George H.W. Bush's Service Dog Pays Respect To Fallen Friend

Sully, the service dog famous for his loyalty to former U.S. president George H.W. Bush, sat quietly by his side as mourners gathered at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

The Labrador became the former president's companion in June, just two months after the death of Bush's wife Barbara in April 2018.

The dog is expected to be at Bush's side until his state funeral on Wednesday, US time.

Sully settled in beside his good friend. Image: Getty Images.

Sully stood to attention beside Bush's casket before moving to the side and settling in as mourners gathered at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.

The canine came to international attention after he was pictured guarding the president's casket on Sunday.

The nation's 41st president died Friday at his home in Houston at 94. He had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help, CBS News reports.

KTRK-TV in Houston reports Sully will return to America's VetDogs in New York through the holiday season before joining the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program.

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Bush will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial on Thursday in Texas.

Featured Image: Getty Images.

With CBS News

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