George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, on Tuesday visited the Capitol Rotunda where the late president is lying in state.
Sully, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever named after Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a passenger plane in the Hudson River in January 2009, took a lap around Bush’s casket, his tail wagging.
The yellow lab became the former president’s service dog in June, a couple months after former first lady Barbara Bush died.
Bush, 94, died Friday at his home in Houston.
Sully remained with Bush’s casket at the funeral home, lying nearby on the floor.
Jim McGrath, Bush’s longtime spokesman, tweeted out a photo of the dog.
“Mission complete. #Remembering41,” he posted on Sunday.
Bush suffered from a form of Parkinson’s disease and used a wheelchair to get around.
Sully, who was trained by the America’s VetDogs nonprofit organization, would help him open doors, pick up items and summon help.
With Post wires
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