A photo shared by the spokesperson for George H.W. Bush has gone viral.
For all the right, heartwarming and heartbreakng reasons.
On Sunday night, Jim McGrath honored both the late President and the loyal animal who remained close by his side for the past several months by sharing one picture and writing just two words.
The picture is of Sully, the service dog who was assigned to assist President Bush shortly after his wife, Barbara, died in April.
The canine is lying at the foot of Bush's American flag-drapped casket and the caption reads as follows:
We dare even the biggest dog-hater out there to look at this photo and not dissolve into a puddle of tears...
“Sully has the watch,” added Bush’s son Jeb Bush, a former governor and presidential candidate, who also shared this poignant image.
It has been liked over 151,000 times on McGrath's Twitter feed in just over 12 hours.
According to CNN, Sully will fly with Bush’s coffin to Washington, D.C. and, from there, the animal will relocate to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to assist more veterans such as Bush.
“As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we’re comforted to know he’ll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that he brought to 41,” Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush, wrote as he reposted Sully’s picture on Instagram.
His health has been in decline for about a week and he was surrounded by his friends, family members and loved ones at the time of his passing.
McGrath confirmed this sad piece of news, writing in his official statement at the time;
George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018.
He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings
He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline “Robin” Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or “Bucky” Bush.
The 41st President of the United States, Bush himself welcomed Sully into his world about two months after losing his wife of over six decades.
“A great joy to welcome home the newest member of our family, ‘Sully,’ a beautiful — and beautifully trained — lab from @AmericasVetDogs,” he wrote on Twitter, adding this spring:
“Could not be more grateful, especially for their commitment to our veterans.”
In case you're wondering:
Yes, the dog is named after Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, the pilot who safely landed a plane on the Hudson River in 2009 after it took off and nearly crashed in New York City.
Sully (the canine) joined President Bush on his final public outing when he voted on November 1 in this year's midterm elections.
And rest in peace, President Bush.