The golden labrador who worked as a service dog for President George HW Bush has been pictured resting beside his coffin, in a moving tribute.
"The 41st president died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94".
Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman, posted an image of Sully next to Bush's casket on Sunday along with the caption, "Mission complete".
Bush will then lie in state in the Rotunda through Wednesday morning. "Thank you for your service, Mr. President".
Sully is named after former airline pilot Chesley B.
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A memorial service for President Bush will be conducted at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.
It appears that Sully and Bush's connection was near instantaneous, with both the former president and the pup's social media accounts sharing pics of their time together.
Bush received Sully in June from America's VetDogs nonprofit organization.
- He was trained through the prison puppy program, in which inmates raise future service dogs until the dog is about 15 months old.
Not all United States presidents have been fond of dogs though: John F Kennedy was allergic to dogs, and Donald Trump does not have one. He will be honored during several private and public events in Houston and Washington before he is buried in Texas next to his wife, Barbara, and their young daughter Robin, who died in 1953.
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