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Laika (c. 1954 – November 3, 1957) was a Soviet space dog who became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957.

Little was known about the impact of spaceflight on living creatures at the time of Laika’s mission, and the technology to de-orbit had not yet been developed, and therefore Laika’s survival was not expected. Some scientists believed humans would be unable to survive the launch or the conditions of outer space, so engineers viewed flights by animals as a necessary precursor to human missions.The experiment aimed to prove that a living passenger could survive being launched into orbit and endure micro-gravity, paving the way for human spaceflight and providing scientists with some of the first data on how living organisms react to spaceflight environments.

Laika died within hours from overheating, possibly caused by a failure of the central R-7 sustainer to separate from the payload. The true cause and time of her death were not made public until 2002; instead, it was widely reported that she died when her oxygen ran out on day six or, as the Soviet government initially claimed, she was euthanised prior to oxygen depletion. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an animal in space.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about sending animals into space?

Art Prompt: Laika

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience Laika’s story.

Photo Credit: Posta Romana – 1959 – Laika 120 B on Wikimedia

Sunday Man and Beast

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Dogs looking through fence

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Shasta Border Collie

Jeff was a grand dog, a brown and white border collie. He was bright and protective, and I loved him with my whole heart. Though he was not a small animal, he allowed me to dress him up for tea parties, and as I imagined my way through my childhood, he seemed happy to take on whatever role I cared to assign him. We would lie in the grass in the front yard and look for clouds shaped like cows, houses, bathtubs, boats, whatever. I loved this game, though the burden fell on me to do most of the talking. –Best Friends Forever: Me and My Dog: What I’ve Learned About Life, Love, and Faith From My Dog by Rebecca Currington

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a child and his/her dog.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite childhood pet

Art Prompt: A child and a dog

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a touching story of your favorite childhood pet.

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Fun day at the strip mall!

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Famille Guillot, Dijon

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walking the dog @ Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival

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Photo by Scott Butner.

blood was shed

Many of the dead remained unburied, and their bones were left to bleach in the storms of winter and the sun of summer. There was one exception to the general neglect. An Irish officer, who had been slain, was followed by his faithful dog. The poor animal lay beside his master’s body day and night; and though he fed upon other corpses with the rest of the dogs, he would not permit them to touch the treasured remains. He continued his watch until January, when he flew at a soldier, who he feared was about to remove the bones, which were all that remained to him of the being by whom he had been caressed and fed. The soldier in his fright unslung his piece and fired, and the faithful wolf-dog laid down and died by his charge. –An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a faithful dog.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a favorite pet and how it showed you love.

Art Prompt: Faithful to the End

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about the love of a pet.

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dog love

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have anything against men, but if you’re looking for total devotion and unconditional love, go for a dog every time. Your dog will never ask you to move three thousand miles from home. In fact, your dog will follow you anywhere and be quite happy. –California Schemin’ by Kate George

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or scene about a character who relates better to animals than to humans.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the lessons your favorite pet taught you.

Art Prompt: The Love of a Dog

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a story about the lessons a pet taught you.

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meadow thrones

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