Barbra Streisand recently announced in a Variety interview that she had cloned her Coton de Tulear Samantha by removing some skin from her tummy and some DNA from her cheek just before Sammie died. The result was four puppies, one of whom died, and one who was given away to a close friend.
Streisand now shares her life with Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, as well as an unrelated dog named Miss Fanny. She says, You can clone the look of a dog, but you can’t clone the soul. Still, every time I look at their faces, I think of my Samantha…and smile.
Not everyone thinks cloning is ethical. Some say it messes with what should only be the purview of God. What say you?
The pack has expanded! The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) announced the Coton de Tulear and Wirehaired Vizsla will be welcomed to its litter of recognized breeds this year, growing AKC’s family to 180.
“The AKC is excited to recognize these friendly, outgoing breeds, giving dog lovers everywhere even more choices to fit their lifestyle,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “While they differ in exercise and grooming needs, both are sweet, loyal, loving family companions.”