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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Talk: Cloning your pet

Pet cloning in America.  That's the topic for today.  I'm not an expert on the topic.  Tuesday Talk is about bringing up big/and/or controversial topics in today's dog world.  Cloning is definitely a controversial topic.  Just for clarity, according to, a clone is a cell, cell product, or organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived. Pet cloning is going on in the world around us today. 

It does seem like a tempting idea, doesn't it?  The idea of immortality.  Immortality?  I am still trying to wrap my little dog brain around it.  Would I want my mom to clone me after my life here on Earth is over?  Before I could make any decisions I had to do a little research.  (I did say a LITTLE.) 

My Friend Again is company that offers a link to a Korean Pet Cloning Agency.  It features pictures and testimonials of people who are waiting and people who already have received their pets.  I found out that after your pet has been in Heaven for more than five days, it is impossible to receive live tissue.  It is best to get the live tissue needed when your dog is still alive.  Biopsy kits from Texas cost about 1500 dollars.  I guess I would just need a minor surgery to extract some live tissue.  Then they would send it back to the Texas company on ice.  You may be able to swab your dog's mouth too.  I said I did a little research. 

In an article called "Animal Cloning: Pros and Cons" by Lindsay Shugerman, Lindsay lists some of the pros and some of the cons of cloning your pet.  In brief summary this is what she stated:

  1.  "Control over Uncertainty-" the creation of exact duplicates is allowed.  The stress of breeding and not knowing what traits will be dominated is eliminated. 

2.  Successful organ source with no rejection from the donor. 

1. Cloning is still very expensive and uncertain.  Odds of receiving your animal are still low.

2.  The certainty that animals that are cloned can be used as food is unknown.  We do not know the dangers involved with eating cloned animals or eggs of cloned animals.

3.  The ethical issues have been left unresolved. 

The "The Dark Side of Pet Cloning" is an article focusing on what happens to the failed new fidos that were cloned.  Failed as in they have deformities, heart failures, or they are aborted by the surrogate mothers before they come to full term. 

Robert Lanza, cloner extraordinaire and chief scientific officer at Advanced Cell Technology, had this to say about pet cloning,
Anyone who wants to have their pet cloned should ask themselves if they are willing to have one or two defective copies of "Fluffy" or "Spot" put down in order to get their pet back. Of course, cloning is associated with lots of abnormalities and genetic defects--and a significant percent of newborn animals die in the first few days or weeks of life.
Anyone who thinks they might be able to get Spot or Fluffy back is mistaken. Cloned animals have distinct personalities, just like identical twins. We cloned a herd of cattle several years ago--they were all cloned from a single individual. Yet they developed a social-dominance hierarchy just like a herd of ordinary dairy cows. The cloned animals exhibit the full spectrum of behavioral traits, from curious and inquisitive to timid and shy. There's no doubt about it: each cloned animal has its own unique, individual personality.

              Mom watched a show on television about dog cloning.  It brought tears to her eyes because those people loved their doggies so much.  She completely understood the loss, the feelings of utter loneliness, and grief associated with losing a pet.  One of her worst fears is losing me.  I'm her baby.  (Literally, they don't have kids yet.)  Mom loves me a lot, but she told me she could never clone me.  The process of life is the process of life.  Life is so precious because there is always the notion that today could be our last.  She said she loves me more than words can describe, but she couldn't hurt another puppy to have another chance with me.  The world works the way it does for a reason and when it is my time to go, I know she will find another RESCUE that will rescue her in a way I couldn't.  That's what is so special about having so many UNIQUE  pieces in the world.  They make a beautiful tapestry of color.  Besides, I will have a new job to do in Heaven.  And when my mom's time comes to cross the rainbow bridge, I will be there, tail wagging to show her the way to God.  To show her what I tried to show her all of those years on Earth:  how to love unconditionally-just like God. 

I'm so interested in hearing your bark-outs this week. 



  1. Very interesting topic! I think a lot of times people who clone their pets expect and EXACT match, not just physically but personality wise too. Like you addressed, it's impossible. So for me, it defeats the whole purpose of cloning, as you're only getting an exact physical match, not your baby back. Cloning isn't something my mom would ever consider.
    Dachshund Nola

  2. Cloning your pet might seem like a good idea at first but you can't clone a personality! Great topic!

  3. No way! I am a one and only pup!
    Lovies, Miss Mindy

  4. My MOM would never clone me (as if you could get the same me). And I would never want her too. No way no how.
    The gift of life comes fom God. And no matter how much my MOM will miss me, it is not the right thing to do. And I know after me there is some special pup or dog who will need a loving home and that's what I would want for MOM to rescue another so they can rescue her right back, just like I did.

  5. As much as I love my dog and am terrified of losing her one day, I don't think I could clone her. There are so many dogs out there that need loving homes and if more people start doing this then their chances of being adopted become more slim.

  6. Interesting article. I am not at all interested in cloning my doggies, just as we have never tried to compare one dog to the other. Their uniqueness is what makes each pet special.

  7. I'm very against cloning. I wouldn't have the dogs I have today if I had ever decided to go that route. And I would be missing out on a lot. I believe in the nature order of life as painful as it will be, but I could never bear to have a clone of any of my dogs. As much as it sounds good in theory, I couldn't imagine such a thing. All my animals are with me now for a reason and they will go with even a greater purpose. I don't believe I have the right to meddle with God. :)

  8. To each his own but I think it would be rather expensive and pointless. It may genetically BE your dog but it is NOT your dog. Twins have the same genetic material but different personality traits. Why not help yourself get over the grief by going to the pound and rescuing a dog that might otherwise be euthanized. Now THERE is a dog that desperately needs you. [and, yes, I know these points have been made here...just agreeing :) ]

  9. We would never clone. We love the memories and photographs of past companions. When you take on responsibility, you know it's for a finite time and you enjoy that time together.

    A cloned pet, is just a clone.....not the real thing.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  10. Our time together is not long...but can NEVER be replayed...not ever...not even if we could, would we! It could never be the same. We are each unique to our world, our environment, our moments in time.

  11. There is only one me and I think that's the way it should stay....