Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath paid tribute to Sully, the service dog who kept former president George H.W. Bush company during the last five months of his life.
“Mission complete,” McGrath tweeted yesterday, along with a touching photo of Sully lying in front of his late pal’s casket.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018
Sully — who was trained by the nonprofit group America’s VetDogs — will now make new friends at his next home, the Walter Reed Medical Center, where he will bring comfort and joy to wounded veterans.
The 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever became HW Bush’s service dog in June 2018.
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
Four weeks before Bush died, Sully accompanied his friend to a polling station so the 41st president could vote in the midterm elections.
The 41st President accompanied by his two best friends — Jim Baker and Sully — discharging his civic duty and voting today. pic.twitter.com/1sSvkmWMQQ
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) November 1, 2018
George H.W. Bush died on November 30 at the age of 94. His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, passed in April 2018. Bush was remembered fondly by many who knew him, including Bill Clinton — the Democrat who denied Bush a second term in the White House.
Despite their vast political differences, Clinton and Bush enjoyed a warm friendship over the years, as BizPac Review reported. Clinton even shared a moving letter Bush had left him in the Oval Office on his final day in the White House.
“Your success now is our country’s success,” Bush exhorted Clinton in the handwritten 1993 letter. “I am rooting hard for you.”
George H.W. Bush’s burial will take place on December 6 at the Bush Library Center in Dallas, Texas. HW will be buried in a family plot next to Barbara, his wife of 73 years.
Happiest of birthdays to Barbara Pierce of Rye, NY. I'm still the luckiest guy in the world. pic.twitter.com/qsUHtyBIez
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 8, 2017
Sully pays his respects to his late friend in the Capitol Rotunda.
Sully among those paying respects to President Bush in the rotunda. pic.twitter.com/1W4PixmQii
— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) December 4, 2018
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