There are some days where you open the news and the first thing you see is so absurd you just feel like crawling back to bed. In the case of the strange tale of Barbra Streisand cloning her dog, the desire is more akin to crawling back into the womb.
Streisand, a living legend and Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner, recently sat down with Variety for a rare interview. In it, she discussed at length her decades in the entertainment industry, the many ways in which sexism popped its ugly face during her career – and, yes, how she cloned her beloved Coton de Tulear, Samantha.
“They have different personalities,” Streisand casually told Ramin Setoodeh. “I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness.”
It’s a strange time we live in when a celebrity nonchalantly talks about her two cloned puppies.

The Funny Girl actress and singer has always been known for her eccentricity. A few years back, Streisand famously showed her home to Harper’s Bazaar. Among the many things in her house was, of course, an entire mall with its own antique shops.
Still, cloning a dog seems a little excessive. While it’s great that Streisand managed to find some solace after losing her beloved pet, the story does ring some severe Pet Sematary bells. Let’s hope this strange story just stays there and doesn’t end up with a Black Mirror-esque twist.
All dystopian fears aside, Streisand was always very vocal about her love for Samantha, the Coton de Tulear. The dog often went on tour with her, accompanying her backstage once she finished singing. In fact, her most recent filmed concert, Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic, was dedicated to the memory of Samantha, who briefly appeared at the end of the Netflix special.