At only 3-lb, Norbert has managed to earn quite the reputation. A registered therapy dog, author, and philanthropist, he’s also an Instagram sensation with more than 850k followers to date; and according to his Instagram bio, he’s pretty talented when it comes to giving high-fives.
Named after other famous Norberts, including the dragon from Harry Potter, the American mathematician and philosopher Norbert Wiener, and Saint Norbert of Xanten, the San Francisco Globe crowned the Instagram star as one of the internet’s most popular therapy dogs; and Time Magazine added that “his cuteness is transcendent”.
Indeed, you need only see his pink tongue poking out to realize his undeniable charm. Part Chihuahua part Small Poodle, he was born with dark brown fur which had slowly changed to white over the first two years of his life.
According to his owner Julie Steines, Norbert was adopted in 2009, when he was 4 months old. The only puppy in his litter, he was not in a shelter but needed a special kind of home due to his tiny size. Now a happy and healthy pooch, he volunteers at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and by special request.
But you can also follow him on Instagram (because… look at that face!):