Below is a photo of my 3-year-old daughter, Erika, and our wonderful Laika.
We learned of Laika's plight through your FunStuff news, and although his picture was beautiful and I was very touched by the story of how his foster mom, Lauren, had found him close to death during the coldest winter in Russia's history a year ago and nursed him back to health, we already had a 100-pound Labrador, a 100-pound Malamute, and a 110-pound Rottweiler, and really couldn't take another dog.
Alas, my beloved Malamute passed away peacefully in her sleep soon afterward, and I saw Laika's picture at an event where you had photos of animals needing homes. At this point, the situation was urgent, because Laika's foster mom could no longer keep Laika in her apartment due to her strenuous travel schedule for work and her impending move back to the US. After a long talk with Laika's foster mom and much arm-twisting of my husband, Laika came to visit us. I knew, and it came to pass, that as soon as we met Laika, we would love him and keep him.
It is now about 7 months later, and Laika is a member of our family. We lost our Rottweiler to a botched surgery soon after Laika's arrival, and Laika has been a blessing to our children to help them get over our other dog's passing. He is incredibly gentle with my two small children, who pull and tug and sit on him, he loves running at full speed around our 1-acre yard chasing birds, and he insists on sleeping in the foyer of our house to protect us against intruders. We hardly remember our lives without him!
Laika will embark on a new adventure when we move back to the States next month, taking him with us to chase the birds of Potomac, Maryland, and to be a buddy to my children as they grow up.