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So, here's the sob story.

For Valentines Day, I sent my girlfriend (herein referred to as Ms. Sizzle) what I thought was a lovely bouquet of tulips and lilies. It showed up at her work and she was beside herself with happiness and absolutely adored the arrangement. Mark a nice juicy check in the "Good Boyfriend" column for me! She was happy, I was happy, the nice people at FTD were happy. But it was not to last. Sigh.

A few days later, Ms. Sizzle brought her flowers home, hoping to enjoy them a little more. Unfortunately, she forgot something very important. Ms. Sizzle has two adorable cats, a sister and brother duo named Dot and Dash. A day or so later, returning from work; Ms. Sizzle found that one of the cats had vomited and there was a little bit of lily in it.

Turns out lilies are extremely toxic to those of the feline persuasion.

Extremely toxic.

Crazy toxic.

At this point, because we didn't know which cat had ingested the lilies we had to rush them both to a 24-hour vet in the hopes of getting them treated. Untreated, the results are terminal. Both kitties underwent a battery of test, IV drips, and assorted nastiness. In the end they were both safe. But there was a hitch.

Treatment for lily poisoning is extremely expensive. $1200. Per. Cat.

Read that again.

That's almost 2500 dollars in veterinary bills.

Luckily, Ms. Sizzle was able to cover it. But it has ruined her savings and plans for home ownership. She works two jobs and has scrimped and saved for the day she could put a down payment on her own home. I can't tell you how devastating it was to watch. It broke my heart. I have not felt this guilty, unhelpful and terrible in a long, long time.

Fortunately, a great friend stepped in and began a donation drive to get Ms. Sizz back on track with her savings. The response has been incredible, but I would like to help as well.

To that end, I am now auctioning the two original pieces of pencil art that I did for the No Quarter Issue 27 short story "Not Everyone Dies".

cwalton73.deviantart.com/art/N…

There is a $100 reserve and the pieces will be up for bid on Ebay for 7 days. Here is a link to the auction:

cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

If you ever wanted a piece of original Privateer art of one of its iconic characters, and you wanted to help a good cause; this is it.

Thanks for listening.

-Chris
  • Listening to: "Stayin' Alive" - The BeeGees
  • Reading: The Battle
  • Watching: Hoarders
  • Playing: with my new Battlefoam case!
  • Eating: better than normal
  • Drinking: More water
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spikeyheadedfreak Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
I hope the fundraising is going well.
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BobaFerret Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very happy to see the bidding has picked up. Curious to see where it finishes. :)
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voya Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh man, that really sucks. I'm so sorry!
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AK-Is-Harmless Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck with your auction, man. :nod:

Shame about the cats, but I'm glad to hear they're doing better. :)

---AK
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Diinzumo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh wow. My deepest condolences. I had forgotten about the lilies myself, and I've brought them home. Fortunately, my cats weren't interested in munching the flowers.

Emergency vets are crazy expensive. I hope that Ms. Sizzle and the kitties and you all come out of this all right.
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Fire-Z Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Student Filmographer
Lilies are toxic?! Man, that's no good
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animot Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
sorry about the poor kitties, n lillies are poisonous?? who would know that? accident can happen, i wish i could help
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ArcticLancer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oi ... Well, that could have ended a lot worse, no?
I'd love to put in a bid, but the whole 'starving artist student' thing ... Seriously, $112 is already out of my price range. A shame too because I really enjoyed that piece. I will be curious to see how much it sells for though. You will quite likely get a few hundred ...
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gdaybloke Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
If I win, do I get a bonus Beta Ray Bill sketch? ;)

In all seriousness, my heart goes out to Ms Sizzle, Dot and Dash... and I hope the incident doesn't cost you that hard earned "Good Boyfriend" checkmark.
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teemunkle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   Digital Artist
i had no idea that lilies were so dangerous to cats.i will make sure my cat owning friends are aware of it too.
i hope it all works out for the four of you.good luck with the auction.
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OttBettina Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010   Digital Artist
These times are tough :( I am very sorry and hope everything goes well soon. You can just be glad that the cats are save. We just got a dog about a month ago and I am already worried that something happens to it. On the one hand the pet could die and on the other it can take all your savings... both is bad ... but it seems like it can't be helped, thought I don't think you are to blame. You have to avoid a lot of things when you got a pet, there is no way to avoid all of the bad stuff.

I'll repost your journal in mine and hopefully it helps, I will also take a look on that drawing, good luck to you both.
:hug:
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NewPlanComics Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Next V-day buy her a puppy. It's crazy what it costs to keep our animals healthy. I don't know how much this will help but I've re-posted your journal in our gamer's forum here in Hawaii. Hopefully this will help with the bidding. You can see what I posted here [link]
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cwalton73 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Thanks for the help. Every little bit of getting the word out helps!
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Nurikoness Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Make mental note tell boyfriend not to bu lillies ever. Sorry about the kitties. Wish I could help.
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cwalton73 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Yeah, I never knew until this. Expensive lesson. :)
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Nurikoness Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
I'm sure you'll get the money, people love animals. My cat recently got sick from some expired cat food. I took it back to the convenience store I bought it at and the guy was concerned over m cat and gave me ever thing I was gonna by for free. :) You guys will get it.
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Sylvanbabe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Poor kitties! I hope everything turns out alright! *bids*
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cwalton73 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Wow. Thanks so much, Anna. I appreciate it. Good luck!
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Sylvanbabe Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Thanks! Hope I win!
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FStitz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh man I hope you'll get in all solved!
I'm happy our cat isn't fond of flowers... Veterinarians always want a lot of money especially for cats it seems...
Wish you all of luck!
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cwalton73 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Thanks Florian! I appreciate the kindness!
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FStitz Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Your welcome man!
Hope the cats are well again and you get a good part of the money "back".
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two-smokes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
God, that sucks. You have my deepest sympathy and if I can come up with a way to help, I will. I'm a bit poor thanks to hospital bills ATM, though.
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cwalton73 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Thanks for the offer, but get better yourself first! OK? :)
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two-smokes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
All is fine, but hospital bills are ridiculous without insurance :(
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goat89 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Scheiss! Poor kitteh! No more lilies for Kitteh! Hope Ms Sizzle gets back on track soon!
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