Sully (dog)

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Sully Dog 2018.jpg
Sully in 2018
SpeciesCanis lupus familiaris
Born (2016-07-14) July 14, 2016 (age 2)

Sully is a yellow labrador dog employed as a service dog for disabled military veterans in the United States. He served with the former President of the United States George H. W. Bush during the last six months of his life, until Bush's death on November 30, 2018.

Early life and training

Sully was whelped in 2016; his dam was Roxanne.[1]

Upon leaving his brood, he was trained by the charity America's VetDogs to perform a two-page list of commands, which includes fetching items, answering a telephone, and summoning help in an emergency.[2][3] He was assigned to assist George H. W. Bush in the summer of 2018 through the dog's participation in a veteran service dog program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.[4] According to America's VetDogs, Sully was named after former U.S. Air Force officer and US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger III.[5] Sully received early attention from his own Instagram page covering his life and work with the Bush family.[6]

Death of George H. W. Bush

Following the death of President Bush, Sully accompanied the former president's remains to Washington, D.C. for the state funeral.[7] A photo posted to Twitter by Bush spokesman Jim McGrath showing the dog sleeping next to the coffin containing Bush's remains in Texas attracted more than 230,000 likes in two days.[7][8] Sully also visited the Capitol rotunda where Bush was lying in state.[9] According to reports, he was to be returned to an America's VetDogs facility in New York during the Christmas season before being placed back into rotation in the service animal program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.[2]

Subsequent service

In accordance with President Bush’s wishes, as of February 2019, Sully joined the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program in Bethesda, Maryland. Following his "Welcome Aboard Ceremony", Sully was given the rank of Hospital Corpsman Second Class (HM2). His trainer, Valerie Cramer, stated that "Sully will visit injured veterans, helping to provide comfort during rehabilitation center sessions and visit with families during what can be an emotional and very difficult time".[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Happy Mother's Day". Instagram. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully lays by his casket in Houston". CBS News. Associated Press. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  3. ^ O'Connor, Austin. "President George H.W. Bush Gets a Service Dog". AARP. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Former President Bush gets a service dog named 'Sully'". Boston Herald. December 3, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "America's VetDogs Provides President George H.W. Bush With Service Dog Sully". America's VetDogs. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Martinez, Matthew (December 3, 2018). "What's next for Sully, Bush's service dog lying loyally beside his casket? Helping vets". Miami Herald. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "George HW Bush's service dog Sully will travel with his late owner ahead of state funeral". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute". BBC News. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  9. ^ "Sully the service dog visits casket of George H. W. Bush". Sky News. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Bender, Kelli (February 27, 2019). "George H. W. Bush's Service Dog Sully Joins Military Hospital to Help Veterans After Bush's Death". Retrieved 28 February 2019.