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J.J. Watt Smooches Presidential Service Dog Sully In Truly Iconic Celeb Photo

Well well well, if it isn’t everyone’s favorite Presidential service dog Sully back in the news again! Yep, surely you’re all very familiar with the famous Lab by now. We’ve featured him a few times before on iHeartDogs.com.

Sully acted as a service dog to the late 41st President of the United States, George HW Bush. When the President passed in 2018, a beautiful photograph of Sully lying down in front of the American flag-draped casket went viral.

@SullyHWBush/Instagram

“Mission Accomplished,” the touching post read.

Sully’s been front page news for a while now as a bronze statue of him designed by artist Susan Bahary just went up in George HW Bush’s Presidential Library in College Park.

@SullyHWBush/Instagram

These are both great pictures of a good boy obviously, but my personal favorite Sully photograph is one taken before this past Sunday’s Texans/Patriots football game. It features Texans Defensive End J.J. Watt with Sully on the sidelines.

The Houston Texans Twitter account tweeted the photo, which shows the player getting very familiar with the pup.

“13/10 would give Sully puppy kisses again.”

@HoustonTexans/Twitter

If anyone deserves a V.I.P. meet-and-greet pass and photo-op, it’s Sully! The heroic dog even got to hang out with the team’s mascot Toro, who gave the experience a much stronger rating (41/10 to be specific) via Twitter.

https://twitter.com/TexansTORO1/status/1201294546002497536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1201294546002497536&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fabc13.com%2Fpets-animals%2Fjj-watt-shares-kiss-with-sully-on-texans-field%2F5729464%2F

Even a hardworking dog like this likes to support his team! And the team supports him right back.

A Sully Fact-Sheet

Here’s a quick summary of everything you should know about Sully:

  • Sully is named after U.S. Air Force Veteran and pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger. And yes, the two have met.
  • His training was with an organization called America’s VetDogs, a non-profit committed to helping the people who have served our country honorably “live with dignity and independence.”
  • He worked as the President’s service dog for about 5 months in 2018. He also helped the family mourn the loss of First Lady Barbara Bush.
  • As a service dog, Sully knows over 32 commands. He can also turn on lights, retrieve items, answer phones, and open doors.
  • Following his time with the President, Sully went on to help wounded soldiers and active duty personnel at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
  • At just 2.5 years old, he was honored during the 2018 CNN Heroes Awards. He’s now 3-years-old.

Sully has his own regularly updated Instagram account you can follow here. Or you can just check back here since we love all things Sully!

H/T: ABC13

Featured Image: @HoustonTexans/Twitter

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Written by Michelle Spies
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