Thursday, August 10, 2006

Saturday, August 12th: Tour Rikki's Refuge

RSVP an absolute must so we don't over crowd. On a tour you can meet the Cats of Feline Fields and the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living and Psychiatric Center, the Dogs of Doggy Downs, the Pigs of Piggy Paradise, the Rabbits of Rabbit Rotunda, the Guinea Pigs of Cavy Castle, the Emus of Emu Estates, the Horses of Horsey Haven, the Chickens and Roosters of Chicken City, the Guinea Fowl of Guinea Fowl Grounds, the Peacocks of Peacock Prowls, the Pigeons of Pigeon Palace, the Geese of Goosey Gardens, the Ducks of Ducky Digs, the Sheep of Ramsey Residence, the Goats of Capri Corners, the Cows of Bovine Boulevard, the Turkeys of Turkey Terrace, the Chukars of Chukar Chalet, and who ever else is staying with us at the time.

You will get to interact with the friendly cats and dogs, feed the pigs (bring apples) and sheep and goats and rabbits (bring carrots) and learn the story of why Rikki's is here and where we are going. You will see what day-to-day life is like at the refuge and you will also be invited to join in our volunteer efforts to build new housing for new animals. Tours run about two hours and you should wear waterproof shoes, old clothes, long pants, sun lotion, hats, etc; dress for the weather as it's all outdoors and you will get wet, muddy and slobbered on! Warning - lots of prickles and hooves so sandals and shorts aren't recommended. Visit our gift shop. Buy a T-shirt for all your loved ones. Bring your camera, you'll get great shots of the excited animals thrilled by your attention.

For the safety of our animals we must limit the number of people on a tour. And so we can continue to provide our animals with the care they need we have to schedule tours around their needs, medical appointments, etc. Please remember animals don't run on a schedule and a tour date may be canceled if an animal needs our immediate attention. If you'd like to join us on a tour please call 540-854-0870 or e-mail us at for a reservation.

Upcoming Tour Dates:Saturday, August 12th and Monday, September 4th.

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Look what they pulled out of the well!

Posted by Kerry from FLICKR

man in well

They didn't find any fish down there, but look what they did pull up!
Twenty feet was the longest ladder they could find. They lowered this to the bottom of the well, with a rope. Now it was only a 10 foot climb, down the stone lining of the well, to the top of the ladder. And if you fell . . . . Some rope was acquired, and a harness was built. Then they drew straws. On this sweltering afternoon, the winner would be the swimmer. Kevin was the winner!

He donned the harness and was lowered to the top rung of the ladder. He slowly climbed down the 10 feet to the surface of the water. We all knew when his toes first hit, because he yipped from the iciness of the water. More obscenities gestured forth. The whole time they were getting set up, they continued to run the well, in an attempt to drain out as much water as possible. So standing on the bottom of the well, the water only rose to Kevin's neck, instead of 4 feet over his head. Definitely better, but still very awkward to work it.

The ladder was taking up too much space at the bottom of the well, preventing Kevin from being able to bend over, and do any work on the pump head. He was ready for some sunbathing anyway. The ladder was pulled out of the well (after Kevin). After more water was drained out of the well, Kevin would have to go back in, with only the harness, all the way to the bottom . . . .