Former President George H.W. Bush passed away over the weekend.
The 41st President of the United States led a full and productive life of public service, and he deserves a memorable, honorable funeral.
And one little creature just made it even more poignant.
You see, Bush leaves behind a lot of family and friends, as well as lifelong supporters.
But he also leaves behind a companion and defender, a furry friend who has been at GWB’s side ever since his wife, Barbara, passed away in June.
And that companion has one final mission…
“A golden Labrador began his final mission as a service dog to former President George H.W. Bush on Sunday, sleeping next to the 41st president’s casket in a heartwarming tribute.
Bush’s spokesperson, Jim McGrath, tweeted the photo of the dog named Sully on Sunday evening with the caption, ‘Mission complete. #Remembering41’
Mission complete. #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/rXdyXAS4lk
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018
The photo has since gone viral on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
The original photo gained more than 120,000 likes and had been shared at least 32,000 times as of Monday morning.”
Sully trained with the nonprofit organization, America’s VetDogs, and he kept Bush company through the dark days after he lost his wife.
Bush Tweeted about how much he cared for Sully, too:
A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, "Sully," a beautiful — and beautifully trained — lab from @AmericasVetDogs. Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans. pic.twitter.com/Fx4ZCZAJT8
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 25, 2018
The faithful pet will complete his final mission after traveling on Air Force 747 alongside Bush’s flag-draped casket.
And then, Sully will continue in his role as a service dog, assisting veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Though we’ve seen countless fantastic pictures of the late President these past few days, perhaps none is more timeless than this…
Sully will travel tomorrow on the Air Force 747 (usually Air Force One) with President Bush's casket.
Jamie Gangel tells us he'll go on to help other veterans, likely at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
A very good boy, with a very good man https://t.co/bHufv4oQ5Z
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) December 3, 2018
The always-loyal, forever-loving, endlessly faithful companion, who will be there to the end … and a little beyond. 😉