Endal

Pet type: Dog

Breed: Retriever (Labrador)

Born: Dec 1995

Died: 13 Mar 2009

Owner: Allen Parton


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Endal was named Dog of the Millennium for the transformation he made to the life of disabled Gulf War veteran Allen Parton.

Endal also received the PDSA Gold Medal – the animal equivalent of the George Cross - for his resourceful actions when Mr Parton was knocked out of his wheelchair.

The dog won many other awards in his lifetime, including a Gold Blue Peter Badge (one of only two ever awarded to a dog),

Allen was a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy - it has been his career for some 20 years – when he suffered crippling head injuries which affected his memory, personality.

Labrador Endal was able to help with everyday chores, from picking items off a supermarket shelf to operating a cashpoint machine.

Allen Parton credits his canine companion with saving his marriage and, when a car knocked him from his wheelchair, with saving his life. The dog put him in the recovery position, covered him with a blanket and raised the alarm.

Endal died in March 2009, at the age of 13, after a distinguished career as an ambassador for service dog charitable work.

Writing in Dogs Today magazine, Allen said that he and Endal were once described as the real-life Wallace and Grommit, the hapless owner and the really clever hound working tirelessly in the background rectifying all the mishaps.

Allen Parton has formed the Hounds for Heroes charity which now works to provide specially-trained assistance dogs, like Endal, to injured and disabled service personnel.

Useful links:
Hounds for Heroes
Yomper - set to become a hound for a hero
Endal on Wikipedia
Retriever (Labrador) info on Lost and Fond.

Pet type: Dog

Breed: Retriever (Labrador)

Born: Dec 1995

Died: 13 Mar 2009

Owner: Allen Parton


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I am so delighted to hear that Endal's memory lives on and that EJ (Endal Junior) is now Allen Parton's faithful companion. What a fabulous charity Hounds for Heroes is too - and what wonderful work they do.

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Pet type: Dog

Breed: Retriever (Labrador)

Born: Dec 1995

Died: 13 Mar 2009

Owner: Allen Parton


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Pet type: Dog

Breed: Retriever (Labrador)

Born: Dec 1995

Died: 13 Mar 2009

Owner: Allen Parton


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