Not all human parents have human children. Most pet owners will probably tell you that their parents are just like their children.
That’s why it was extremely painful for singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker Barbra Streisand to say goodbye to her dog, Samantha.
“She was always with me; the last 14 years she went everywhere I went,” the 75-year-old singer told the Associated Press.“She was at every performance. It was like losing a child. It was kind of awful.”
Streisand wrote a touching tribute to the 14-year-old Coton de Tulear with the last picture taken of the two of them after “Sammie” passed away in May.
“Jason took this pic of me holding Sammie on Mother’s Day,” she wrote on Instagram. “This is the last time my picture was taken with my beloved girl Samantha. May she rest in peace. We cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her.”
Streisand asking her Instagram followers in October 2016 to pray for Samantha while she underwent surgery.
“She’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen,” Streisand gushed to The Independent in 2013 about Samantha. “She’s like the daughter I never had. She speaks English. She understands English, I swear to God. She always comes with us [when we travel]. I would never leave her.”
Streisand decided to adopt a new baby in August.
“Introducing our newest addition to the family… Miss Fanny… a distant cousin to my beloved Sammie,” she wrote on Instagram.
Streisand played Fanny Brice in the 1968 romantic musical comedy “Funny Girl.”
And just like Samantha, little Fanny gets to accompany Streisand around the world. Streisand recently posted a photo of the pup while on her way home from Italy during her first vacation.
Streisand also told the Associated Press that she will never tour again.
The only chance you’ll get to see her perform again is if you watch her Netflix special, “Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries… The Magic!”
“I’m not ever going to sit down and plan another show like I had to do with this one,” she said.
Though she said she’s serious, she also said “I never say never” but right now it’s “just too hard.”
“I wish I loved it. There are so many performers who perform practically the whole year, you know, 200 or 300 days a year,” she said. “They love it. And I wish I felt that way. It would be great because it’s very lucrative but I can’t do it. It’s just too hard.”
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