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December 3, 2018

Sully the service dog will remain by former President George H.W. Bush's side until the very end.

On Sunday night, Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted a photo of the loyal dog next to Bush's coffin, with the caption, "Mission complete." Sully will accompany Bush's casket on a flight to Washington, D.C., CNN reports, and after the holidays, he will embark on his next assignment: Joining other canines assisting wounded soldiers with physical and occupational therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center's Facility Dog Program in Bethesda, Maryland.

Six months before Bush died on Friday at age 94, Sully entered his life. A 2-year-old Labrador retriever able to answer phones and fetch necessary items, Sully is with America's VetDogs, an organization that matches service dogs with veterans, first responders with disabilities, and active-duty service members. Bush had just lost his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, and Sully helped him with his daily activities — he was even spotted by his side voting during the November midterm elections. Catherine Garcia

May 28, 2015

Authorities in Mississippi say Lucas, a black Belgian Malinois police dog, likely saved the life of Deputy Todd Frazier after he was ambushed by three suspects on Monday.

Sheriff Ricky Adam of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department said that while driving on a remote stretch of Highway 90 in Pearlington, Frazier saw a car at a deserted rest stop. He decided to pull over to check on the driver, and after he got out of his vehicle "two individuals surprised Deputy Frazier from the shadows and an altercation ensued," Adam told ABC News. "One cut him across the forehead with a razor, one choked him, and one grabbed his legs to carry him to the edge of the woods."

Frazier was able to hit a button that released Lucas from the car, and he bit the attackers, even remaining attached to the leg of one as they tried to drive away. Lucas chipped a few teeth and has a bruised shoulder, while Frazier has a gash on his forehead, but both are recovering. "Deputy Frazier is a good deputy and takes his job seriously," Adam said. "He is also an excellent dog handler — he trained Lucas himself." The suspects are still at large, and authorities say they don't have a motive for the attack. Catherine Garcia

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