Way back in the 80s, me and my friend and drinking buddy Rick had a collection of stock jokes we used and over-used among our group of friends and codrinkers, as you do. Stuff that made us laugh, and made people who didn't know us look at us like we were slightly cracked, mostly because we were laughing so damned hard at something that wasn't all that funny.
One of those things was to say '...at least you're not a dog in outer space' to each other when Bad Stuff happened, referencing Laika, the dogstronaut of the Soviet Sputnik 2 mission in 1957. It wasn't deep or clever, but it made some hard times a little bit better. And of course, when it comes down to it, we're all just dogs in outer space.
Rick died in Bali Bombing back in 2002, but I had a dream about this joke of ours last night, and so I spent the morning making this site. I hope it makes someone else laugh, a little, especially if they're going through Bad Stuff.
PS: I know that's the wrong Sputnik design -- it just looked cooler with those SCIENCE FRONDS and stuff.