Pet owner spends £41,000 having her beloved Golden Retriever cloned

Heart-broken pet owner, 23, spends £41,000 having her beloved Golden Retriever cloned after the 10-year-old dog died of cancer

  • Ru Er, from China’s Taiyuan, said her late dog Hu Hu meant a great deal to her 
  • The 10-year-old Golden Retriever died last week after suffering from cancer 
  • Ru Er said there were many things she wanted to do with her pet of eight years
  • So she contacted a firm in Beijing to have the pooch duplicated for £41,400
  • She hopes the clone could be a guest at her wedding, her original wish for Hu Hu 

A Chinese pet owner has decided to have her beloved dog copied through cloning after losing her to lung cancer.

Hu Hu the Golden Retriever died last week at a clinic in Taiyuan, central China, after spending eight carefree years with her owner, who calls herself Ru Er.

‘Even if the copy won’t be Hu Hu to be exact, this is the closest situation to us “being reunited”,’ the 23-year-old entrepreneur told MailOnline.

Ru Er is seen posing with her beloved pet Hu Hu. The 23-year-old woman from the Chinese city of Taiyuan is getting her Golden Retriever cloned after the pet died of lung cancer last week


Hu Hu was adopted by Ru Er’s family when Ru Er was 15. The young entrepreneur said the dog was the embodiment of her teenage years, and represented an important part of her life

Ru Er has found a lab in Beijing to carry out the cloning, and the process will cost her 380,000 yuan (£41,400).

‘Hu Hu has spent all her life accompanying me, so I want to do something for her as well,’ added the woman who runs a company that sells skincare products.

‘I am not married yet. I wanted Hu Hu to be with me at my wedding, but the wish cannot be realised now. Therefore, I want to have her cloned as a way to make up for the regret.’

Ru Er said she collected Hu Hu’s cells through a vet in Taiyuan when the pet was gravely ill.


Hu Hu fell ill in September after being found to have Pyometra disease, a serious infection of the womb. Medics also found a tumour on her ureter and cancerous nodules on her lungs

Ru Er spent more than two months taking the dog to the best animal clinics in the country

‘I spent about 100,000 yuan (£10,869), but failed to save her,’ an emotional Ru Er said

‘Having her cloned is also a motivation for me to cheer myself up. It’s a motivation for me to earn more money so I can meet her as soon as possible,’ she said.

Hu Hu was adopted by Ru Er’s family when Ru Er was 15 years old. Before that, the dog was used by a factory to guard its warehouse.

Ru Er described the dog as ‘gentle’ but ‘jealous’.

‘She would not allow me to play with other dogs,’ the woman recalled with affection.

She said Hu Hu was the embodiment of her teenage years, and therefore represented an important part of her life.

She said she couldn’t remember Hu Hu ever getting sick, but one day in September the dog had diarrhoea after being fed a chicken drumstick the night before.

After taking her to the vet, Ru Er was informed that Hu Hu had Pyometra disease, which is a serious infection of the womb.

Ten-year-old Hu Hu is pictured undergoing a medical scan after falling seriously ill 


Hu Hu died on November 27 surrounded by her favourite treats (right). Before that, her owner Ru Er arranged her cells to be collected (left) at a local vet so she can have the pet duplicated

During surgery however, the vet discovered a benign tumour on Hu Hu’s ureter, the tube that takes urine from the kidney to the bladder.

Upon further examination, medics found that Hu Hu’s lungs were riddled with dozens of cancerous nodules.

To treat Hu Hu, Ru Er spent more than two months taking the dog to the best animal clinics in the country.

‘I spent about 100,000 yuan (£10,869), but failed to save her,’ an emotional Ru Er said.


Ru Er said she had hoped that Hu Hu could witness her wedding. Now the pet owner hopes that many of the wishes she had for Hu Hu and herself could be realised through the dog’s clone


‘Hu Hu has spent all her life accompanying me, so I want to do something for her as well,’ added Ru Er, who runs a company that sells skincare products in her hometown of Taiyuan

Hu Hu died at a clinic on November 27. A video posted by Ru Er on social media shows the dog’s remains placed in a small wooden box surrounded by her favourite treats.

‘There were many things I hadn’t been able to do with her, so I kept her cells for cloning.’

She added: ‘I don’t have rich parents. I earn all my money by myself and do not buy luxurious items. I think spending the money on my dog is well worth it.’

Hu Hu is being duplicated by Sinogene, the first company in China to provide commercial pet cloning services.

The Beijing-based firm started to help people replicating their pets late last year, and one of the first pet dogs it cloned was a copy of a nine-year-old celebrity dog called Juice, which starred in various Chinese films. 

Zhao Jianping, director of the lab, told MailOnline that the company now helped four or five dog owners recreate their pets every month.

Ru Er said she was expecting to hear from the lab about the result of the cultivation of the cells in about a month.

‘I know that the cloned dog won’t be Hu Hu, she will be another life, but she will be the closest possible thing to Hu Hu.’

Ru Er then added: ‘Hu Hu, please wait for a while longer, we will meet soon.’

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