Meet Gracie and Grumpy. These amazing basset hounds refused to leave their dying human sibling’s side after doctors informed her family that she didn’t have much time left to live.
“It was really nice,” their mom, Mary Hall, a Deluth, Minnesota native, told ABC News. “It brought us a lot of comfort to have them [there]. But by the end of the first day, you could see they were stressed out and depressed. Normally, they’re very happy-go-lucky. We knew they could sense there was something wrong.”
Nora Hall was only five months old when she died in May 2nd after suffering a stroke on April 6th, and spending three weeks at the hospital.
The stroke affected both sides of her brain. It caused irreparable damage.
The eight year old family dogs loved Nora as soon as they saw her.
“Gracie, especially, took on the role as second mother,” says Mary, “Whenever Nora would cry, Gracie would run to see what was wrong. She was always, always by Nora and kissing her and making sure she was OK.”
The Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis asked Mary and John Hall about their final wishes regarding their daughter.
“I asked, ‘If you could let us have our dogs [at the hospital], we’d really appreciate that,'” Hall recalls. “I didn’t want to go home and have them sniffing around for her and not knowing where she went. They lowered the bed so the dogs could lay with her and Gracie ran up and licked her [Nora].”
Hall says she is grateful for the hospital honoring the special exception of letting Gracie and Grumpy say goodbye to Nora.
The family took photos of the touching union and posted them on Facebook.
“She was just a really happy baby,” Hall says. “Before we went into the hospital, she’d just start laughing. She was happy all the time.”
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