Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January 21, 2018


Opie's Diary of Daily Doings at Rikki's Refuge
                                                                                                              photo compliments of Doug Deal
Good Morning Rikki's Refuge !!!!   It's going to be another beautiful day in paradise !!!!

                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal
Rise and shine !!

                                                                                                             photo compliments of Doug Deal
It's going to be a beautiful day !

                                                                                                                                                                    photo compliments of Doug Deal
Our First Responders ... first to honk and gobble at the sound of tires crunching on the gravel ...  they rush to see who's coming even quicker than our fearless guard dogs !!!!

                                                                                                               photo compliments of Doug Deal
Good Morning !!  Says Norman or Batman ...  he's got two names and gets confused sometimes.  Which do you like better?  Think we should call him Norman .... or Batman ?

                                                                                                          photo compliments of Clarence Deal
Ready for duty !!!   Beauty and Buzz will help da hoomans do morning rounds!

                                                                                                     photo compliments of Clarence Deal
Breakfast ....  Rikki's is all about sharing and caring !!

                                                                                                             photo compliments of Paul Erhard
The PROPER way to use chairs !!
                                                                                                           photo compliments of Clarence Deal 
Obie's just not sure.  He knows he not a groundhog ... but is it if you see your shadow ... or if you don't ... or ....  Anyway it sure don't feel like winter no more !!!!

                                                                                                                photo compliments of Doug Deal
Happy kitties taking inventory of the canned cat food delivery.

Ok - you all .... I need some real help .... don't tell HER ... but I gotta get $1,206.72 in the bank before the check she wrote yesterday gets there .... cuz if I don't ... one of us is gonna get rested .... and then WHO's gonna open my fancy feast ...

See all that that food ? Canned food .... to the left and right. Nice color, huh? Well my friends needed it and I sort of made a deal with a store to get it ..... and I just told mom to go pick it up .... she thought it was donated .... but I'd told them I'd buy it ....

It's 144 cases .... so that's ONLY ... $8.38 a case ... I mean that's a good deal right? These are 13.2 oz cans ... it's a real good deal. A lot cheaper than Fancy Feast. Not everybody can afford the good stuff you know. But they gotta eat ..... so the store peeps made HER write a check or go to jail for special ordering and not paying .... so SHE did .... but now there's no money to cover that check .... thank you thank you thank you for not telling HER I did the order ....

I mean as Spokes Cat it IS my responsibility to feed everyone right ? So can you please please please help me out .... if just 144 hoomans would buy ONE case for $8.38 you'll get me out a da dog house .... Please share this round and help me fine 144 people who can spare just $8.38. Thank you so much, Opie


I LOVE YOU for saving my tail !!!!

                                                                                                          photo compliments of Clarence Deal
Two kitties joined us here today ....  this one who says he's real feral and he really hates hoomans ....   settling down in feral quarantine.   I know quarantine is especially hard on ferals.  Not just captivity, but they've lost their home, usually their families, and they're getting ears cleaned and blood drawn and poked and prodded.  It feels like an alien kidnapping.  

I'm sorry .... we really are trying to make you happy.

These kitties lost there home cus it's being bulldozed for development and the cats are being killed.  TNR - which means Trap, Neuter, and RETURN to their own home .... is the right thing to do.  But sometimes the home has been taken from them and they are going to die .....  and then they get to come here. 

I think we should call it TSH ... Trap Speuter HOME !!!
 
                                                                                                  photo compliments of Lauren Todd
This little fluff ball is the other one who came from the same place.  We hope they can save more of the group and real soon.

This wild and crazy little guy looked a lot bigger than he is.  He's like 98 % fluff. 

Since they're supposed to be the same family from the same place, they got to go in the same feral quarantine pen ... it's better when you have friends.  But YIKES ... the big guy was mad at the little guy and started beating him up.  So the hoomans went to intervene ....  and that's when they realized the little guy was all fluff ....  he literally slipped right through the small wiring and was going from temp pen to temp pen.  YIKES ....  the rule is usually kittens under 12 weeks can't be in these pens cus of the size of the fencing ....  2" x 2" .... no way I could fit thru that !! 

But this guy could.  It was an all hands on deck, or to the feral quarantine area, situation.  Get the nets.  We've got to catch this guy before the gets to the outside world.  He'd been here only minutes, wasn't impressed at all and if he got loose and bolted, we'd never see him again. 

Once a kitty, even a feral, is used to being here and has made this their home, if they escape, they come back looking for dinner.  Once upon a time a storm knocked down a tree and tore a hole in the roof of a cat house .....  and there were like 3 cats still there .....   UH OH .....   and then as breakfast went down for them ... one by one here came the other kitties climbing up on the roof and back in thru the hole to get breakfast !!!!!   

