The history of Laïka starts with Thomas Samtmann and his adopted rescue dog Kimi. While Thomas was away, Kimi showed signs of separation anxiety and would destroy everything in his home and bark loudly all day. Thomas eventually installed a camera in his house and saw firsthand all of the terrible things that Kimi was doing throughout the day, but he was still unable to do anything about it. He didn't want to just check on her, he actually wanted to interact with her and play with her during the day to calm her down. With that thought in mind, the idea for Laïka was born.
At the time, Thomas was a student getting his masters in Entrepreneurial Business at EDC Business School in Paris. He was nominated to participate in a contest called "Ocean Blue" with Marvin Crot and Samy Ould Kaddour who were in love with Thomas' innovative idea. Their project won the EDC Business School contest and received a massive amount of support from the school's professors to take initiative and pursue their dream to develop Laïka.