My name’s Scott Wampler. I’m the News Editor at Birth Movies Death
, a professionally-licensed smartass and a general thorn in the side of the notorious hive of scum and villainy known as Film Twitter. Nice to meet you.
As you've surely noticed, the photos on this page are not me. They're photos of my dog, Mad Max
(aka “Maximus”, “Monkey Max”, “The Lummox”, “Maxie”, “Maximillian”, and various other secondary nicknames too embarrassing to share with the public). Max is just a few years old and a Very Good Boy*, but recently he ate a thing he was not supposed to eat (we're still not sure what), and now he has a blockage somewhere between his stomach and his intestines. He’s spent the past few days at the vet’s office on an IV catheter, undergoing x-rays and an ultrasound in order to determine what, exactly, is going wrong inside of him.
Long story short, the doctors are gonna need to operate
. As I’m sure everyone knows, surgery’s a stressful and terrifying thing to reckon with (read: despite the tone of this post, I am freaking out). It's also astronomically expensive, and the missus and I are stretched pretty thin as it is.
Though I have donated to and helped promote various Kickstarters and GoFundMes over the years, a stubborn sense of pride has prevented me from ever launching one for myself. A few friends pointed out that I’d probably do well to just STFU and launch one for this situation, however, given that a) people use GoFundMe for far less serious reasons all the time, and b) this GoFundMe actually isn’t “for” me, it’s for Mad Max
Fair points. Wise friends.
At this, I started to warm up to the idea. Everyone can use a hand from time to time, and lord knows I’m on record as believing that you gotta know when to ask for help when you need it. I further convinced myself this was a kosher idea by realizing that any money raised over the amount needed can be donated to a local charity that helps animals
. I like the sound of that a bunch, because animals rule and we should all be helping them as much as we can.
And so, that’s what we’re doing here today! I’m raising $4K to cover the costs associated with Max’s last few days at the vet, the surgery they’ll be doing on him tomorrow, and whatever the rehabilitation process involves (doggie painkillers? An extra large pillow to sit on? I’ve not been through this before so I’m not entirely sure what to expect, but I'm pretty sure this'll cover us). Once the dust settles, I will take whatever’s left and donate it to Austin Pets Alive
, an organization both I and the company I work for are big fans of. You can read more about said organization here
Furthermore, I’ll provide updates on this page (and, yes, via Twitter, my preferred method for information and meme dissemination) as we undergo our journey to rebuild The Million Dollar Max.
If you’ve got a few bucks to throw in, I would be enormously humbled and grateful if you did so. If you’re strapped for cash and wish there was a way to help, no worries whatsoever! Maybe you’d be willing to share this link with others who might wanna lend a hand (and raise some money for a good cause in the process)? Entirely up to you. In any event, I appreciate you taking the time to read all this, and so does Mad Max.
* = Not entirely accurate but Mad Max isn’t on trial here, people.