Mission Complete’: Sully, The Service Dog, Yellow Lab Stays by the Side of George H.W. Bush’s Casket


For the final time, the late president’s service dog served him by resting near the side of his casket.

Sully, the service dog of former president George H.W. Bush, spent Sunday night, December 2, 2018 lying in the foreground of his US flag-draped casket.

Jim McGrath, spokesman for the Bush family, tweeted out a photo on Sunday night, captioning it “mission complete.” His former Gov. Jeb Bush retweeted the image, adding “Sully has the watch.”

Sully is traveling with the casket aboard “Special Air Mission 41” (Air Force One) to Washington, D.C., where several days of remembrance ceremonies are being held. President Donald J. Trump has declared that all federal offices be closed on Wednesday December 5, 2018 on the day of the funeral service at Washington National Cathedral.

Sully, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, is named after the pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese on Jan. 15, 2009.

Sully became the late president’s service dog in June 2018, after his wife, Barbara Bush, died in April 2018.

Sully was trained by America’s VetDogs, which places service dogs and guide dogs with veterans, active-duty service members and first responders.



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