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GEORGE H.W. BUSH'S SERVICE DOG TRAVELS TO WASHINGTON WITH HIS FAMILY
Dogs are known to be loyal compassions animals, sticking by their owners for life. They are known to be man’s best friend, with very fond characteristics. George H.W. Bush also had a dog—Sully, named after the former commercial airline pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullengerber III, the pilot who had managed to land a damaged airplane on the Hudson River in 2009. Sully, who was nearly 2 when he was matched to the late George H.W. Bush in June 2018, was a service dog. The Labrador-retriever mix was trained by America’s VetDogs, the service dog program that was created in order to provide independence to veterans after their service, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities. Even though Sully is young, he was specially trained to match the daily needs of the late George H.W. Bush. On Dec. 3, Sully stayed with the casket to accompany the late George H.W. to Washington, and as the casket containing the late George H.W. Bush’s body was being transported into the hearse to be driven to the airport, Sully didn’t fall behind and stuck close with his owner. Just a day before, on Dec. 2, Sully was seen lying next to the late George H.W. Bush’s casket, keeping watch over the statesman. VetDogs, the program where Sully was trained, said that the service dog will join the Walter Reed military medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, where the Sully will continue to provide service to veterans.