George HW Bush's Service Dog, Sully, Mourns Owner in Viral Photo

Godofredo A. Vasquez  Houston Chronicle via AP

Godofredo A. Vasquez Houston Chronicle via AP

"The 41st president died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94".

In a heartbreaking photo posted to Sully's Instagram account on Sunday, the yellow labrador - who was named after pilot Sully Sullenberger - is seen lying in front of Bush's American flag-draped casket with a forlorn look on his face.

The socks feature a formation of jets, which are meant to honor his lifetime of service that started when he became a naval aviator at 18 years old.

Instead, the Bush family has lined up four people to give eulogies - including Bush's son President George W. Bush. The public can pay their respects to the 41st president from 5:30 p.m. MT Monday to 6:45 a.m. MT Wednesday.

David J. Phillip Pool  AP
David J. Phillip Pool AP

Social media users thanked Sully for his services and commented on his and dogs' loyalty generally towards their owners.

Mr Bush's body is due to lie in state this week ahead of a day of national mourning. Sully had been trained by America's VetDogs, a nonprofit that provides service dogs.

Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness.

Both Bush's wife Barbara, the former first lady who died in April, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia as a child, are laid to rest on the library's grounds.

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