Allen Parton has been a great supporter of the charity for many years, and with Endal and then EJ our Patrons.It is with sadness we heard of EJ’s passing and we send all our condolences to Allen and his family. 

Tribute to EJ

Allen, Founder and Vice Chairman

It is with such a heavy heart that I sadly have to announce the passing of EJ (Endal Junior) on the evening of the 18th March 2022

Last night faithful EJ (Endal Junior) quietly slipped his berth and has left my side one final time. The three musketeers, EJ, Rookie and ET are now two

He arrived alongside my wheelchair as an enthusiastic 8-week-old puppy and followed in Endal’s huge paw prints, staying just a month short of his fourteenth birthday. He was mentored by the big guy for 11 wonderful months and stepped up to the plate when Endal too left us. He was never ever in Endal’s shadow though and he trail blazed his own path and career winning so many hearts and minds around the world. 

During his lifetime he attended over 5505 events helping raise awareness and funds for Hounds for Heroes but most importantly he unselfishly gave me such a quality of life and independence that I will never fully understand what it is that I had ever done to be so deserving of. Even on his very last morning he got me up and carried out his daily tasks with his usual enthusiasm. The cruellest twist of life is that dogs don’t live as long as us, so every precious second together is so very very special. If there has been a positive in the last two years of lock down EJ and I had two quality years without the pressures of life, just one man and his dog.

EJ became part of a double act with Reservist Dog Rookie and the two were constantly pictured around the country representing all that is good and special about assistance dogs

I am feeling devastated today knowing when my hand goes down to my side EJ is not there but Rookie too will miss his partner just as much. EJ’s final gift to me was mentoring young ET (Endal Three) these last nine months with a tolerance and kindness shown to him by Endal so many moons ago. 

I am so very proud to have had the privilege of having such a special dog at my side whose loyalty and devotion has enabled me to have such an amazing quality of life. Looking back through thousands of images it is very clear he had the most amazing life and lived it to the full. Meeting the Queen, 385 flights under his belt the list is endless.

I understand now that he was never just my dog and that I shared him with so many others. Till the very end his otter tail never stopped wagging and that loving lick always duly given. The world truly is a sadder place for his passing

Job well done dear EJ, rest now Always in my heart and memories, always at my side.

I have lost my beautiful Marley’ aged nearly 13. The loss of a pet is traumatic and that trauma is sometimes hard for non dog owners to understand. I had Marley from the LRSEC nearly 13 years ago. I am a coordinator for the rescue and I answered an emergency call regarding two five month old puppies. Mum came with me (she was often my ‘wing man’ on rescue visits). What met us left us both shocked, and desperate to get the pups out and into the safety of the rescue.

The dogs had never left the tiny crate they were born in. They were knee deep in excrement, food was thrown in through the bars for them to eat from the filthy floor.  They had never had the opportunity to use their limbs outside of the crate so were unable to walk properly, their feet were splayed so they walked on their heels. The smell was awful, they were filthy, covered in urine and faeces. We took the pups straight to a vet. After three washes they still smelled awful. The vet checked them over but he was unsure if there would be lasting damage from their confinement, only time would tell.We took the pups back to my home to decide next step. Both were terrified, having never seen anything but the crate. One pup was less scared and a lovely home was waiting so we decided to allow him to go straight there. The other pup, Marley, was so much worse so I decided to foster him to see what I could do. My existing labs Rosie and Oscar befriended him. Foster lasted about ten minutes before I knew he was going nowhere.  Marley bonded immediately with me, and seemed to get such comfort being near me. So that was that, Marley became ‘Marley and me’.Throughout his life Marley was always nervous, that lack of socialisation in those first few months had undoubtedly done lasting damage. He wasn’t fazed by emergency vehicles going past, sirens blaring, or fireworks, but if anyone coughed, or took a tissue out of their pocket he would run. That obviously reminded him of something from his past. He was a needy dog, but we needed each other and we had such a bond. During the nearly thirteen years we were together I never left him more than a couple of hours, never went on holiday because I knew he couldn’t cope without me. He followed me everywhere, we were a team.My shadow is no longer there, those beautiful brown eyes are no longer gazing into mine. I gave him the very best life I could. His paw prints are firmly etched on my heart along with those of Oscar and Rosie.  If there is a ‘Rainbow Bridge’ I hope they will all be there when it’s my turn, tails wagging furiously and waiting to search my pockets for treats.Run free Marley, you were
so loved….

By Barbara Wilson

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