Heartbroken Couple Pays $50,000 to Clone Late Dog Who Saved Pregnant Owner From Danger

February 27, 2020

A California couple's attachment to their late dog is more than just puppy love.

When it was time to say goodbye to their dog Marley, Alicia and David Tschirhart were adamant about keeping their pet's memory alive — so they cloned him, reported CNN.

The decision left them with a Labrador named Ziggy whose resemblance to Marley is "uncanny," according to the Tschirharts.

"They have the same personality, they play the same, they favor the same toys," Alicia Tschirhart said.

The couple explained that ViaGen Pets did the cloning in a procedure that is listed on their website at a hefty price tag of $50,000, according to the company's website.

Alicia and David said they were not worried about the steep cost because Marley protected a pregnant Alicia in a dramatic brush with nature while the family was on a hike.

"This was in 2014, Marley was 12 then, Alicia was about 4 months pregnant," David Tschirhart said. "I suddenly saw Marley dart out in front of me and clawing and digging the ground where Alicia's hand was reaching."

"I just saw this really big stick and so I was focused on grabbing that, I didn't even see the snake until Marley started clawing," Alicia Tschirhart added.

Marley was later diagnosed with cancer and passed away about five years ago. The couple expressed excitement that their children will get to enjoy the memory of their beloved Marley through Ziggy.

"I just couldn't think of any better way to do that. To have, you know, their years growing up to have Ziggy around," David said.

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