Bush’s service dog honors the late president

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The Associated Press deleted Sunday an earlier tweet about the death of President George H.W. Bush after critics ripped the post as unfairly negative and biased.

Before boarding Air Force One, Bush was honored with a ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and a military band that played "Hail to the Chief". He was portrayed by Tom Hanks in a movie about the incident.

The former president got Sully through America's VetDogs over the summer, about two months after the death of former first lady Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years. America's VetDogs is a charity that provides service dogs to veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities.

Bush had a form of Parkinson's disease that caused slow movements and difficulty balancing, among other symptoms.

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According to Sully's Instagram account, he also spent a lot of time frolicking on the beach and playing fetch.

KTRK-TV in Houston reports that Sully will return to America's VetDogs in NY and then join the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program. There, he will help wounded veterans and service members during their recovery.

Former President George H.W. Bush is returning to Washington as a revered political statesman, hailed by leaders across the political spectrum and around the world as a man not only of greatness but also of uncommon decency and kindness.

President Donald Trump will not speak at the funeral, sources with knowledge of the plans tell CNN, but has said that he will attend Wednesday's memorial.

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