A woman has spoken out and claimed that she has spent $50,000 on cloning her pooch and that she will do it all over again in six years’ times.
According to 55-year-old Amy Vangemert from Seattle, Washington, she couldn’t bear the pain after her 13-year-old dog named Buhner passed away.
To be able to keep up with the loss, the mother-of-four decided to make a clone of her poodle with the help of a Texas-based enterprise, ViaGen, that has recently started dealing with pet cloning.
The idea of pet cloning first picked interest of the public after Barbra Streisand cloned her dog back in 2017.
Now, Amy has spoken out about the process and explained that $50,000 and six months later, she was handed over 3 identical pooches named Ditto, Baxter, and Buhner Junior.
“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. They are my joy in life. It was worth every penny,” the mum-of-four said.
“I couldn’t be happier. It’s the best decision I have ever made. I would clone over and over again. I want these puppies, there’s nothing like them.”
Speaking of Buhner the original poodle, Amy explained that she got “super attached to him” when she got him back in 2005.
“I love his loyalty and his sweet, gentle nature,” she said.
“I started getting emotional after he turned ten. I felt like I could never say goodbye to him.
“I really didn’t think I could live without him. My husband worried about me because I was crying every day. If Buhner whimpered, I would be terrified that he was sick.”
Despite the pups being genetically identical to Buhner, Amy says they all have their own personalities.
“Buhner had a lazy eye and both puppies have the same lazy eye. They are basically identical triplets,” the proud dog owner said.
“But there are personality differences. Ditto is more like Buhner, a little lazier and a frantic licker. But BJ has a lot more energy and doesn’t lick at all.
“If you are cloning to replicate, you should never do it. If you are cloning to have a little piece of the one you love go on in life then I think it is perfect.
“I will definitely do it again. I’m going to wait until they are around eight years old.”
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