Will Dog Cloning Become Mainstream as the Price Drops?

By Eliza Strickland | January 30, 2009 10:40 am

cloned puppyA Florida couple has just received a genetic copy of their beloved and deceased golden Labrador Sir Lancelot, naming the three-month-old puppy Lancelot Encore. The couple paid $155,000 for one of the first commercially cloned dogs in the world, and say the money was well spent. “He was a wonderful dog,” said Nina Otto, 66. “Money wasn’t an object. We just wanted our wonderful, loving dog back” [ABC News]. The project was masterminded by the California biotech company BioArts.

Lancelot Encore joins a handful of other dogs cloned either commercially or as a proof of concept, and the latest success seems to indicate that researchers have thoroughly overcome the scientific barriers to cloning man’s best friend. Canines are considered one of the more difficult mammals to clone because of their reproductive cycle that includes difficult-to-predict ovulations [Reuters]. Now the fate of the fledging pet cloning industry is largely dependent on whether dog lovers think that clones are worth the high price tag. However, just yesterday another cloning company announced a new technique that could reduce the cost of dog cloning to about $50,000 within three years.

The Korean company RNL Bio announced that their new cloning technique has a much higher success rate than previous cloning methods, which will allow the price to drop. Conventionally, scientists use skin cells taken from the donor to extract the DNA that they fuse with an egg to make a clone…. But last October, RNL Bio said, its scientists extracted fat tissue from the beagle, isolated and expanded the stem cells and developed 84 embryos that were transplanted into five surrogate mother dogs. One of those gave birth to two puppies, Magic and Stem, this week [BBC News].

While RNL Bio is accepting orders for commerically cloned dogs, grieving pet owners aren’t the only people on the list. The company says pet owners should be prepared for long waits because most commercial canine cloning is for working animals including sniffer dogs at airports [Reuters].

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Image: BioArts

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  • Egaeus

    I could see it happening easily, and I honestly can’t blame the couple for cloning their dog. If I had a spare $155k and a great dog, I’d happily clone it to get another great dog. I’m just curious as to the long-term outcome for these cloned dogs.

  • minusRusty

    We just wanted our wonderful, loving dog back

    Uh, when will people realize that their wonderful, loving dog will _never_ come back? The clone is a different dog, people!

  • http://go2saplings.com cindy b

    oh my god, the money could go to charity for god’s sake! just adopt a homeless dog instead. Wackos!

  • Jo

    Free golden labs are wonderful and loving, too.

    Since we know that human personality is not 100% nature and 0% nurture, I’d venture that dogs are pretty much the same. There’s no guarantee that this animal will be just like their old dog, or even anything like their old dog (insofar as much as the personalities of individual golden labs vary … which ain’t much, given that we breed them for specific behavioural traits).

  • H

    Can you say “RePet”.

  • G

    oh my god, the money could go to charity for god’s sake! just adopt a homeless dog instead. Wackos!

    True, but who would pass up bragging rights for having a CLONE for a pet????? =P

  • Chubbee

    I can’t help but wonder how many unsuccesful clones were created in the process, and how long they lived and how they were disposed of.

  • porthos1974

    I believe that we as a humanrace have unlocked the knowledge to to accomplish unthinkable things, personal or medical. I only hope we have the wisdom to govern this new and exciting field of science!

  • ergenjergler

    cute puppy…shame he’ll be bloated, mishapen, and dead within three years…

  • nsgreen

    If I had the money, I would clone my dog. I think it would be enormously helpful in coping with loss of a dear pet. Essentially, dogs are family members, except they’re much more pleasant. :-)

  • Sdstrbr

    Having had many dogs, cats, horses and countless other pets, cherished them all to their natural end (sometimes way too early), taken in many strays and rescues and loved them all, there is NEVER any easy way to get over losing a beloved pet. Of my most recent loss, I’m furiously thinking, how can I possibly find the money to do it……. ? But then I’d have to do it every time I lose one and that is entirely out of the question. Maizey – RIP darlin’, your human and animal family misses you so much…

  • Robert

    Cindy B.,
    You are missing the point. People don’t want “another dog”. They want the same one back.
    I had a little dog for almost 18 years. I bought her on Christmas Day when she was 6 weeks old and I named her Jingles. We did many things together; we hunted and fished together; she rode with me in my cars and trucks; she and her puppy were my only friends when we moved 600 miles away from home and did not know anyone. The bad times and the good times that we shared together were made better because of them. My dogs had their own personalities and they were so much like real people— except that my dogs loved me more than any human ever did. And I would love to have my 2 dogs cloned if it cost less and I knew that I would get the same “dogs” back. I want them to have the same personalities and act the same. I don’t want “another dog”— my two dogs have been dead for more than 15 years and I have never gotten another dog. I don’t want “a dog” — I want “my two dogs” back. And I am sure that many other dog owners are the same way.

