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Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 16:25 GMT
Owner saved by wonder-dog
Endal during the reconstruction of the accident
Endal put his owner in the recovery position
A car accident could have killed Allen Parton if his dog had not come to his aid - covering him with a blanket and bringing him his mobile phone.

Mr Parton from Cranfield in Hampshire was struck by a reversing car which knocked him out of his wheelchair and left him unconscious.

Endal the Labrador instinctively knew what to do - he moved Mr Parton into the recovery position, covered him with a blanket and pushed the mobile phone close his face.

Endal has now become the first animal to be awarded the Gold Medal for Animal Gallantry from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).


Endal just looks at me, sees my weakness and becomes my strength

Allen Parton

Mr Parton says that although Endal was trained to assist disabled people - what he did to help him was completely instinctive.

"I got Endal as a one-year-old who had been taught social skills, but he was not trained to deal with that situation.

"Endal just looks at me, sees my weakness and becomes my strength."

Mr Parton is confined to a wheelchair since he suffered a head injury in the Gulf War in 1991.

Life-changing

The injury robbed him of his memory and caused mood swings that upset and frightened his family.

Mr Parton believes the arrival of Endal changed his life.

"I was just a blob in a wheelchair - Endal hit that switch and brought me back to myself.

"My wife and I renewed our vows last Saturday and none of that would be possible without Endal.

"He fills in my memory problems - he has saved me physically and psychologically."

Endal shopping
Endal also helps his owner to shop

Endal was trained by Petersfield-based Canine Partners For Independence (CPI), which trains dogs to help give disabled people back some of their independence.

Bruce Jenkins, from the centre said: "It's brilliant that Endal has received the award.

"Endal has really captured the public's imagination - he has really sparkled.

"But all the dogs we train here are stars in our eyes."

The PDSA decided to give Endal the award after seeing BBC South's reconstruction of Endal helping his disabled owner after the accident at Crufts in Birmingham.

Endal was praised for his bravery that meant he did not leave his owner's side even when they were in the ambulance on the way to hospital, and the paramedics had to lower the bed just so the dog could keep eye contact with Mr Parton.

Life-saving is just one of Endal's talents.

The five-year-old can put a cash card into any machine and get money out for his owner.

He can also pick goods off supermarket shelves, hand over money to bus drivers and stop Allen from crossing roads when it is unsafe.


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