George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, touched the hearts of many Americans when a photo shared on Twitter Sunday showed him lying in front of the 41st president’s casket.
The service dog was Bush’s loyal companion to the very end. However, after Bush’s funeral and burial, what happens next for the dog?
Per the former president’s wishes, Sully will return to America’s VetDogs in Smithtown, New York. That’s where Sully learned how to be a service animal. After that, he will continue on to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he will work with veterans.
VetDogs trains and places dogs like Sully with veterans for free.
Bush was matched with the 2-year-old Labrador in June, shortly after his wife Barbara died. The president had a form of Parkinson’s disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018