Barbra Streisand made waves this week by slyly burying into an interview for Variety magazine that she had her (now dead) dog named Samantha cloned — not once, but into two (living) dogs. She later defended the decision in a New York Times editorial.

The two dogs in question, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, came into being through a surrogate mother dog and a hefty fee. Viagen Pets out of Texas charges about $50,000 per cloned animal.