A year ago, the world mourned the loss of President George HW Bush, who died after living a long, vibrant life, and who joined his wife Barbara in the afterlife. The world mourned the loss of this giant of a man, but as his funeral proceedings processed, the world became enraptured by someone else: President Bush’s service dog: Sully HW Bush

 

A year after Sully stole everyone’s heart, we wanted to update you all on what the good boy has been up to. 

Sully HW Bush met his best friend in the summer of 2018. He helped the former president with tasks around the house and mobility. He was a trained service dog as part of the service dogs for veterans program, VetDogs. The world, and me (I admit it) absolutely sobbed when this image of Sully lying in front of President Bush’s casket went viral. 

 

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Since then, Sully has been hard at work at Walter Reed Medical Center helping other veterans. He’s also been a spokesdog for VetDogs and the role that service dogs can play in the lives of veterans. He’s made friends with other service dogs, posed for lots of pictures, and given a lot of love and support to veterans and their families. 

 

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Sully even got to meet his namesake, Capt. Sully Sullenberger, the heroic pilot who landed his plane on the Hudson River. What a moment!

In November 2019, Sully was awarded the ASPCA’s Public Service Award!

It was also recently announced the Sully will be forever memorialized with a statue at the George HW Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas. What a special monument for a special boy. I’m sure President Bush himself is smiling down at the very idea. He did love Sully and loved the support he gave him during their time together. He would also be very proud of the work and advocacy Sully and his handlers have done since. 

“Sully is an outstanding ambassador for the life changing work our service dogs provide to our nation’s veterans and first responders with disabilities.” John Miller, President & CEO of America’s VetDogs, said in a media. statement. “It was our honor to provide President Bush with Sully, and we are forever thankful for his service to our country and to those with disabilities.”

If you want to read more about what Sully has been up to, check out his personal page on America’s Vet Dogs website and follow him on Instagram, @SullyHWBush

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member