In 1957, a Soviet street dog named Laika launched into space aboard Sputnik-2 and became the first animal to orbit the Earth.
No, I don’t like this story. What actually happened was a passing alien space ship detected it and beamed her on board. And then, believing they had found a superior form of life, took her back to their to meet their leaders and they gave her palace to live in filled with armchairs and sofas she was free to lay on whenever she wanted and all the bones she could chew. That’s what really happened.