Pet Issue Profiles

by | Jan 11, 2021

As anyone who has loved a dog, cat or other animal companion knows, our four-legged friends are so much more than that. During the pandemic, the special bond we share with our pets seemed all the more meaningful when the snuggles and tail wags we crave became welcome connections in a seemingly disconnected world. As we said goodbye to 2020 and hope for a fresh new start, we decided to celebrate our pets and their people, too.

Below we introduce you to some human members of the local community—from NASA scientist to college football coach, yoga instructor to school board member—along with their beloved dogs and cats.


Photo by Kate Baldwin

Terry O’Quinn

Actor, Star of TV’s Lost

Pet: Momo, 4, Tabby


Photo by Sara Harris Photography

Jon Wehner

Winemaker, Owner of Chatham Vineyards

Pet: Tucker, 3, Yellow Lab


Photo by David Uhrin

Betsy DiJulio

Art Teacher with Norfolk Academy

Pets: Patsy, 6, Shepherd Black Mouth Cur and Urban, 6, Pit Bull-Catahoula Leopard Dog


Photo by Janice Marshall-Pittman

Laura Seay

Violinist with Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Pets: Blue, 11, Dark Weimaraner and Dax, 3, German Shorthaired Pointer


Lian Mosher

Yoga Teacher, Manager with Full Circle Yoga + Pilates

Pets: Boba T. Fett, 6, Domestic Short Hair; Mango Sticky Rice, 3, Tabby and Kimbap, 6, Munchkin


Photo by Maurice Kleinman

Kara Friend

Breast Surgeon with Riverside Health System

Pets: Emma, 4, Boxer Mix; Jon Snow, 2, Boxer Mix and Mina Barker, 7, Mixed Breed


Photo by Maurice Kleinman

Tina Banks-Gray

School Board Member with the City of Hampton

Pet: Tigger, 17, Bichon Frise


Photo by Maurice Kleinman

Dave Piatak

Aerospace Engineer with NASA Langley Research Center

Pet: Alistair, 8, Labrador-Blue Heeler


Photo by Janice Marshall-Pittman

Ricky Rahne

Head Football Coach for Old Dominion University

Pet: Kodiak, 3, Saint Bernard


Photo by David Uhrin

Jen Lewis

Radio/TV Personality with 92.9 The Wave

Pet: Billy Baroo, 2, Petite Goldendoodle


Photo by Will Hawkins

Nicholas S. Ilchyshyn

Firefighter, Advanced EMT with Norfolk Fire-Rescue

Pets: Dexter, 10, Husky-Akita-Cattle Dog and Scully, 8, Husky-Australian Shepherd

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