Meet Norbert, a 3-lb registered therapy dog known for amusing kids and grownups with his adorable looks and cool high fives. The 7-year-old pooch of mixed breed (Chihuahua, Cairn Terrier & Lhasa Apso) was adopted by Julie Freyermuth when he was just 4 months old.
Norbert's mom noticed that he had a gift for making people smile just by being himself early on. One day, while shopping with his mom in a Boston shop, a store attendant saw Norbert and said he would make a wonderful therapy dog.
Not knowing what exactly a therapy dog is at the time, Julie did some research and learned that therapy animals are trained and registered to provide love and comfort to people in places like: hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties.
Julie trained Norbert herself and became a registered therapy dog at age one. Apart from volunteering in local nursing homes, hospitals, and special events, Norbert also makes therapy visits by request where he shows off his favorite tricks.
Norbert is also featured in a beautiful picture book written by Julie and ilustrated by her mom, Virginia Freyermuth. The book, entitled Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?, tells the story how Norbert became a therapy dog and teaches the young and old alike that, "You don't have to be big, to make a BIG difference in the world."
Please visit www.Norberthood.com for more info about this adorable furry philantropist.
Photo credits to their rightful owners.