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Bush’s service dog again pays tribute to his late owner

Sully, former president George H.W. Bush's service dog, pays his respect to Bush as he lies in state at the US Capitol in Washington on Tuesday. AP

Former president George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, was back at his owner’s casket on Tuesday to pay his respects.

A picture of the yellow Labrador retriever lying down in front of Bush’s flag-draped casket was posted to Twitter on Sunday night by a spokesman, along with the caption, “Mission complete.”

On Tuesday, Sully was again seen among the crowds who flocked to the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., to honor the late president, who died Friday at age 94. Bush will lie in state there for public visitation through Wednesday. After services in Washington, Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds. He will be buried alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April.


Bush received Sully in June from America’s VetDogs nonprofit organization. The president had a form of Parkinson’s disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items, and summon help.

KTRK-TV in Houston reported that Sully will return to America’s VetDogs in New York and then join the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program.

Here are some more photos of Sully at his late owner’s casket.

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Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.