Slate torched over article about George HW Bush’s service dog Sully: ‘Clearly written by a cat’

Slate is being torched online for an article telling readers to tone down their excitement about the late George H.W. Bush's service dog, Sully.

An image of Sully, a yellow Labrador, lying in front of the former president's casket has been circulating online for several days, with people on social media fawning over the dog's apparent loyalty to his former owner.

Slate on Sunday published an article titled "Don't Spend Your Emotional Energy on Sully H.W. Bush," which argues that Sully was only Bush's service dog for six months and was "not his lifelong companion," as some have assumed.

"Sully is not a longtime Bush family pet, letting go of the only master he has known," the article reads. "He is an employee who served for less than six months."

"This was clearly written by a cat," BuzzFeed News's Los Angeles bureau chief, Jon Passantino, tweeted in response.


Slate's original tweet promoting the article had received 395 retweets and more than 7,300 replies as of Tuesday morning. This is known as a Twitter "ratio," a phenomenon reserved for tweets that are received poorly. 

"Is this the most pointlessly dickish piece yet published about GHWB's passing in the mainstream media?" one Twitter user asked. "Why yes, yes it is." 

"Breaking: Sully the dog isn't 90 years old," wrote another.

Sully is a service dog that began working with Bush starting in the summer of this year. He began serving Bush shortly after former first lady Barbara Bush died in April.

The dog accompanied Bush's casket when it was flown to Washington, D.C., on Monday.