Endal: How One Extraordinary Dog Brought a Family Back from the Brink

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HarperTrue, 2009 - Animals as aids for people with disabilities - 308 pages
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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 a Dog for the Disabled. 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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Review: Endal: How One Extraordinary Dog Brought a Family Back from the Brink

User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

Very interesting. Provided a great insight into daily life for Allen and his family after his accident. What an amazing dog - he definitely improved this man's life no end. The work of these charities and dogs is absolutely astounding. Read full review

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User Review  - Sandy - Goodreads

I just don't understand how both British and Americans can speak English and yet there are different terms for everyday ordinary things. I like dog books but some of the phrases in this particular book threw me for a loop. That is why I gave this book 3 stars instead of 5. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Allen Parton was serving in the Gulf War when an accident robbed him of the use of his legs and half of his long-term and short-term memory. After 5 years in hospital, he was still unable to walk, talk, read or write. It was only when he was partnered up with his Canine Partner, Endal, that he found the strength to learn to communicate with the world again. As his aide with everyday tasks, Endal allows Allen to lead an independent life. Endal has been given many awards, including the PDSA Gold Award and Dog of the Millenium award. Allen and Endal currently work with a number of animal and disability charities.

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