I'm getting a little help from some friends while Mommey is visiting her son, so it may look different but it's still me, Vincent!
The Shelter Challenge is a contest where the shelter with the most votes during a several month time frame wins money. The shelter with the most votes in each state wins. We'd been holding on to the number one position for weeks, but we've dropped to number two. The leaders won the last two contests and they got all the money, but there's still time to get ahead of them!
The top ten in the USA win money for that category too. YOU can move us into top place!! YOU can make us WIN. You've already saved our lives, now make us winners.
All you have to do is vote for us every day. It's free. Not one penny. And they don't send you junk email or anything. You can go to our web page, www.RikkisRefuge.org and click on the $100,000 challenge. Or you can use this quick little link- http://bit.ly/bDLKJY
Please keep voting every day and telling your friends to vote. Don't let me lose the contest if I can't send you Good Morning Good News every day for a bit. The contest is over Aug 22, but Mommey will be back way before then! Don't you worry. Just keep voting.
From Research Dog to Beloved Therapy Animal
Joey had a difficult start in life. His first 13 months were spent as a "practice dog". He accepted his fate unflinchingly, and became known in the lab for his friendly, laid-back temperament.Then something incredible happened. Britt Mactavish, a student on
campus at the time, heard about Joey and made arrangements to adopt
Joey had never been loved. He didn't know what treats were, was
terrified of stairs and hadn't been housebroken. But Britt knew
he was special. In an amazing show of dedication and patience, she
spent the next six months using positive reinforcement to train Joey
and teach him how to trust people.
Today, Joey is thoroughly enjoying his new life. Not only has he fully
recovered from his past, but he and Britt are making a difference in
their community as one of American Humane's animal-assisted
This dynamic duo regularly visits schools, where children read to Joey
to improve their literacy skills. Joey is beloved by everyone who
meets him. Britt reports that the adorable beagle happily lies down
among the kids and basks in their attention, teaching humane values
while they practice reading.
He also has an uncanny sense for when a child's attention is
waning. He somehow knows when to get up and engage those who lose
focus. With one look from Joey, their attention quickly returns to
reading, listening and learning.
What a happy ending for a great dog!