Pups and Pops

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Dog Heroes of the Day: Belka and Strelka! 
Bio: Belka (literally, “squirrel”) and Strelka (“arrow”) were two tiny stray females living in the USSR during the 1950’s and 1960’s. These two little ladies catapulted to stardom when they flew into outer space aboard Sputnik 5 and made it home alive! Belka and Strelka were the first rational animals to make a full orbit around the earth and live to tell the tale. They were selected for their incredibly brave and calm dispositions. They were (inhumanely) tested prior to their flight by being put in small boxes for up to 20 days at a time and were also spun around in centrifuges. These tough little mutts paved the way for human space travel and we are all indebted to them for their bravery and pluck. Finally, they also helped to ease Cold War tensions when Strelka went on to have 6 puppies, one of whom was given to Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK)!  
Tricks: Smiling while being subjected to cruel scientific treatment, flying into outer space, staying calm under pressure, looking adorable in space suits.
Breed: Small mixed breeds. Specifics unknown. 
Read More: http://www.kuriositas.com/2010/08/belka-and-strelka-50-years-since-space.html 
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Dog Heroes of the Day: Belka and Strelka! 

Bio: Belka (literally, “squirrel”) and Strelka (“arrow”) were two tiny stray females living in the USSR during the 1950’s and 1960’s. These two little ladies catapulted to stardom when they flew into outer space aboard Sputnik 5 and made it home alive! Belka and Strelka were the first rational animals to make a full orbit around the earth and live to tell the tale. They were selected for their incredibly brave and calm dispositions. They were (inhumanely) tested prior to their flight by being put in small boxes for up to 20 days at a time and were also spun around in centrifuges. These tough little mutts paved the way for human space travel and we are all indebted to them for their bravery and pluck. Finally, they also helped to ease Cold War tensions when Strelka went on to have 6 puppies, one of whom was given to Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK)!  

Tricks: Smiling while being subjected to cruel scientific treatment, flying into outer space, staying calm under pressure, looking adorable in space suits.

Breed: Small mixed breeds. Specifics unknown. 

Read More: http://www.kuriositas.com/2010/08/belka-and-strelka-50-years-since-space.html 

*If you enjoyed this post and want more, “like” it or message me to let me know!! 

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