Penelope Basset Hound “Penny” Hurt

Penelope Basset Hound “Penny” Hurt

Owensville, Gasconade County, Missouri, USA
Death 28 Jul 2009 (aged 12)
Creve Coeur, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial Cremated, Other, Specifically: Ashes retained by owners
Memorial ID 40071378 · View Source
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Beloved basset hound of Mark & Susan Hurt.

It was in 1997 when Susan literally begged me to get Penelope after we had our first basset hound, Perdita, for about a year. She wanted two. Reluctantly, I agreed.

Penelope was the "runt" of a litter of several "red" basset hounds that were bred by a rural Owensville, MO, man whose name I have long forgotten. Susan chided me that I was reluctant to drive my car down the gravel road to the place.

I brought my Nikon camera (still film in those days) to take some pictures of the potential candidates. I made a mistake and the film never exposed. Nonetheless, I picked out the puppy who was to become Penelope. We left her with the breeder while we went on vacation that year, deciding that the puppy would be better off with the mother until we returned.

On return, there she was playing happily with a tennis ball and she did not want to ride in the back of the car to go home! As Susan remembered, Penelope let out a "proto" aroo because she was unhappy. When we arrived home we introduced Penelope to Perdita, who immediately claimed dominance by standing on top of Penelope. Later, Penelope, who had been overfed accidentally that day by the breeder, lost the contents from both ends, so to speak. This was day one.

Penelope enriched our lives in immeasurable ways, but especially with her companionship, which will come as no surprise to anyone who has had a basset hound. She was always in good spirits with a peculiar "play" bite of rapid jaw movements directed toward my slacks whenever I came home from my work. She was constantly near whenever I was working at home; when watching TV she almost always engaged me in what became known as the "paw game", which she started playing as a puppy. This was an interaction where, when laying under my feet, she would stick up her paw, I would grab it, and then she would pull it away. She played this game with me incessantly, even to the end of her life.

Penelope had a few close encounters with the elements early on. Once, she and her older "sister" basset hound, Perdita, ate a pin cushion! Susan figured it out one day when we came home and found this pile of "dust" on the carpet of our apartment (we later learned were the remnants of the pin cushion). The result was that both hounds were taken for x-rays. Penelope eliminated a needle through the floor of her mouth! Perdita had to have endoscopy to remove a needle from her oropharynx. Live and learn – and we did!

Also early on, Penelope developed an unusual writhing movement, almost like choreoathetosis. We later learned that it was an inner ear infection.

Then there was the time, much later in her life, when she had a rawhide stuck in her throat; several hours and a few hundred dollars later, we retrieved the very expensive piece of rawhide.

Toward the end of her life, Penelope participated in two of the Guardian Angel Basset Hound Rescue Waddles ( where she was able to make most of the walk in 2007, despite the fact that she was equivalent to a 70 year old person. She took the scenic tour in 2008 because she was just not able to walk that distance anymore.

In the last year, Penelope began to develop tumors, diagnosed as mastocytoma, a type of neoplasm of the bone marrow. One was excised, but it apparently could not cure the problem. We then had a strong sense that her time was near. At the first sign of any discomfort, after her diagnosis, Susan and I decided to help Penelope by ending her life. Although a very sad experience, we were there with her until the end, and she went out peacefully with lots of hugs and kisses.

It was one of the saddest times I can remember, but I know it was the best thing for her.

I miss those "play" bites and the paw game. Most of all I just miss her being there.

For all those skeptics out there, I can tell you I was perhaps the biggest one – at first. I thought she would be too much trouble, too much mess, too much worry. My wife and Penelope herself convinced me that I was wrong.

Farewell, sweet Penelope.

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  • Created by: Mark Albert Hurt, MD
  • Added: 30 Jul 2009
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  • Mark Albert Hurt, MD
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Penelope Basset Hound “Penny” Hurt (1 May 1997–28 Jul 2009), Find a Grave Memorial no. 40071378, ; Maintained by Mark Albert Hurt, MD (contributor 41062189) Cremated, Other, who reports a Ashes retained by owners.