From President Hoover’s Belgian malinois, to President Obama’s Portugese Water Dogs, furry companions have lived alongside the first family’s side throughout most of their time in office. The most recent Presidential companion to make headlines is President George H.W. Bush’s service dog, a yellow Labrador named Sully. Sully last made the news when he was lying beside the former President’s coffin during his funeral service. The image continues to evoke emotions in pet lovers around the globe, and showcases the impact of having a companion to lean on.
The George H.W. Bush Library in College Station, Texas decided to erect a statue of Sully to commemorate his service to the senior Bush. Alongside the statue, Sully will be honored with the 2019 ASPCA Public Service Award. Since the passing of the former president, Sully continues his service to veterans, providing joy and comfort to those in need.
The headline brings to attention the importance of not only service dogs, but companions in general. Canines have been the soldiers, companions, and comforters behind the scenes for centuries. Most recently the special forces dog, Conan, helped bring down Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the most wanted terrorist since Osama Bin Laden. Conan was acknowledged by the President, alongside human companions for courage and discipline. This is not the only instance of canine heroics in the military and it will certainly not be the last.
In a world of divide and violence, dogs are one thing the world can agree upon. They provide service and companionship to people from all walks of life, serve in militaries around the world, and touch everyone’s hearts with their blind love. As people with a voice, we should continue to honor and cherish the animals that we hold so dear to, because they help us navigate the difficulties of living in this world, and will forever give us a reason to smile.
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