George HW Bush: Former president's service dog honours his master

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A heartbreaking photo shows former US President George H.W. Bush's dog lying next to his casket, after the death of the 94-year-old on Friday.

A photo of Sully, named after pilot Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger III who successfully landed a damaged passenger plane on the Hudson River and saved all 155 passengers and crew in 2009, was shared by Mr Bush's spokesperson Jim McGrath on Monday.

He wrote, "Air Force One has arrived in Houston for what will technically be called "Special Air Mission 41" tomorrow and Wednesday".

"Following news of Bush's death, John Miller, President and CEO of America's VetDogs, said: "'Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family during this hard time. The former President, who suffered from a form of Parkinson's disease late in life, had used a wheelchair since 2012.

Following a departure ceremony at 12:30 p.m., the casket bearing the former president will be moved to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and flown back to Ellington Field, before being transported to St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Bush first nominated Roberts to an appellate judgeship in 1992, though Congress never acted on the nomination.

President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara arrive for the portrait unveiling of former US president George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush at the White House in Washington D.C., May 31, 2012.

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"George H.W. Bush's exemplary service and deep commitment to his country informed everything he accomplished over his decades in public life", Trudeau tweeted from the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday morning.

A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late on Friday at his home in Houston.

Donald Trump has ordered the federal government closed on Wednesday for a national day of mourning.

The remains will then be transported by train for interment at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

Former US first lady Michelle Obama said she was cancelling book tour visits to Paris and Berlin to attend the "important" funeral and honour Bush's "tremendous contributions to our world".

The seven-time Mr Olympia and action star hero built up a long and lasting friendship with the U.S. president and the 71-year-old Austrian-born superstar pointed out that Bush helped revolutionise the fitness boom in the 1990s. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April at the age of 92, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age three. He opened his eyes.

"We're going to heaven", Baker said.

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