“I tell people he has a big heart, even though he has this tiny body,” says Norbert’s owner, Julie Steines. “I got lucky when he came into my life. Really, he changed my life. Changed everything about it.”
When Steines started combing the adoption pages in 2009, she was just looking for a little company. “I was alone and I thought I just wanted some companionship,” she says, “but I was really looking to have some more purpose in my life.” Steines had never had a dog before. She hadn’t grown up with pets and hadn’t spent much time around them, but she was ready for a friend. She started looking online and when she saw Norbert on a Petﬁnder.com proﬁle, she knew he was the one. “I just fell in love when I saw his photo,” she says.