Basset hounds comfort infant in last hours

Greater love hath no basset hound than that which Grumpie and Gracie had for five-month-old Nora Hall, who died on Monday at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis after suffering a stroke last month.

The basset hounds fell in love with the girl the moment the Halls brought her home from the hospital after she was born, mom Mary Hall of Duluth tells ABC News.

“Gracie, especially, took on the role as second mother,” she said. “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.”

After her stroke, Nora spent three weeks in the hospital, which asked the Halls if there were any wishes for their daughter’s final days.

“I asked, ‘If you could let us have our dogs [at the hospital], we’d really appreciate that,'” Hall said.

“I didn’t want to go home and have them sniffing around for her and not knowing where she went,” she said.

So the hospital lowered the beds and arranged for the dogs to spend the last hours with Nora.

Related: GoFundMe page for the Halls.

(h/t: Nancy Yang)

  • John

    hmm. . . allergy season must be in full force. My eyes are watering.

    This, this is why I want to get another dog. In almost every way that matters, they’re better than people.

    • Rob

      Don’t delay – do it today!

      • Justin McKinney

        Pets are great, just make sure you try the adoption/rescue route before going to a pet store or breeder.

        My wife and I are very active in our local pet rescue, and have become “foster failures” more than once. 😉

        • John

          I’m a shelter only kind of guy. (and am afraid to be a foster, because I don’t know that I could let them go)

        • Rob

          God bless you. Over the years, our family has had many dog friends, all adopted from the humane society. Mutts rule!

        • John

          our last dog was a shelter mutt (some mix of chow and chesapeake), and was deaf from day one. Smart, but really independent.

          She was more like a weird, smelly, nonverbal room mate. I miss that weirdo.

          • Natalie

            That seems to be a personality trait among chows. My chow/lab is super intelligent and knows commands, but will obey them when he feels like it. He’s the best.

        • MrE85

          My wife and I took on the title of “foster failures” this year. I still keep a picture of Steve-O at my desk. We hear he’s happy now, in the company of other dogs. Still miss that face.

          • Justin McKinney

            We fostered our long-haired chihuahua/Papillon mix named Stewart for about three days before we just fell in love and decided to keep him. Our second foster failure is a miniature poodle/unknown named Noodle, we had her for about two months before we gave up trying to find her a forever home, and she stayed with us. We love them both to pieces.

          • MrE85

            We were not able to help Steve-O through his severe separation anxiety, despite trying medication, training techniques, crating and a dog behavior specialist from the U. So he had to go back to his fosters, who in turn had to give him to other fosters due to a serious illness in their family. We hear he’s happy with with new canine friends. That helps.

      • John

        sigh. we’re going to wait until at least fall. We have several family trips planned this summer that a dog would make much more difficult. We had also kind of decided our cat (who is 13 and has, among other things, diabetes) had to come to his natural end first. If he does hang on for a long time, I might not be able to keep that promise to the cat.

        • Rob

          Your cat would understand.

          • John

            he hated that dog with unending passion for 12 years.

  • Rob

    Kudos to Children’s Hospital. Gotta go, there’s something in my eye…

  • joetron2030

    That’s rather unfair posting this while I’m at work…

  • Gary F

    A Friday treat, on Wednesday! Thank you.

  • Anna

    Condolences to Mary Hall and her family. Parents are supposed to out live their children, not the other way around.

    Pets are wonderful advocates. They love unconditionally much like a child does.

    I’ve lost only two pets in my lifetime, a collie shepherd mix when I was in junior high and more recently a beloved alley cat named July.

    I have a Maine Coon who is going on 11 and she is one of the sweetest, gentlest pets I have ever had. It will be extremely difficult when she goes.

    Pets can tie you down somewhat but what a wonderful inconvenience!