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George H.W. Bush’s service dog Sully visits his casket in the Capitol Rotunda
December 06 2018, 3:31 PM
George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully was among the dozens who gathered to pay their respects to the late president as his casket lies in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.

Dressed in an American Flag therapy vest, Sully was escorted into the rotunda by a woman who stood by the dog’s side as cameras clicked away.

George H.W. Bush’s service dog Sully paid a visit to his late owner’s casket in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday morning as dozens gathered to pay their respects to the late president, who will lie in state until Wednesday morning

The yellow Labrador gifted to Bush in June wore an American flag-themed service animal vest while visiting the Capitol

Sully laid patiently in front of the flag-draped casket as dozens of mourners looked on during the somber occasion 

Sully, who was cast into the spotlight when a photo of him lying by his late owner’s casket went viral over the weekend, drew the attention of photographers as he waltzed into the rotunda 

Sully visited with many of the veterans who had gathered to pay their respects to Bush, who was a key advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act and himself a World War II veteran

Bush will lie in state until Wednesday, when his casket is brought to Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service

The pup wore a mournful look on his face at the somber scene, though witnesses around Washington, DC, say Sully has been cheerful during his visit to the capital

As he came into the room, Sully looked up at a photographer crouching on the ground to capture the pup’s entrance

Sully – named after the heroic pilot who successfully landed a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River which saved the lives of 155 people in 2009 – was gifted to Bush by nonprofit organization America’s VetDogs in June after the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

The president had a form of Parkinson’s disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.

The beloved pup accompanied Bush’s remains aboard Air Force One as they were transported from Houston to the capital on Sunday.

Bush’s official Twitter account posted an image of Sully and former President, Bill Clinton, on June 25 after Sully’s arrival. The tweet read: ‘A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, “Sully,” a beautiful – and beautifully trained – lab from America’s VetDogs’

Sully will soon go back to work alongside two other service dogs helping wounded military personnel at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC.

He will assist with physical and occupational therapy to wounded soldiers and active duty personnel – a tribute to his late owner Bush – a decorated World War II veteran.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time,’ said John Miller, President and CEO of America’s VetDogs.

‘It was truly an honor to have provided service dog Sully to be by the president’s side for the past several months.

‘As a true patriot and a visionary, President Bush will forever be viewed by people with disabilities and their families as a hero through his efforts to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act.

‘We are forever grateful to his service to the American people.’

Source: Daily Mail

Minh Chi

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