Bernann McKinney loved her now-deceased pit bull, Booger. And when I say loved, I don't mean she mourned extravagantly when he died or put up a shrine to his doggy life. Oh no, she went much much further: she sold her house so that she could afford to have Booger's DNA cloned. Now, Bernann is in possession of the first genetically cloned puppies, and she is just thrilled to pieces with her lil' Boogers. "They are perfectly the same as their daddy. I am in heaven here. I am a happy person," Bernann says. "I had to make sacrifices and I dream of the day, some day, when everyone can afford to clone their pet because losing a pet is a terrible, terrible loss to anyone." Um, yes, losing a pet is awful and it can take a while to get over it, but seriously? This lady is bonkers.California resident Bernann is an ex-beauty queen who says she's also a "scriptwriter," though there is no listing for her on IMDB. Her undying love for Booger is marginally understandable — he saved her life from a Mastiff attack and kept her company while she recuperated — but the trouble she went to in getting him cloned is not. According to the Daily Mail, "After plans to duplicate Booger in the US failed, [Bernann] turned to RNL Bio, which is staffed by former colleagues of Hwang Woo-suk, the now disgraced scientist who produced Snuppy, the first cloned dog, in 2005." Animal charities are slamming Bernann's choices, with the RSPCA's head scientist saying, "I can't believe that any true dog lover would condone causing suffering to dogs and wasting their lives for such a trivial and selfish purpose, particularly when animal shelters worldwide have thousands of dogs who need loving homes." But who cares about those gross shelter dogs! That mini-Booger sure is keyuuuute! Dead Dog's Owner Creates FIVE Cloned Puppies Of Her Beloved Pet [Daily Mail]
I'm starting to become really suspicious of people who "love" their pets this much. Like my upstairs neighbor, who keeps two massive (St Bernard, pit bull mix) dogs in her tiny apartment, NEVER takes them for walks but lets them shit in her tiny backyard (and then doesn't clean it up for weeks), but "loves" them so much that she now refuses to talk to a mutual friend who was a little weirded out by neighbor-lady saying that she loved her dogs more than mutual-friend-lady could ever love her children.
I love my kitties, but at the end of the day pets don't live as long as people and that's something one has to deal with (unless you're my dad and have a pet tortoise).