Finally they caught this poor baby.  By then, totally terrified, I'm sure you can imagine.  Took him to the quarantine building and ..... he slipped right out the bars in the cage !!!  WHAT ???   He's tiny and just skin and bones, but he's not a baby. 

Now he's resting in a cage with much smaller bars and it seems he's totally terrified, but really wants to be patted and loved.  We'll find out .......   I'll let you know how he's doing in a day or two.  I think Lauren will survive too ....  she'd finally just reached out and grabbed him as he was flying thru the air ....  knowing that if they weren't having success netting him and as fast as he was going and from one pen to the next ... he'd soon be totally out and that might not be so good for him ....  she said what the heck .... save the cat comes first ....  and she gotted chomped up real good .... well real bad I guess you'd say.  
                                                                                             photo compliments of Lauren Todd
Here's Goliath sharing the end of the day with Lauren.  Though he's inflicted many a puncture wound on her too, he's loving when he wants to be on his time, but you tell him to do something he doesn't want to do .... like take medicine, stay inside, come inside, don't mess with that .... well you gonna bleed !!!!

Lauren says, "This is why I love my job.... for all the misunderstood cats that couldn't get a home because they were "mean" or "aggressive"....whether it be paperwork or sharing my lunch, Goliath is never far."

Winning the trust and friendship of the challenging animals is such a special feeling, you can only know it if you're crazy enough to be in the biz of loving them and caring for them. 

                                                                                                               photo compliments of Doug Deal 
Getting ready for bed ......    nobody can see me here, can they ?   Sorry sweetie, the hoomans have to peek at you to make sure you're safe and sound for the night .....  now you can go back to sleep !!
 

                                                                                                                photo compliments of Doug Deal 
Another day in the life of a Refuge .... as the sun sets over Feline Fields.
 

                                                                                                               photo compliments of Doug Deal
and Ramsey Residence ....
that's one awfully big sheep in there ....

All residents of all neighborhoods are safe and sound .....

Good night my friends !

Love, Opie 

thank you for making it all possible !

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January 20, 2018



Opie's Diary of Daily Doings at Rikki's Refuge
                                                                                                         photo compliments of Clarence Deal

Well Good Morning to YOU too !!!  No need to poke me ... I'm fine ... actually I was deep asleep here in the sun up on the rafter .... you really didn't need to climb all the way up here ..... 

Twice a day everybody at Rikki's gets checked on to make sure they are ok.  Ever have a cat disappear on you in your house?  Go frantic, search the house.  Get hysterical and worry, could the cat have gotten out?  And just about when you're ready to call on a real search party .... there's your cat staring at you with a look of Oh You Stoopid Hooman on ther face!!!

Then you know the way too often feeling of having to make eye contact with all the cats in 10 cat houses, the 9th Life Center, the Office Trailers, the Life Center .....  it's almost a full time job. 

And sometimes somebody is sleeping deep and doesn't wake up .... and you can't see them breathing .... and you poke them to make sure ...   OUCH ... and discover they are feral and think you're attacking so lash out !!!! 

Morning and evening rounds are some of the most important things done every day, every single day, no matter what, and everybody stays till everybody is accounted for ..... no mater their species. 

                                                                                       photo compliments of Catina Tomapat
I sure wish there was something nice and green to eat around here ....  

                                                                                            photo compliments of Catina Tomapat

                                                                                        photo compliments of Catina Tomapat
YES !!!!!

                                                                                            photo compliments of Doug Deal
Could somebody please Hay.P us out here !!!! 
The warm day it rained a little grass grew ... but we ate it all.  The pickins are slim ....   we need HAY  !!!!!
See the really BIG sheep in the background .... the one with no wool ?

                                                                                       photo compliments of Catina Tomapat
Thumbelina gets fresh litter ....   Mmmmm nice fresh bean bag bed !!!!!   Wonder if this is how da hoomans got the idea of making bean bag chairs for them !!! 

Doug heard about a hay deal .....   but was it a GOOD deal ?  The price was right ....  was the hay nice and clean and not moldy ???   If it really was a good deal, we couldn't afford to turn it down ....  30 great big round bales of hay at almost a 1/3 of what we've been paying .....  that's almost a 3 week supply when the grass isn't growing well ....   Keep your paws crossed it grows well during this warm snap so we don't have to rely on hay all winter .....  

                                                                                    photo compliments of Lauren Todd
Everybody lined up in their pick up trucks to go check out the hay ......   even Obie !!!

Yup !!  It was the deal they'd promised !!!!   
Let's load 'em up !!!
                                                                                                           photo compliments of Lauren Todd Each bale is really big -- only one per truck ...

