The mission of service dogs is to provide assistance to individuals with certain disability, whether it is a physical one, or emotional. The one thing these canines do best is being loyal. This 2-year-old Labrador retriever spent one year serving former president H.W. Bush, providing him support during his daily activities.
They became good friends, and snaps of the two spending time together were often shared on the social media.
However, the last picture of Sully shows him resting beside the late president’s casket. Along with the photo, Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath wrote “Mission complete” and it’s heart breaking.
Former president Bush died Friday at the age of 94.
America’s VetDogs told HuffPost in a statement that the pooch was specially trained and matched with Bush to facilitate him with his everyday duties and activities.
“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.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time,” the organization’s president, John Miller, said.
“It was truly an honor to have provided service dog Sully to be by the president’s side for the past several months. As a true patriot and visionary, President Bush will forever be viewed by people with disabilities and their families as a hero through his efforts to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act. We are forever grateful to his service to the American people.”
“Always an honor to be with my best friend. 🐾
Sully will spend the holiday season at America’s VetDogs’ Smithtown, NY base before he joins the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program.
There, he will work with two other dogs “to assist with physical and occupational therapy to wounded soldiers and active duty personnel during their journey to recovery at Walter Reed Bethesda.”
“I LOVE my walks. I’ve been trained to walk next to my boss— and he always holds my leash as we go…”
“Assisting with voting must be easier with thumbs. It was very nice of Secretary James Baker to help…”
After some fun play time, I love resting at the foot of my boss. He has some of the best socks…”