Dog and Ball (Leika)

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Dog and Ball (Leika)

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This dog is captured in suspended animation happily pursuing her ball. The actual dog named Laika lost her life in pursuit of interplanetary travel. Homeless on the streets of Moscow, this young stray was selected to orbit earth in a rocket ship with the hope of paving a future for live manned space missions. The 1957 Soviet news reported that Laika survived for six days and when it became clear that her oxygen would not last, was humanely euthanized. The sad truth is that Laika lasted only hours, dying from exposure to extreme heat. She was and forever will be the first dog to orbit space, one can dream that her afterlife is filled with blissful playtime.


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