                                                                                                           photo compliments of Lauren Todd
So it meant six trips back and forth, back and forth, back and .....
                                                                                                           photo compliments of Lauren Todd

Stupervising hoomans loading hay is hard work
                                                                                                           photo compliments of Lauren Todd
luckily your fearless leader Obie could sleep and let da hoomans do da drivin !!

What's that I smell?
                                                                                                   photo compliments of Clarence Deal
Is it catnip!  Oh ... just hay ....   bummer .... why don't they pack catnip in round bales ?

                                                                                                          photo compliments of Clarence Deal
How can you grow big and strong on a vegetarian diet, they said ..........  

                                                                                                                photo compliments of Doug Deal
Ohh just look at what the kind and generous supporters got for us !!!!   With out our wonderful folks out there ....  well ... we'd be mighty hungry tonight !!!   Thank you for caring about the animals !!!!

                                                                                                                 photo compliments of Doug Deal
Hauling hay took the rest of the afternoon ....  it was getting dark by the time everybody was checked on and all were safe and sound for the night.

                                                                                                                photo compliments of Doug Deal
Good Night Titan
                                                                                                          photo compliments of Clarence Deal 
My, she's gone to bed early, all curled up in her nest ....  many kitties like to stay up long into the night, especially on a warm one like tonight !!!

                                                                                                                photo compliments of Doug Deal
Can you see Buddy well enough to say Good Night to him ?

                                                                                                              photo compliments of Doug Deal

Love, Opie 

thank you for making it all possible !

January 19, 2018


Opie's Diary of Daily Doings at Rikki's Refuge
                                                                                                                photo compliments of Doug Deal
BUSTED !!!! 

Riley, Diego and Goldie caught in the act !!!   Now we know what they do when no hoomans are around watching !!!

Goldie says, Yeah ... we usually play for canned food ... but the kitty is empty ....  won't you buy us some Fancy Feast ??    Pleaz   

                                                                                                            photo compliments of Doug Deal
Hi Hooman .... got breakfast?
                                                                                                   photo compliments of Doug Deal
Big Cats have Big Appetites !!!   We can't get enough canned cat food to keep up in the winter time.  Please consider a donation of a case or two ...  we need 20 or more cases EVERY DAY !!!!    In warm weather, except for the sick and the special needs and the elderly, they only get canned food once or twice a week ....  in the really cold weather, they get it twice a day ....  Goldie was right .... there's just not enough to round with.  Don't gamble with their health .....  donate a case today !!!!

                                                                                                             photo compliments of Katie Terrill
No, you're NOT seeing double !  Gracie and CJ are twins !! 

                                                                                                            photo compliments of Katie Terrill
Remember Volvo?  A few years back one of our employees saw him hit by a ... you guessed it ....  Volvo late at night ... really early early one morning.  He gathered him up and rushed him back to Rikki's.  We did first aid, stopped the bleeding and stabilized.   He just sat motionless, not even following anything with his eyes.  A few hours later or doc saw him and did xrays and really checked him out.  No broken bones, but it had been a bad bad blow to his head.  He still seemed to register nothing and just sat where you put him, staring straight out, like in a total daze.  Watch and see ...  meanwhile giving him meds to hope to heal his brain.  Would he ever recover?  More than likely this would be permanent brain damage.  We decided to give him a chance and took him home with an intensive meds schedule. 

At first we had to put food in his mouth and he'd swallow.  After a few weeks, food began to disappear at night.  We never saw him eat.  Nobody else could possibly be getting to his food, could they?  Is there a mouse sneaking in at night?  So we set up a camera.  It was him, in the dead of the night, he'd come alive for a couple hours, eating, dumping his litterbox, desperately trying to get out of the cage.  Then he'd go back into the trance, not even reacting as he was given meds and fluids and shots. 

We decided to that he'd regained a tiny bit of his life, it was only fair to let him heal more before deciding all quality of life left him with that horrible blow to the head. 

Then one day somebody opened the door and Volvo was MAD and snarling and hissing up a storm.  They were so happy to get bit while tending to his wounds that day !!!!   He was making a come back !!!  We had no idea if he'd been a feral or a friendly.  We'd gotten a found cat report and picture of him to the pound, put up his picture in places near where he was hit -- no one ever called. 

He became frantic in a cage and we devoted a room in the office trailer to him.  But watch out !!!  He'd lunge for you with all claws and fangs out when you went in !!!  Only the really dedicated would dare medicate him and help him with physical therapy. 

A few more months and his wounds were healed, his legs were working properly ....  especially the clawed ends !!  And we figured we could do no more good for him keeping him captive.  And so he moved to a cat house where he had other feral friends to play with and a chance to build a life. 

