Every dog has its day. For Laika the mixed breed (mostly Siberian-husky) dog, rescued from the streets of Moscow, that meant ascending in a rocket to become the first animal to orbit the Earth on 3rd November, 1957.
Apparently the Soviet scientists responsible for the Sputnik 2 mission thought that Laika’s hard upbringing would help to prepare her for the cold temperatures and hunger that she would suffer whilst in space. I wonder what background the Police sniffer dogs, which attended Kelso Races on Sunday, endured before taking up a career searching for drugs. Had they progressed from pies and pasties? In which case any one of my own dogs has a chance of graduating in future years.Continue reading