No matter how much you love your furry friend, you probably don’t think of your pet as a hero.
But did you know that many dogs have played a significant role in history? And those dogs are just like your own pooch?
Laika, a rescued stray, is one example. Her life ended during a monumental journey to space in 1957.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end goal for Laika’s test. The Russians conducting her particular test never expected the poor pooch to survive. They gave her enough oxygen to last for seven days, then anticipated a quick, painless death.
But the actual outcome was far different. The small capsule that Laika had been squeezed into became too hot, causing her to die.
Laika may have suffered a tragic end, but her story proves that everyday pets can have a major impact on our world.