In technology we trust. Already beloved dogs can be cloned. Surely, the wicked smart in Silicon Valley can invent four-legged companions who will live as long as humans. How many times can we be expected to get through putting to sleep our pet children? Most of us who have been through the ordeal several times are convinced there has to be a tech solution.
Today ended a quarter of a century of experiencing the death of three dogs, seven cats, and various foster "children." The last - 18-year-old feline Jason - stopped eating, then started hiding. I had been through the drill before. But it was the worst this time. Jason would be the last animal companion I would bring home. Their lifespans are too short.
Lawyers in Silicon Valley have clout with their clients. They could recommend this initiative, taking equity for their services. Given the number of pet parents (and would-be pet parents if domestic animals lived longer), that invention could pay off big. After all, they provide endless devotion, don't go to college, and live in the now so don't hold grudges.