Okay, this is definitely the MOST AWESOME giveaway that I have ever had the pleasure of hosting. One lucky reader will win a voucher from K-9 2.0 Cloning Labs, a company based out of California that specializes in… you guessed it! Cloning family pets.
When the company first contacted me six months ago, my immediate reaction was, “Come on! This must be a joke! You must think I’m a fool!” But I did some research into the science behind pet cloning and realized that K-9 2.0 was totally legit – and completely amazing. For a fee (a big fee, to be frank), they clone dogs and cats, letting pet owners enjoy being a Fur Mom or Fur Dad to their ‘baby’ for twice as long as they could naturally.
Pet cloning is super expensive – the retail price of K-9 2.0’s introductory package is $20,000. Yes, TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. And yes, I know there are some ethical quandaries to deal with. Is it really fair to bring a cloned dog into this world when so many need rescuing? $20,000 could save the lives of hundreds or maybe even thousands of shelter pups! But… I decided that, for me, having another Maggie or James was necessary.
So when K-9 2.0 contacted me, I had a choice to make: WHO TO CLONE? Maggie or James?
You would think this was an easy choice – Clone James! He’s the smart and well-behaved one, after all. But K-9 2.0 assured me that a cloned dog doesn’t necessarily have the same personality as the original pup. I believe a lot of Maggie’s horrible behavior is due to her early upbringing with her original owners. Also, James is two years younger than Maggie, and I think the original James will live longer than the original Maggie because he’s a mutt. So, after a great deal of discussion, we opted to clone Maggie.
Two Maggies! Exactly what my world needs!
So, how does the cloning process work? Well, I had to take Maggie to the vet so they could remove a small sample of tissue (they took it from her tummy). Then, I packaged it up in a vial that K-9 2.0 provided me with and mailed it off to the lab.
Roughly twelve weeks later, I got a phone call that Maggie 2.0 had been ‘born’ out of her test tube! I was so excited. She spent the first eight weeks of her life living with an adopted mommy dog that provided her with milk and love until she was ready to be mailed to her forever homes. After two long months, I got a second call that Maggie 2.0 was ready to be shipped to our house in Charlotte.
Maggie 2.0 arrived yesterday! We were all so excited to meet her. A new house and a new puppy, all in one day. I spent most of the day taking care of her. Isn’t she the most adorable thing you have ever seen?
I never got to see the original Maggie as a puppy, so it’s amazing to see a mini version of her now. Even though she’s a lab-created pup, she seems perfectly normal. She just wants to play and roll around. And original Maggie is totally enamored by her – I think she believes Maggie 2.0 is her puppy! James seems to like her, too.
Now – we just need a name! I don’t plan to call her Maggie 2.0 forever. She’s her own pup.
The best part about this story is that not only do I get to cuddle and squeeze Maggie 2.0 for the next 15 years, but YOU can win a chance to have your doggie or kitty cloned, too! To win a voucher from K-9 2.0, simply leave a comment with your name suggestions for Maggie 2.0. I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday morning. Good luck and lots of puppy kisses!