  • ceaser

    I do not blame them for cloning a their dog I understand the feeling very much. We all know that it is not the “same ” dog of course but the body is a DNA replica of the real dog…his soul can re enter this new fresh body like making a new outfit for your soul that was damaged, so even though it is not the same do, who knows with a new fresh body since it is a clone..where will the soul come from other than the original from heaven…
    If was wearing a sweater all my life and it got destroyed, and if I saw a new same sweater I would get it and wear it right, our bodies are supposed to be the outer shell anyways and what is inside is our soul so the body in this case would be like a sweater opr an outfit…why not replicate it??? I would clone my dog if it was available…right now!!!

  • doug

    I had a gorgeous dog that was half timber wolf and half German shepherd. I know it wouldn’t be the same personality but it would look the same and if raised the same could be just as awesome of a dog. Timber is missed by all who knew him. If I had the money I would gladly pay to get a copy of him

  • Samantha

    I have a 16 1/2 year old cockapoo downstairs right now and I’m only 16 too. I’ve never had a time in my life where he wasn’t apart of it and he’s been getting sicker and sicker on me lately and I don’t know what I’m going to do without him. I give anything to keep him and if I had 155,000 I would have him cloned. It would be for my own selfish comfort to do it though because I realized that a clone might not be the same on the inside but all I want his my best friend back and anyone who has a dog will agree with me.

  • cloverfield

    Well here is my view last friday my dog penny a jackrussel died. i really want to clone her i relize a clone dog want be the same dog but a liitle bit of that clone is part of my dog and you know what ive lost so much in my life a dead friend family and the one thing that i cared about died in my arms i kills me not to be with my puppy a part of me died with that dog . If i clone her a little piece of me will be back. I accept that the dog i loved more that anything died.
    i will save they money and get a clone and raise it the same and give the dog the love i gave to my dog penny . one last thing to everyone cloning may not be good or bad just do what your heart tells you to do.

  • indigodea

    I too understand that the cloned pup isn’t the dog you had, but rather a partial genetic rendering. Yet when you have a dog that is like your child, that has shared his or her love so willingly, has been through ups and downs with you for so many years, you do think to cloning in this day, because it is the only part of the pup you loved so much that is left to salvage when they have to leave us, other than memories and sometimes memories just don’t seem to do.

  • Lucky

    If it makes you feel better, do it. That is a rule I try to stick to. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. In any case, please leave other people to make the decision that is right for them.

    Why is it that when a person feels they need to recreate a pet to heal a broken heart, this is unacceptable? To label this as wrong, stems from fear. To display anger over this is hurtful to the people who feel they need to clone a pet. The disapproval shows only how narrow minded some people are. Just because it is new doesn’t mean it is wrong.

    Take this analogy into consideration. You could just skip that heart surgery your human baby needs and donate the $150,000 to charity. But, nobody expects you to do that. After all if your baby died, you would be heartbroken. But, you could always adopt or make another baby, so why “waste” the money?

    Before one takes a stand against cloning, one should consider that it is in line with many of the things we currently accept as normal and even “good”. Cloning and “life-saving procedures” are both the equivalent of “playing God” and both result in the death of animals. Many human lifesaving procedures are first practiced on animals. These animals die in the experimentation process or are euthanized after the research is complete. Animals die to save people from grief every day. If you are against cloning because of the death involve, be prepared to take a stand against medicine in general. Using animals to practice medicine and treating animals as disposable is just a part of how the world works. If you fight it, do so wisely. One day you may need the cure or procedure that you prevent from becoming a reality.

