Laika, a Soviet astro-dog earned the distinction of being the first mammal to go up in space and orbit the earth in 1957. She was also the first casualty of the space program. On a more upbeat note, Laïka is also a spirited and spunky promo video created by Guillaume Blanchet to celebrate the 10 anniversary of a popular bar in Montreal by the same name. This video had me sold: I’m planning on visiting this bar when I’m in Montreal at the end of July. Here’s some behind-the-scenes tidbits in this short interview with Blanchet.