George H.W. Bush’s service dog ‘Sully’ honored with AKC Paw of Courage award

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The American Kennel Club is honoring 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,” the organization said. 

Sully, a 2 1/2 year-old labrador retriever, is a highly trained service dog who was paired with the former President and Navy veteran in June 2018.

The pup was specifically matched to provide assistance and companionship to President Bush in his daily activities.

Read the American Kennel Club’s full announcement.

In February 2019, Sully joined the Walter Reed Bethesda Facility Dog Program as a Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class (HM2), where he will provide interactive care for patients and staff using innovative Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) during their road to recovery.

“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.”

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