Late President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, captured the hearts of the nation and the world with his loyalty to and love for his charge.
A photo of Sully lying next to Bush’s flag-draped casket with the caption, “Mission complete,” quickly went viral and touched millions of people around the globe.
Sully was hand-picked for President Bush and faithfully served him during the final months of his life as he battled Parkinson’s and some respiratory problems. But just because that mission is over doesn’t mean Sully is ready to retire.
After the funeral proceedings, Sully returned to America’s VetDogs in Smithtown, New York, where he was trained and will remain there through the holidays. The organization trains dogs to help veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities.
Starting next year, Sully will begin his next mission, and we can’t think of one more fitting for this American hero.
“Sully will be joining the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program,” America’s VetDogs said in a statement. He will help with physical and occupational therapy for wounded veterans “on their journey to recovery.”
Sully will be joining SGT Dillon and SGT Truman, two other service dogs who work at the facility.
The Bush family will miss having Sully around, but they are happy to know that he is going to help so many wounded veterans.
Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, said earlier this week that they would miss Sully, but were proud that he would go on to help others.
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