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ammelton00

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Hey Everyone!
My name is Angela, I'm a fairly new Sphynx owner but I've grown to absolutely love the breed. I am in the military but on my off time I am a lover of art. I have been drawing, painting, sketching etc since I was 7. And I thought it would be a great idea to have a contest and have the chance to illustrate one of your beautiful babies. To participate in this contest: please comment below the best story you have about your Sphynx along with your favorite picture of him or her, and I will pick a winner by Thursday Sept 10th to be announced at 9:00 pacific. Please help me share this, it would mean a lot. After I finish with the winners picture I will post it for everyone to see then it will be mailed to the winner. If this goes well I will do many more in the future. I also do commissions. If you're interested in commissioned project please message me directly and we can definitely consult. Thanks to all you sphynx lovers out there. PLEASE SHARE
 

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Hiii my name is Stephanie and my sphynx cat's name is Palmer. She is 5 years old & such a sweetie. We are making a artphoto collage of her in our dining room and would love to win!!

The best story I have about Palmer is really how she came into my life. I have always wanted a Sphynx, but never knew if my dream would ever be possible.

Until one day when I was looking for something online and came across a random add offering to sell a 5 year old SPHYNX CAT. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the "not too shabby" price. I thought "this has to be a scam!" But as I texted the previous owners i realized that no it wasnt. They were offering her so cheeply because they had previously used her dor breeding purposes only and simply didnt want her anymore. She was too much work for them. Not only this, but this has happened once already in her past...shes had 2 previous owners before me! And I am determined to be her mommie for the rest of her life!!

I was happy to take on the life long responsiblity, and thats exactly what she needed! No matter what i wont give up on her! This sweet baby was super skinny and malnutrioned when we met her. Her ears and paws were extremely unkept. And she smell rather unpleasant. I knew then that they had just given up on her. --

Now two months later she is healthy and clean!! She loves to be cuddled with the warmest fleece blankies, and she enjoys playing with her red bouncy ball. My husband and I spoil her greatly and are soo blessed that shes part of our lives. We were exactly what she needed....scratch that, SHE WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED -

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@palmer.the.sphynx (instagram)
 

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Hi Angela! So nice to meet you! And what a wonderful contest you've started. I'll be excited to read everyone's story. :)

So my story isn't really comical. We all know how funny & goofy Sphynx kitties are. I guess my story just touches my heart so I'll share it.

I have a little girl ( I post about her here & there), Avanee. She is a sweet, creative, unique & beautiful spirit. She is also tender hearted about all things of nature. Avanee tears up when seeing a tree standing all alone & dying and talks to the flowers that bloom. She is an empath and can feel easily weighed down by negativity coming off of anyone or anything.

When she was starting Kindergarten, there was alot of changes going on for her. Starting school after staying home with me from the day she born, literally taking care of Mommy while I was sick with my pregnancy ( hypermesis gravidarum..I lost almost 50 lbs at 5 months pregnant ), to lastly, having her baby brother born and losing her best buddy, Yetti our kitty of 8 years. Yetti slept with her every night, even when she was a baby in a crib. Telling her Yetti was gone, physically, was so hard & seeing her little heart break,broke mine. My little became depressed.

A few months later, we brought Phoebe home. She was different (Yetti was chubby & longhaired ) looking, and had cute clothes & needed baths. Avanee fell in love with her immediately. From then on Phoebe has been her best buddy. She sleeps with her every night, waiting for her to get out of the shower, she runs to her bedroom and jumps on the bed. Phoebe knows about the time of day that we need to go pick of Avanee from school and she will wait by the door to the garage so she can load up. She has brought light & happiness back into daughters eyes again.

Not only has Phoebe blessed my daughters spirit but also mine. After 2 really difficult pregnancies & then finding out I had severe dysplasia (basically stage 0 cervical cancer)on my cervix, the doctor removed part of my cervix. Several months later, it returned and was worse. Not knowing why I had this ( and testing negative over & over for what usually causes cervical cancer), the doctor said I was the talk of all the gynecologists in town. None of them knew what to do, except suggest I have a total hysterectomy, pronto.

