Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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

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

The image, which was posted on the dog's own Instagram account and reposted by the 41st President's son George W Bush, who was the 43rd President, shows the labrador lying in faithful vigil by the side of his owner. "One thing that came through loud and clear, he was very proud of his family and very much loved his family".

A tribute website has been set up, where more details about Bush's funeral will be posted.

Flags are flying at half-staff in Washington and across the United States as the country prepares for days of mourning for the death of former president George H.W. Bush.

In the order, Trump said the decision was meant "as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States".

Captioned, "Mission complete" by Bush's former spokesman Jim McGrath, the photograph served as a heartbreaking farewell between Bush and Sully, who the former president began working with after his wife Barbara Bush died earlier this year.

When an aide told Bush that Baker was visiting Friday, "he perked up".

It was placed into a hearse headed to Houston's Ellington Field, where a presidential aircraft waited to carry Bush's body to Washington for the state funeral.

Bush will lie in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol from Monday evening Wednesday morning, under the watchful gaze of an around-the-clock honours guard.

Thursday at 5:15 p.m. ET - Arrival and interment at George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, College Station, Texas.

A photograph of George H.W. Bush's dog has been shared on social media and it is utterly heartbreaking.

One of Bush's major achievements was assembling the worldwide military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbor Iraq in 1991.

His time as president was marked by the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf war against Saddam Hussein.

The World War II hero died late Friday night local time. He enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday.

Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during that war, said he was confident in Bush's leadership because "he knew what combat was all about".

After the war he started an oil business in Texas before entering politics aged 40.

The photo touched the hearts of many Twitter users.

He was denied a second term by then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who would later become a close friend.

Bush replied: "Good, that's where I want to go".

Bush visits a tent camp for quake survivors on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2006.

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