Service organization commissions statue of Bush’s dog

President George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully lies in front of his casket in Houston last December. (Evan Sisley/Office George H.W. Bush via AP)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A charity that trains service dogs for disabled veterans has commissioned a statue of the late George H.W. Bush’s service dog for the 41st president’s library.

America’s VetDogs has commissioned sculptor Susan Bahary to create the bronze statue of Sully for placement in the east wing of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

VetDogs President John Miller says the statue will depict Sully sitting with his leash in his mouth, the “retrieve” task VetDogs trains its dogs to perform. It will show Sully wearing his America’s VetDogs vest with the Great Seal of the United States on its back.

The yellow Labrador golden retriever assisted the former president for the last six months of his life before Bush’s death at age 94 on Nov. 30, 2018.