In the Soviet era, space travel was a major goal and stray dogs collected from the streets were the first explorers in the space program. This article, by Oliver Wainwright, provides some insight into the propaganda behind the program and how they matched with reality.
It is a rather sad tale of how dogs were exploited in the name of progress, but such exploitation still occurs today in the name of science (arguably, with varying degrees of success, with more standards and controls in place). Read the story by clicking on this link: The dogs that conquered space | Art and design | The Guardian.
I have previously blogged about Laika the space dog; so be sure to check out that column for more information on Laika.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand