Endal, a yellow labrador, performs vital everyday tasks for a disabled Gulf War veteran, Alan Parton, of Clanfield, near Portsmouth. Jilly Cooper, the novelist, chose the dog yesterday as the winner out of 3,000 entries in a national competition. The labrador was trained by a charity, Canine Partners for Independence, to help Mr Parton with tasks such as shopping.
Mr Parton, who was partly paralysed in the conflict, said: "When I got Endal, it was like all my birthdays had come together. It is unbelievable what this dog can do."
Mr Parton won pounds 500 and a six-month supply of food for Endal. Other finalists won categories including most intelligent dog, most appealing eyes and canine survivor.Reuse content