Former President Bush’s service dog visits his casket

Posted at 10:37 AM, Dec 04, 2018

Sully, the service dog who served as former President George H.W. Bush’s companion for the last several months of his life, arrived at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Tuesday morning to visit Bush’s casket.

The yellow Labrador walked into the Rotunda on a leash with Americans in wheelchairs who have benefited from the Americans with Disabilities Act.

They were joined by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against those with physical or intellectual disabilities. Bush 41 signed it into law in 1990.

Sully the service dog visits former President George H.W. Bush’s casket in the Capitol Rotunda. (NBC photo)


Sully is two-years-old and named for retired airline captain “Sully” Sullenberger who in 2009 landed a US Airways flight in the Hudson River off Manhattan after both engines were disabled by a bird strike. All 155 people aboard survived.

Sully the dog lay down near the casket and later sat among the disabled Americans gathered to pay their respects to Bush. He’ll head off to a few weeks’ training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and is expected to serve veterans.