I am sure that the dog blog world had a lot to say about this story three years ago:

The miracle of life made an encore for Edgar and Nina Otto. A year after their beloved yellow Labrador retriever, Lancelot, died of cancer, the Florida couple welcomed a cloned copy into their home Tuesday. They’ve dubbed their doggie double “Lancelot Encore.”

The elderly couple spent $155,000 (as much as my husband and I spent on our first home) for the clone puppy. There were negative reactions from people about it, of course. For example (from the same article):

Dr. Sara Pizano, of Miami-Dade County’s animal services department, told the Miami Herald that for the price the Ottos paid for having Lancelot cloned, “we could do spays and neuters for six months.”

For $155,000, they could have done a lot of things. But their money went back into the economy, so it’s not like it was all lost–most of the wealth was just transferred. Potential wealth, however, was lost, since that money could have been invested wisely–creating jobs and earning capital. But I digress (as I usually do).

This summer, Lancelot Encore became a father (MSNBC):

Lancelot Encore has had a second act of his own — or make that eight, to be exact.

Edgar and Nina Otto’s yellow Labrador retriever, who was cloned from the couple’s late dog Lancelot, became the father to eight healthy puppies on the Fourth of July.

OMG eight dogs died in a shelter that day thanks to the Ottos!

But don’t worry, the Ottos are reputable breeders:

The Ottos mated Lancelot Encore — who is nicknamed Lancey — with a purebred American Kennel Club-registered Labrador retriever that belongs to a breeder in nearby Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

And it’s not like their dog died of cancer or anything.

“We didn’t expect him to die,” Edgar said of the 11-year-old golden Labrador retriever that fell to cancer in 2008. “He was much too young.”

Too young? The average life expectancy of a Labrador retriever is 10 to 12 years. (Maybe it should be longer, but are the breed’s genetics too messed up?) But seriously, they are reputable.

Otto says their pets, which include several champion show dogs, “are our lives.”

“My wife and I desperately love all of our animals,” he said.