- California couple’s pet Marley p
- The dog saved their l
ifewhen they were on a hike
- To keep Marley’s memory alive, they spent around $50,000 to have Marley c
There are individuals, animals, things or places that have provided us deep and profound connections that lo
sing them h urts and we are willing to do everything just to keep them a live. A couple from California faced the same scenario when their pet Marley breath his last.
CNN disclosed Marley’s heroism took place when the couple, Alicia and David Tschirhart, went on to a hike with their dog. She, four-month pregnant at the time, reached down to grab a walking stick. The dog moved quickly and went to the area where she was reaching.
“I just saw this really big stick and so I was focused on grabbing that. I didn’t even see the s
nake until Marley started clawing,” the couple narrated. Marley then chased the ve nomous rattl esnake away before it could h arm them. The dog was later diagnosed with c ancer and p assed away five years ago.
To keep the dog’s m
emory ali ve and perhaps to honor and show their gratefulness for saving them. The two paid around $50,000 (around P2.5-million) to Viagen, a company offering cl oning services for pets.
Satisfied as Marley and his c
lone Ziggy have uncanny similarities, the couple was quoted by ABC 10 News – San Diego saying, “They have the same personality, they play the same, they favor the same toys.”
David, as per Mercury News, said the cost was worth it: “It’s gone beyond my expectations, as far as what Ziggy would be.”
Viagen said the cl
oning process happens through a veterinarian taking tissue bi opsy from the l iving pet or shortly after its de ath. The b iopsy will then be sent to Viagen to which they will culture new living cells from the sample and freeze them. Viagen will take one of the cells and replace the nucleus of a female dog’s egg with it; the egg and cell will join together and the embryo starts to grow.
The company clarifies that none of the genes in the original dog were changed; meaning, the c
lone is basically an identical twin, just born at a later time.
No words can fully describe the place of dogs deep inside us. It’s so special!
Watch this video by ABC 10 News San Diego for more information: