Each month this page will feature a breeder or owner of a LaPerm Cat or variant or a an exciting event.
Harriet Potter's Big Day Out
In June 2008 - there was great excitement! Harriet a Chocolate Tortie Longhair LaPerm had been chosen to go down to London to take part in the filming of a Channel 4 documentary on the Cat Family called 'In the Womb - Cats'.
Arriving early Harriet and her owner were invited in to watch an Animal Trainer being filmed, which was amazing to see well trained cats perform various activities with great enjoyment.
Soon it was Harriet's turn, her owner took her through to the filming area to discover that Harriet was to be filmed and photographed on a huge glass platform over four foot from the ground. How would Harriet react, this was a totally new environment to her.
Harriet took to her glass stage with great confidence and showed true LaPerm characteristics; she was not phased by the environment and quickly took to exploring her surroundings.
There were a few tense moments when she started to eye up the black drapes around the filming area with a 'could I jump onto them' look in her eye. This was quickly replaced with a total fascination of all of the lights around the platform and at one stage she tried to jump up to the lights causing every one to panic! This she thought was great fun and proceeded to get her owner, the Animal Trainer and production assistants running around the stage trying to predict where she was going to go next.
However with a little persuasion Harriet soon started to strut her stuff, settled down and performed like a seasoned Pro, surprising everybody that at at the tender age of 11 months she was such a natural. The Animal Trainer loved not only her confidence but also her quick responses when put into position or asked to sit and look in certain directions. Her owner singing to her to get her attention at times also causing a few laughs amongst the team.
Throughout the filming she purred constantly and definitely enjoyed herself, at the end she had a cuddle with all of the production team before setting off on her 2 plus hours journey home. On arrival home she quickly filled in all of her friends with her exciting day before tucking into a tin of pilchards in tomato sauce and sleeping for the rest of the evening.
The program was aired in November 2008.
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