Bush’s service dog lies by casket

A photo of George HW Bush’s service dog lying in front of his master’s flag-draped casket proves that a man’s best friend is also a president’s best friend.

The Bush’s family spokesman, Jim McGrath, posted the picture of the yellow Labrador retriever called Sully on Twitter with the caption “Mission complete. #Remembering41”.

Mr Bush received Sully in June from America’s VetDogs non-profit organisation.

The former president who died on Friday aged 94 had a form of Parkinson’s disease, and Sully could open doors, pick up items and summon help for him.

Sully will return to America’s VetDogs in New York before joining the Water Reed National Military Medical Centre’s Facility Dog Programme, according to a US TV report.

Americans will begin saying goodbye to Mr Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington for public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda.

The public viewing will mark the start of four days of events that will include a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday and a private service at Mr Bush’s church in Houston on Thursday.

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