California, United States
Julie Freyermuth - owner
Norbert is a fluffy, 7" tall mixed breed registered therapy dog, best known for his Norbert picture book series, and his popularity on social media. Norbert's breed is unknown, but is suspected to be a cross between 3 dog breeds, chihuahua, cairn terrier & lhasa apso. Norbert's time, money and book revenue is given to various charitable causes throughout the United States.
His first book, Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? was published by Polly Parker Pressand won nine book awards in 2014 including, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Nautilus Book Awards, Mom's Choice Awards, and Ben Franklin Award.
Therapy & philantropy
Norbert's daily activities are mainly focused on being a volunteer therapy dog to people young and old who are ill or in need. He has volunteered at nursing homes, hospitals, special events and schools. Norbert and his partner, Julie Freyermuth, are a registered therapy animal team with the Pet Partners organization. Norbert is also an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and a certified R.E.A.D. dog with the Intermountain Therapy Animals organization.
His work as a therapy dog has meant Norbert has become the supporter of a number of charities and organizations. These have included Pet Partners, Intermountain Therapy Animals, Just for Kids Sake Foundation and Lil BUB’s BIG FUND for the ASPCA.
Since 2013, Norbert has been featured in a number of children's books. The first book about Norbert was published in November 2013, Norbert: What Can Little Me Do The book was written by Julie Freyermuth and illustrated by Julie and Virginia Freyermuth. The children's book led to Norbert touring and visiting numerous schools, from grades PreK to Grade 8. The book tells the story of Norbert, moving to a big city. As part of the move, he records his adventures in his personal artist's journal. The book is inspired by his becoming a therapy dog in real life.
The second book about Norbert was titled, Norbert: What an Little YOU Do? and featured real-life friends of Norbert.
The third installment of the Norbert book series was a collaboration with another famous animal, Lil Bub. Following a Kickstarter campaign, Norbert and Lil Bub collaborated on the book, Norbert and Lil BUB: What Can Little We Do? The Kickstarter campaign raised over $100,000 prior to book sales. $15,000 was donated to Lil Bub's Fund to help homeless animals with special needs & nearly 2,000 books were donated to children in need.