Back in November, our country mourned when George H.W. Bush died after a fight with a form of Parkinson's disease. At that time, our nation was also introduced to the president's beloved companion dog, Sully, after a photo of him had been made viral next to Bush's coffin.
On Thursday morning, the heroic Labrador Retriever appeared on the show Today alongside his namesake captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger – who bravely landed a plane on the Hudson River in New York City after both engines were deactivated. A tearful Jenna Bush Hager said her grandfather hoped to meet the retired airline pilot in Maine last summer, but could not when his health wore off.
"This is not meant to be the first time, my grandfather was such an admirer," said Jenna. "He regretted that he could not shake your hand." Moments later, the captain shook Sully's paw, prompting Hoda Kotb to reach for a handkerchief. After talking about the captain's love for dogs, Jenna let her two daughters, Mila and Poppy, come and play with Sully as they discussed what the two-year lab is doing today.
As Hoda mentioned on the show, Sully will join the Facilities Dog program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland next week. Immediately after the death of the president, he reportedly went back to the American VetDogs in Smithtown, New York for a temporary stay during the holiday season. It was also previously announced that Sully would work with two facility dogs ̵
All in all, it's good to know that Sully seems to be doing everything he can to bring a smile to those who need it most, just as he did for our former president.