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Late President Bush's service dog Sully honored with prestigious award


Late President George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully, seen here on Dec. 4 as Bush lies in state at the U.S. Capitol, will be honored by the American Kennel Club. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

He’s top dog.

Sully the service dog was a loyal companion to President George H. W. Bush during the last six months of his life, and now he’s being honored by the American Kennel Club.

The two-year-old Labrador Retriever has scored the 2019 AKC Paw of Courage award, which recognizes his loyalty, dedication and distinguished service.

The pawsome pup was assigned to serve Bush, a Navy veteran, last summer to help him with daily activities and provide companionship. Sully was trained by America’s VetDogs, which provides programs designed to give vets and active-duty service members with disabilities more mobility and independence.

Sully can fetch things and get help in an emergency, among other cool tasks. Last month, he joined the Walter Reed Bethesda Facility Dog Program, where he’ll help provide interactive care for patients at the military medical center during recovery.

“The devotion and comfort that dogs provide their owners goes unmatched,” AKC president and CEO Dennis Sprung said in a statement. “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,” he added.

The courageous canine will get a medallion and an engraved plaque celebrating his service in the mail some time in the new few weeks.

President Bush died on Nov. 30 at age 94. Sully made headlines in December when photos of him keeping watch over the 41st President’s flag-draped casket went viral.