Bush’s ser­vice dog rests near cas­ket

Ca­nine Sully has been with Bush since June

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - Ash­ley May Contributing: John Ba­con.

As former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush is be­ing laid to rest, his ser­vice dog Sully is among those mourn­ing the 94-year-old's death.

Sun­day night, fam­ily spokesman Jim McGrath shared a photo of the yel­low Labrador retriever sleep­ing next to Bush's cas­ket. He wrote, “Mis­sion com­plete.”

Sully was ap­pointed to the 41st pres­i­dent in June. At the time, Bush wel­comed Sully, from non­profit Amer­ica's VetDogs, as a “mem­ber of the fam­ily” who was “beau­ti­fully trained.”

Since then, the dog ac­com­pa­nied Bush nearly ev­ery­where, even the vot­ing booth dur­ing the Novem­ber midterm elec­tion.

Sully will go on to work along­side other ser­vice dogs help­ing wounded soldiers and ac­tive duty per­son­nel at the Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Cen­ter's Fa­cil­ity Dog Pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to Amer­ica's VetDogs.

Bush's fam­ily an­nounced his death Fri­day. Mon­day, his re­mains were flown from Elling­ton Field in Houston to the Joint Base An­drews mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity in Mary­land. The pub­lic may pay re­spects at the U.S. Capi­tol Ro­tunda in Wash­ing­ton from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day.

A state fu­neral will be held at the Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral, be­gin­ning at 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day. It will be the first pres­i­den­tial fu­neral since Ger­ald Ford died in 2006.

EVAN SISLEY/OF­FICE OF GE­ORGE H. W. BUSH

Former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s ser­vice dog Sully, lies next to Bush’s cas­ket on Sun­day. Bush’s spokesper­son, Jim McGrath, posted this photo on Twit­ter with the cap­tion “Mis­sion com­plete.”

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