George H.W. Bush welcomes a new addition to his family
94-year-old former President George W. Bush is thrilled about his new service dog, an adorable 2-year-old Labrador named Sully.
The 42nd President of the United States George H.W. Bush shared a happy update with his fans and followers on social media, sharing that he had a new member in his family – a trained service dog named Sully.
Sully, a fluffy Labrador retriever, was trained by America’s VetDogs, the foundation that raises dogs and trains them to become service dogs to the country’s veterans.
Bush, who served in World War II, ecstatically shared that he was extremely grateful for his beautiful new canine companion and for the good work of America’s VetDogs team, whose dedication towards the cause was commendable
A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, "Sully," a beautiful -- and beautifully trained -- lab from @AmericasVetDogs. Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans. pic.twitter.com/Fx4ZCZAJT8— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 25, 2018
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The respected former serviceman has been undergoing health problems recently, including low blood pressure, vascular parkinsonism, and fatigue. He and his family have also been coping with the recent tragic death of Barbara Bush.
Bush’s service dog was brought to his home by his White House successor and friend, former President Bill Clinton.
According to People, 2-year-old Sully was recommended as a suitable service dog for Bush by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Before being assigned to Bush to assist him with his needs, Sully had had quite a journey himself.
Sully was named after the pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger III, renowned for his 2009 heroic emergency landing in the Hudson River.
He was separated from his mother shortly after his birth and was moved to a prison facility as a part of the foundation’s prison puppy initiative.
Sully was under the care and supervision of prison inmates, who also trained him and helped him socialize until he was 15 months old.
Under the program, the inmates set a strong foundation for Sully’s training, including training in obedience, understanding commands, housebreaking and being a service dog.
Sully was then brought back to the America’s VetDogs facility in Smithtown, New York, where he was cared for until they found a veteran master for him to serve.