Listen to Allen’s interview with Kate Fairweather on her ‘Dogs for Jobs’ programme on Shine Radio first broadcast during May 2022
Meet E.T., (short for Endal III), a talented young labrador retriever and third in a line of exceptional assistance dogs. Handler and owner Allen Parton is a disabled ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer, who founded the military assistance dog charity, Hounds for Heroes, in 2010.
Allen returned from the Gulf War in 1991 with a serious head injury to spend five years in hospital, following which he needed specialist day care. He tells Kate Fairweather about how Endal became his first, “accidental” assistance dog. In the early days, Allen was unable to communicate verbally and used signing alone to communicate with his dog. In the circumstances, it’s quite moving to hear Allen describing his recovery – he’s come a long way with the help of his hounds.
Endal was succeeded by E.J. (Endal Junior), whose death in Spring 2022 left E.T. (Endal III) in the hot seat! Together with Rookie, an experienced assessment dog, E.J. is already supporting Allen day to day. Allen explains how the assistance dogs in his life have given him purpose, transformed his health and helped his relationships. He also describes how the charity he founded helps other disabled servicemen and women.
Petersfield charity Hounds for Heroes determined to offer a helping paw to ex-service people and former emergency service workers despite pandemic challenges
Read Emily Jessica Turner’s article on Hounds for Heroes in The Portsmouth Evening News published on June 15th 2022 here