George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully back in New York for break before next assignment

The late George H.W. Bush's famed service dog Sully was welcomed back with applause to his training facility in New York, where he will briefly stay before his next assignment.

Sully arrived Wednesday at America's VetDogs in Smithtown, New York during an event attended by area politicians and showed off some of his skills in front of the cameras.

The service dog will spend the holidays at America's VetDogs in Smithtown before he is sent to provide stress relief and comfort to service members going through physical and occupational therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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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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The 2-year-old yellow lab will be joined there by fellow canines Marine Sgt. Dillon, a black Lab, and Army Sgt. Truman, a chocolate English Lab, according to America's VetDogs, an organization that trains and places service dogs with military veterans.

Sully, who is named for "miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, was sent to assist Bush, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, in June.

The service dog gained national and international attention after Bush died last month and a photo of Sully lying near his flag-covered casket went viral. The Instagram account dedicated to the dog has 264,000 followers.

George W. Bush wrote on Instagram that the family would miss Sully, but "we're comforted to know he'll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41."

 

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