  • CAT

    YOU ARE ALL MISTAKEN. WHATS WRONG WITH THOSE OF YOU WHO SAY ITS NOT THE SAME DOG. IT_DOES_NOT_MATTER. IN A LOVING OWNERS EYES IT IS THE SAME DOG, THE ONLY DIFFRENCE IS NEW MEMORIES. YOU ALL WHO ARE AGAINST IT ARE FOOLISH. HOW ABOUT YOU GO THROUGH LOSEING A BEST FRIEND. I BET YOUD WANT THEM BACK TOO, EVEN IF THEY DIDNT REMEMBER YOU. i bet your all just jealious of those of us who will be able to afford to get this procedure done..haha! sucks for you :)

  • http://www.dogbandana.org/ dog bandana

    I agree with Lucky, If it makes you feel better, do it! but the owners need to understand that everything has to die eventually, you can’t do anything about it, just accept it and move on.

  • sindy

    Cindy, you are quite clearly not an animal or a person lover. Wackos… what because we love animals as much as humans. Obviously it annyoys you that people would spend that money on cloning their animals. I would do it in a heart beat. So why dont you go and give 155k to charity if it concerns you so damn much that people can actually afford 155k. oh you dont have a spare 155k?? nor do most of us, but we would find it, from anywhere we can so stop being so judgmental. Give some of your money to charity and shut up moaning.

  • bugjackblue

    Sometimes it’s stated explicitly and sometimes not but the perspective underlying all commentary opposing pet cloning is always “after all, it’s just a dog,” the implication of which is that human life is in some way more precious than that of a canine’s. And those who earnestly believe without a shred of evidence that their mythic god created humans in His divine image are the most smug and thus most intolerable about this sort of thing.

    Sorry to assault your soap-bubble, Kneepadders, but your life ain’t sacred, your children’s lives ain’t any more sacred than yours, and your nation and/or alma mater ain’t favored by the spirit in the sky. You’re carbon hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen, and that’s it. Nothing noble about it at all. And if one’s transitory fleshy package is gratified by symbiosis with a specimen of a lower-order species, then pursuit of continued gratification by means of whatever technology is available is the prerogative of the higher-order partner.

    If I have a choice between spending my life savings to extend the life of my dog or to save a village full of humans, there would be no contest. My dog’s life and happiness mean everything to me and your life and happiness are worth less than zero. You’re not special, you’re not valuable, indeed your very existence on this planet is probably a minus on balance, so bugger off, simian exceptionalists, I will do what I please with the resources available to me and you are entitled to no input whatsoever in the decision.

  • susan dunn

    Jack:

    You are a genius!! I couldn’t have said it better myself. I will print your comment and hang it in my office just so I have those honest words in front of me everyday.

    I have had dogs all my life and they like people are not created equally. We have an incredible dog that I would clone in a heartbeat if the price comes into my reach. That was the first lie and there followed many more. I can’t understand the arrogance of humans to think that they are the most important organism on this planet. They ARE the most DESTRUCTIVE.

    With over 6 billion thats a B folks we are not unique.

    Enough the people who get it already have it and the rest are never going to get it.

    Hurrah to Jack and intelligent people like him!!!

  • matt

    You know, I can understand why so many of you liken your late canine friends to people or family members, but I am floored by the fact that those who feel this way are so quick to favor this idea when it would be unthinkable, at least at this time, for a similar procedure to be done in response to the loss of an actual family member or person. To me it seems as though if one were to proclaim such an affection to rival that of ones own family, to confess in action so glaring a disparity between that proclamation and their actual feelings serves to dispell any homage to the memory of their lost friends.

  • Steve

    People who say the money could be spent on something else, may be missing the fact that by funding this sort of project, basic science in biology and genetics is being accomplished, which will lead to important knowledge we can use for the future, including for humans.

  • Dewy

    I had a dog that was stolen from me and all I got are a few hairs that got stuck in my toolbox – but If I could clone him I would do it in a minute – he was my best friend I ever had. A policeman or ex/cop or whatever he was stole my dog and then had him put down at the pound. Then he came to my place of business and told me what he did. This was one evil man. I contacted a lawyer and the lawyer told me that sure, I could sue him, but if I did, I would have to move out of south Florida because the cops stick together and would make my life here miserable. I dont want to get off the subject but it was that day I realized we lived in a police state. As far as cloning my dog goes, I only wish I could bring him back. Nobody had the right to take him from me. He was my angel from heaven.

  • Andrew

    I think that people who are against cloning haven’t had a close pet. A close pet is a physical spiritual bonding. I lost my dog three years ago Christmas day and I would clone her in a heartbeat. I know that she is a brand new dog, but I think she will pickup from me my spirit and I hers.

