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.