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OffbeatWhat's next for Bush 41's service dog Sully?

20:20  03 december  2018
20:20  03 december  2018 Source:   chron.com

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George H.W. Bush ' s service dog Sully touched the nation with a now viral photo of the yellow Labrador lying by his late owner' s flag-draped casket. The canine appears somber, but he will soon go back to work alongside two other service dogs helping wounded military personnel at the Walter

So what ’ s next for Sully ? He will go on to work alongside other service dogs helping wounded veterans and active duty personnel at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center' s Facility Dog Program, according to America' s VetDogs. RELATED: Sully Bush a big hit on Instagram.

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George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully touched the nation with a now viral photo of the yellow Labrador lying by his late owner's flag-draped casket.

The canine appears somber, but he will soon go back to work alongside two other service dogs helping wounded military personnel at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to nonprofit America's VetDogs.

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He will assist with physical and occupational therapy to wounded soldiers and active duty personnel.

"As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41," former President George W. Bush said on Instagram.

America's VetDogs matched Sully with Bush in June, two months after Barbara Bush died. He is named after Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III,  the commercial airline pilot famous for safely landing a plane on the Hudson River in 2009.

Sully has become something of an internet sensation since he joined Bush. His personal Instagram page already boasts 99,000 followers. He can preform a two-page list of commands, including answering the phone, according to CNN.

RELATED: Bush's service dog lies by flag-draped casket

The dog still has some time left with Bush before he continues his journey. He is expected to travel with the casket on the way to D.C., where the former president will lie in state in the rotunda,  CNN reported.

After a funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, Bush's body will be flown back to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church. Finally, he will be taken by train to his final resting place at the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station.

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Julian Gill is a digital reporter in Houston. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site,houstonchronicle.com. | julian.gill@chron.com | Text CHRON to 77453 to receive breaking news alerts by text message


In Funeral of Pomp and Pageantry, Nation Bids Farewell to George Bush.
The 41st president was remembered as much for his personal decency as his political accomplishments, a “kinder and gentler” leader at a tumultuous moment.

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