Late President Bush's service dog Sully has been assigned to his next duties and will not be going home with the family
The yellow labrador retriever has now been assigned to his next duties at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facilities Dog Program in Maryland.
Sully, former President George HW Bush's beloved service dog, will not be going home with the Bush family despite sharing one of the most touching relationships with the erstwhile US leader in his final months.
The yellow Labrador Retriever, who joined the Bush family in June and became an internet sensation during his time with Bush senior, has now been assigned to his next duties. The two-year-old dog is slated to join the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facilities Dog Program in Maryland following the death of the 41st POTUS, People reports.
America's VetDogs announced in a statement obtained by People that Sully will be positioned alongside two other service dogs very soon. The dog made headlines recently after he flew with Bush’s coffin to Washington, D.C. “Later this week, Sully will return back to America’s VetDogs in Smithtown, New York, for a temporary stay throughout the holiday season before joining the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facilities Dog Program,” the statement read.
“Sully will be working alongside fellow VetDogs facility dogs SGT Dillon and SGT Truman who are there to assist with physical and occupational therapy to wounded soldiers and active duty personnel during their journey to recovery at Walter Reed Bethesda,” the statement continued.
“America’s VetDogs has placed physical and occupational therapy dogs at military medical centers to work with service members recovering from amputations or other injuries. Through retrieval, bracing, and innovative tug-of-war exercises, these dogs work with service members as they adapt and work with their new prosthetic limbs.”
Although Sully's next handler is yet to be confirmed, it could be one of the Active Duty Corpsman and Medics, per multiple reports.
On Friday night, Spokesperson Jim McGrath confirmed the death of the former commander-in-chief at age 94. “George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings," he said in a statement. “He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline ‘Robin’ Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or ‘Bucky’ Bush."
Sully was matched with the late commander-in-chief in June 2018 to provide support during his daily activities. George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, honored him in a heartwarming tribute on Instagram along with a photo of him guarding his former owner's flag-draped casket. “As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we’re comforted to know he’ll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41,” he wrote.