George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

Read The Gracious, Humble Note George H.W. Bush Left In Oval Office For Bill Clinton

Read The Gracious, Humble Note George H.W. Bush Left In Oval Office For Bill Clinton

Christy Smith paused over the weekend to pay her respects to President Bush at a bronze statue of him at a Houston park.

"As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that be brought to 41", Bush, the 43rd president, said.

President Bush had been receiving treatment for a form of Parkinson's disease and had been admitted to hospital with a blood infection in April.

Mr Bush, who served as the 41st USA president between 1989 and 1993, died late on Friday at the age of 94. "Sully" Sullenberger III, who became famous for landing a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River and saving all 155 passengers and crew in 2009.

Bush received Sully in June from America's VetDogs nonprofit organization.

The non-profit organisation gives dogs to injured veterans to help them lead independent lives.

President Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath shared a photo of Sully and the casket captioning it, "Mission complete".




The specially trained lab will travel with Bush's casket to Washington D.C today.

The casket is expected to arrive at 3:30p.m. and will be taken to the US Capitol Rotunda, where it will lie in state from 5p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

In the book she writes that she can "never forgive" Donald Trump for questioning her husband's United States citizenship, accusing him and other "birthers" of putting her family at risk. Family friends on the flight will include George H.W. Bush's former chief of staff Jean Becker and Secretary of State James Baker.

However it is unclear if 94-year-old Jimmy Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, is well enough to attend.

He also ordered flags to half-staff for 30 days at the White House and other official sites, including public buildings and military posts, in Bush's honor and "and as an expression of public sorrow". A World War II veteran and a CT yankee, Bush moved to Texas after graduating from Yale to pursue a career in the region's booming oil business.

After moving to Texas to work in the oil business, Bush turned his attention to politics in the 1960s.

His time as president was marked by the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf war against Saddam Hussein.

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