It turned out that Layka loved being around the family, and didn’t even mind being prodded and poked by a curious and extremely interested little toddler.
McDonald stated that he was “happy that he did it [sent her into the building] because he’s still alive, and his buddies are still alive because of her actions.” And for that, he owed her his life.
He also talked about Layka beginning to understand that she didn’t have to find a bomb in order to be able to play with a tennis ball, there would always be toys for her to play with in the garden.
McDonald continued by saying, “if you bring him into a home environment they will adopt to that environment, because all animals learn to adopt and survive.”
Many soldiers who have fought in battle alongside military dogs would argue that these animals are just like their brothers.
He continued to say “I have a lot of respect for them, because they do stuff that I wouldn’t want to do, and stuff that 99% of America wouldn’t want to do.”