And he did just that!!   He was a happy feral boy ... except when he saw a hooman and would hide and snarl and hiss .... for more than a year. 

Then one day Volvo approached a hooman, who backed up a little in fear, but he wasn't going to bite, he wanted to rub their leg !!!   And he got a little more friendly every day. 

Then one morning he wasn't there to greet the hooman.  He was curled up in a nesting box and wouldn't get up.  He was taken into the hospital where a badly infected ear was found.  Now he had to be handled several times a day to be cared for once again, and he was back in a cage in our hospital. 

But he did ok.  He even started to love being patted and rubbed and held.  Now he wants so much affection he can be really distracting while you're working !!!!  And he's been utterly phobic of going back outside.  He runs and hides from open doors ....

.... Until today .... when he's decided to step out and see what it is the kitties seem to enjoy so much about the sun !!!!

Thank YOU for giving us the funds so we can have the resources to help folks like Volvo.  Not many places would have given him the chance.  It cost a lot of money to save him.  It cost a lot of human blood.  But each and every one of our animals is worth it !!!! 

And YOU thru your kind and generous donations, make it possible each and EVERY DAY !!

                                                                                                     photo compliments of Cindy Wright
Cindy, our director of dogs, has always had a special bond with Beauty.  Even when Beauty was new to Rikki's many many years ago and quite timid.  Over the years that bond has just gotten stronger.  Beauty LOVES Cindy, Cindy LOVES Beauty .... and all of Rikki's LOVES Cindy !!!!
                                                                                                              photo compliments of Doug Deal
Mouky had to be a dog in a past life ....  you ever seen a cat roll in the mud !!! 

Nighty night
                                                                                                                photo compliments of Doug Deal

... and I didn't do it !!!

Love, Opie 

January 18, 2018


Opie's Diary of Daily Doings at Rikki's Refuge
                                                                                                                  photo compliments of Lauren Todd
Good morning !!
My name is Lil Girl .... I came to Rikki's about 3 weeks ago .... they stuck me in a cage for the first two weeks ... some welcome, huh?

Then I was able to get out and play with some new friends .... then two days ago they stick me in a cage again, don't feed me breakfast ... in the morning here I am in a carrier in a car again ..... they say the big city is far and that's where they were taking me .... we get there and they say oh no doc at speuter clinic sick ... go home .... so it's all the way back .... and I get to play with my friends and sleep with them ONE more night .... and here I am... back in a cage, no breakfast, driving around again ..... what is this barf ??

Now I'm sitting in a cage in a big city and they say I have to come up with $75 to get out and go back to Rikki's !!! How am I supposed to come up with that, will you tell me, pleases?

It's not like I have pockets to hide anything in !!!

Will you bail me out so I can go home to my friends .... Rikki's promises that this time, they won't make be sleep in no more cages .... I hope I can trust them.

But FIRST ... I need YOU to get me out a here !!! Lil Girl

                                                                                                                photo compliments of Lolly Busey
They came and woke me up early and made me get in a box .... and it wasn't even a nice box that was good and scratchy, it was like plastic with a bankey and holes to look out .....   I don't think I'm having a very good day.  They tell me I have to pay them for this too .... and I can't come home till I come up with $60 ......  Opie says you be nice hooman and maybe you help me ?
Merry

                                                                                                            photo compliments of Lauren Todd
Me n my baby just got to Rikki's four days ago ....  this mornin hey pulled me out of our cage and put me in this carrier and they're taking me somewhere.  I'm so worried about my baby being all alone.  I've never been away from him before.  They say I have to stay away all day, but then can come back if I pay them $75 hooman green papers.  Where do I get that from?  You think Oni's dad pays kitten support?  What am I going to do?  I'm so worried ....  Oni is my only family ...  don't let him grow up an orphan ... please help me get home to Rikki's.  Thank you, Misty

                                                                                                              photo compliments of Lolly Busey
Huh?  Is it morning ....   going where you say ?   But my sister Merry is going too, right?  You can't separate us, you promised you never would.  I heard when Rikki's makes a promise it's for real.  Yawwwnnn   .... I'll just go back to sleep now ....

WHAT ?  That's an eye opener ....  you say Luna and I each have to come up with $60 trading papers to get home?  And can you just tell me HOW?   I guess we're lucky it's only $60 cus we already had out shots ...  poor Misty and Lil Girl need $75 ....   I hope YOU can help us all out so we don't have to live in cages at the speuter clinic for the rest of our lives. 

You just gotta click here to help us get home to Rikki's !!
Thank you !!!   Luna

Yeah ... well the rest of us had a pretty nice normal laid back day .....  that's it for today !!!

Love, Opie