The love of a loyal dog is unparalleled. They love fiercely and freely and will stand by their owners to the very end — and sometimes, even beyond. It isn’t unusual to hear about dogs refusing to leave an owner’s side after death. In fact, Greyfriars Bobby, a terrier who lived in Scotland in the late 1800s, allegedly spent over 14 years guarding the grave of his master after he died from tuberculosis.
This week, a similar story played out on U.S. soil shortly after former President George H.W. Bush’s death at 94. Bush’s dog, Sully, was captured in a moving photo showcasing the golden retriever laying silently in front of the leader’s coffin — a final attempt to “serve” the owner he would never again spend time with.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018
Now, Sully is being honored for his tireless dedication to H.W. Bush. Family spokesperson, Jim McGrath, tweeted a photo of his loyalty, adding only the words, “Mission completed,” to the caption. The same photo was cross-posted to Instagram.
Sully was, in many ways, more of a companion to Bush than a true service dog, having been with the former president since early July of 2018. But he was trained by an organization called VetDogs. He helped open doors, pick up items, and took care of other small tasks. Over and above everything else, he was Bush Sr.’s best and closest friend in his final days.
The magnanimous and loving Golden Retriever isn’t retiring, though; he’s simply switching employers. Sully will go on to work at Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. There, he will continue his watch over the many men and women who fought to protect our country, both overseas and right here on home soil.
At ease, Sully… you’re a damned good dog.