As you can probably imagine, I get a lot of questions when I tell people that my puppies are clones! There is the initial look of shock, followed by the questionable “we can do that now” look, then the question “why did you clone your dog”, and finally over half the people I talk to want to know more and if cloning is for them. So, I figured, why not answer and address this issue in a blog post. If you’re new here, you must totally be confused. I invite you to catch up by reading our journey.
First, I cloned Bruce Wayne because I am literally obsessed with him! Spend 24 hours with me and you will leave wondering if I’m the World’s Greatest Dog Mom or someone that might need the help of a certain white strappy jacket. 😉 It’s hard to put into words what he means to me, but if you ask my boyfriend, “Alfred”, which many of our Instagram friends have met, he will tell you that he’s the 3rd wheel to Bruce Wayne and I! My desire to clone him came about because if I was going to get another dog, I wanted the dog to be just like Bruce Wayne in terms of mannerisms, personality and temperament.
I had always been fascinated with the thought of cloning Bruce Wayne. I had learned that scientists were cloning dogs in South Korea a few years ago, however, it’s literally double the price of ViaGen Pets and the U.S. has quarantine laws set in place that could keep you and your new puppy separated anywhere from a few days to months. Not to mention the paperwork headache! If you’ve never traveled outside the U.S. with your dog, take it from me, it’s a nightmare. Without the amazing help from the Vibe Israel team, I probably would not have made it to Israel with Bruce Wayne.
Ok, enough about me! Let’s talk about you! So, you are thinking about cloning your dog or cat?
I’ve actually talked to about 5 or so pet parents that were in the beginning stages of cloning their dog. Usually, if a pet parent is thinking about it, they have a lot of questions. And, interestingly, 3 out of the 5 dogs were shelter rescue dogs. So no, it’s not just a purebred thing. Many dog parents that have a rescue know that they literally cannot duplicate their breed of dog since they are a mix of, sometimes, many breeds.
Why Should You Clone?
Cloning is a personal choice. As in life, there are pros and cons to everything. I can tell you that I have no regrets. I absolutely love Bruce Wayne’s mini me’s, aka The Others. They make me laugh, bring me joy and are such a delight. I would advise to not jump to a decision. Take time to think fully about your decision, whichever way you are leaning. Talk to your close friends and family. Obviously, if you have a spouse, you’ll want to start there. Luckily, my boyfriend was on board from the start. He knew cloning Bruce Wayne was something I was determined to do. And, being that Bruce Wayne is literally the “Best Dog Ever”, he had no objection to having more Bruce Wayne’s around.
If you are unsure of the cloning process, watch the video below. This whiteboard presentation by ViaGen is short and to the point.
Are You Financially Ready?
This is the biggest concern for pet parents that I’ve talked to. Yes, cloning your dog is expensive. Currently, it is $50,000.00 expensive! I’ve gotten a lot of “are you crazy” looks from people when they find out the price. The best way I can relate it to other people is that everyone has something expensive they want and work for. For some, it’s a BMW or Mercedes, some like to extensively travel. For me, cloning Bruce Wayne is better than any sports car or luxury destination. It’s all in what you like and what you want to spend YOUR money on.
Keep in mind that the costs do not end at the cloning payment. Everything will increase. Your vet bills will be more, your dog food costs will increase and your travel expenses will go up. This is by no means a deterrent but a forewarning. For me, I didn’t expect my pack to grow by 4. By no means do you have to take home your entire litter of puppies. You are free to do what you want with the cloned puppies. I was actually blessed with 5 puppies, but gave 1 to a close friend of mine that lives nearby. ViaGen also offers adoption services for any puppies that you can not bring home.
Do You Have The Time?
Sure, puppies are adorable and they are lots of fun to play with, but they need to be watched 24/7! You need to be there to help them grow and teach them right from wrong. One thing to consider is that if you have a busy work or social schedule, this might not be the right timing. Since I mostly work from home, I’m with the puppies all day and night. On the days that I go into our parkour/ninja warrior gym to work, I can take the puppies with me and they have free roam of the office. Dating the owner, has it perks! 😉
Your Other Option!
If you’ve given it thought and decided you do want to clone but the timing isn’t right, you should definitely preserve your dog’s DNA. A few months ago, I went to the New Jersey Pet Expo where I talked with many pet parents who said they wished they would have known about ViaGen sooner, before their pet had passed. To genetically preserve your dog’s DNA, you can order a kit from ViaGen for $1,600. The fee is for ViaGen to send you their biopsy kit with everything your veterinarian will need to send your dog’s tissue back to ViaGen and the the cost of culturing your dog’s cells. From here, ViaGen will send your dog’s cells to 2 separate facilities to freeze your dog’s cells until you are ready to clone. This fee is also applied towards your cloning fee when, and if, you decide to move forward with the cloning process.
Preserving your dog’s DNA does not commit you to cloning. If for any reason, you do not want to clone your dog, you are not bound by any means to do so.
Whatever you decide to do, do what is best for you and your family! Have fun with it. If you do decide to clone, document it all. You will want to look back and relive all the fun moments from submitting your dog’s DNA to hearing there’s a pregnancy to seeing the sonogram and of course, bringing your puppy home!
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions. You can leave comments below, message us on our Instagram account or send an email. Best of luck! 🙂