Man who cloned deceased service dog shares his story


    Davis Hawn with Boosted and Busted, two clones of his deceased service dog Booster. (KSNV)

    Everybody loves dogs, right?

    Turns out, it's no different when it comes to cloned dogs.

    Two identical cloned dogs visited News 3’s studio Saturday night, Feb. 16, and we learned more about the science behind it all.

    After an accident years ago, Davis Hawn’s service dog, Booster, became a crucial part of his life.

    When he learned Booster had cancer and might not live much longer, he was devastated.

    Yet Hawn wouldn’t give up. Plus, he’d heard about new cloning technology in Seoul, South Korea, so he flew out to learn more.

    There, he agreed to have Booster cloned.

    “I was facing massive depression with my dog facing death,” Hawn explained. “What they did, they took the egg from the female and they took out all of her DNA. It’s usually 50/50 the mother’s DNA is in the egg. The father fertilized the egg. They take the egg and take out the mother’s DNA and insider the father’s DNA. Now it’s 100% of the donor DNA, whether male or female, and put it in the egg. Then they put the egg in the oven, and then the puppies are born.”

    Instead of one exact clone of Booster, the surrogate gave birth to two.

    “The father stole a toy from Pet Smart. He was a thief, he was a booster, but I boosted his cells, sent them to Korea, and I get Busted for it. Boosted and Busted,” Hawn explained.

    Hawn couldn’t imagine his life without his service dogs, Boosted and Busted.

    He says the 3-year-olds look identical to their father, but they picked up more than just his good looks.

    “It’s a little deeper than that because some of the memory comes through in the cloning process. They started performing tasks that they were never trained to do,” Hawn says.

    They can open car doors and refrigerators to fetch anything their owner might need.

    If you were wondering if Hawn has plans to eventually clone Boosted and Busted, you’re doggone right!

    “Cloning is so pure. It’s simply a photocopy, and people say you’re playing God. I like what God gave me so much that it saved my life. I just want another,” Hawn says.

    There are some reports that this is becoming a trend with some celebrities even getting their dogs cloned.

    Now, if you’d like to get your dog cloned, it’ll cost you anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.

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