Q&A special with Melissa Millett (Tonic aka Church)
My fiendish floofmeisters,
I am delighed to share with you, part three of my Halloween special. The third piece of my"Trilogy of terror". This time we have a Q&A with the wonderful Melissa Millett, animal trainer, owner of Ultimutts and loving hooman to Tonic aka Church from the hit Pet Sematary remake. We are very grateful to have had the chance to chat to Melissa as she is very busy with her animals and her brand Ultimutts!
Ultimutts provides an impressive roster of animals who can act and perform stunts both live and on screen. Being a fanboy of Stephen King and Pet Sematary, my hooman admin was rather starstruck with Tonic who played Church in the hit remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary (along with the amazing Leo who sadly passed away shortly after the film's release). So we thought Tonic was just purrrfect for our Halloween special.
As far as cats go, Ultimutts also have the wonderful and beautifully marked Sashimi, a 6 year old female who is a skilled live performer and there is also the awesome and very cute ginger floof Kitkat, who has been trying her paw at acting. By all reports, she's a natural!
Ultimutts also employ a fantastic cast of dogs and we really recommend you visit their website to see each animals profile. Jellybean, Pepsi, Lollipop, Pickles, Snickers, Twizzler, Bella, Popcorn, Sugar are an extremely talented bunch of doggos and we salute them! Perhaps we should get some doggo Q&A's lined up?
Anyway, let's get down to business! Here is the scoop from my Q&A with Melissa:
Hi Melissa, please tell us a little about yourself?
As long as I can remember I have loved animals. What started out as training my own dogs, then teaching family pet classes eventually became showing off tricks in live performances and training animals for film.
Eventually I decided that I would enjoy the challenge of a cat, although many thought I was crazy for even considering it! The cat training has brought the most success and challenges. It turns out that cat training comes to me naturally.
When we shot Pet Sematary Tonic and the cats were very spoiled! Some of the cats had thier own trailer/RV, some were grouped together. There were 5 cats total. As an animal lover, I bring all of my animals in an RV with a trainer dedicated to caring for them specifically. I love them too much! I cant leave them.
That is correct! Tonic was only 1 year old and looked like a kitten ❤️
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