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Birthday Gifts For Pickle

$1,357 of $700 goal

Raised by 36 people in 11 months

Edit 5/11/18: New total is updated based on conversation with the vet this week, adjusted for any "misquote surprises" after services are provided,  GoFundMe's fee (5%) and card processing fees (2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction).

I was able to fill Pickle's prescription this week under the condition that I bring him in for yearly testing in August ($200), at which time I'd like to also get his tooth taken care of if I can (the assistant said "most dental is around $350" - right. We'll see!). So, it's still a pretty significant amount. If I make the goal or surpass it and there is any left over, I will reserve it for any future needs Pickle has. Thank you SINCERELY for helping me get his medication refilled right away!

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Hey, everyone...

So, May 12th is my birthday and as many of you know, I've been struggling a wee bit financially recently and that means the quality of life I can provide for Pickle is shaky as well. Hope is on the horizon as I launch new musical projects, but the here and now is still a lil precarious. So, if you were feeling generous, in lieu of birthday gifts for myself, I would prefer a little help with some of Pickle's upcoming expenses. 

Most urgently, I need to refill his thyroid prescription, which lasts about six months ($50). The last time I ordered it, my vet tried to make me come in and do a full battery of tests on him ($200 plus the office visit, which I think is $10-15). I said I'd only allow the thyroid test alone so I could get the scrip filled, seeing as how he was acting healthy and his appetite was just fine. But I have a feeling on this round Dr. Moon's gonna put his foot down. So, $250-$265 is likely what I'll need immediately.

Also, I've been putting off getting his tooth taken care of because I simply haven't had the money, which explains the obnoxious overall goal, as I'm sure it'll be a few hundred dollars minimum. I will update this with a more specific amount when I call and ask for an estimate this week.  I honestly hope I do not need this much! That would be nuts. He'd better implant a tooth made of friggin' gold in that case. But you never know. Anyone with pets knows the vet isn't cheap! 

So, there it is. I loatheloatheloathe asking, but I'll swallow my pride for Pickle, because it's not his fault he got stuck with me. Sometimes he drives me batty, but he's a good and sweet boy and I just want him to have the most comfortable life a kitty with FIV and thyroid disease that got forced into sharing life with "a reluctant but devoted" owner (as my friend Nan calls me) can have. Every animal deserves that much.

Thank you, friends. 

 

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Friends of Pickle,

Unfortunately the time has come to make a life decision for my little buddy. At this point, he has too many things wrong with him for me to even know how to proceed...one ailment may get better and then another thing pops up. And with his FIV, age (he's 11ish) and thyroid problem, he just can't bounce back. He is barely eating baby food at this point, won't use his litter box, staggers and falls often, is lethargic even for a cat, last weighed in at 4.7 pounds, has lost both his top fangs (I found one - no clue where the other is) and his eyes are clouded over. The worst is he does not care about going outside, which has always been where he adamantly wants to be. He just curls up on the floor next to my stove and sleeps all day till I wake him up and try to make him eat. He is not living his best life at all and Aunt Darci is bled dry financially. So, this Thursday my sister (Pickle's actual mom) and I are going to take him in so he can "cross the rainbow bridge" as they say. He will have a large welcoming committee of friends who passed before him from his two different homes. I am glad of that.

The most cost effective place I could find is Northridge Animal Hospital, which is about $300 for the euthanasia service and an individual cremation. I have about $50 left from this last GoFundMe and my sister is going to help, but she's not working right now. So, if you would like to contribute to Pickle's "journey", we will gratefully accept. Absolutely no pressure, though. You have all been so gracious and generous already and Pickle and I are sincerely thankful. Regardless, I felt it necessary to update you all on the latest happenings and know that Pickle will be a whole, happy, playful kitty again soon.
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Well, Pickle's not dying. This is good news, of course. I really expected kidney failure. His symptoms checked off all the boxes, but apparently his kidney/liver/thyroid levels are all normal. However, his urinalysis was super bad, I guess, and now he has to be on a special diet. And naturally their suggestion (Hill's Science Diet SD) costs a gazillion times more than what I already feed him and since he can't/won't eat dry food, I will have to spring for the wet food, which is twice the price of the dry. *sigh* And I still have to get his teeth cleaned and a hole in his gum stitched.

So...uh...I have no pride left, guys. I didn't choose to be his person but if something as simple as expensive food keeps him healthy-ish and keeps me from having to put him down prematurely, I'd like to provide that. So, I guess this GoFundMe ( https://www.gofundme.com/birthday-gifts-for-pickle) is gonna be ongoing for a bit, until such time as American Idol hires me to coach their contestants, at least.

What? It could happen. Hell, it SHOULD happen. Anyone got an in?
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Some of you already know this from Facebook, but I had planned to get Pickle in to get his tooth stitched up next week, but as luck would have it, he's not been looking or acting well the last couple weeks. He's lost weight and his appetite's sketchy (which I figured was due to his thyroid disease; he fluctuates), he's been drooling (which I thought was cuz of his tooth), he's drinking A LOT, isolating, he's lethargic and the other night he came in for dinner and his breathing was rapid and labored. After a Google search, all the boxes checked off for possible kidney failure. Soonest I could get him to the vet was this morning, where it was decided to give him a full blood work up and urinalysis. They will call me with the results tomorrow. So, the first $200 of this campaign has gone *poof* just like that! I am sure grateful I had the $200 thanks to you all, though. Don't know what Pickle and I would've done otherwise, so he and I both thank you sincerely. But that said, it looks like this money is going in a different direction than initially planned.

One think I know about my kitty: He's not gonna just keel over and that's that. He's a scrapper and he keeps on staying alive. I'll be back with an update when I know something.
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YAY, WE MADE IT!!! THANK YOU FRIENDS AND KITTY LOVERS! I will call the vet in the next day or two and see about getting Pickle's tooth taken care of sooner than later. Man, he's gonna hate me for a few days...but then he'll be so happy to eat whatever he wants! And maybe if he's chewing better, more of it will stay down. That would be a HUGE relief for me.

So grateful, you guys. Pickle is, too! ♥
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