Sully the service dog, the companion of former President George H.W. Bush, received a monumental honor on Tuesday.
The 4-year-old Lab received a bronze statue in his honor on Long Island, where Sully was born and raised, WCBS reported.
Sully tugged at the public’s heartstrings when a picture was published showing the dog next to Bush’s casket during his wake and funeral in December 2018.
The sculptor of the statue, Susan Bahary, said she was so enamored by Sully’s loyalty and devotion that she dedicated her art to America’s VetDogs.
“I had the joy of meeting Sully and spending three hours measuring, admiring, getting to know him,” Bahary told WCBS.
Our service is available to all veterans, not just presidents," John Miller, president and CEO of America’s VetDogs, told the television station. “And Sully did a great job, along with the Bush family who is just tremendous to work with, in helping shine a light on our services.”
Sully now comforts veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
It costs more than $50,000 to breed, raise, train and place one assistance dog, WCBS reported. America’s VetDogs provides its services for free.
“The beauty of Sully is that he crosses all barriers,” Valerie Cramer, the dog’s trainer, told the television station. “Maybe he misses the job that he did before, but he is very happy to do what he’s doing now because he touches so many lives.”
America’s VetDogs is selling a 6-inch bronze-on-black granite base miniature statue, and also a resin base statue on its website.
The resin statue, which is signed by the artist, sells for $159 plus $20 shipping. The bronze-on-black granite statue sells for $1,199 plus $49 shipping.