George H.W. Bush’s service dog honored with a Public Service Award for bringing love and joy

A yellow Labrador named Sully will receive a Public Service Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for the loyal service he provided to George H.W. Bush during the last six months of his life.


According to the ASPCA, the award is given to “to an outstanding animal or a public service officer who has made a heroic effort to save an animal’s life in the past year or has demonstrated a commitment to his or her career.”

Sully will be receiving the award on November 14 during the ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon which will be held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The canine, who has been described as “extraordinary”, served as Bush’s service dog from June 2018 until his death on November 2018. Sully received the honor for “bringing not just assistance but love and joy to the former president in the last months of his life.”


Sully was trained for service by America’s VetDogs, and he joined the Bush family to provide support and companionship to the former president shortly after the passing of the Former First Lady Barbara Bush on June 2018.

The service dog was placed with Bush after he was hospitalized multiple times in 2018. The pair instantly formed a deep bond that extended beyond Bush’s life, who passed away when he was 94 years old. Sully captured America’s heart when a photo of him laying in front of Bush’s casket at his funeral last year spread online.


More than providing company, Sully was also able to accomplish several tasks for the former president such as answering phones, opening doors, and turning the lights on and off.

The ASPCA decided that Sully deserved the recognition because of those that he was able to assist after his service for the Bush family. Since February 27, 2019, the canine has been with the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland as a hospital corpsman second class and facility dog.


His responsibilities include providing comfort to wounded veterans and their families and assisting with rehabilitation center sessions.

You truly are a good boy, Sully! The service that you have provided to every person who needed your help deserves recognition and will never be forgotten.

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