Sully, the yellow Labrador retriever that recently shot to international fame when he was seen resting loyally near former President George H.W. Bush's casket, now has another great mission ahead.
The former service dog to the late President has started a new job with the U.S. Navy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington. During a ceremony streamed live on Facebook Wednesday, the adorable canine was appointed to the rank of hospital corpsman second class.
Good morning and thank you for sharing this moment with us, today we welcome Sully H. W. Bush to our #WRBFacilityDogs team! USO-MetroPosted by Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Wednesday, February 27, 2019
"Your appointment as a petty officer in the United States Navy makes you heir to a long and proud tradition of naval leadership," said a Navy spokesman at the Bethesda, Maryland, ceremony. The dog then was outfitted with a new "military uniform" -- a vest representing the medical center's dog team.
Sully's personalized oath of enlistment: "Do you affirm or pant as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy that you will support, comfort and cure warriors and their families, active duty and retired? That you embrace our staff and bear unconditional love and solace, especially on busy days? That you take this obligation freely, without any promise of treats or tummy rubs and that you will faithfully discharge the duties to provide joy, love and nurturing for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and sailors and their families?"
Sully joins the medical center's facility dog program and his duties will include lowering the stress level and increasing well-being among patients as well as staff members.
The dog melted hearts around the world last year after a photo went viral of Sully resting near President Bush's casket at the U.S. Capitol. Named after Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger , the pilot who safely landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River, Sully was assigned to President Bush through a request on his behalf after the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush.
Trained by America's VetDogs -- a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for disabled military veterans and first responders -- to be a service dog, therapy dog and guide dog, Sully is capable of doing a number of tasks, from answering phones to turning lights on and off. The service dogs at Walter Reed in Bethesda collectively work over 200 hours per month and average 2,500 contacts, according to a spokesperson for for the facility.
Before landing this new gig, it seems Sully had been adjusting to life without his human.
His Instagram account reveals that he celebrated Christmas by dutifully tracking Santa's whereabouts, and that he went all-out for New Year's Eve.