5 things Sunita Williams looks forward to on Earth, Boston Globe
His name is Gorby, and he's a little diplomat - Who wouldn't miss a pet? Suni Williams's Jack Russell terrier is named Gorby, perfect for a master who has spent months with Russian cosmonauts in orbit. Gorby is named after former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbechev (both dog and namesake share a spot on their head). In a May 17 NASA video conversation, she exclaimed in joy after "seeing'' her earthbound pet. "You guys know I really miss him,'' she told NASA employees, according to a transcript on spaceref.com.