Why dress your dog in some second-rate costume from the pet store when you can deck it in a legitimate outfit used by canine cosmonauts? That’s exactly what will happen when you dress it up in this authentic 1950s-era Soviet Dog Spacesuit.
The suit is believed to have been worn by Belka and Strelka, the first two dogs to return from space back in 1960. It was used for the USSR’s Korabl-Sputnik 2 mission during the training phase, where the dogs strapped into capsules wearing the suits and launched 262,500 feet in the air before returning to the ground on parachutes. The training was meant to test the effects of low gravity and high-speed launches on the animals.
This authentic Soviet Dog Spacesuit is made from cotton, nylon, and rubber, with aluminum metal parts. It features a laced-up, full-body design that either makes your pet look like a spacedog, a pirate, or a groupie in a Jimi Hendrix tour from the 1960s — I can’t decide. Either way, it makes him look adorable. And probably very annoyed, although much less annoyed than the time you painted his fur in a whopping rainbow of color and he decided to show his ire by pooping on your bed.
Manufactured by RSC Energia, the suit measures 28 x 60 x 21 cm, with the laces allowing for adjustable fit around the body and the legs. It comes with the original breathing tube that can attach directly to the suit for extra accessory.
Auctionata will be holding the Soviet Dog Spacesuit in auction on September 13. Bids start at €4,000.