Service Dog Sticks With President George H.W. Bush, Photo Goes Viral

It’s the sort of story that all American dog lovers savor. A faithful companion loves his or her master even after death, so much so that the pooch stays with the person long after they have passed into the next life.

It is a scene that is making everyone say, “Aww,” and is playing out with the casket containing the remains of former President George H.W. Bush. His service dog, Sully, is along for the president’s last ride to Washington. Over the weekend, one of 41’s sons passed on a captured moment.

Within hours, the photo went viral being retweeted and passed on by mainstream media personalities, and networks alike.

Sully is a yellow Labrador retriever service dog who was welcomed into the Bush family in June to assist the former president.

Sully was trained by Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, a nonprofit that provides service dogs at no cost to veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities, according to the America’s VetDogs website.

The dogs are trained to help with various disabilities, including blindness or low vision, post-traumatic stress disorder and hearing loss. The group also provides facility dogs to help rehabilitate service members and veterans in military and Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Following the services for the president, Sully will be headed to a new home.

George W. Bush posted on Instagram that Sully will be reassigned. “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,” the 43rd president wrote.

Labs do have a way of worming into human hearts that’s for sure.

As for Walter Reed, the staff there is gaining an experienced addition who is sure to bring joy to other veterans for as long as he can serve them.

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