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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:42 PM

Profound Pet Question of the day - what would you do

A noted famous geneticist has offered, free of charge, to clone any one of your pets for you. It can be any pet you've had at any time provided you have at least one hair of that animal saved. The good news is the animal that is cloned will be identical in every way to the original pet including look and demeanor. The bad news - the cloned pet will only live for 5 years maximum.

Would you do it? Explain your answer

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Reply Profound Pet Question of the day - what would you do (Original post)
LynneSin Apr 2012 OP
Tuesday Afternoon Apr 2012 #1
BTennyson Apr 2012 #2
kaitcat Apr 2012 #3
arcane1 Apr 2012 #4
Gidney N Cloyd Apr 2012 #5
RebelOne Apr 2012 #6
bluedigger Apr 2012 #7
avebury Apr 2012 #8
nadine_mn Apr 2012 #9
lunatica Apr 2012 #10
JustABozoOnThisBus Apr 2012 #11
Wait Wut Apr 2012 #12
elleng Apr 2012 #13
Iris Apr 2012 #14
MiddleFingerMom Apr 2012 #15
baldguy Apr 2012 #16
HopeHoops Apr 2012 #17

Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:44 PM

1. no.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:48 PM

2. no

 

Absolutely not! Each of my pets (past and present) are unique in their own way.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:50 PM

3. No.

 

I am constantly finding tufts of her fluffy white hair.


She was just a baby here. I lost her when she was 16. I don't think I could deal with losing her twice. I'd only do it if there were no new fur-kids in need of a home.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:06 PM

4. I wouldn't

If only because of the 5-year thing

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:10 PM

5. At the time my previous dog died I would have traded a kidney for a deal like that.

Now, no. I've got a wonderful new dog. He's different but I love him just as much. And it will hurt just as much when he goes. Putting that hurt on a shorter, 5-year cycle won't make anything better.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:40 PM

6. No, I wouldn't if the dog would only live for 5 years.

I have a clump of my Rottweiler's hair that the doggie funeral home gave me after I had her cremated. It broke my heart when she died at 12-1/2 years old. I don't know if I could take the grief of losing her clone at only 5 years old.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:58 PM

7. I'd be a little tempted.

My dog was already fixed when I got her, and a small part of me would have liked the opportunity for pups. The five year lifespan would be a deal breaker, though.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 04:21 PM

8. No. Each animal is different in his or her own way. Plus there are so many animals out there

that need homes. It would seem selfish to clone a prior pet when there is an animal out there at risk.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 04:24 PM

9. No, I couldn't go through losing them a second time

My dog Lienie was my baby (my clear favorite) and our dog Ed was my husband's baby (he rescued her 2 years before we met) - we have 2 other dogs who we love dearly but our babies were our first dogs we each bonded with since puppyhood. I have always had dogs as a kid, but Lienie was my first puppy as an adult and Ed was my husband's first dog ever. They died in '09 and '10 and it broke our hearts.

Like a previous poster, I probably would have done it in the days after losing them... but damn the pain of going through that loss... couldn't do it again.

Our two dogs now (who grew up with the other two) are now 11 and 7 yrs old, and we love them so much (and our kitty who is 13 and master of the damn house). Each dog has a unique personality and quirks - that is the fun of watching them grow up and I look forward to seeing what our next pups will be like.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 04:41 PM

10. No cloning

I would want a whole new pet and I would give it a good life too.

Cloning doesn't give you 'your' old pet. It just gives you a replica of the body.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 04:56 PM

11. No, if I want another I can go to the rescue pound

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:17 PM

12. No.

I couldn't go through that again. In fact, I know I've said it a million times, but the pets I have will be my last. I lost three kitties in just over a year.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:31 PM

13. I'd sure be tempted,

want a Bedlington pup, want our Toni back, and 5 years is 5 years, after all.

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~btca/BTCA-Liberty's%20Devonshire%20Temptress.htm

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:02 PM

14. Yes.

I just lost my 15 year-old dog 2 months ago. I don't know when I'll get another dog. She had her own unique smell. I won't find that again and I'd be glad to smell it for 5 more years.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 06:52 AM

15. No doubt at all - NoName.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 07:17 AM

16. No.

A pet isn't a piece of furniture that can be duplicated & replaced. It's an individual and should be loved & respected as such.

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Response to LynneSin (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 09:30 AM

17. No thanks. They lived great lives and we had fun together, but new critters need a chance.

 

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