(KTVE) - A Louisiana man is spending big bucks to get back man's best friend.

After his blue tick hound passed away, the man contacted cloning experts in South Korea for a second chance with the pooch, and is making history in the process.

"It's the most exciting thing I think we've done as a clinic. He's the same personality, the same bark. It is strange to me to see a 13-year-old dog and then see him started over as a clone puppy," says veterinarian Dr. Clark Cooper.

Cooper and the other vets at his clinic took tissue from Gator's predecessor, then extracted, froze, and preserved DNA from the sample and then sent it to one of only two men in the entire world who can successfully clone a canine.