and will share his love for life with wounded vets, beginning next month. Sully will therefore enrol as a service dog at Walter Reed in February after working in Long Island to brush up on his training.

Sully has his own Instagram account, sullyhwbush, with about 117,000 followers. In one post he is shown with U.S. Marines, participating in their Toys for Tots program.

Here is an unforgettable collection of photos of Sully on Instagram.

Sully is one of the great dogs of history. Congratulations!