  • Ernie

    There are many people out there that don’t realise or understand how we as humans could love a dog as much as another human being. I don’t have any children, and my dogs throughout my adult life, have taken the place of human children and have brought me uncountable hours of humor, companionship and love. You may never understand those of us who love our dogs as children, but try to accept the fact that we do and always will. If someone lost a child, no one would dare say, “adopt one” or “you can always have another child,” so why do it to someone who loves their dogs as deeply, and we do love them that deeply. I don’t care how anyone feels, it’s how “I” feel. I’ve already started collecting DNA samples for when the time comes that I may be able to do it myself, even if it means refiancing my home. (How many of you would do the same if it were your child we’re talking about?) Even if you don’t agree with those that support this, please don’t be rude and leave nasty comments. Everyone has an opinion and we should respect everyone’s whether you agree or disagree.

  • person

    Um, this is not the same dog!! All it has is the same DNA, clones of anything do not have the same personality and do not neccessarily look the same as the original. So this could end up being an evil dog that does not even give them one memory of the original Sir Lancelot.

  • I lost my best friend at 4

    I lost my dog last week to HGE. He was 4 years old and died in a 24 hour period. I never knew how much this could hurt. I was able to collect samples of his DNA for processing and I may have the chance to bring him back. To those that think this is crazy or out of control, let me ask you this? Have you ever lost a child? Do you know how it feels? I’ll tell you this…you would give anything in the world to get that child back.

    This gives me hope during a time of mourning. Whether or not I am able to clone my dog…I can not say for certain at this point, but it does give me hope. By preserving his DNA, I am being given a second chance. It may not be tomorrow…it may be ten years…or it may be never. However, it is knowing that you may have a chance to see their loving face again on this earth is what matters.

    If you want to know what my ethical believes are…It is that we live on through our offspring…our genetics get passed on from generation to generation. My dog died at a young age tragically and didn’t have a chance to produce offspring. He wasn’t given the chance to live on. This is giving him the chance by passing on his genetic code that would have otherwise been lost.

    There is nothing wrong when science is used for good and brings love back to those that have felt deep loss.

  • http:executivevendingsd.com Tommy

    You don’t have to agree with the love an owner feels for a lost pet. You don’t have to agree with how they spend the money they earned, saved and have the unique right to determine what they will do with. You do, however, have every right to use your own money as you see fit….provided you have any to use after all of the new taxes and Obama Care costs kick in.

    I find it very telling that so many were experiencing negative reactions to anybody spending on whatever gives them happiness when its thier own money. It would be a poor use of tax dollars and would upset a tax payer as being extravagant.

    Imagine what this can mean to all of us when this becomes mainstream priced. I think its wonderful.

  • http://comcast Rick

    My dog Scooby Doo means more to me than allot of worthless people than are on our planet now. I would love to have him forever!! He is more intelligent than a person woud believe!

  • http://comcast Rick

    Scooby Doo……..Rock on for ever buddy………you are the best therapy money could ever buy.

  • LittleNinja

    Seriously people, if the Lord wanted your pet to pass away, then you need to let them go. The Lord misses them and they will be in a much better place. And for the people who want them back because they look like the dog, you need to remember that just because they look alike doesn’t mean they are. They are a completely different dog. If you think that cloning the dog back will bring it back, then you are purposefully trying to blind yourselves from the truth: your pet is gone. They can’t come back. And before anyone says I’m not a pet lover, or dog owner, stop right there because I have a pure-bred German Shepperd at home right now that I love like I love my sister. But when she passes, I’m not going to delude myself into thinking I can bring her back. I know that the Lord wanted her back, and I will send my blessing with her. Will I miss her? Absolutely. But I know that I can never bring her back. That would be like your grandma dying and then you clone her so you see her again. It doesn’t work because the clone would be completely different and have a different personality, opinion, and mind. Get over the fact that your pet has passed. They’re gone and there is no way to EVER bring them back.

