George H.W. Bush's former service dog Sully is going to be honored in a big way.
Sully is getting his very own bronze statue in the east wing of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.
America's VetDogs, the nonprofit that trained and placed Sully with Bush, commissioned internationally acclaimed artist Susan Bahary to bring the bronze statue to life. A sketch of the forthcoming statue was posted on Instagram.
The statue will depict Sully sitting with his leash in his mouth, which VetDogs said is the 'retrieve' task the organization trains its dogs to perform. It will show Sully wearing his America’s VetDogs vest with the Great Seal of the United States on its back.
“Sully is an outstanding ambassador for the life changing work our service dogs provide to our nations veterans and first responders with disabilities,” John Miller, President & CEO, America’s VetDogs said in a statement. "It was our honor to provide President Bush with Sully, and we are forever thankful for his service to our country and to those with disabilities."
"I fell in love with Sully and wanted to capture in life-size bronze the beautiful loyalty and bond that our beloved president inspired in him and that was forever seared in our memories," Bahary said in a statement. “As a sculptor known worldwide for my service animals monuments, I feel Sully helps honor the President’s legacy."
The three-year-old yellow Labrador retriever stepped into the spotlight after a heartbreaking photo of him lying in front of the former President's coffin was posted on Instagram last year.
Sully was matched with Bush in June 2018, just a few months before Bush died in November. Sully served as a companion to him after several hospitalizations. Though their time together was short, Sully proved to be a loyal companion.
These days, Sully is also known as Navy Hospital Corpsman (HM) Petty Officer Sully. In February, he was sworn into the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program in Bethesda, Maryland, as a sworn service dog.
A date for the public debut of Sully's statue has not been released yet.