Former president Bush’s service dog takes watch over casket in touching photo

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A photo of George H.W. Bush's service dog looking sad as it lay on the floor in front of his flag draped coffin has gone viral.

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

Sully will make the journey with his last master to Washington D.C. on Monday where Bush will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol until Wednesday, Business Insider reported. On Monday, President Trump tweeted, "Looking forward to being with the Bush Family to pay my respects to President George H.W. Bush".

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David J. Phillip Pool AP

While the services are split between Washington and Texas, many in Kennebunkport, Maine also feel a personal connection to the late president. The couple had six children, including George W. Bush, who would become the nation's 43rd president in 2000. "President Bush was such an incredible man yet there is a sense of peace knowing that he and Barbara are together again and with Robin and just that it was time for him".

Sully is named after former airline pilot Chesley B. America's VetDogs is a charity that provides service dogs to veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities.

President Bush had been receiving treatment for a form of Parkinson's disease and had been admitted to hospital with a blood infection in April. He will be honored during several private and public events in Houston and Washington before he is buried in Texas next to his wife, Barbara, and their young daughter Robin, who died in 1953.

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