Sully the service dog honored with 2019 AKC Paw of Courage


    Former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, pays his respect to President Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    NEW YORK - The American Kennel Club has honored the late President George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully, as the recipient of the 2019 AKC Paw of Courage award.

    This award is in recognition of his loyalty, dedication and distinguished service.

    Sully, a two and a half-year-old Labrador Retriever, is a highly trained service dog who was paired with the former President and Navy veteran in June 2018, and was specifically matched to provide assistance and companionship to President Bush in his daily activities. Sully assisted with everyday tasks such as retrieving items, summoning help, and most importantly providing companionship to President Bush in his daily activities.

    In February 2019, Sully joined the Walter Reed Bethesda Facility Dog Program as a Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class (HM2), where he provides interactive care for patients and staff.

    "The devotion and comfort that dogs provide their owners goes unmatched," said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung. "Sully served the late President George H.W. Bush honorably; providing him support and assistance, but even more importantly, love and companionship. The 2019 AKC Paw of Courage gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to the devotion that Sully brought to the late President in the final months of his life."

    The Labrador Retriever even has an Instagram account (@SullyHWBush) where he has grown his following to more than 250,000.


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