When Variety casually mentioned in a profile that Barbra Streisand had her beloved dead puppy cloned, readers weren’t sure what to do with the information.
Then The New York Times established Streisand an entire article dedicated to her furry reproduces — and so an internet-wide existential crisis broke out.
“I was so devastated by the loss of my dear Samantha, after 14 times together, that I just wanted to keep her with me in some way, ” embarks Streisand’s article , not intended to be the opening vistum of a sci-fi fiction.
“It was easier to make Sammie travel if I knew I could retain some part of her alive, something that came from her DNA.”
Sammie the dog died in 2017.
Streisand’s Times piece — which revealed that DNA from Sammie’s cheek and “tummy” skin made not one but four clones — sent readers into a black hole of questions about life, adoration, identity and what it all really means.
According to famed singer/ songwriter/ actress/ filmmaker, a veterinarian secured DNA from Samantha, a curly-haired Coton de Tulear, right before she died. They cast the DNA to a genetic laboratory and waited for the clones to be engineered into existence.
In the meantime, Streisand adopted a Maltipoo she named Sadie and a straight-haired Coton de Tulear, a remote relative of the original Samantha, whom she named Miss Fanny.
Then the lab called. Streisand’s four puppy clones were ready. One died, but three were ready for delivery to her home to assemble her two recently approved dogs.
“But still, five pups were too much for me to handle, ” Streisand wrote, emphasizing the number of bird-dogs now in her position.
To cull the dogs in her caution, she imparted the adopted Maltipoo to her manager’s assistant and one of the Sammie clones to “the 13 -year-old daughter of my A& R man.”
Streisand now has three puppies: Miss Fanny and clones Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett.
Streisand has always been an iconic figure in Hollywood, but now, thanks to the editors at The New York Times, her influence lives beyond the silver screen and into a unusual future where personalities clone pups while the rest of us amaze endlessly: “How? ” and “Why? ”
May Sammie the original respite in peace and triplicity.
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