George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Stays By His Casket

George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Stays By His Casket

A US government plane has arrived in Texas to transport the body of former President George H.W. Bush to Washington for a state funeral.

While the services are split between Washington and Texas, many in Kennebunkport, Maine also feel a personal connection to the late president.

Sully became the late president's service dog in June, a couple of months after former first lady Barbara Bush died.

Sully is named after Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the former pilot who famously landed his disabled plane in New York's Hudson River in 2009 to save the lives of 155 people. The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.

Pence said that the last correspondence his family had with the former president was a letter and photo that his son, USMC Lt. Michael Pence, received in August.

David J. Phillip Pool  AP
David J. Phillip Pool AP

"America's VetDogs' trainers and staff worked closely with the president's team to find the best match", John Miller, president and CEO of America's VetDogs, said back when Sully was first placed with Bush.

"Mission complete", the caption read.

Bush 41 announced Sully's new place in the family in a photo with former President Bill Clinton.

According to America's VetDogs.org, the specially-trained service dog was specifically matched to provide support and companionship to the late President Bush in his daily activities. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol starting Monday and a service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral later in the week.

More news: World mourns death of ex-US president Bush

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