Escondido family clones pet dog they credit with saving their lives

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – David and Alicia Tschirhart had their Labrador retriever, Marley since he was just a young pup. Marley was apart of their family through many years of their life and experienced all chapters. One, the birth of the couples first daughter, Madeline.

Marley was pronounced a hero in 2014 when the couple and Marley went on a hike at San Diego’s Battle Mountain in Escondido. Alicia was four months pregnant with her daughter Madeline.

About a quarter mile into their hike, Alicia veered off path to find a walking stick to help her with the rest of the hike. That is the exact moment Marley scurried away from David and ran to Alicia as she almost reached down and got bit by a rattlesnake. Because of Marley, Alicia and her baby girl are alive.

Shortly after the birth of their first child, Marley was diagnosed with cancer. The Tschirhart’s couldn’t bare the thought of their best friend passing away. But four months after Madeline was born, he had gone to doggy-heaven.

However, the couple learned about ViaGen Pets & Equine. A company that will preserve your pet’s cells and clone your companion pet. They were not entirely sure they would go forward with the cloning process until their second daughter Colette “Coco” was born. Three years later, the family decided it was the perfect time to bring Marley’s clone, Ziggy into their lives.

Ziggy was introduced to the Tschirhart family December 7th, 2019. He has the same markings, eyes, and mannerisms as Marley. The Family is ready for a new chapter of their lives with Ziggy and their two beautiful daughters, Madeline and Coco.

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