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Hounds for Heroes update: Assistance dog bunker enters advanced training

Allen Parton and Endal Junior

At Petplan we are extremely proud of our work with Hounds for Heroes – and we love catching up with them to hear all about the great work they do by providing specially trained assistance dogs to disabled men and women of the UK armed forces and emergency services.

For the past year we’ve been following the progress of Bunker – one of their trainee assistance dogs – as he gets ready to become fully qualified and make a big difference to someone’s life.

However, things haven’t been going quite to plan over the past couple of months, as Hounds for Heroes founder, Allen Parton, explains…

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The latest news from Bunker


Since we last heard from Hounds for Heroes ‘puppy parent’, Grace Brandon, trainee assistance dog Bunker has started his advanced training. Here, Grace gives us an update on Bunker’s good work, and his growing popularity.

‘Since Bunker started his advanced training, he has been the centre of attention – mainly due to his affectionate nature and tendency to ‘fall over’ for a belly rub while being stroked!

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Meet the amazing Hounds for Heroes

Allen Parton and Endal Junior

Hounds for Heroes is a fantastic new charity that places highly capable assistance dogs with injured personnel from the armed forces and civilian emergency services. We meet founder Allen Parton to hear his story. From the PetPeople magazine archive.

The life of Allen Parton, a former chief petty officer in the Royal Navy, changed in an instant when he was serving in the 1991 Gulf War. He suffered head injuries so severe that he remembered nothing of his wife and children and little of his past life; he was left partially paralysed and dependent on a wheelchair. Traumatised, amnesiac and unable to perform the most mundane tasks, Allen twice attempted suicide before a chance encounter with Endal, a remarkable Labrador Retriever, who helped him to adjust and cope with life.

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