The staff and volunteers at the Washington Humane Society (WHS) knew there was something special about Norman. An aging but loving 12-year-old pit bull type dog, Norman was the WHS Valentine’s Day poster dog in 2012. Norman got extra special attention, including a spot on a FOX5 News segment the Monday before Valentine’s Day.
Jo Ann Cassidy and her partner Richard from Charles County, MD were watching that morning, but from two different places. When Jo Ann called Richard to tell him they just had to meet this dog on the news, he replied, “Norman? I saw that dog, too, and I was thinking the same thing!”One year later, Norman is 13 and the love of this family’s lives.
“Norman is Mr. Personality. He is the neighborhood ambassador,” said Jo Ann. “He has
a bigger than life personality and puts a smile on our faces every day.”
Norman is a big fan of costumes. His wardrobe includes hats, sunglasses, winter boots, and a bumble bee costume. Lately, Norman has befriended the neighborhood squirrels and a groundhog. He has taken to burying his dog cookies under leaves and then giving a couple barks to let his tree buddies know that he’s left them a special treat.
“We try to discourage people from being afraid of him, because of his breed,” said Jo Ann. “All he wants you to do is pet him. He doesn’t bark at people or rush up to anybody.”
Happy Anniversary, Norman!
- Your Pals at WHS
A Note from Norman:
“I was so happy to hear that WHS wanted an update on me. It's
been a busy year since my TV debut on FOX5. As you can see, I don't miss
a meal or treat time and have an extensive wardrobe. I have been dubbed
the ambassador of the neighborhood and have a long list of guest walkers. I
have also changed a lot of people’s attitudes about my breed, once they
meet and spend a few minutes with me. I think I would like to learn
to be a therapy dog, because I am perfectly content to sit, visit, and be
rubbed and scratched by everyone in the room. Jo Ann and Rich say that I am the
reason for them having a smile and a laugh every day. I love them all, two and
four footed, but I have to wonder, who rescued who?”
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