Barbra Streisand didn’t play around when it came to getting herself a new dog.
After her beloved dog Samantha died in 2017, Streisand used cells taken from her dog’s mouth and stomach to clone two new puppies.
She recently posed with those two puppies — Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett — for the cover photo of Variety.
Streisand jokingly suggested that Variety use the caption “Send in the Clones" for the photo. Variety didn't use her suggestion.
“They have different personalities,” Streisand said in the story. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her [Samantha’s] brown eyes and seriousness.”
Streisand said she has a third dog, who is a distant cousin of Samantha. She often poses with all three dogs in her Instagram feed.
Cloning takes roughly 60 days, which is about the length of a dog’s pregnancy, according to the Times.
ViaGen Pets said on its website that the animals won’t be direct clones, but close.
“Cats and dogs delivered by cloning have the same genes as their donor pets and will be the closest match possible to the donor,” ViaGen said on its website. “This is best described as identical twins born at a later date.”
The company said cloning animals isn’t science fiction.
“People have a hard time wrapping their brain around that it is a real technology,” said Melain Rodriguez, the client services manager for ViaGen, according to KDKA. “That it is not science fiction. It’s not like what you see on TV or in the movies.”
The technology has one vocal detractor. PETA doesn’t want celebrities cloning their animals, according to a statement sent to Page Six on Tuesday, saying that cloning doesn’t help solve problems centered around animal homelessness.3 comments on this story
“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.”