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Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:00 PM

What do you think of cloning your pet?

I just saw Jimmy Kimmel on the Oscars and he mentioned that Barbra Streisand did and I googled it to see if it was true and it is. I thought of doing this 15 or so years ago before my first dog died and heard it was expensive but I saved a lock of her hair, etc. I never did it since I figured, aside from the price and there are so many dogs that really need a home. Also, I figured that the new dog would look the same but it wouldn't be the same...not the same personality and spirit. I read what Barbra did and said and it is the same thing. The appearance is the same but not the dog's spirit. Do you know of anyone that has done this?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/02/style/barbra-streisand-cloned-her-dog.html

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:14 PM

1. Weekend Edition Scott Simon did an interesting Op Ed piece on this

He said, like you, a biological clone can happen (at great cost) - but it in no way would or could be the same dog.

We've lost three dogs and a cat in the last little over a year. We will cherish the memories - but once around the block with each of our beloved, missed pets is plenty enough of a gift for us.

There are loads of dogs and cats sitting in shelters that need someone to love them.

Clone? No thanks.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:21 PM

3. We learn something from each of them

I think if we were able to continue to re-make them we wouldn't learn what we learn.

I agree. Cloning? No thanks. I'm completely in favor of cloning a "part" to give someone a chance at a better life. But not the entire being.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:17 PM

2. We had a conversation about that.

After our English Shepherd mix died, my husband said he wished he could clone him. Even if it was something we could afford, i just think of all of the already living animals we could help with that money. I think that helping other animals, or donating the money to our local spay/neuter clinic, would better serve the memory of our guy.

Thanks for posting that, though. The thing we love most about our pets, I think, is their personalities. Not their appearance.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:25 PM

4. I love my dog as much as one can but

death is a central fact of life. We can make the most of life, and when it comes time go, appreciate the love that people or pets can give and receive and then move on after grieving. As the poet Jim Morrison said, "non one gets out alive."

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:32 PM

5. I think this enters into dangerous territory. Dogs today and humans tommorow.

Genetically engineered creatures is going too far.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:38 PM

7. I dont see why

We genetically engineer animals now and have for centuries. We just call it breeding.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:37 PM

6. You cant clone from hair alone

If the root is still attached maybe.

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Response to Loki Liesmith (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 4, 2018, 11:42 PM

8. I saved her puppy teeth and toe nails too but I doubt

that would work. Barbra got cells from the cheek and stomach before her dog died.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 12:13 AM

9. I have a cat that will wreck me when his time comes. Weve been through some real crud.

And hes been there.

But, I know Ill bond with another, even if in different ways. Id like to think it would be the same, but I know it would not.

Oh, well, I might go first. Wonder if Atticus would want to clone me?

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 01:01 AM

10. Dumb. Really, really dumb.

The clone will not be the same animal. Period.

It might be biologically identical, but still won't be the same animal.

Think about identical twins. They are not one person in two bodies. They are two separate individuals. The same with clones.

Adopt another pet. And, as sad as it is to lose a cat or a dog or a hamster or whatever that you've love, they're gone.

Do people think that if they clone Mom, it will be the Mom they knew in life?

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 05:58 AM

11. no. i wanna meet a new cat. unique. last one lost was damned unique,

but want a new baby. why they don't live as long, so we can have more.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 01:38 PM

12. Considering how many cats and dogs that are out there who need rescuing off death

row I personally think that cloning a pet is very selfish. I will always opt to rescue each and every on of my furbabies.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Tue Mar 6, 2018, 05:56 PM

13. I think cloning would keep people from adopting the many rescue animals that need a home.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Original post)

Tue Mar 6, 2018, 06:36 PM

14. Not to be done

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