George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Sully Remains by Casket

George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Sully Remains by Casket

George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Sully Remains by Casket

"Thank you for your service, Mr. President".

According to America's VetDogs.org, the specially-trained service dog was specifically matched to provide support and companionship to the late President Bush in his daily activities. Dogs, wrote the poet Emily Dickinson, "know but do not tell".

An arrival ceremony involving both the House and Senate will be held at 2:45 p.m. MT on Monday at the US Capitol, where Bush will lie in state in the rotunda until Wednesday morning. The nonprofit trains and places guide and service dogs with veterans and first responders. The Labrador was raised by VetDogs, first through its prison puppy program that gives inmates the chance to teach animals the basic tasks of housebreaking and standardized commands, and then at the program's campus in Smithtown, New York.

Bush's passing has led to an outpouring of remembrances for the humble and gentlemanly statesman, whose life and service was seen to stand in direct contrast to the vitriol and partisanship that has enveloped elected politics in recent years. "Sully" Sullenberger III, who became famous for landing a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River and saving all 155 passengers and crew in 2009.

Jeb Bush also saluted Sully. He wore a pair of socks imprinted with Clinton's face.

The backlash on social media was swift. Last week, he was already preparing for Christmas.

The Associated Press deleted Sunday an earlier tweet about the death of President George H.W. Bush after critics ripped the post as unfairly negative and biased.

"Mission complete", the caption read.

David J. Phillip Pool  AP
David J. Phillip Pool AP

He will now work as a service dog, assisting with therapy for wounded soldiers.

That Sully would continue to serve veterans was a source of comfort for the Bush family.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were noted dog lovers.

The 41st president's devotion to dogs was not born of necessity alone.

He died aged 94 in Houston, Texas.

Sully, by contrast, bore none of the weight of his person's political ambitions.

The German government press service announced Monday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will fly to Washington, DC, to take part in the memorial service for the late president, who oversaw the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany.

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