George H.W. Bush's loyal service dog, Sully, was honored with a statue at a New York veterans service yesterday, and the photos from the ceremony may just be the most heartwarming things you'll ever see.
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George H.W. Bush was the forty-first president of the United States.White House describes him as a president "dedicated to using traditional American values to make the country kinder and gentler in the face of a changing world."
It's no secret that, upon his presidential victory, Bush faced one hell of a challenge.
However, despite unprecedented popularity from his military and diplomatic successes...
Following his time as president, Bush settled back into private life with his wife, Barbara, in Houston Texas.
However, as he entered his twilight years, his health took a nosedive.
And this is where Sully comes in.
Many Parkinson's sufferers require the aid of a service dog to help them with their day-to-day tasks, and Bush fared no differently. He announced the news of his new service dog on Twitter in June 2018, writing: "A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, "Sully," a beautiful -- and beautifully trained -- lab from @AmericasVetDogs. Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans."
A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, "Sully," a beautiful -- and beautifully trained -- lab… https://t.co/uEXR16b7gs— George Bush (@George Bush)1529966660.0
Bush had received Sully, a golden labrador, from America's VetDogs...
A nonprofit organization that provides service dogs to veterans in need.
Today is #NavyDay 💙 Navy Day salutes all of the military personnel who have served, both past and present, in the… https://t.co/wLq03NwCFG— America's VetDogs (@America's VetDogs)1603806671.0
Sully served Bush for 5 months before his death in November 2018...
And this photo of the dog laying forlornly by the casket of his previous owner was quick to go viral.
Mission complete. #Remembering41 https://t.co/rXdyXAS4lk— Jim McGrath (@Jim McGrath)1543802463.0
Ever since Bush's death, however, Sully has continued to valiantly serve our country's veterans.Now, he comforts servicemen and women at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where lines of veterans await Sully every day.
Sully is tremendously good at what he does.
His trainer, Valerie Cramer, says the dog’s special bond with disabled veterans won’t be ever be broken. “The beauty of Sully is that he crosses all barriers," she told CBS2. “Maybe he misses the job that he did before, but he is very happy to do what he’s doing now because he touches so many lives."
The late President's service dog continues to receive honors after caring for Bush in his final months. https://t.co/zL4SbUlDIW— ABC7 Sarasota (@ABC7 Sarasota)1605159000.0
As you can see, Sully isn't your average dog...
So it was only right that his hard work was honored in a Veterans Day ceremony.
This #VeteransDay, we would like to bring attention to https://t.co/mPtClmuMrI, an organization dedicated to provid… https://t.co/2Ej2NAsBkV— SPLEASH® (@SPLEASH®)1605132019.0
At it's Long Island site, America's VetDogs unveiled a bronze statue dedicated to Sully and his hard work.
"Dogs are man’s best friend and, ultimately, Sully fulfilled that role for one of the most prominent people in the country and really worked to shine a light on the services that are available for everybody," America’s VetDogs CEO, John Miller said as per WMC5.
Statue honoring Sully, George H.W. Bush’s service dog, unveiled in NY https://t.co/qlmHliZ0Uq https://t.co/lXMwWihCTB— KRMGtulsa (@KRMGtulsa)1605136576.0