A dog owner knew the time was approaching when he'd likely be saying goodbye to his best friend of more than a decade. When the Phoenix man decided that he couldn't let go, he had his beloved Jackie cloned.
The Terrier Bull Dog has been by Rich Hazelwood's side for the past 17 years. He said a few years ago, she developed glaucoma and went blind, so he started thinking about getting another dog.
Instead, Hazelwood paid a Texas-based company $50,000 to clone Jackie.
A year later, Jenny and Julie were born.
Julie is the more active one of the two clones, Hazelwood says jenny is a couch potato. There are some other minor differences, but he says not many.
"I see so much commonality between the two- I mean they lay out in the sun and stretch out just like she does," Hazelwood said.
Hazelwood says he did it because he's looking forward to having something very close to the joy he's had with Jackie.
"The only difference we've been able to find is they don't have stand up ears," Hazelwood said.