George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

Clay Curtis
December 5, 2018

Late Sunday, the Bush family spokesperson shared a photo on social media of the two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever next to Bush's casket.

The dog, which is highly trained, will help other veterans and is going to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to CNN.

George H.W. Bush is set to embark on his final tour of Washington, the US capital that is remembering the 41st president's lifetime of public service that began in the navy during the Second World War, ended with one term as the country's leader, and was characterized by what admirers say was his innate decency, generosity and kindness.

"As one person said, he can do just about anything except make you a martini, but not to worry, he can go get you someone to make you a martini", Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in June.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., remembered volunteering for Bush's 1988 presidential campaign, including handing out literature at ballgames and at '"the Rock County 4-H fair".

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"A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, 'Sully, ' a lovely, and beautifully trained, lab from America's VetDogs". The four-day tribute includes lying in state at the U.S. Capitol for parts of three days, a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral and eventual burial at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum back in Texas. "Bush of course was defeated for re-election and most people at the time considered him a failed president" because of a recession during his time in the White House.

Mourners began lining up at the Capitol to pay respects to Bush, who died at his Houston home on Friday night at the age of 94, seven months after the death of his wife Barbara. His remains are scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in the afternoon.

Memorial services were underway Monday to honor the late President George H.W. Bush, whose casket is set to depart Houston for a public viewing at the U.S. Capitol until Wednesday and a ceremony at the National Cathedral in D.C. The crew has been tasked by Trump with carrying out "Special Air Mission 41". The number is a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents.

Gerald Ford, who died at the end of 2006, was the last president to do so in late 2006 through early 2007.

Trump has ordered the federal government to close on Wednesday and both the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed in observance.

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