Many of us with dogs will tell you that we are not dog owners; our dogs own us. Our four-legged, wet-nosed, waggy-tailed, furry friends are like our children. So, it's hard to think about the day our beloved pet will cross the rainbow bridge.
My Dolby has been in my life for eight and a half years. He's my longest relationship, actually, and I've often said "I wish I could have him cloned." Half kidding of course.
Well, cloning your pet is a thing, and it actually is happening. So, I looked it up. While cloning dogs can cost upwards of $100,000, according to ViaGen Pets, a company that considers their cloning program the "“Cadillac” of animal care and technology development", can produce "a genetic twin to your beloved cat for $25,000, or your faithful dog for $50,000."
I'm fairly certain the average person can't afford a service like this, so we just let our fur friend live on in our memories.
In a recent interview with Variety, Barbra Streisand revealed that she has had her dog cloned, not once, but twice.
Streisand's beloved 14-year-old dog Samantha died back in November. But before she passed, Barbra had some cells extracted from her mouth and stomach.
That genetic material was used to create two Samantha CLONES, which she named Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett.
Streisand said, "They have different personalities. I'm waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have Samantha's brown eyes and seriousness."
Naturally, PETA was quick to respond and asks that we do NOT clone our animals.
In a statement to Page Six on Tuesday, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said:
"We all want our beloved dogs to live forever, but while it may sound like a good idea, cloning doesn’t achieve that — instead, it creates a new and different dog who has only the physical characteristics of the original. Animals’ personalities, quirks, and very ‘essence’ simply cannot be replicated, and when you consider that millions of wonderful adoptable dogs are languishing in animal shelters every year or dying in terrifying ways when abandoned, you realize that cloning adds to the homeless-animal population crisis. And because cloning has a high failure rate, many dogs are caged and tormented for every birth that actually occurs — so that’s not fair to them, despite the best intentions. We feel Barbra’s grief at losing her beloved dog but would also love to have talked her out of cloning."
While I love Dolby more than I love taco's, if a clone won't really be 100% exactly like him, I think I'll pass on the idea. Plus, I'm just a mom that thinks it's more important to keep the lights and heat on, and food on the table. So, there's that.