George HW Bush's service dog Sully walks the red carpet at CNN gala, becomes its most popular guest
Sully was on hand at the American Museum of Natural History in New York to pay a tribute to Bush Senior and all the celebrities at the event wanted to get a picture with him.
CNN's Heroes Gala had a string of stars out in full force to celebrate the event, but there was one popular figure among them who stole the spotlight — late President George HW Bush's service dog Sully.
Reports state that Sully was on hand at the American Museum of Natural History in New York to pay a tribute to Bush Senior and all the celebrities at the event wanted to get a picture with him. Sully made news after a picture of him was released last week. The image showed the specially trained golden labrador mournfully lying down beside Bush senior's flag-draped coffin. The late president's spokesperson Jim McGrath shared the picture of the dog, who had been beside the 41st President for months, with the caption: "Mission complete."
The dog, who is named after the heroic pilot who successfully landed a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River in 2009, saving 155 lives, was gifted to Bush senior in June after his wife of 73 years, former First Lady Barbara Bush, passed away. Sully on Sunday posed with celebrities like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly and even reunited with Bush's granddaughter Lauren Bush. Lauren took to Instagram to post a picture of hers with Sully and said: "I got to be reunited with this furry hero @sullyhwbush."She also shared another picture of Sully along with another dog named Tom, who was brought by the founder of the Veterans Community Project and CNN hero Chris Stout.
Lauren captioned the second picture by saying: "Honored to give a much deserved #cnnheroes award to Chris Stout. All in all...an inspiring night honoring amazing everyday heroes who are making our world a much better place!"
Sully was finally brought on stage during the gala by Anderson Cooper, who introduced the dog as Bush's "faithful companion to the end," according to the Daily Mail.
"It's a reminder that heroes come in all shapes and sizes - and some have tails," Cooper continued. "Sully is a service dog from America's VetDogs, and I'm very pleased that Sully is here tonight with trainer Valerie Cramer." Cooper, while addressing the audience at the gala, said that Sully was next headed to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington DC.
"His service is going to continue helping more veterans. He's two-and-a-half years old so he's got a lot of contributions to make in the future," Cooper added. The CNN host later posted a picture of Sully on his Instagram page too with the caption: "A pawsitively inspiring evening at @cnnheroes honoring my best friend."