Pet cloning: Woman who cloned dog vows to keep replicating pet

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Amy cloned her dog


Amy Vangemert, 55, was so devastated at the mere thought of her 13-year-old toy poodle Buhner passing away, that she quickly stumped up $50,000 (£38,000) to have the animal cloned.

The mum-of-four, from Seattle, Washington, used company ViaGen, in Texas, which was the same company that cloned Barbara Streisand’s dog, to replicate her pet.

The whole procedure took a short time, with three identical puppies named Buhner Junior, Baxter and Ditto born six months later.

The dogs are all aged around two now.

BELOVED: Amy said she had to clone her pet as she couldn’t imagine life without him (Pic: SWNS)

Woman has dogs cloned

TRIPLETS: Three clones were born from the original skin samples taken from Buhner (Pic: SWNS)

And now Amy has vowed to do it all over again.

She said: “It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. They are my joy in life. It was worth every penny.

“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.”

She revealed she made the decision to clone Buhner, who she bought in 2005, after becoming “super attached to him” over the years.

Woman who cloned dog vows to keep replicating pet

CUTE: Amy said she just couldn’t stand the thought of her beloved dog dying (Pic: SWNS)

Clone puppies

SIX MONTHS: Amy had to wait just half a year until her clone puppies were born (Pic: SWNS)

“I love his loyalty and his sweet, gentle nature,” she explained.

“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 getting another dog – a rescue called Bella – she realised nothing could replace Buhner and cloning was the only option.

Woman who cloned dog vows to keep replicating pet

AGREED: Amy said her husband John (pictured) also said he wanted the dog cloned (Pic: SWNS)

She added: “I thought I could never do it, but I started doing research

“I read about a man who cloned his dog in Korea and that there was somewhere in the US who were looking into cloning family pets.

“I talked to my husband about it and we both decided that we didn’t want to live without a part of Buhner.”

After contacting ViaGen in 2016, the lab set to work cloning the canine, using two skin cells to recreate the DNA.

With three clones later born, Amy decided to give one of the dogs to Dr Shawn Walker, the vice president of science and technology at ViaGen Pets, who personally delivered the pets to Amy himself.

But despite being genetically identical to Buhner, Amy claims they have their own individual personalities.

“They are identical to Buhner.

“Buhner had a lazy eye and both puppies have the same lazy eye. They are basically identical triplets.

“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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