"Mission Complete:" 41's Service Dog Stands Watch

The scene is heartbreaking. Sully lost his best friend on Friday night when President George H.W. Bush made his final goodbyes to the world. And in a picture posted on Sully's Instagram feed (because of course he's on Instagram), we see a picture of Sully lying down in front of his friend's flag-draped casket. 

The caption: Mission Complete.

 

Sully is a two-year-old Labrador retriever provided to the former President by VetDogs, an organization that provides guide and service dogs to veterans with disabilities. Before 41 was a President, he was also a decorated Navy lieutenant. Late in life, he suffered from a type of Parkinson's; so Sully was able to call for help if needed, as well as open doors and pick things up for the former President. And after the former First Lady died back in April, Sully was the kind of friend that 41 really needed at that time.  

Sully's next mission has already been determined. After his final moments with the Bush family, he will return to the VetDogs facility in Smithtown, New York for the holiday season. Afterwards, he will report to his next assignment. Sully will join the "staff" at Walter Reed Hospital, assisting injured veterans in their recovery. He'll join Dillon and Truman, two other dogs already working there. 

Sully will mourn for a time, (yes, I believe dogs mourn the loss of loved ones, just like people), but then he'll pick up and find another satisfying role for his life -- one that will make a huge difference in the lives of our wounded soldiers. 

Good boy!

 

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