America's two favorite Sullys met on The Today Show

Julia LeDoux
February 22, 2019 - 4:51 pm

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Two of America’s favorite Sullys' came paw-to-hand Thursday morning on NBC’s Today. President George H.W. Bush’s service dog Sully, met his namesake, hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger, on the show.

The dog Sully was the much loved canine companion of the 41st president, who died at age 94, last November.

“I think we sometimes don’t think of service dogs as helping those that are in their final months, but the comfort that this dog provided my whole family,” Bush’s granddaughter, Jenna Hager Bush, who is part of the Today show, said.

Sullenberger saved 155 people when he landed US Airway's Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after the plane became disabled in 2009.

Sully provided Bush and his entire family with solace following the death of 41's wife, Barbara, last April. The loyal canine was by Bush’s side during his final illness and a photo of Sully lying in front of Bush’s casket broke hearts around the world.

“What a vigil he was holding,” said Sullenberger. “It was quite a moving image. That was the iconic image for me of the whole service.”

America’s VetDogs brought Bush and Sully together. The organization trains and places service dogs with disabled military veterans. Bush served as a Navy pilot during World War II.

Next week, Sully will become part of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Facility Dog Program, working with wounded warriors there.

“It was very important to President Bush that Sully carry on serving veterans, so he chose that Sully wouldn’t work for one individual person, but that he would serve many veterans, and the hospital setting is the perfect environment for that,” said Sully’s trainer, Valerie Cramer.

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