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George H.W. Bush’s loyal service dog Sully to receive Public Service Award

George H.W. Bush’s loyal service dog Sully to receive Public Service Award for bringing ‘love and joy’ to the former president in the last months of his life

  • Late president’s loyal former service dog is set to receive Public Service Award
  • Sully provided support and companionship to Bush for last months of his life
  • He is set to receive the award from the ASPCA in New York City on November 14

George H.W. Bush’s loyal service dog Sully is set to receive a top honour after he stood by the former president’s side for the last six months of his life. 

The yellow Labrador will receive a Public Service Award, which according to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animas) is given to an ‘outstanding animal or a public service officer’. 

Sully provided support and companionship to former president Bush and joined the family shortly after the death of the Former First Lady, Barbara Bush, in June 2018.  

Sully the Labrador stuck by former president George H.W. Bush’s side for the final six months of his life 

The yellow Labrador will receive a Public Service Award from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), which is given to an 'outstanding animal or a public service officer'

The yellow Labrador will receive a Public Service Award from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), which is given to an ‘outstanding animal or a public service officer’

Sully sits next to a wheel-chair bound George H.W. Bush. He joined the Bush family shortly after the death of Barbara Bush and was named after hero pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger

Sully sits next to a wheel-chair bound George H.W. Bush. He joined the Bush family shortly after the death of Barbara Bush and was named after hero pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

The canine is to attend the ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on November 14, where he will accept the award. 

He has been praised as an ‘extraordinary’ animal who brought ‘not just assistance but love and joy to the former president in the last months of his life.’ 

According to the non-profit organization, the award is given to an animal or officer who ‘has demonstrated a commitment to his or her career.’ 

Sully served the wheel-chair bound late president for the last six months of his life, and quickly became an important part of the Bush family until he died aged 94. 

Sully pays his respects to President Bush at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in December 2018, above and below

Sully pays his respects to President Bush at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in December 2018, above and below 

The two-year-old retriever captured the nation's hearts when he was pictured laying in front of Bush's flag-draped casket at his funeral last year

The two-year-old retriever captured the nation’s hearts when he was pictured laying in front of Bush’s flag-draped casket at his funeral last year

During his service, Sully spent his days at Bush's side, even going to the voting booth with his in 2018

During his service, Sully spent his days at Bush’s side, even going to the voting booth with his in 2018

He joined in June 2018 shortly after the death of Barbara Bush and was named after hero pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, who safely landed a US Airways flight on the Hudson river.

The two-year-old retriever captured the nation’s hearts when he was pictured laying in front of Bush’s flag-draped casket at his funeral last year.

During his service, Sully spent his days at Bush’s side, even going to the voting booth with his in 2018.

Sully did more than just provide furry company, he’s also able to complete a number of tasks including answering phones, opening doors, and turning lights on and off. 

Following Bush’s death, Sully the Labrador retriever went on to provide therapy for military patients.

Sully did more than just provide furry company, he's also able to complete a number of tasks including answering phones, opening doors, and turning lights on and off

Sully did more than just provide furry company, he’s also able to complete a number of tasks including answering phones, opening doors, and turning lights on and off

Heartbreaking image shows George Bush's service dog lying next to the former President's coffin in Houston

Heartbreaking image shows George Bush’s service dog lying next to the former President’s coffin in Houston 

On February 27, 2019 Sully joined the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program to help wounded veterans.

His swearing in ceremony was livestreamed and showed the moment Sully offered his paw as he pledged an oath to ‘support, comfort and cheer’ on veterans and their families.

For the job he received a new ‘military uniform’ – a cameo vest – as proof of his enrollment and which he wears on a daily basis.

 

 



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