After my surgery, my in laws took our kids for a while, so I could recover a little easier ( changing diapers was painful to do). My husband took off work and cared for me 24/7. Never leaving my side. But there was one sweet being that never left my bed. Phoebe layed next to me and curled up every day & night as close as she could. Her purrs comforted me and she would gently nuzzle against my abdomen and heart. Almost like she knew exactly what I had been through. She just never left my side. When I looked into her blue eyes, there was this sense of deeper meaning for her coming into our lives. She has helped heal us when we needed it the most. I always joke that, even though my kids will grow up, & I can't have anymore babies, Phoebe will always fill that emptiness inside. She let's me hold her like a baby and swaddle her. I can bath her with baby wash & she smells so good. I wrap her up in baby towels,feed her & clothe her when she needs it. Phoebe, bless her heart, is content through & through.

Phoebe is truly a gift. Her sweet soul has made us so happy & we have so much love for her.

Sorry this was long. But this is my story of our baby cakes, Phoebe.

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The best story I have is bitter sweet.

So 7 years ago my mother and I bought a house together (we hadn't lived together in 20 years) in GA. We have always had animals and I always wanted to own a Sphynx. We had looked into breeders and after much research we chose to rescue a DSH because we couldn't
t afford to get a Sphynx (Zack is a wonderful kitty). In 2010 my Mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. She went through 8 months of treatment and she passed away (Nov 2010). After everything settled down that next march I got a email saying "your Sphynx kitten was available in April. This was a email that was sent to my mothers email and all her emails were forwarded to me. I kindly emailed the breeder back to let he know she had sent her email to the wrong person. She replied back saying "is this not Suzan" I explained that my Mother was Suzan however she passed away in November. She replied back saying yes, Suzan emailed me and sent me a deposit for a kitten for her daughter. I burst into tears..... First to know my mom surprised surprised me after passing and then my next thought was holy crap how much money do I have to pay for this kitten. My awesome breeder emailed me back yet again and told me I didn't owe her anything more for the kitten. In April I drove and met Curly Sue for the first time and I am in lover with her today as much as I was then.
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Hello @ammelton00 and welcome to sphynxlair. What a great contest and so very nice of you to want to make an illustration.

I want to tell you a story about a sphynx that's not mine but I do think the mommy of Lucifer (@Amy31 ) deserves a illustration of him.
Lucifer died about a month ago due to FIP. Amy tried everything to help Lucifer beat FIP and Lucifer fought really hard. Amy is a wonderful sphynx mommy. And Lucifer was such a great boy. They had so much fun together. Amy once posted a photo of her and Lucifer. Lucifer was on her shoulder and Amy turned her head and the love on both faces made me cry out of happiness. Amy has a beautiful tattoo of Lucifer on her leg so he'll always walk with her.

@Amy31 hope you don't mind that I put you and Lucifer on this contest, it's just that I want to give you something special. If you like to join maybe you can post the pic of you and Lucifer? Or another pic?

Good luck with the contest @ammelton00 . Very curious to the illustration you're going to make!
 

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Hi and welcome to Sphynxlair....what a great community this is! I'd like to share the story of when I first brought Amun-Ra (Ra) home....
I hadn't had him very long, maybe a little less than a week.. so I was getting used to the little 'antics' I had read about....racing up my legs to perch on my shoulders while I did the dishes, racing through the house, only to crash into the wall because he really was a clumsy kid at 12 weeks...he just wanted to be anywhere and everywhere I was...which made my heart melt with happiness.

One morning, my boyfriend at the time had left for work...and Ra just walked right out the door after him. We had noticed this....anytime one or both of us were walking out the door, he came with...sort of like, "YES, we are going on an adventure!" I had learned very quickly to look behind me as I closed the door, to make sure he didn't sneak out. This particular morning, my boyfriend didn't check...and Ra just wandered out the door.

To say I lost my marbles when I got home and found him missing is an understatement. I scoured the neighborhood, I called for him, I cried....I made posters. I stayed up all night frantically searching for him....and nothing.

I thought I had lost him for good. The animal services didn't have him, no one had called the number on the posters....I was distraught. Then, about three days later, I get a phone call....from the neighbor downstairs. "I think I have your cat...."

Ra had gone around the side of the fourplex, and had fallen into the neighbors window well. He was out there for a few hours, crying...when the neighbor noticed him. She said at first she thought it was a giant bat and was going to call someone to remove it, but after a closer inspection, she saw that the 'bat' was actually a little hairless kitten. She knew he must be special and belong to someone, so she brought him in and kept looking at the 'lost and found' ads in the paper....it wasn't until much later when she saw the 'Lost' poster in the neighborhood.

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I was so happy to get him back....and he was pretty happy to be home. In fact, I think that was the LAST time he followed us out the door!
 

