George HW Bush's service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

Godofredo A. Vasquez  Houston Chronicle via AP

Former President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest wearing a pair of his trademark colorful socks.

Sully the dog will be travelling with the casket on the flight from Texas to Washington DC on Monday. The president had a form of Parkinson's disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.

The coffin will be flown from Texas to DC on board Air Force One - temporarily renamed Special Air Mission 41, in homage to the late president - and then back on Wednesday, with Sully accompanying the body throughout. "Thank you for your service, Mr. President".

David J. Phillip Pool  AP
David J. Phillip Pool AP

The nation will say goodbye to President George H.W. Bush this week, as his casket is set to arrive in Washington on Monday and lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday morning. America's VetDogs is a charity that provides service dogs to veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities.

Instead, the Bush family has lined up four people to give eulogies - including Bush's son President George W. Bush.

- He was trained through the prison puppy program, in which inmates raise future service dogs until the dog is about 15 months old. He will be buried next to wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin, who died in 1953. Bush died at home in Houston on Friday at age 94.

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