Posted by on Friday, July 12th, 2019 in
The Pet Doctor

Your pet is one of a kind… the best dog, cat, bird, horse, fill-in-the-blank that you’ve ever known.  Sadly, you also know that it can’t live forever. Or can it?  There is no fountain of youth, but it doesn’t mean people haven’t stopped looking for ways to extend life.  In 1996 Dolly the Sheep was cloned.  If Dolly could be cloned, how about your pet?  Will it be the same pet or different?  What’s involved?  Is this the right decision for you?  My guest is Melain Rodriguez, client service manager for ViaGen Pets and Equine, based in Cedar Park, Texas.


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Posted by on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 in
Clone Dog Washington Post

He was the runt of the litter, half the size of the other puppies, but he was adorable. Something stirred in Amy Vangemert’s heart, and she decided he was meant to be with her. She named him Buhner after the Seattle Mariners’ right-fielder Jay Buhner and promptly fell madly in love.

“Probably to the point where people would think I’m crazy,” she says with a laugh. “And I’m not crazy.”

The two were inseparable. As Buhner got older, Vangemert got emotional just thinking about life without him. She adopted a rescue dog named Bella and assumed that she’d get another toy poodle when Buhner died.

Then she saw a segment on “60 Minutes” about pet cloning. The technology once reserved for livestock — Dolly, a cloned domestic sheep, made international headlines when she was born in 1996 — was now available to anyone.

Read the full article here.

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Posted by on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 in

A husband and wife who paid $25,000 to clone their beloved cat that had been with them since they were newlyweds, said they never really considered the hefty price tag, they exclusively told DailyMailTV.

Bryan and Ashley Bullerdick, from Charlotte, North Carolina, decided to duplicate their rescue cat Cinnabun when the feline was nearing its 19th birthday.

The couple had hoped the original cat would meet its genetic twin, but sadly it passed away before its clone, also named Cinnabun, arrived to their home in April 2019.

Incredibly, the new Cinnabun sleeps in exactly the same spot that the original Cinnabun used to slumber – right on top of Ashley’s pillow.

Bryan, 43, and Ashley, 41, who have three sons, claimed they didn’t even consider the staggering cost of cloning their ‘special cat’.

Bryan, who owns an aerospace division business, said: ‘We never really thought much about the cost.

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Posted by on Friday, April 12th, 2019 in

Amy Vangemert decided to clone her beloved dog, Buhner, after researching the procedure with the company ViaGen Pets. It came with a hefty $50,000 price tag, but Vangemert says the results “turned out 1,000 times better” than she ever dreamed.

See the video from Today here.

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Posted by on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 in

An empty-nester mother who shelled out $50K to clone her toy poodle, resulting in three identical puppies has told she is so pleased with the pooches that she is going duplicate her dog’s clones in a few years.

Amy Vangemert said she had increasingly grown reliant on her dog Buhner as her four sons Robert, 30, Taylor, 29, Dyllan, 26, and Austin, 23, grew up and left home.

The 55-year-old was so attached that the thought of him passing away as he grew older made her cry every day, prompting her to search for another dog – but she couldn’t stop noticing how different they were from Buhner.

So she and her husband John, 55, who she owns a construction company with in Seattle, decided to contact the same Texas company that cloned superstar Barbra Streisand’s pooch in 2017.

Read more here.

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