(RELEASE/KWCH) The American Kennel Club, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is honoring the late President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, Sully, as the recipient of the 2019 AKC Paw of CourageSM award.
This award is in recognition of his loyalty, dedication and distinguished service.
According to release, Sully is a highly trained service dog who was paired with the former President and Navy veteran in June 2018, and was specifically matched to provide assistance and companionship to President Bush in his daily activities.
America’s VetDogs, a national not-for-profit service dog provider based in Smithtown, New York, was recommended to the former President through VetDogs’ relationship with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. The Bush family worked with America’s VetDogs to find a dog that would meet the President’s needs. Sully assisted with everyday tasks such as retrieving items, summoning help, and most importantly providing companionship to President Bush in his daily activities.
Sully will be honored with a 2019 AKC Paw of Courage medallion and an engraved plaque in honor of his notable service to the late President George H.W. Bush.
“It’s an honor for America’s VetDogs to accept the AKC’s Paw of Courage Award on behalf of Sully,” says President & CEO John Miller, America’s VetDogs. “America’s VetDogs is very proud of Sully and his service to President Bush. Sully is a wonderful example of all of the service dogs that we provide to our nations veterans and we look forward to him continuing his mission at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.”
Any working dog is eligible to receive an AKC Paw of Courage. To nominate a dog for a Paw of Courage award, click here.