4 November 2007 XXX

Khamsin Molossia News

3 November 2007 XXX marked the first annual Laika Day celebration in Molossia. Laika Day was established by His Excellency, The President to recognize our canine family here in Molossia: Tigger, Duncan and Annie. These three dogs are faithful companions and friends, as well as frequent sources of entertainment. The President felt that they should have their own holiday, to recognize the significant presence they have in our lives.

Laika Day is named for the Soviet Space Dog, Laika, who became the first recorded animal to orbit the earth. Laika, whose real name was Kudryavka, rocketed skyward on the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2, on 3 November 1957, fifty years ago yesterday. She perished in space due to overheating after just a few hours. Laika represents the very essence of dogs, loyal, trusting and obedient. These qualities are what make dogs such a large part of human life, and recognition of this is long overdue.

Our first annual Laika Day began with a trip to Misfits Flats, where the Oracle Rocket was launched two weeks ago. Misfit Flats is wide open, far from cars and free from any dangers - or people. Tigger, Duncan and Annie could run free with few restrictions, and did so for over an hour. There followed another excursion, this time to nearby Lake Lahontan, where low water made Sandpiper Island accessible by a land bridge. The First Family and the dogs hiked to the island, and explored there for a while. Afterward, they all returned to the Molossian Home Territories, for a well-deserved Laika Day treat. Thus ended Laika Day and a fine time was had by all!

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Duncan Exploring

Something Smells Interesting

An Attentive Crowd

Tigger Following

Time For A Drink

Laika Day Treats