Endal

Allen Parton
Endal (13 December 1995 – 13 March 2009) was a male Labrador retriever in Britain whose abilities as a service dog and as an ambassador for service dog charitable work received worldwide news media coverage.wikipedia
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Labrador Retriever

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Endal was a pedigree yellow Labrador retriever.
The high intelligence, initiative and self-direction of Labradors in working roles is exemplified by dogs such as Endal, who is trained to, if need be, put his wheelchair-bound human in the recovery position, cover him with a blanket, and activate an emergency phone.

Ilford Animal Cemetery

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Endal is buried at Ilford PDSA Animal Cemetery, which is also the resting place for twelve previous dogs awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal, predecessor to the Gold Medal.
It was attended by two holders of the PDSA Gold Medal, Jake (an explosives detection dog) and Endal (an assistance dog).

PDSA Gold Medal

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The first ceremony, in November 2002, saw the Gold medal awarded to three dogs, including Endal, an assistance dog whose actions helped to save the life of his disabled owner.

Hounds for Heroes

In February 2010, Allen registered a new charity, named Hounds for Heroes, in memory of Endal and to help men and women who have been injured in the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services.
Hounds for Heroes was founded in 2009 and registered in February 2010 by Allen Parton, an ex-servicemen who had suffered a traumatic head injury whilst serving in the Gulf in 1991.

Purebred

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Endal was a pedigree yellow Labrador retriever.

Osteochondrosis

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From birth Endal suffered from the lifelong debilitating joint condition osteochondrosis in both of his front legs, which brought his suitability for assistance dog training into question.

Disability

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He became the service dog for disabled ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Allen Parton in the late 1990s.

Royal Navy

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He became the service dog for disabled ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Allen Parton in the late 1990s.

Chief petty officer

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He became the service dog for disabled ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Allen Parton in the late 1990s.

Ambassador

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Endal's fame led to his taking on the role of an animal ambassador for service dog-related training and charities.

Crufts

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On 13 March 2009, age thirteen and days after his last Crufts appearance, Endal had to be put down as his age had finally caught up to him.

Animal euthanasia

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On 13 March 2009, age thirteen and days after his last Crufts appearance, Endal had to be put down as his age had finally caught up to him.

Stroke

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He had suffered a stroke, and his arthritis had become severe over time.

Dickin Medal

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Endal is buried at Ilford PDSA Animal Cemetery, which is also the resting place for twelve previous dogs awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal, predecessor to the Gold Medal.

Traumatic brain injury

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Parton suffered serious head injuries whilst serving with the Royal Navy in the Gulf in 1991, including 50% memory loss and inability to reliably make new memories for more than around 2 days (for example, not recognising his neighbour of 7 years), physical disability (he was a wheelchair user), speech and word difficulties, inability to perceive materials that are out of his sight, and inability to safely judge speed and distance of traffic.

Persian Gulf

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Parton suffered serious head injuries whilst serving with the Royal Navy in the Gulf in 1991, including 50% memory loss and inability to reliably make new memories for more than around 2 days (for example, not recognising his neighbour of 7 years), physical disability (he was a wheelchair user), speech and word difficulties, inability to perceive materials that are out of his sight, and inability to safely judge speed and distance of traffic.

Amnesia

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Parton suffered serious head injuries whilst serving with the Royal Navy in the Gulf in 1991, including 50% memory loss and inability to reliably make new memories for more than around 2 days (for example, not recognising his neighbour of 7 years), physical disability (he was a wheelchair user), speech and word difficulties, inability to perceive materials that are out of his sight, and inability to safely judge speed and distance of traffic.

Physical disability

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Parton suffered serious head injuries whilst serving with the Royal Navy in the Gulf in 1991, including 50% memory loss and inability to reliably make new memories for more than around 2 days (for example, not recognising his neighbour of 7 years), physical disability (he was a wheelchair user), speech and word difficulties, inability to perceive materials that are out of his sight, and inability to safely judge speed and distance of traffic.

Wheelchair

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Parton suffered serious head injuries whilst serving with the Royal Navy in the Gulf in 1991, including 50% memory loss and inability to reliably make new memories for more than around 2 days (for example, not recognising his neighbour of 7 years), physical disability (he was a wheelchair user), speech and word difficulties, inability to perceive materials that are out of his sight, and inability to safely judge speed and distance of traffic.

Sign language

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For a considerable time after partnering with Endal, he was unable to speak and was limited to basic sign language.

Automated teller machine

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He was able to put a card into a cash machine, retrieve the card when the process was complete, and return the card to a wallet.