SMITHTOWN, New York– It was a special day for a special pooch in New York Tuesday, as former President George H.W. Bush’s beloved service dog Sully was honored with a bronze statue.
In recognition of Veterans Day, the life-size statue was unveiled at the America’s VetDogs campus on Long Island.
And the man of the hour, the real-life Sully, was the guest of honor at the ceremony.
Sully the statue is shown in a sitting position, holding his leash in his mouth, a task that vet service dogs learn to perform for their handlers.
Renowned sculptor Susan Bahary was commissioned to create the statue, and both she and VetDogs sought to highlight Sully’s work as a highly trained service dog while also showcasing his devotion and joy in serving the president.
Sully the service dog, who was President George H.W. Bush’s companion during his final months, is being thanked for his service to military veterans in a special way. @JennaBushHager shares the story. pic.twitter.com/hfv7bhX8SI
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