George HW Bush's service dog pays his respects to his master

Silvia Maresca

Former US President George H.W. Bush's service dog has joined those who paid respect and visited his master's casket in the Capitol rotunda during a day of public viewing.

The two-year-old dog, named Sully, had been by the former President's side since June 2018 until his death on Friday.

He was named after retired airline captain "Sully" Sullenberger, who in 2009 landed a US Airways flight in the Hudson River off Manhattan after both engines were disabled by a bird strike. All 155 people aboard survived.

The yellow Labrador was accompanied by Michele Ridge and former HHS Secretary Tom Ridge, along with Americans in wheelchairs who have benefited from the Americans with Disabilities Act that Bush signed more than two decades ago.