George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Rests By Former President’s Casket in Moving photo
The 41st president died Friday at age 94.
George H.W. Bush passed away at his home in Texas Friday, leaving behind a powerful legacy as a statesman as well as the head of a political dynasty. But the internet was captivated by a four-legged mourner photographed by Bush spokesman Jim McGrath.
In the photo is Sully, the former president’s service dog, keeping vigil by his side one more time.
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Bush’s son Jeb, former governor of Florida, recognized the Labrador’s faithfulness.
Even sometimes-cynical members of the media like CNN’s Jake Tapper and Daily Caller writer Benny Johnson found themselves affected by the photo.
President George H.W. Bush's service Labrador, Sully, lies next to the President’s casket as the nation prepares for a week of national memorial services.
God Bless Dogs. 🐕🙏🏻 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/FjPMt64Ytf
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 3, 2018
There were hundreds of similar reactions from all political persuasions, because loving dogs is totally bipartisan.
President Bush suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease and Sully came to help him in June 2018. The service dog would open doors, bring items to the former chief executive, and go for help if the president needed it.
Sully’s duty being a very good and very helpful boy isn’t done. As you can see on his Instagram, the dog has more missions ahead, and will be returning to America’s VetDogs and go on to serve in the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program.
President Bush will lie in state at the US Capitol beginning Monday, Dec. 3 before his burial at his own presidential library later in the week.