‘Pet Semetary’ & how to train cats on set

Good Day Central Illinois

Melissa Millett is a professional animal trainer who helped find and train the cats who appeared as “Church,” the infamous family cat in the movie “Pet Semetary.”

After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery’s sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thriller.

Based in Canada, Melissa has trained animals for numerous film, television and commercial productions. She is also the host of the Canadian television show “Doggy House Calls” and the spinoff “Doggy Diaries.” Melissa additionally founded the “Ultimutts” stunt dog show, which features dogs-and one trained cat!-who perform incredible feats.

Tonic was a stray found on the street who was adopted and trained in just two months for the film. Tonic now appears as the sole cat in the “Ultimutts” stunt dog show.

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