Sully HW Bush, a Labrador dog who worked with George Bush, will travel next to the coffin of the deceased former president of the United States on his trip to Washington DC, according to a source familiar with the plans.
Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman, posted an image of Sully next to Bush’s coffin on Sunday and with the caption: “Mission accomplished.”
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018
Sully is named after commercial jetliner pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, who became famous for landing a damaged passenger plane on the Hudson River in New York and saving 155 people in 2009.
Sully, a highly trained help dog, will return to the service to help other veterans and go to the Walter Reed military medical center, wrote former President George W. Bush on Instagram.
“Although our family will miss this dog very much, it comforts us to know that he will bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he gave to the (president) 41,” Bush wrote.
Sully can fulfill a long list of orders, including answering the phone and collecting items.
“As someone said, he can do almost anything except prepare a martini, but do not worry, he can go get someone to prepare a martini,” McGrath said in June.
The dog was trained by America’s VetDogs and has its own Instagram page, @sullyhwbush . America’s VetDogs is a charitable organization that offers help dogs to veterans, active military and members of emergency services with a disability.
Sully came to work with Bush during the summer after former first lady Barbara Bush died earlier in the year.