Sully the dog is heartbroken as George HW Bush lies in state. Pic goes viral

A heartbreaking photo of a Labrador lying in front of the remains of former US president George HW Bush has highlighted the deep bond between man and dog

He lies with his eyes shut, in front of a casket draped in the American flag. His body is limp, almost curled up. On the yellow Labrador’s belly is an identifier — Service Dog. This moving photo has gone viral on social media. It is of the service dog of former US President George HW Bush. The former US president died this weekend at the age of 94.

 

The dog, named Sully HW Bush, became part of Bush Senior’s family earlier this year. “A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, ‘Sully’, a beautiful — and beautifully trained — Labrador,” George HW Bush had tweeted on June 26 this year.

Bush suffered from a kind of Parkinson’s disease, which made mobility a challenge for him. And Sully was there to help the wheelchair-bound former US president move about

The highly trained Sully could perform an exhaustive array of tasks, including opening doors, answering the phone, fetching items and summoning help.

In June this year, when Sully became part of the Bush family, the former US president’s spokesperson had jokingly said, “As one person said, he [Sully] can do just about anything except make you a martini, but not to worry, he can go get you someone to make you a martini!”

Sully’s master is now gone. But the Labrador still has one last mission with Geroge HW Bush, who was called ’41’ (for being the 41st President of the United States).

According to the American media, Sully will travel with George HW Bush’s body to US capital Washington, where the former US president will be laid to rest on Wednesday.

And then, Sully will go back to doing what he does best: Helping those in need.

American’s VetDogs, the organisation that provided Sully to George HW Bush, said in a Facebook post that Sully will be sent to a top military medical centre where the Labrador will “assist with physical and occupational therapy to wounded soldiers and active duty personnel”.

Source: India Today