Barbra Streisand is a known dog lover. Throwback photos of the legendary songstress with many of the canines she’s had throughout her life can often be found on her Instagram account, dating all the way back to the 1960s.
When Barbra’s 14-year-old coton de tulear, Samantha, passed away in 2017, the singer was understandably crushed. She even likened the loss of Samantha, or Sammie, to the death of a human child in an interview later that year.
“She was always with me; the last 14 years, she went everywhere I went,” Barbra said in the November 2017 interview. “She was at every performance. It was like losing a child. It was kind of awful.”
Though Barbra still frequently posts heartwarming tributes to Sammie on Instagram, she made the choice to bring several new dogs into her life. The Funny Girl star introduced her followers to Miss Fanny (“a distant cousin to my beloved Sammie”) in August 2017. On Christmas Day, two more pups made their debuts on Barbra’s Instagram when she posted a photo of all three fluffy white dogs in a basket.
In a recent interview with Variety, Barbra revealed that the two newest puppies (Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett) are actually clones of the late Samantha. The singer-actress explained that the two dogs (whom she dresses in color-coordinated sweaters corresponding to their names in order to tell them apart) were cloned from cells taken from Sammie’s mouth and stomach.
“They have different personalities,” Barbra admitted. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness.”
The Academy Award winner explained that, while she was waiting for the clones, her breeder brought her another coton de tulear, Miss Fanny. She was “smitten” with the non-clone puppy, which is how she wound up with all three in such a short span of time.
Would you ever consider cloning a beloved pet?
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