Meet Norbert, the 3-pound therapy dog, who is known for his doggie high-fives.
At 4 months old, Julie Steines adopted Norbert through PetFinder.com. He was not a rescue but needed a special kind of home due to his tiny size. Norbert is a mixed breed dog: Chihuahua, Cairn Terrier & Lhasa Apso and the only dog in his litter he’s really a one-of-a-kind dog.
With close to a million followers on social media, the tiny guy is doing very important work with sick patients in need as he and owner Julie volunteer at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as part of their Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program.
Dogs are wonderful companions and have an ability to make people feel better which makes them great therapy animals. Therapy dogs have been known to help people overcome great physical or mental disabilities and with Norbert’s cute smile and many high-fives he makes a perfect therapy dog candidate
“[The best part of Norbert’s work] is seeing the way that people respond to him,” Steines says about Norbert — her first dog — who “can change the energy around” while participating in patients’ physical and occupational therapy sessions, distracting them during long chemotherapy or dialysis treatments and, overall, aiding in pain management strategies.
Norbert has even released books, in which he shares his lessons on friendship, individuality, family, love, and more as he hopes to continue his goal to spread smiles, inspire kindness, and bring comfort to those in need.
Check out his website for more information on Norbert