Huh… okay. Right, well how we do approach this?
Suppose we should get this much out of the way; it’s an art project and the fertilisation was done without sperm, and the fertilisation took place outside the human body so no one had sex with a dog, nor is anyone trying to have a dog-human baby. But, saying that, this is still really really really weird.
So the artist in question is the Slovenian woman Maja Smrekar whose work has won awards (yes, this specific work). She wanted to create an art project that thoroughly
grossed everyone out celebrated the bond between humans and dogs.
So the artist used part of her Scottish Collie’s DNA to fertilise one of her eggs which now exists independently of both person and dog as part of an artistic statement about… something?
Writing about the project, the artist’s website reads, “The result is a hybrid cell, inherent in which is a dystopian scenario but which could create a new species whose chances of survival on Planet Earth are better than ours.” So there you have it.
Wait no, there’s more.
She also provided serotonin so that biochemists could merge her chemical scent with that of her dog’s to create two perfumes named I Hunt Nature and Culture Hunts me.
Oh, and she breastfed another dog after taking special hormones to make her lactate. I love that she breastfed another dog, not her own, as though it would have taken it too far to breastfeed her dog. Ya know, you wouldn't want to make it weird would you?
Anyway, so, there’s that. In order to celebrate the bond between human and dog this woman breastfed a dog and let another dog fertilise her eggs to create a cell that represents a potential future hybrid that could survive on Earth better than humans or dogs, while wearing a lovely perfume made out of her serotonin. And all of this, somehow, won her an award.
So someone, somewhere, looked at this woman with a chihuahua clamped to her nipple and a dog with “father of my child” on its collar-tag and thought,
“This speaks to me,” before promptly pinning “first place art prize” to her lapel.
Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments although we, uh, we can kinda guess that a lot of you are going to be grossed out. That’s fair. Let us know exactly how grossed out you if you have the time. A rating between 0 and 10 would be useful. Also, let’s return to normality and have everyone tell us how they choose to spoil the special pooch in their life. I'll go first. Every now and again I buy my dog a cheeseburger from McDonalds. He really likes it and it's so much easier than breastfeeding. What about you guys?