At only 3-lb, Norbert has achieved what most humans would dream of. A registered therapy dog, author, and philanthropist, he’s also got a following of more than 800k on Instagram. Tounge out, ears askew, he’s mostly seen with his paw raised up for a high-five. “Norbert is one of the internet’s most popular therapy dogs,” said the San Francisco Globe; “His cuteness is transcendent,” wrote Time.
Part Chihuahua-part Small Poodle he’s 100% adorable, with a knack for making other people smile. A trained therapy dog, Norbert volunteers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and by special request, putting his fame into good use.
But life didn’t start all that easy for the tiny pooch. His mom, Julie Steines, adopted him when he was 4 months old through PetFinder.com. The only puppy in his litter, he was not in a shelter or rescue, but needed a special kind of home due to his tiny size.
Steines opted to name him Norbert after the dragon from Harry Potter, the American mathematician and philosopher Norbert Wiener, and Saint Norbert of Xanten. A great name for an even greater dog!