The Pets of PGN


“Zola brings us so much joy every day. She loves laughter and smiles more than anything in the world, except for food. She will do nearly anything for a treat. At the end of the day, she sits with us on the couch and relaxes with her toys. She is a delight and we love her!”
— Jason Villemez and Mark Segal



Charlie likes to be the center of attention in a roomful of people. He’s extremely playful, loves to play fetch and spends most of his days lying on top of the refrigerator. He follows me from room to room, and will tap me with his paw incessantly until his petting needs are met. I never pictured myself with a cat of my own. I had grown up with cats as family pets and wanted to get a dog. When a friend was giving away newborn kittens, I fell in love with Charlie’s calming, lovable presence. He’s a sweet ball of energy who will cuddle up on any available lap and will knock over any cup if left unattended.

— Adriana Fraser





In preparation for my departure for college last year, my family got a collie to help console my mother. The family we bought him from referred to him as “Otter” because he was always lying on his back. It is the tradition of my family to give pets full names and backstories, so Norton’s full name is Norton Otter Howley, and he is the son of French collies who moved in with us to study ballet. He moonlights as a security officer and takes his job very seriously. A few months after living with us, Norton ran into the street and was struck by a car. He needed surgery on his hind legs and wore a cast on his front leg for several months. Nearly a year later, he is fully recovered. His favorite activities include long walks in the woods and begging for sweets.

— Miranda Lankas