"The idea to crossbreed dogs, jackals and laikas came about, when I was working for the police. It was 1965. The USSR didn't have organized crime at the time, but a drug mafia had started to evolve. We didn't have any equipment in those days and needed animals that might be able to look for drugs. I managed to train dogs to search for hashish and opium. In the 1990s, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, my job was almost ruined. I couldn't take dogs home: there were 11 of them at the time. So I was looking for different places to hold them, trying to help them survive somehow, and then I began working with Aeroflot."