The casket of former President George H.W. Bush will reportedly be accompanied by his service dog when it’s flown to Washington, D.C.
CNN, citing a source familiar with the plans, reported that Sully, a yellow Labrador, will make the trip with the late president before going back into service to help other ex-veterans.
Bush’s spokesperson, Jim McGrath, shared a photo of Sully appearing to sleep right by Bush’s casket.
“Mission complete,” McGrath wrote on Twitter, using the hashtag #Remembering41.
Mission complete. #Remembering41 pic.twitter.com/rXdyXAS4lk
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 3, 2018
CNN noted that Sully is a highly trained service dog that worked with Bush starting in the summer of this year. He served Bush shortly after former First Lady Barbara Bush died in April.
Bush died at his home in Houston, Texas, on Friday at the age of 94. His death sparked an outpouring of praise from political figures, who lauded his decades of public service to the U.S.
Former President George W. Bush described his father as a “man of the highest character” after announcing his death.
Bush’s funeral in Washington, D.C. will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Washington National Cathedral. He is set to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday through Wednesday morning.