Monday, June 12, 2017

Doggie Detente

On August 19, 1960, the Soviet Union sent two dogs, two rats, and 40 mice into space on the Korabl – Sputnik 2.  One of the dogs was named Strelka, and after she returned home, she had a puppy named Pushinka. Nikita Khrushchev sent Pushinka to John F. Kennedy. The Kennedys already had a dog, a Welsh Terrier named Charlie, and the two dogs had a litter of puppies which were called "pupniks," which were quickly dispersed.

Dogs have been regular gifts between world leaders for several centuries.

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