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Barbra Streisand Explains Why She Cloned Her Dog

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Barbra Streisand has opened up about her recent revelation that she cloned one of her dogs. The news of her cloned pup broke earlier this week during an interview in which she revealed that two of her current dogs are clones of a previous pet that she loved too much to let go.

"I was so devastated by the loss of my dear Samantha, after 14 years together, that I just wanted to keep her with me in some way. It was easier to let Sammie go if I knew I could keep some part of her alive, something that came from her DNA. A friend had cloned his beloved dog, and I was very impressed with that dog. So Sammie's doctor took some cells from inside her cheek and the skin on her tummy just before she died. And we sent those cells to ViaGen Pets in Texas. We weren't even sure if the cells would take," she explained in a New York Times op-ed.

She adds:

"Meanwhile I missed Sammie so much that I went out and adopted a rescue dog. She was a little Maltipoo and I named her Sadie, after the first dog I ever owned, given to me by the cast of "Funny Girl" on my 22nd birthday."

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