The statue of the labrador retriever will be installed in the east wing of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
“I fell in love with Sully and wanted to capture in life-size bronze the beautiful loyalty and bond that our beloved president inspired in him and that was forever seared in our memories,” said sculptor Susan Bahary, who was commissioned by VetDogs to create the figure.
The stature features Sully in a sitting position holding a leash in his mouth, which depicts the “retrieve” command, and wearing a VetDog’s service vest with the Great Seal of the United States on its back.
Sully assisted Bush during the last six months of his life before he passed away in November 2018 at age 94. He gained a wide following when family spokesperson Jim McGrath shared a photograph of him next to Bush’s casket.
Sully joined a team of dogs at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, earlier this year where he helps wounded military members.
“Sully is an outstanding ambassador for the life-changing work our specially-trained dogs provide to our nation’s veterans and first responders with disabilities,” said John Miller, president and CEO of America’s VetDogs.