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George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Sully To Take On New Mission Helping More Vets

We were all touched by Jim McGrath’s photo of Sully, George H. W. Bush’s service dog, lying in front of the casket of the 41st President of the United States. Although Sully only joined the Bush family only recently, the yellow labrador retriever gained a celebrity status of his own. Many are wondering— what’s next for Sully?

Good Dog, Sully

Bush had recently acquired Sully from America’s VetDogs. This is a group that trains service dogs to assist with veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities.

USA Today

Sully joined the family in June to support George H. W. Bush, who, at 94 needed assistance with respiratory issues and fighting his battle with Parkinsons Disease.

Kind Of A Big Deal

Sully has his own Instagram account and right now he’s boasting around 88,000 followers. He made a big splash in a photo where he spent time with another former president, William Jefferson Clinton, and he was camera ready at daughter Barbara Bush’s wedding, attentive with a floral sprig decorating his collar.


In a post near election day, he also encouraged his followers to vote in a post, though pointed out, “Assisting with voting must be easier with thumbs.”

The Next Mission

Since McGrath’s photo, many people have reached out to the Bush family and America’s VetDogs wondering what the future holds for Sully. First, he accompanies Bush’s body to Washington DC where the former president will lie in the capitol.

NBC Washington

Next, he will take on a new job at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program, according to a statement from America’s VetDogs on their Facebook page. At Walter Reed, Sully will be working with “fellow VetDogs facility dogs SGT Dillon and SGT Truman” to participate in physical and occupation therapy for wounded veterans.

Atta boy, Sully.

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