Sully, Former Service Dog for George H.W. Bush, Will Continue to Help People at a Military Hospital

In the summer of 2018, the Bushes added a new family member to their clan—a yellow Labrador Retriever service dog by the name of Sully. Sully, who was named after former airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who became famous for landing a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River and saving all the lives aboard, was capable of performing a two-page list of commands to aid the former president in his day-to-day life, including answering the phone and fetching different items.

“As one person said, he can do just about anything except make you a martini, but not to worry, he can go get you someone to make you a martini!” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said.

When George H.W. Bush passed away on November 30th, 2018, few people were as upset as the former U.S. President’s service dog, Sully. In fact, you may remember seeing photographs of the canine lying in front of Bush’s flag-covered casket. The caption on Sully’s Instagram post read, “Mission Complete.”

However, Sully is still a young dog, and he’s had a lot of training that could be helpful to others, not just to his first master. Before his death, Bush made it clear he would like the canine to get a new job helping other veterans, and so it was arranged for Sully to do just that.

Sully attended a Welcome Aboard Ceremony at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, last week, where he received a pin denoting his rank (hospital corpsman second class [HM2]) to wear on his work vest. Now he’s ready to start his new job, offering his support to veterans at a military hospital.

“In his new role, Sully will visit injured veterans, helping to provide comfort during rehabilitation center sessions, and visit with families during what can be an emotional and very difficult time,” Valerie Cramer, Sully’s final trainer and America’s VetDogs program manager, said. “He will be fulfilling President Bush’s request.”

Sully will always be treasured by the Bush family, but it is for the best that he should use his specialized training to go to help out other veterans. We can’t wait to hear more about the amazing work Sully is doing at the military hospital!

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Elizabeth Morey graduated summa cum laude from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, where she dual majored in English Literature and Spanish with minors in Writing and Business Administration. She was a member of the school's Insignis Honors Society and the president of the literary honors society Lambda Iota Tau.


Some of Elizabeth's special interests include Spanish and English linguistics, modern grammar and spelling, and journalism. She has been writing professionally for more than five years and specializes in health topics such as breast cancer, autism, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Apart from her work at GreaterGood, she has also written art and culture articles for the Grand Rapids Magazine.


Elizabeth has lived in the beautiful Great Lakes State for most of her life but also loves to travel. She currently resides a short drive away from the dazzling shores of Lake Michigan with her beloved husband.

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