'Mission complete': Sully the service dog to accompany Bush one last time

Godofredo A. Vasquez  Houston Chronicle via AP

Godofredo A. Vasquez Houston Chronicle via AP

In one of the more moving images since the 41st President's passing Friday night.

Bush's casket, along with members of the Bush family and the late president's former service dog, Sully, arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., around 3:30 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath posted a tweet of Sully lying in front of the president's casket with the caption 'Mission Accomplished, ' prompting several to reply and ask what would happen to Sully.

W.'s son, former President George W. Bush, and shared by others on social media, has garnered thousands of likes and condoling messages.

Good boy, Sully. Good boy. Bush's casket will then be transported by motorcade to the presidential library, where he will be buried at the gated family plot near his wife and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at age 3. Sully had been trained by America's VetDogs, a nonprofit that provides service dogs. The non-profit, which pairs service dogs with veterans and first responders, matched Sully with Bush in June.

David J. Phillip Pool  AP
David J. Phillip Pool AP

The body of former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Monday as his family and Americans mourn the loss of the 41st U.S. president.

Sully is named after the airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River in 2009, saving all 155 passengers and crew on board.

According to Sully's Instagram account, he also spent a lot of time frolicking on the beach and playing fetch. A second memorial service for Bush will be held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church at 9 a.m. MT Thursday.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were noted dog lovers. George H.W. Bush was 94 years old.

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