'Mission complete', George HW Bush's service dog Sully pictured near his casket

Sully, the service dog of former US President George HW Bush in his final months, lays in front of Bush's casket at the George H Lewis and Sons funeral home in Houston, Texas, US. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 03, 2018, 09.29 PM (IST)

A touching image of Sully HW Bush, a yellow labrador service dog who worked with the late former President George HW Bush, went viral on Monday showing the dog curling up in front of the late leader's flag-draped casket.

Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesperson, posted the image of Sully on Monday with the caption "Mission complete."

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A highly trained service dog, Sully will now go back into service to help other veterans and is going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bush's son George Bush informed on Instagram as he shared the same with caption reading, "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."

Sully is named after former airline pilot Chesley B "Sully", who became famous for landing a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River and saving all 155 passengers and crew in 2009.

He was gifted to Bush in June after former first lady Barbara Bush passed away.

According to a report, Sully can answer the phone and fetch items. He was trained by America's Vet Dogs.

Sully also has his own huge fan following on Instagram with over 10 million followers.

Family and former staffers of former US President George HW Bush will hold a brief ceremony on Monday morning at a Texas Air National Guard base outside Houston, putting his casket onto Air Force One for a final trip to Washington.

Bush will lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda from Monday through Wednesday when a state funeral is scheduled at the National Cathedral.

The 41st president of the United States died at his Houston home on Friday night, seven months after his wife Barbara died. He was 94.

Bush was a decorated World War II fighter pilot, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, and vice president to Ronald Reagan before winning the White House.

 

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Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesperson, posted the image of Sully on Monday with the caption 'Mission complete.'