Sully, who had accompanied the late President George H.W. Bush for the past year or so in both Maine and Texas, had become quite the social media sensation.

Shortly after the Barbara Bush died, Sully, a two year- old service dog from America's VetDogs in New York, (yes, he was named after the famous pilot who landed a plane in the Hudson River) was given to the Bush family to be both an inspiration and a form of support so that the former President could move around more freely.  Not only did Sully provide  services like opening doors and increasing the mobility of the 94 year-old Bush, but he became a source of entertainment to Bush followers on Instagram.

Pictures of Sully's travels became instant favorites, like the one posted just prior to Sully's arrival at the President's summer home at Walker's Point in Kennebunkport.

Sully was there everywhere the President went this past summer in Maine.  Hopefully, the companionship of a dog made our former President's last summer in Maine a somewhat happy one. 

One of the pictures of the year has to be this one, which was taken yesterday as the President's body was being readied for the flight from Houston to Washington, D.C.  The photo  titled "Mission Accomplished" shows the ever-faithful yellow Labrador retriever resting comfortably beside his master's casket.  A real tear-jerker if there ever was one.

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Mission complete.

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According to news sources, Sully will be returned to America's VetDogs in New York, before he will eventually provide the same services to our wounded veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Job well done, Sully.


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