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This is my sweet baby Lucifer, the best story I have is the absolute joy he brought to me in his short life, he was my best friend, soul mate and Prince Charming in one cute loving package, and he was a hero! Just after his first birthday in June he had an upset tummy, I took him to the vets and he was given the all clear, though I always worried about him I let it go, a month later he was still the same but very sleepy, I took him back and they suspected ibs, thank goodness I can control it I thought, though the next day the vets called to tell me they suspected fip, no test, but even worse no cure. They tested for everything, it all came back negative which meant one thing..fip, I searched forum after forum, asked vet after vet for other answers, tests that could be done and my vet carried out all I asked, till there was no more to be done, I brought him home and kept him comfortable, they go down very fast with fip, said to last no more than two weeks, but I fought and oh boy did he, I carried on researching and had him on all the medication I could to help, he had reiki treatments but eventually stopped eating, I fed him a high kcal appetite stimulated and kitten milk through a syringe every two hours and blended up all his food and fed him that to, the weeks went by and he only grew weaker, they called me with my last ditch attempt test results and it was sadly negative, I arranged to see my vet the next day who had been away though I wasn't sure why, I asked myself why am I going in, he's not due a check up, so that night we had a bath together all clean for the next day, and we sat out in the garden, above us was a huge double rainbow, we went to sleep and them arrived at the vets the next day, he help his tiny frail weary head in my hand and I just knew in that moment why I was there..that was his goodbye, and on the 5th August, a month after his diagnoses I lost my beautiful best friend, the little boy that brought all the joy into my life, the one who was there to give me an instant smile afte a rubbish day, my little cuddle and bath buddy, the one that would make me smile the instant I laid eyes on him, gone at one years old, I am and always will be completely heartbroken, even now in bed I feel completely empty. But I have never known such love and I will never forget my absolute one true love, my little miracle, I suppose that's one of many best story's of his, how he continued to fight for me even though we both knew it was hopeless..
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Hello @ammelton00 and welcome to sphynxlair. What a great contest and so very nice of you to want to make an illustration.

I want to tell you a story about a sphynx that's not mine but I do think the mommy of Lucifer (@Amy31 ) deserves a illustration of him.
Lucifer died about a month ago due to FIP. Amy tried everything to help Lucifer beat FIP and Lucifer fought really hard. Amy is a wonderful sphynx mommy. And Lucifer was such a great boy. They had so much fun together. Amy once posted a photo of her and Lucifer. Lucifer was on her shoulder and Amy turned her head and the love on both faces made me cry out of happiness. Amy has a beautiful tattoo of Lucifer on her leg so he'll always walk with her.

@Amy31 hope you don't mind that I put you and Lucifer on this contest, it's just that I want to give you something special. If you like to join maybe you can post the pic of you and Lucifer? Or another pic?

Good luck with the contest @ammelton00 . Very curious to the illustration you're going to make!
Thank you my love, this is absolutely beautiful xxxxxx
 

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Hi and welcome to Sphynxlair....what a great community this is! I'd like to share the story of when I first brought Amun-Ra (Ra) home....
I hadn't had him very long, maybe a little less than a week.. so I was getting used to the little 'antics' I had read about....racing up my legs to perch on my shoulders while I did the dishes, racing through the house, only to crash into the wall because he really was a clumsy kid at 12 weeks...he just wanted to be anywhere and everywhere I was...which made my heart melt with happiness.

One morning, my boyfriend at the time had left for work...and Ra just walked right out the door after him. We had noticed this....anytime one or both of us were walking out the door, he came with...sort of like, "YES, we are going on an adventure!" I had learned very quickly to look behind me as I closed the door, to make sure he didn't sneak out. This particular morning, my boyfriend didn't check...and Ra just wandered out the door.

To say I lost my marbles when I got home and found him missing is an understatement. I scoured the neighborhood, I called for him, I cried....I made posters. I stayed up all night frantically searching for him....and nothing.

I thought I had lost him for good. The animal services didn't have him, no one had called the number on the posters....I was distraught. Then, about three days later, I get a phone call....from the neighbor downstairs. "I think I have your cat...."

Ra had gone around the side of the fourplex, and had fallen into the neighbors window well. He was out there for a few hours, crying...when the neighbor noticed him. She said at first she thought it was a giant bat and was going to call someone to remove it, but after a closer inspection, she saw that the 'bat' was actually a little hairless kitten. She knew he must be special and belong to someone, so she brought him in and kept looking at the 'lost and found' ads in the paper....it wasn't until much later when she saw the 'Lost' poster in the neighborhood.

