|Lydia is currently on the cover of
Purina "ProPlan" Senior food.
One evening, we received one of those
"annoying" calls from some "telemarketer" type of person. The
caller explained how we could submit some pictures of our cats and
possibly have them selected by Purina for a photo shoot. My
wife, thinking it was a scam of some sort, passed the phone over to
me. After listening for a few minutes it became clear that
though a bit of a surprise, it might not actually be a "scam".
We were not being asked to shell out any money up front (one of
those tell-tail signs) and there were no promises made (another of
those signs). Instead, it was just a "possibility" and could
we submit some pictures.
What the heck. Pictures, I,
like many other breeders, have plenty of. We put a dozen
together of various cats, gave their ages and sent them in (email is
a great thing sometimes!!). :-)
Less than a week later, despite our
doubts, we received word back that "they" were interested in two of
our cats, but did we also have access to other "colors"? We
wrangled up what we could, submitted them and heard back that
Maxwell and Lydia were selected. Contact and photographer
location information was exchanged and after a quick internet
search, we found that the photographer was "real" and actually quite
impressive and so we decided to go ahead with it. What the
heck, a night or two in Chicago was not a bad thing. :-)
Maxwell did fine, but the next day,
Lydia blew them all away.
Lydia had been trained, years before,
to accept and walk with a harness and leash. When we arrived
at the photography studio the second day, not only was she
comfortable in the strange surroundings (a very large studio), but
she wanted to "inspect" all of it. The staff said it was fine
by them if we walked around and after awhile, after Lydia had walked
into each office, pulled open doors (reaching under them and pulling
them open) and looking into closets, cabinets, etc... she had an
audience watching her every move. Everyone there had stopped
to watch this "cat", casually walking throughout the studio, in a
harness, on a leash, checking things out.