Meet Norbert- a tiny dog with an enormous heart. Norbert is absolute cutie with a heart of gold.
Norbert didn’t always look this way- as a puppy, he was covered in brown curly fur, but with age his coat changed to a bright white. His size, on the other hand, did not change very much- with little Norbert weighing in at only 3 pounds now that he is full-grown. Although he looks like a puppy, Norbert is eight years old- with the wisdom and sweetness needed to be the perfect therapy animal!
Norbert is an adorable tiny force that brings big smiles to the children who are receiving care while in hospital. He is seasoned pro at his job. People love how cute and tiny Norbert is-making him the perfect therapy animal for kids in need of comfort. His tongue- which is always sticking out- adds to his adorable and quirky looks.
Norbert became a therapy dog after a woman passing by in a store suggested it to his owner, Julie Steines. He was still a small puppy when she told Julie that he would make a great therapy dog. In addition to his small and portable size, Norbert has had a calming effect on others since he was just a puppy. After Norbert became a registered therapy dog when he was just a year old, he started volunteering at a nursing home and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Norbert’s mom Julie knew that he had a special spark about him that could instantly change a person’s mood. They continued to visit hospitals and nursing homes together, spreading his infectious smile wherever he went. Norbert propelled to celebrity-status when he became the star of the book his mom and her mother, Dr. Freyermuth, created a book called “Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?” The book had the positive message that you don’t need to be big to make a difference in the world, rather that we all have special gifts to offer.
There are now three picture books in the series and a stuffed toy made in Norbert’s likeness. Norbert’s charitable and giving outlook continues because for every stuffed toy sold, one is donated to a child in need through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
Over five years later, Norbert is still busy bringing smiles and comfort to sick and injured people in need. He spends most his time working as a therapy dog at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. His tiny size and big personality cheer up kids who are struggling and in need of brightening up. Norbert gives out high-fives and smiles with his tiny pink tongue out everywhere he goes- spreading happiness and comfort.
Norbert has millions of followers on social media. You can follow his awesome journey and see more adorable pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Norbert brings his smiles wherever they are needed, touching the lives on people every day.