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Endal

Dec. 13, 1996 - Mar. 13, 2009
Breed: Labrador Retriever

A Dog's Life

Endal was the service dog for ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Allen Parton in late 1990s. Initially, his suitability to be a service dog was in question as Endal suffered from osteochondrosis in both front legs. However, he proved to be a highly intelligent dog and was thus eventually qualified.

Endal was brought to national attention in  2001 when he saved Allen Parton’s life, after Parton was knocked from his wheelchair by a car. He was able to pull Parton into recovery position, pull a blanket over him, and run to a nearby hotel for assistance.

For this and other feats, Endal was named “Dog of the Millenium” and given the PDSA Gold Medal for Animal Gallantry and Devotion to Duty (highest award available to an animal), along with several other awards.

In March 2009, Endal was put down—he’d had a stroke, and was also suffering from severe arthritis. He was 13 years old.

Every Dog Has Its Day

  • The fame of Endal led him to become animal ambassador for service dog-related training & charities.
  • In his time as a service dog, Endal was able to respond to over 100 instructions, and hundreds of signed commands
  • He is the first known dog able to operate an ATM card, both inserting and removing the card from the machine
  • During his final months Endal had mentored a yellow lab puppy, Endal Junior (known as EJ); EJ is now the service dog for Parton
  • In 2010, Allen Parton registered a new charity in memory of Endal, to help others injured in the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services; the charity was called Hounds for Heroes