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Owner's tribute to 'wonder-dog'

Allen Parton and Endal
Endal could perform a number of vital duties for his owner

A dog which "saved the life" of a Gulf War veteran has passed away.

Golden Labrador Endal was crowned Dog of the Millennium and is known around the world for his heroics.

Owner Allen Parton said he had helped him recover after a head injury from the first Gulf War. Endal was given the animal version of the Victoria Cross.

The 13-year-old canine, who lived in Clanfield, Hampshire, suffered a fit last week and was put to sleep on Friday with his owner by his side.

Mr Parton said: "He was a very special guy.

"When I got him he had a joint problem which manifested itself as arthritis and after having two fits last week it was decided to put him to sleep."

He truly was a wonder-dog and I regard him as saving my life
Allen Parton

Mr Parton has been confined to a wheelchair since his injury which also robbed him of his memory and caused mood swings that upset and frightened his family.

He believes the arrival of Endal changed his life and led to him renew his vows with his wife after a troubled spell.

The dog was also awarded the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Victoria Cross for saving his owner after a car accident.

The canine covered Mr Parton with a blanket and brought him his mobile phone.

Mr Parton said: "He truly was a wonder-dog and I regard him as saving my life.

"He will be missed but I really want to celebrate his life."

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