President George H.W. Bush's dog Sully immortalized in a bronze statue in Texas

Sully, the service dog who assisted late President George H. W. Bush in his final months, will now forever be by his owner’s side.

Officials at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Tex., on Monday unveiled a life-size, bronze statue of the loyal Labrador in the venue’s east wing. The piece, by Susan Bahary at Bahary Studios, was commissioned by the non-profit America’s VetDogs, which provides service dogs at no cost to veterans, active duty service members and first responders with disabilities. In fact, the organization placed Sully with Bush, who served in the Navy during World War II, after the death of his wife, Barbara, in April 2018.

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Sully the service dog of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lays in front of Bush's casket as it lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, is ushered to the Capitol Rotunda by Valerie Cramer to pay his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, pays his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Sully, named for retired airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, who became famous for landing a damaged passenger jet on the Hudson River in 2009, is headed back to America's VetDogs in Smithtown, N.Y., where he was born and trained. Then, according to John Miller, the president and CEO of America's VetDogs, Sully will go for training at Walter Reed to help brace, retrieve and otherwise help the veterans getting care there. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sully, the service dog of former President George H.W. Bush, sits near the flag-draped casket of President Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, pays his respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Sully, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog, walks to the Capitol Rotunda to pay respect to President Bush as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: President George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully (L) and 2018 CNN Hero Chris Stout's service dog attend the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN)
Sully, former US President George H. W. Bush's service dog, walks in the Rotunda of the US Capitol as people gather to pay respects as the remains of the former president lies in state December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. - The body of the late former President George H.W. Bush travelled from Houston to Washington, where he will lie in state at the US Capitol through Wednesday morning. Bush, who died on November 30, will return to Houston for his funeral on Thursday. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Sully, the service dog is seen as people pay respects, as the remains of former US President George H. W. Bush lie in state in the US Capitol's rotunda December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. - The body of the late former President George H.W. Bush travelled from Houston to Washington, where he will lie in state at the US Capitol through Wednesday morning. Bush, who died on November 30, will return to Houston for his funeral on Thursday. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Sully, the service dog is photographed by media as people pay respects, as the remains of former US President George H. W. Bush lie in state in the US Capitol's rotunda December 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. - The body of the late former President George H.W. Bush travelled from Houston to Washington, where he will lie in state at the US Capitol through Wednesday morning. Bush, who died on November 30, will return to Houston for his funeral on Thursday. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Sully, the yellow Labrador retriever service dog of late former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, arrives at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Former President George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully is seen at a departure ceremony during which the former president's casket was put on the Special Air Mission 41 plane at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, U.S., December 3, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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Sully was selected especially for the former POTUS because of his ability to handle Bush’s constant stream of visitors and travel itinerary, as well as assist him in a wheelchair, the organization’s Brad Hibbard told CNN in December 2018.

“Not only is he good at retrieving things, he helped the president by opening doors, knew when to get assistance from someone else, and knew when Bush needed comfort, so he would place his head on his lap,” Hibbard said.

Sully, who’s named after hero airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, is most recognized by the masses for staying near Bush’s casket as dignitaries paid tribute to the politician with a state funeral following his November 2018 death.

These days, besides making the appearance to see his statue, Sully the dog has a new job, according to the Bush’s foundation. He’s now working with wounded veterans and active military personnel as part of the team at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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