Bush, who was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, grew up wealthy, attending elite schools but putting off college so he could enlist in the Navy at age 18.
Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush pause in front of the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol's Rotunda in Washington on Tuesday.
Bush and Dole ran against each other in the 1988 Republican presidential primary in a bitter battle, where Dole famously told Bush: 'Stop lying about my record'. America's VetDogs specially matched Sully with Bush to assist with daily activities, and the pup appeared often on Bush's social media accounts, identified as his best friend.
President Donald Trump went in person Tuesday to pay his respects to the grieving Bush family in his latest show of peacemaking with the political clan he once fought bitterly.
Sully, Bush's service dog, also made an appearance.
'Many people doubted I could serve the President since we had a rather rough campaign, but it wasn't true - because of the man he was, not because of me, ' Dole said. "The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our family and fellow citizens".
The 95 year old can no longer walk.
Sully will have two co-workers in the role, service dogs Sgt. Dillon and Sgt. Truman.
He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the Central Intelligence Agency and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice-president.
"Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton of all people?" he joked in 2005.
The offices of Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader had to sign off on the use of the rig, Ake said.