Norbert — Therapy
Norbert, my 3 ½ lb registered therapy dog, has a simple gift. He makes people smile. Not just a few people, but over 1.25 million people around the world. As I discovered when I adopted this tiny mixed breed dog 8 years ago, though small, he has a huge heart. Through his work in hospitals, nursing homes, on social media, television, and in publications, Norbert has become a global symbol of goodness of spirit, care, and compassion. Norbert embodies the idea that you don’t have to be big to make a big difference in the world. His kind of hero brings out the best in others despite their hardships, challenges or differences. I know because he receives thousands of email and social media messages every week from all kinds of people.
Here are some other ways Norbert has made a difference in the world: by donating over 4,000 ‘Norbert Plush Toys’ to children in need, advocating for the work of therapy dogs everywhere, donating hundreds of copies of his picture books to spread their positive messages, raising money for homeless animals, visiting schools and special needs programs, and by selflessly giving his time and energy. Norbert’s current primary place of volunteer is at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The world has embraced and taken to heart this little dog’s giving nature. Norbert makes it cool to be kind. His love and acceptance of all is exactly the kind of therapy that is needed in our world today.