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Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dog: Would You?

NextTribe Barbra Streisand pet cloning

There’s probably a lot you know about Barbra Streisand – that her breakthrough was in the movie Funny Girl, that  “Evergreen” was one of her biggest hits, and that you’ll never forget the way she said that line, “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell” in The Way We Were. But did you know she’s such a pet lover that she had her favorite dog—an adorable white fluffball–cloned after it died?

She recently told The New York Times: “I was so devastated by the loss of my dear Samantha, after 14 years together, that I just wanted to keep her with me in some way…So Sammie’s doctor took some cells from inside her cheek and the skin on her tummy just before she died. And we sent those cells to ViaGen Pets in Texas.”

Streisand wound up with two puppies who were the offspring of this process. Of them, she’s noted, “You can clone the look of a dog, but you can’t clone the soul. Still, every time I look at their faces, I think of my Samantha…and smile.”

The first cloned dog was created in 2005 in South Korea, and today, it takes about 60 days – and $50,000 – to complete the procedure. While a dog is alive, some cell samples are taken and these are later fused with a canine egg. Basically, a clone is like an identical twin born at a later date.

So, pet lovers, tell us: If the price tag were more affordable, would you clone your beloved pet? Tell us in the survey below.

–Janet Siroto

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32 Comments on "Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dog: Would You?"

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Barbara

The genetic factor does not bother me. What does bother me is the 50k, and how far that could go to help rescue association efforts and all the animals that already exist in shelters.

Patricia Smith

I love my dogs, and was heartbroken when I lost them over the years, but I feel there are to many wonderful dogs in need of a forever home to clone.

No – all I think is the movie pet cemetery

There are so many amazing dogs in need of homes around the country … this is crazy to me.

I was thinking the same thing ughh this is not good

Only for the elite as the average Joe can’t afford it. Meh.

Kinda cheapens the value of the original relationship and appreciation of the animal as an individual, no?

No way. Lots of dogs need homes and love. Too much money leads to plastic surgery and pet cloning. Both of which are in evidence here!

She is a selfish bitch.

I have had many wonderful dogs, but i once had a truly remarkable daschund, about whom I always said I would clone if the technology became available to the public. Sadly he passed before it was possible.

There’s too many unwanted dogs that need loving home, why create more dogs

The definition of elite entitlement. Imagine what a reputable animal shelter could have done with $50k…?

NO NO NO NO

I agree with the majority…..how many pets could have been helped with the money spent to clone one dog. This is a massive waste of money, right up there with $30K purses. I’d be interested to hear what Betty White, a true animal advocate, thinks of this.

Not a story.
Waste of visual space.
Don’t publish this click bait, please.

There are far more important stories for women than this “do we think she’s a vapid bitch for cloning her dog?” click bait.

Do better.
Thanks.

NO! Not only are there many, many dogs who need homes RIGHT NOW, I understand that cruelty is involved in the “making” of the cloned dogs. Come on, rich people, stop with your selfish, entitled crap! This is the kind of “science” that I absolutely abhor. >:(

She’s nuts. There are so many dogs waiting in the shelters for that special person.

picture looks like she’s been cloned

A classic example of more money than sense.

No, I miss my beloved dogs that passed over but I open my heart and home to a little dog that needs love and a forever home.

No I wouldn’t. Cloning does increase the length of the telemerase in the cells. It would only be the length it was when cloning took place. I would be afraid of health issues & a shortened life span.

Creepy, pet cemetery always comes to my mind. When my Colby was sick, he was just a shell. A walking ghost.

Too many animals get euthanized don’t need more

Why would we want to start cloning dogs when so many beautiful doggies need loving homes right now?

Don’t like the idea, not good for the breed standards.

As long as she doesn’t clone herself.

What a freak

At first yes
and then what I learned what other dogs have to go through for her to get them
No
I learned that after going through all that
and other dogs going through all the pups have different personalities and not the same dog at all!
A new puppy is cheaper and I think better!

When there are full shelters all over? Nah, I will adopt my next dog

No way. Adopt!

what a person does when they have more money than brains

Dario

Thanks, Looking for TTF Files.

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