The two basset hounds featured below 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,” mom, Mary Hall, of Deluth, Minnesota, 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.”

Five month old Nora Hall died May 2nd after suffering a stroke on April 6th and spending three weeks at the hospital.

The stroke affected both sides of her brain, causing irreparable damage.

Mary Hall

The family dogs, 8 year old Grumpy and Gracie, fell in love with Nora as soon as they saw her.

“Gracie, especially, took on the role as second mother,” Mary says. “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.”

Mary Hall

The Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis asked Mary and John Hall whether they had any final wishes for their daughter.

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

Mary Hall

Hall says she is grateful for the hospital honoring the special exception of having Nora, Gracie, and Grumpy together one last time.

The family took photos of the emotional farewell and uploaded them on Facebook.

“She was just a really happy baby,” Hall said. “Before we went into the hospital, she’d just start laughing. She was happy all the time.”


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