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I was so happy to get him back....and he was pretty happy to be home. In fact, I think that was the LAST time he followed us out the door!
So glad your baby was found safe! I did have a little giggle when you mentioned your neighbor thought he was a bat hehe

Good to hear he's not walking out the door anymore.
 

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There are so many tear jerking, heart touching stories coming through. I will just have a few tissues handy when I get on here to read from now on. I just love how much we all love our little hairless babies :)
 

ammelton00

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This is my sweet baby Lucifer, the best story I have is the absolute joy he brought to me in his short life, he was my best friend, soul mate and Prince Charming in one cute loving package, and he was a hero! Just after his first birthday in June he had an upset tummy, I took him to the vets and he was given the all clear, though I always worried about him I let it go, a month later he was still the same but very sleepy, I took him back and they suspected ibs, thank goodness I can control it I thought, though the next day the vets called to tell me they suspected fip, no test, but even worse no cure. They tested for everything, it all came back negative which meant one thing..fip, I searched forum after forum, asked vet after vet for other answers, tests that could be done and my vet carried out all I asked, till there was no more to be done, I brought him home and kept him comfortable, they go down very fast with fip, said to last no more than two weeks, but I fought and oh boy did he, I carried on researching and had him on all the medication I could to help, he had reiki treatments but eventually stopped eating, I fed him a high kcal appetite stimulated and kitten milk through a syringe every two hours and blended up all his food and fed him that to, the weeks went by and he only grew weaker, they called me with my last ditch attempt test results and it was sadly negative, I arranged to see my vet the next day who had been away though I wasn't sure why, I asked myself why am I going in, he's not due a check up, so that night we had a bath together all clean for the next day, and we sat out in the garden, above us was a huge double rainbow, we went to sleep and them arrived at the vets the next day, he help his tiny frail weary head in my hand and I just knew in that moment why I was there..that was his goodbye, and on the 5th August, a month after his diagnoses I lost my beautiful best friend, the little boy that brought all the joy into my life, the one who was there to give me an instant smile afte a rubbish day, my little cuddle and bath buddy, the one that would make me smile the instant I laid eyes on him, gone at one years old, I am and always will be completely heartbroken, even now in bed I feel completely empty. But I have never known such love and I will never forget my absolute one true love, my little miracle, I suppose that's one of many best story's of his, how he continued to fight for me even though we both knew it was hopeless..View attachment 61927View attachment 61928 View attachment 61929View attachment 61930 View attachment 61931View attachment 61932
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This was so touching, my heart goes out to you, his love will never leave you!
 

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Hi and welcome to Sphynxlair....what a great community this is! I'd like to share the story of when I first brought Amun-Ra (Ra) home....
I hadn't had him very long, maybe a little less than a week.. so I was getting used to the little 'antics' I had read about....racing up my legs to perch on my shoulders while I did the dishes, racing through the house, only to crash into the wall because he really was a clumsy kid at 12 weeks...he just wanted to be anywhere and everywhere I was...which made my heart melt with happiness.

One morning, my boyfriend at the time had left for work...and Ra just walked right out the door after him. We had noticed this....anytime one or both of us were walking out the door, he came with...sort of like, "YES, we are going on an adventure!" I had learned very quickly to look behind me as I closed the door, to make sure he didn't sneak out. This particular morning, my boyfriend didn't check...and Ra just wandered out the door.

To say I lost my marbles when I got home and found him missing is an understatement. I scoured the neighborhood, I called for him, I cried....I made posters. I stayed up all night frantically searching for him....and nothing.

I thought I had lost him for good. The animal services didn't have him, no one had called the number on the posters....I was distraught. Then, about three days later, I get a phone call....from the neighbor downstairs. "I think I have your cat...."

Ra had gone around the side of the fourplex, and had fallen into the neighbors window well. He was out there for a few hours, crying...when the neighbor noticed him. She said at first she thought it was a giant bat and was going to call someone to remove it, but after a closer inspection, she saw that the 'bat' was actually a little hairless kitten. She knew he must be special and belong to someone, so she brought him in and kept looking at the 'lost and found' ads in the paper....it wasn't until much later when she saw the 'Lost' poster in the neighborhood.

