This past June, Sully, the service dog was commissioned for a very important mission. The yellow Labrador retriever was transported to Walker's Point, a spit of land that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean in Kennebunkport, Maine, a longtime vacation home for the Bush family.
First introduced on Instagram, Sully was photographed posing next to a sign that read "Walker's Point, here I come." He was trained by America's VetDogs, a nonprofit that prepare service dogs to attend to the needs of veterans, active-duty service members and first responder with disabilities "allowing them to once again live with pride and self-reliance."
The organization prepares and places these dogs with those who suffer from physical injuries, PTSD, hearing and vision loss and seizures. Since George W.H. Bush was resigned to a wheelchair in his 94th year due to Parkinson's disease, the ex-president was happy for this assistance, plus the opportunity to raise awareness for an affliction that affects over 1 million people in the U.S..
At Time of Death
Upon the recent death of President Bush, Sully followed his master's casket to the Capital Rotunda alongside other veterans in wheelchairs who benefited from the Americans With Disabilities Act that Bush signed in 1990.
He became a viral sensation with the photo of him lying in front of the flag-draped casket. His personal Instagram account already boasts 235,000 followers.
The New Mission
Following the burial of the 41st president, the 3-year-old canine will join the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facilities Dog Program in Maryland. In a statement obtained by PEOPLE , America’s VetDogs announced that Sully will be positioned alongside two other service dogs very soon.
“Later this week, Sully will return back to America’s VetDogs in Smithtown, New York, for a temporary stay throughout the holiday season before joining the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facilities Dog Program,” the statement read.
“Sully will be working alongside fellow VetDogs facility dogs SGT Dillon and SGT Truman who are there to assist with physical and occupational therapy to wounded soldiers and active duty personnel during their journey to recovery at Walter Reed Bethesda,” the statement continued. “America’s VetDogs has placed physical and occupational therapy dogs at military medical centers to work with service members recovering from amputations or other injuries. Through retrieval, bracing, and innovative tug-of-war exercises, these dogs work with service members as they adapt and work with their new prosthetic limbs.”
Sully’s next handler has yet to announced but that person could be one of the Active Duty corpsman or medics. Good work Sully! We look forward to following you online to learn of your future good deeds.
Primary Source: People Magazine