  • Erik

    Not that I believe in fairy tails such as gods, demons and other stuff people chose to put their faith in. However, cloning is a slippery slope. Seems like most of you are open to the idea of bringing your dead animals back to life for a cost. If only for the sake of helping you cope with the loss. Animals die. Everything that lives, dies. That’s the only certainty we have in life. That we will die. So if cloning our beloved dogs is ok, the next logical step would be to clone human beings that have passed away. Perhaps prematurely, perhaps not. This science would surely be dictated by people with alot of money. Atleast at first. After a couple of years, perhaps it’s gotten to the stage where grieving families would bankrupt themselves to bring a loved one back, or atleast a copy.

    What’s to stop us from cloning and combining the best runners, thinkers etc for our countries in order to shine above everyone else? Is this a science that’s appealing to you? Does it create a world you want to live in? If you ever thought that young girls were getting low self-esteem from all the magazines and standards no human possibly could reach. Imagine humans engineered to have those qualities from birth. Or humans engineered as weapons of war. Appealing?

    Just because the subject of this matter is “good dog”, what’s to say that line isn’t redefined as pure physically enhanced humans within years to come?

    It is indeed traumatic to lose someone close to us. But remember, opening yourselves to the idea of having an option of bringing them back is the same as opening a door where you have no idea what’s on the other side. And once it’s open, there’s no closing it. Just living with it.

  • Amakua

    It is inevitable. Man and his needs will be met I do believe we should be able to do this for those who say it is not the same personality, Spirit, Soul, depending on your beliefs, well you do not know and there is no scientific evidence to the contrary. Well simply do not know. It would not matter anyway, We make this choice everyday in the products we buy….. the similar ones. Man will continue to modify DNA initially to get rid of disease, tooth decay ect, then this natural selection process will progress to intellect, and beauty. Well it is being done right now. Once this has changed it changed forever and they will refine these changes, as we look to our perceived perfection. When we see today from a future prospective and it is our history given proper resources future generations will embrace this. Provided we do not destroy ourselves. There is a Brave New World out there.

  • http://www.cheappandorastore.com Pandora Rings

    thanks for your sharing.i enjoyed reading it.

  • Whytdrgn2012

    I am a married 49 disabled woman without kids, human ones that is. I have four beautiful unique Chihuahuas of various sizes and ages and temperaments. Believe me when I say my husband and I would bankrupt ourselves if possible to clone our dogs. We have loved many dogs and to us it doesn’t matter that people think we are crazy because it isn’t the same dog. If it looks the same it will be close enough and we can start new good memories with our clone pups. God bless!

  • bigpicture

    Please consider the pain and suffering that the host dogs go through that are used for the sole purpose of incubating these little man made monsters. It is cruelty to animals to use dozens of living dogs to try to incubate replicas of previously living dogs. Just think of the good that all of those millions of dollars spent on trying to bring back the dead would do to help the living. the money would be better spent on spay and neuter programs, legislation to prohibit puppy mills and donations to the no kill shelters. We already have too many dogs, bury your dead and move on to love and receive love from the currently living that need us so badly. Have a heart and think of the consequences, you know those lab dogs that are needed to re create your previous pet will never have a chance at a normal happy life and it will be all your fault for supporting and promoting this inhumane and cruel practice. Death is the natural end to life let’s face it we are all going to die one day so live each day to the fullest and accept death when it comes.

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  • B man

    I have grown up with dogs and no matter how they turned out all have given me unconditional love and affection. Would I clone them well a couple I suppose but I am also glad to have had the opportunity to adopt. These pets have given me more than my own siblings have if I had to choose between the human race and a good animal it’s a no brainer. Humans have gotten so pathetic they are like sheep being herded into a pen waiting to be slaughtered by our laws and so called representatives. We need to get back to basics where we are not dictated by others and believe in the constitution and why our four fathers fought and died. Making our own decisions.Not having them made for us.

  • veecapo

    @bigpicture
    what are you smoking?
    are you talking about ANCIENT cloning tests? or professional modern cloning?

    cloning is not painful to the host.
    “have a heart”?
    what is actually so evil and painful in the cloning process? the idea to have a little bit of your loved one returned to you without causing pain to anyone?

    when was the last time you stayed a vegetarian for a whole day!? before the next time you hog up beef,find out about the painful journey of the animal from the barn to the slaughterhouse to your diner.
    learn more about cloning and THE BIGGER PICTURE before you discourage and sadden people.

