This is bone-chilling. George H.W. Bush sadly passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, and in a new photo his faithful service dog, Sully, can be seen protecting the late former President’s coffin. “Mission complete,” the pic’s caption, written by George’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, read.
Two of George’s sons, George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, also shared their feelings on the touching snap. “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,” George W. wrote. Jeb added, “Sully has the watch.”
George was first connected with Sully back in June, just two months after his wife, Barbara Bush, died. “A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, ‘Sully,’ a beautiful — and beautifully trained — lab from @AmericasVetDogs,” he wrote on Twitter at the time. “Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans.”
A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, "Sully," a beautiful — and beautifully trained — lab from @AmericasVetDogs. Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans. pic.twitter.com/Fx4ZCZAJT8
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 25, 2018
The name Sully comes from Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who was the pilot Tom Hanks portrayed in the film Sully. He safely landed a plane into the Hudson River back in 2009.
According to CNN, Sully will be traveling with George H.W.’s coffin to Washington DC. Once the services are complete, the pup will go back to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to assist more veterans just like George.
George’s unfortunate death was confirmed by his family late last week. “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,” the message began. “He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline Robinson ‘Robin’ Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or ‘Bucky’ Bush. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as it is practical.” He will be dearly missed…