When Barbra Streisand’s beloved dog Samantha passed away last May, the iconic songstress was understandably devastated. She posted a touching tribute to her 14-year-old pooch on her Instagram: “Jason took this pic of me holding Sammie on Mother's Day. This is the last time my picture was taken with my beloved girl Samantha. May she rest in peace. We cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her. May 2003 - May 2017.”
Like most dedicated dog owners, we’re sure she wished Samantha could have lived forever. But unlike most dedicated dog owners, Barbra Streisand has the money to make that a reality.
Before Samantha died, Barbra scraped cells from her pup’s mouth and stomach, ensuring she’d be able to clone the sweet Coton du Tulear upon her passing. Barbra has since confirmed to Variety that two of her new dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, are, indeed, Samantha clones. (In order to differentiate them, she dresses the dogs in lavender and red, hence their names.)
“They have different personalities,” Streisand told Variety. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have [Samantha’s] brown eyes and seriousness.”
If you follow Barbra on Instagram, you’ve likely seen a third dog who looks nearly identical to the others. That pup — Miss Fanny — is not a clone, but a cousin of Samantha’s, and a gift from her original breeder. (If you are super eagle-eyed, you may also be wondering about the puppies described on Instagram as pink, blue and violet in the pic at the top. We could imagine that pink is now Miss Scarlet and violet is obvs Miss Violet but what happened to the "blue" one?!)
Cloning generally costs between $50,000 and $100,000, depending on the company and technology. In general, we advocate #AdoptDontClone, but hey, if you’ve got a bajillion dollars like Funny Girl, live your life!
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