    @littleninja
    “It doesn’t work because the clone would be completely different and have a different personality, opinion, and mind. Get over the fact that your pet has passed. They’re gone and there is no way to EVER bring them back.”

    completely wrong bro. DNA is complex.if you quit philosophy and took up biology ,you would really want to correct yourself .
    for example.the people who want their pets cloned just might have a different “much more capable to love ” and “attachment” and “curiousity” “of an EVOLVING HUMAN” dna type differentiating from an old depressed philosopher who just LETS IT GO…
    and trust me,lord wont pay our taxes when we grow up
    goodluck

    @erik
    erik ,i agree with you to a certain point
    a century ago wright brothers “independently” invented a flying machine. independently?
    not. many people died trying to make a working flying glider back in the days.wb learned from the mistakes and it was VERY effective
    countless rats are sacrificed everyday by the medical science .yes PETA might protest.but ALL i repeat ALL the peta members take some sort of medication that was actually first tested on rats.(a simple headache pill didnt just come out of the blue!)” .
    erik my point is that we must confront with our fears with the door you mentioned.will we ever find the cure for the most deadly human diseases? i believe we will .can a natural life form reach perfection? we will never find the answer if we shut that door and stop our brains from evolving.(the natural emotion of curiousity and deep love). erik it hasnt been too long since someone said a train will never reach the speed of 20 miles an hour

    @rick
    you made my day man!kiss scooby for me xD

  • http://welldealwithit.blogspot.com/ B Nelson

    Cloning is so unfair to millions of animals who sit in shelters and will never get a home.
    Cloning is also unfair to the cloned animal itself, as it will always be judged and compared to the original.

    I guess life isnt fair.

  • http://therealowner.com/birds/cute-pets-silkie-chickens/ Mark Gordon Brown

    Will cloning become mainstream? Only if the celebrities start doing it, then everyone will drop their designer dog and want a cloned designer dog.

  • anna

    My dog died yesterday. He was a boxer, 12 yrs. Liver, kidney failure and constant joint pain forced us to have him be put to sleep. Like one of the commenters wrote, they dont want “a dog” they want ‘thier dogs.’ I understand, how stupid and foolish it sounds to clone a dog for that amount of money knowing there are starving people out there that could use that donation money for so much better uses. But, my goodness, its the loss of a family member, a best friend, a soul mate! If I knew I would’ve felt like this for the loss of a pet I wouldn’t have gotten Max. It is terrible the pain one has to go through!! A part of you is missing and you don’t know where their souls are. Do all dogs really go to heaven? I don’t know. Do they just dissapear? Again, I dont know. If I knew someone who did this, I would have gotten it done for poor ole’ …well, me. (i’m the one suffering without my Maxie now) I dont earn a lot of money at all. But, hey, little by little is how the piggy bank fills up right? It’is just, agony that burns. It hurts. I love Max, and he will forever be missed by his family.

  • Joe

    I have had a dog or dogs all my life. In 58 years I have had good dogs and bad dogs, stupid dogs and smart dogs., one dog and seven dogs at a time.. In all that time I have had three dogs that I would consider cloning.
    One I have now is the best dog I have ever had. He is as close to me as that first dog I had and grew up with. I would clone him in a heartbeat when the time comes.

  • John

    If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
    -Will Rogers

    She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
    You are her life, her love, her leader.
    She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart.
    You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.
    -author unknown

  • Nick

    I have three wonderful shih-tzus and my oldest is 8 (they can live to be upwards of twenty if taken care of good) I havnt lost one of these three yet luckily! My biscuit, Oreo and brownie are ABSOLUTELY my children and I would not want to demean the value of our current relationship by trying to completely replace them! If you were cloning the dog for the traits that you adore and want to have a new dog in the same body than ok but don’t think of it as the SAME dog treat it like you just went to the pound and brought home a beautiful dog that LOOKS just like your old dog! Maybe will act allot like it to but it’s still a different dog in my mind! My point is let’s not define life as DNA lets difine it by the memories and the love you shared in its life and by this stance the only good thing you would be doing is making sure you got a good dog you know your compatible with, that also happens to remind you of someone you once new!

  • Laurie

    Swear to god, my Bichon who died at home during the middle of the night, took over a new puppie’s body two weeks after we got her. I told a breeder friend, and she said, just read the book, “A dog’s Purpose”. Maybe I’m not going crazy afterall. My husband, a non believer, is even convinced.. Missy is back!

    I think the soul/energy lives on. So for those of you who can’t afford the $50k to clone, don’t get up hope.

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