Endal: How one extraordinary dog brought a family back from the brink
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,...more
Allen was serving in the Gulf when he was involved in a car accident which left him suffering a serious brain injury. He couldn't remember anything about his life other than his naval career.
The first half of the book explores Allen and Sandra's life before and after the accident. It made for really intense reading. All that Allen wants to do is get better and get back to work, but his short term memory loss is so ...more
Allen Parton was serving in the Gulf when he was involved in an incident which left him suffering serious brain damage. He couldn't remember much about his life other than his time in the navy. He didn't know who the lady walking toward him in the hospital was, or the noisy children who were jumping all over him were! He had no feelings toward them, no emotions whatsoever!
The first half of the book explores Allen and Sandra's life before and ...more
At first I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this book. I normally love a good mystery or crime scene book but I just kept reading. The more I read, the more I loved it. There is no greater love than the love of a dog companionship. You can't go wrong with this book and for that I give it a high five. ...more
I initially thought judging by its cover that this would be a happpy go lucky sad story / happy story. I was completely wrong. Allen and Sandra's story is very much about life from its deepest trials and tribulations to accepting life has irreversably changed from what it used ...more
This is such an Amazing and Inspiring book that I cannot picture anyone reading this without feeling the Healing Power and Unconditionall Love of GOD uniting these two souls together.
This powerful book of such an extraordinary family and all they went through with Allen's Critical and Disabling accident while on Naval Duty. The hardship, fear anger and Sandra coping all on her own to a husband who doesn't remember her or the children and who is being resentful ...more
life. At the beginning of the book I kept waiting for Endal to come into the picture. It seemed to be too long a time. It made sense to fully understand the severity of the injury before getting to the transformation which involved Kendal was an amazing dog. Sometimes I couldn't believe the incidents. I worked with my lab as a therapy dog and experienced how people were drawn to him an ...more
Such a lovely story of a service dog who meant so much to so many people.
Medal is a yellow lab. His human, Allen unfortunately suffered in a car accident while serving in the a British Navy. Sandra is his long time wife with a spirit of fortitude most women could not handle .
This book shows a relationship on the brink off destruction. Allen can't remember anything, not even his dif & children,whereas Sandra remembers it all .
Enter Endal. A service dog trained to protect & assist ...more
Sad because of the injuries suffered and the cataclysmic changes for not only Allen but his whole family, Sandra, Liam and Zoe. Changes that were so significant that it's a miracle the family survived them. However, it's inspiring due to a fabulous dog named Endal and the work Sandra and Allen performed with the organization that placed him with Allen. A well written story as seen through the eyes of the couple who lived through it and now have a happy future together tha ...more
Being a true dog lover, I was very interested in reading “Endal.” The first half of the book goes into great detail about the struggles that Allen and Sandra have when he suffers a severe brain injury while overseas in the British Navy. It totally changes in the second half when the yellow lab service dog, Endal enters the picture. This true story told alternately from both couples point of view will inspire hope and comfort to the reader. I laughed ...more
I hated putting this book down at night. If I had had my way I would have stayed up until I finished it. Sandra's strength and commitment to her husband were inspiring. What can you say about Endal that would be adequate? What a special dog! Thank you, Allen, for sharing your story with us. ...more
When I read the synopsis of this story, I had to get it. I ha e heard how important service dogs can be, and I got to experience through Allen's story just how incredible the emotional as well as physical support that dog can be. I enjoyed the process of Allen and Endal becoming a team. ...more
Woman and her husband are both confined to a wheelchair. The husband sustained very serious injuries including a brain injury. He has no memory of his life before his injury. He has no memory of his wedding or his 2 children. A therapy dog blossoms but he was never able to recover totally but was able to regain some functions. EXCELLENT BOOK
Endal is not only a special dog, but this book about him is equally special. The reader is drawn into the book by how the events are explained, but also by the way emotions influence interactions. I think this book can be enjoyed and enrich the lives of all readers, not just those who love dogs or those injured while serving their country.
It amazes me all that Allen & Sandra went thru after he returned from the Gulf. I am confident most wives would not have stuck around. A dog's unconditional love and devotion never ceases to amaze me. Most days I like my dogs over humans. Kuddos to Endal and his love and devotion. ...more
As my disabled veteran partner is now training her second service dog, 7 month old Jake, this was deeply inspiring. We know he won’t be the same as Drummer, just as EJ isn’t Endal, but we are hopeful. Thank you both for sharing your journey. It resonates!!
Engrossing book detailing an English family, the husband’s injuries while serving in the Royal Navy, the wife’s tenacity in holding their marriage together through exceptionally hard times and the amazing yellow Labrador who saved them all with his intelligence, dedication and devotion to duty.