The former Soviet Union used many dogs in its space program. The one closest to the 1958 date given in the cutaway is Laika, who became the first living Earth-born creature in orbit, aboard Sputnik 2 on 3 November 1957.
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Although the uncensored version pans out so that Peter's double digits are visible in the final scene, they are still digitally obscured in all media.