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I was so happy to get him back....and he was pretty happy to be home. In fact, I think that was the LAST time he followed us out the door!
I loved the bat part!!!!
 

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This was so touching, my heart goes out to you, his love will never leave you![/QUOTE]
I hope not :(
 

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@curlysue I have always been moved by your story. You know how I always say your life is changed forever when a Sphynx enters it. Your mother insured a gift that will be in your heart forever. Thanks for getting me teary eyed once again.

Patti
It is a sweet story and yes, my mother loved animals. I have a very special bond with sweet Curly Sue! I am not sure if I ever shared but I named her after my Mom, Suzan. XOXO
 

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View attachment 61898 The best story I have is bitter sweet.

So 7 years ago my mother and I bought a house together (we hadn't lived together in 20 years) in GA. We have always had animals and I always wanted to own a Sphynx. We had looked into breeders and after much research we chose to rescue a DSH because we couldn't
t afford to get a Sphynx (Zack is a wonderful kitty). In 2010 my Mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. She went through 8 months of treatment and she passed away (Nov 2010). After everything settled down that next march I got a email saying "your Sphynx kitten was available in April. This was a email that was sent to my mothers email and all her emails were forwarded to me. I kindly emailed the breeder back to let he know she had sent her email to the wrong person. She replied back saying "is this not Suzan" I explained that my Mother was Suzan however she passed away in November. She replied back saying yes, Suzan emailed me and sent me a deposit for a kitten for her daughter. I burst into tears..... First to know my mom surprised surprised me after passing and then my next thought was holy crap how much money do I have to pay for this kitten. My awesome breeder emailed me back yet again and told me I didn't owe her anything more for the kitten. In April I drove and met Curly Sue for the first time and I am in lover with her today as much as I was then.View attachment 61898
This is so touching, heartbreaking, and a wonderful Blessing.
 

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How much do you charge for commissions my dear? I'm just collecting as many peoples work of lucifer I can to put up on my walls, I love seeing how different people capture his personality x
 

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It is a sweet story and yes, my mother loved animals. I have a very special bond with sweet Curly Sue! I am not sure if I ever shared but I named her after my Mom, Suzan. XOXO
Such a lovely gift xx
 

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This is my sweet baby Lucifer, the best story I have is the absolute joy he brought to me in his short life, he was my best friend, soul mate and Prince Charming in one cute loving package, and he was a hero! Just after his first birthday in June he had an upset tummy, I took him to the vets and he was given the all clear, though I always worried about him I let it go, a month later he was still the same but very sleepy, I took him back and they suspected ibs, thank goodness I can control it I thought, though the next day the vets called to tell me they suspected fip, no test, but even worse no cure. They tested for everything, it all came back negative which meant one thing..fip, I searched forum after forum, asked vet after vet for other answers, tests that could be done and my vet carried out all I asked, till there was no more to be done, I brought him home and kept him comfortable, they go down very fast with fip, said to last no more than two weeks, but I fought and oh boy did he, I carried on researching and had him on all the medication I could to help, he had reiki treatments but eventually stopped eating, I fed him a high kcal appetite stimulated and kitten milk through a syringe every two hours and blended up all his food and fed him that to, the weeks went by and he only grew weaker, they called me with my last ditch attempt test results and it was sadly negative, I arranged to see my vet the next day who had been away though I wasn't sure why, I asked myself why am I going in, he's not due a check up, so that night we had a bath together all clean for the next day, and we sat out in the garden, above us was a huge double rainbow, we went to sleep and them arrived at the vets the next day, he help his tiny frail weary head in my hand and I just knew in that moment why I was there..that was his goodbye, and on the 5th August, a month after his diagnoses I lost my beautiful best friend, the little boy that brought all the joy into my life, the one who was there to give me an instant smile afte a rubbish day, my little cuddle and bath buddy, the one that would make me smile the instant I laid eyes on him, gone at one years old, I am and always will be completely heartbroken, even now in bed I feel completely empty. But I have never known such love and I will never forget my absolute one true love, my little miracle, I suppose that's one of many best story's of his, how he continued to fight for me even though we both knew it was hopeless..View attachment 61927View attachment 61928 View attachment 61929View attachment 61930 View attachment 61931View attachment 61932
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Oh man, instant tears. I wish you nothing but peace and happiness Amy.
 

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Oh man, instant tears. I wish you nothing but peace and happiness Amy.[/QUOTE]
Thank you sweet xx
 
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