Sully H.W. Bush


Sully Statue Unveiling

Sully to Be Honored with Statue at Presidential Library (Official Press Release)

Sketch of statueIt’s been a busy year for Sully.

George H. W. Bush’s former service dog became a household name last year after a photo of the Labrador guarding the late president’s coffin appeared on the canine’s Instagram account on Dec. 2.

The heartbreaking shot of Sully mourning his owner, who died on Nov. 30, 2018 at the age of 94, put a spotlight on the short but special friendship the former president and the service dog shared. Sully was matched with Bush in June 2018 to serve as a companion to him following several hospitalizations.

The loyalty Sully showed to Bush has made an impression on countless animal lovers, and now it will be immortalized.

Sully is getting his own bronze statue in the east wing of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. According to America’s VetDogs, the nonprofit that trained and placed Sully with Bush, the statue will feature Sully in a sit position with his leash in his mouth, “depicting the ‘retrieve’ task VetDogs trains” their dogs to perform. The statue of Sully will also show the canine wearing his official America’s VetDogs service dog vest with the Great Seal of the United States of the back.

Finished Sully statue.“Sully is an outstanding ambassador for the life changing work our service dogs provide to our nations veterans and first responders with disabilities.” John Miller, President & CEO, America’s VetDogs, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “We are thrilled to commission internationally acclaimed artist Susan Bahary to create a life size bronze of Sully to be dedicated to President George H. W. Bush and stand proudly in the east wing of his Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. It was our honor to provide President Bush with Sully, and we are forever thankful for his service to our country and to those with disabilities.”

Bahary is looking forward to immortalizing Sully and sharing his courage and compassion with others through her work.

“I fell in love with Sully and wanted to capture in life-size bronze the beautiful loyalty and bond that our beloved president inspired in him and that was forever seared in our memories.” Bahary said. “As a sculptor known worldwide for my service animals monuments, I feel Sully helps honor the President’s legacy, wonderful groups like America’s VetDogs and raises awareness of all types of service animals, as I ‘m also doing through the National Service Animals Monument and the Purple Poppy movement.”

An exact date for the public debut of this touching honor has not been released.

While his statue is in the works, Sully is continuing to help others by working as a hospital corpsman second class and facility dog at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he comforts injured veterans and their families and also assists with rehabilitation center sessions.

Sully Celebrates his 3rd Birthday

Our favorite presidential service dog Sully H.W. Bush just celebrated his third birthday. To wish him a happy birthday, The Dodo created a heartwarming video of Sully reuniting with his mom, Roxanne. If you want to help celebrate Sully, you can make a donation in his honor below.  

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The ASPCA Reveals Recipients of the 2019 Humane Awards


New York, N.Y., Oct. 2, 2019 – Every year, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) honors animal heroes who help humans or other animals in extraordinary ways, as well as people who demonstrate great commitment to assisting at-risk animals. This year’s Humane Awards Luncheon, which takes place on Thursday, Nov. 14 in New York City, will honor many worthy recipients, including fashion icon, author, and performer Isaac Mizrahi, a ten-year-old boy named Brady who is raising funds to buy ballistic vests for K9 officers, and former U.S. President George H. W. Bush’s official service animal, Sully.
“This year’s ASPCA Humane Award winners cover a wide variety of issues – from dogfighting and kitten advocacy to equine safety and protecting pets from poverty – but what unites them is a deep commitment to protecting vulnerable animals and communities,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “We congratulate and commend the winners, and hope their stories inspire compassionate advocacy and action across the country.”

The Humane Awards Luncheon honors animal heroes who have gone above and beyond to help humans, as well as people who are making significant strides to improve animal welfare aligned with the ASPCA’s mission of providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an expert ASPCA committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in seven categories including Kid of the Year, the Equine Welfare Award, Cat Advocate of the Year, Dog of the Year, the Public Service Award, the Henry Bergh Award and the Presidential Service Award.

NBC anchor Chuck Scarborough will return this year as the host of the Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street. The ASPCA’s annual Humane Awards Luncheon is sponsored by Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group. Accommodations for honorees are being generously provided by the Loews Regency New York Hotel on Park Avenue and additional support is being provided by west elm.

PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD: Sully of America’s VetDogs (Washington, D.C.)
An extraordinary yellow Labrador, Sully was former U.S. President George H. W. Bush’s official service animal, bringing not just assistance but love and joy to the former President in the last months of his life. Trained and placed by service dog provider America's VetDogs, Sully was immortalized in iconic images during President Bush’s funeral last December – at one point laying down in front of the President’s casket. Following his Presidential service, Sully was appointed to the rank of hospital corpsman second class and now works with patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. For demonstrating outstanding dedication to President Bush and veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Sully is the recipient of the 2019 ASPCA Public Service Award.

For more information on the 2019 Humane Awards Luncheon or to make a donation to the ASPCA, visit www.ASPCA.org/2019HumaneAwards.

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About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 

Sully's New Job at Walter Reed Bethesda

What's next for Sully On February 27, 2019, Sully officially joined the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program. He'll be working alongside fellow VetDogs facility dogs SGT Dillon and SGT Truman who are there to assist with physical and occupational therapy to wounded soldiers and active duty personnel during their journey to recovery at Walter Reed Bethesda. His handler is a volunteer Active Duty Corpsman and who was selected to participate in a training program prior to becoming a handler.  Their participation as handlers is a collateral duty.  Sully will live with that handler while on duty at the facility.  See the ceremony HERE.


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