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Late President H.W. Bush's service dog to serve veterans in the new year

Photos: Mourners gather at the US Capitol to honor President George H.W. Bush
Posted at 11:58 AM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 14:15:22-05

A photo of late President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, lying beside his casket in Houston, Texas, was a heartwarming moment during the late president’s funeral procession.

Posted on Instagram December 2, the photo shows Sully lying beside H.W.'s casket, with a simple caption reading, “Mission complete.”

But what is going to happen to Sully now that she is no longer serving the late President?

According to a report by ABC7 New York, Sully will become a service dog at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, per the wishes of the former president.

The ABC7 New York report says the late president requested Sully “continue to serve our country’s veterans” after his death.

Sully, named after pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, was donated to H.W. Bush by Walter Reed after George W. Bush requested a service dog to help his father cope with the death of his wife, Barbara Bush, according to ABC7 New York.

Sully's trainer, Valerie Cramer from America’s VetDogs, told ABC7 the Bush family that Sully “stayed with the president almost around the clock during his final days.”

Until February, Sully will stay in Long Island brushing up on his service skills.

He will begin working as a service dog at the Walter Reed Medical Center in February 2019.

You can follow Sully on Instagram at @SullyHWBush.