Navy veteran Allen Parton was out one day when a car hit him head on, throwing him out of his wheelchair and knocking him unconscious. In the middle of the street, he was in danger of being hit again, but his service dog Endal wasn’t about to let that happen, and what he did next has people everywhere hailing him a hero!
There’s a reason dogs have earned the reputation of “man’s best friend.” They are unfailingly loving and loyal, even when they are not shown the same love and loyalty in return. When we are down they want to cheer us up, when we are in danger they are by our sides ready to do what it takes to keep us safe.
We have heard many stories of heroic dogs doing amazing things, but if there was a Man’s Best Friend winner, Endal might just take home the prize.
When the Labrador retriever was born, it was soon discovered that he suffered from a lifelong debilitating joint condition called osteochondrosis in both of his front legs. While this put his suitability to be a service dog into question, his high intelligence and problem-solving abilities allowed him to qualify.
Endal became the service dog for Allen Parton, a former member of the British Royal Navy who served in the Gulf War.
Parton was in a car accident that rendered him disabled and confined him to a wheelchair. He also lost about 50 percent of his memory and had difficulty making new memories. For a while, he was even unable to speak.