Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush's casket

Lawrence Kim
December 6, 2018

Former Republican senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole was helped out of his wheelchair on Tuesday to salute the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush.

Sully the service dog, famously photographed laying in front of President George H.W. Bush's casket, will return to work shortly after the death of his owner, but this time with others who desperately needs him.

Friends and family will celebrate his life during a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington.

"Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died", the message read.

Among those who paid their respects to the 41st president, the current head of state, Donald Trump and the First Lady, Melania, visited the casket at the rotunda.

The CIA, too, honored Bush, the only spy chief to become president, as three agency directors past and present joined the public in the viewing.

Bush was elected president in 1988 after serving two terms as President Ronald Reagan's vice president. Sully, Bush's service dog, came by, too.

Maine Governor Paul R. LePage called President Bush "Maine's president" in an order closing executive departments in the state, where the Bush family has a summer home.

Dole, 95, appeared at the Capitol rotunda on Tuesday to pay his respects to the late president. Former President George W. Bush and his wife greeted the Trumps outside before everyone went in for the private, 20-minute visit.

A humble hero of World War II, Mr Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island.

Sully will have two co-workers in the role, service dogs Sgt. Dillon and Sgt. Truman.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said America stands with the Bush family "in mourning but also in gratitude".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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