(AP) – President George H.W. Bush’s spokesman has posted a photo of the late president’s service dog lying in front of a flag-draped casket.
Jim McGrath posted a picture Sunday of the yellow Labrador retriever named Sully with the caption, “Mission complete. #Remembering41.”
The nation’s 41st president died Friday at his home in Houston at 94. He will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas.
Bush received Sully in June from America’s VetDogs nonprofit organization. The president had a form of Parkinson’s disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help.
KTRK-TV in Houston reports that Sully will return to America’s VetDogs in New York through the holiday season before joining the Water Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program.
Meanwhile a U.S. government plane arrived in Texas Sunday to transport the body of the former president George H.W. Bush to Washington for a state funeral.
McGrath tweeted a photo of the presidential plane on a tarmac Sunday afternoon. He wrote, “Air Force One has arrived in Houston for what will technically be called ‘Special Air Mission 41’ tomorrow and Wednesday.”
He added: “A beautiful day In Texas — ‘ceiling and visibility unlimited,’ Mr. President.”