Endal: How One Extraordinary Dog Brought a Family Back from the Brink
HarperTrue, 2009 - Animals as aids for people with disabilities - 308 pages
The remarkable story of Endal, voted 'Dog of the Millennium', and how, through his remarkable skills, companionship and unstinting devotion, he gave Allen Parton a reason to live again. Allen Parton was seriously injured while serving in the Gulf War. He lost the use of both of his legs, plus all memories of his children and much of his marriage. He was left unable to walk, talk or write - isolated in his own world. After five years of intensive therapy and rehab, he was still angry, bitter and unable to talk. Until a chance encounter with a Labrador puppy - Endal - who had failed his training as an assistance dog on health grounds. They 'adopted' each other, and Endal became Allen's reason to communicate with the outside world, to come to terms with his injuries, and to want to live again. Not content with learning over 200 commands to help Allen complete everyday tasks like getting dressed and going out to the shops in his wheelchair, Endal gave Allen the ability to start living again, and to become a husband and father again in his own special way. This is the incredible story of Allen, his wife Sandra, and his family. And, of course, Endal.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - zoomball - LibraryThing
Yes, Endal is an amazing dog who makes an incredible impact on the lives of a family devastated by a head injury of one of its members. But it is not an amazing book. You have to get halfway through ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - 26kathryn - LibraryThing
A truly amazing story, this book completely blew me away. Have the tissues ready! Allen was serving in the Gulf when he was involved in a car accident which left him suffering a serious brain injury ... Read full review