Barbara Streisand Loved Her Dog So Much She Cloned Her – Twice
We all love our pets, although some of us take that love the extra mile. Enter Barbra Streisand. The singer-actress has always been a dog lover, but it wasn’t until her beloved 14-year-old dog Samantha died in 2017 that she decided to take the plunge into cloning her animals.
Losing A Child
When Streisand lost Samantha, she was devastated. “She was always with me; the last 14 years, she went everywhere I went,” Barbra said after Samantha, a shaggy Coton de Tulear, passed. “She was at every performance. It was like losing a child. It was kind of awful.”
Before Samantha died, however, Streisand took cell samples from the pup’s mouth and stomach in order to reproduce two other fluffy companions in Samantha’s likeness (and personality, Streisand hopes).
Soon came Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, the two puppies cloned from Samantha’s DNA. The two are dressed in red and violet-colored bandanas to coordinate with their names and so Streisand is able to tell them apart.
“They have different personalities,” Streisand admitted. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness.”
Ironically, before Samantha’s clones were reproduced, Streisand fell in love with another Coton de Tulear named Miss Franny and adopted her. Miss Franny happened to be a distant cousin of the late Samantha who was brought to Streisand while she was waiting for her clones. Now the Academy Award winner has three adorable fluff balls running around the house – hopefully enough to fill the void little Samantha left.
Check out the video below chronicling Streisand’s super creepy yet kind of cute journey through puppy cloning.
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