Kari first met her cocker spaniel, Baby, after rescuing the dog from neglect.
According to Fox 8, as the years went on, Baby became Kari’s service dog and main companion when she developed medical issues.
Unfortunately, Baby passed away in 2016. Kari’s world was turned upside down. In search of some kind of divine intervention, Kari typed out a cyber-prayer that said, “I wish my dog could live forever.”
Then, Kari’s wish came true after she learned about genetic preservation, a scientific way to clone animals. She requested some of Baby’s skin cells from her veterinarian via biopsy and, after two years of research and development, Baby’s clone was born.
In the video below, Kari explains, “She is a carbon copy, physically,” adding, “And her personality and her mannerisms — there’s nothing that’s different.”
Although the procedure itself is quite pricey at $50,000 — and highly controversial — ViaGen spokesperson Melain Rodriguez thinks we should all keep an open mind.
She says, “We have a client that trains dogs for drug sniffing, bomb sniffing. And he says that they’re really exceptional. They seem to need less training, they seem to have already known some things without the training, so it’s just amazing.”
Melain goes on, “People who will say, of course, ‘Why not adopt from a shelter?’” adding, “For the most part, those clients are animal lovers, so they’ve either already — they do contribute to animal shelters, or that’s where they got the original dog. So, I don’t think it’s either-or; it can be both.”
Check out what Kari’s new puppy looks like in the video below, and please SHARE if scientific advances like this one amaze you!
Photos: WJW Cleveland
CORRECTION: February 12, 2018
An earlier version of this story referred to the genetic preservation company as Viagen. The name is actually ViaGen.