Sunday, September 05, 2010

Good Morning Good News !!!! September 5, 2010

Good Morning Good News !!!!

It's gonna be a cool day !!!! Hope you had an extra bankie last night!
You just might need to adopt more friends to keep you warm all winter.
We do an excellent job of that!!! Kitties and doggies in bed keep you
warm and are very economical. If you have enough of us you can turn
your heat down a bit and think of all the money you'll save. Adopt
somebody today !!!!!

I'll have some friends at the National Capital Cat Show
next weekend looking for forever homes. Please come out and adopt!!!

I'll be there too - as long as everything goes ok with me getting a
tooth out on Tuesday and I'm up to being snugged and loved. I better
be!!! And you better be stopping by to get your photo with Vincent !!!!

Dedicated to my pal Dar and hoping he's feeling well and back to eating
on his own real soon.

You're not gonna miss the tour Tomorrow, Monday, Labor Day at Noon are you?

The difference in cats and dogs
No need to post the cat video, the hooman used too many dirty words.

Marine reunited with military dog
Serving our country for five years, a local Marine is finally back in
Lubbock and against odds, he is now re-united with the military dog he
spent his entire deployment with overseas. Adam Carter, 24, enlisted in
the Marines back in 2005 and after finishing a military Canine school he
teamed up with Rex, a Belgian Malinois.

"If there was just one word it would be everywhere. He's always in to
everything. He's a real high drive dog but he's fun," said Carter.
Carter began training Rex when he was two-years-old to be a human
tracker and for the next three years the two would spend every waking
hour together while stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Me and him we
never parted pretty much, unless I was going to take a shower or
something but other than that we were together the whole time.
Everything I went through he went through the same thing," said Carter.
"It's great to have him there great to have someone that can keep you
warm or just to play with you know"

This year when Carter's five year service was up, he came home but Rex
didn't. Military dog handlers usually don't get to keep their combat
companions. Instead the dogs stay on the base until they've served as
long as possible, but for Rex and Carter there was hope. "The vet told
me a little while before I got out he might be up for adoption due to
the bladder surgeries that he had and other medical problems," said
Carter. So Carter took every step possible to get his military buddy
back. "It was kind of a tease at first because they have you fill out
adoption paper work just in case, and then they actually called me and
said hey get ready to come get him and made flight arrangements," said

Just five days ago, Carter picked Rex up from the airport and the two
have been by each other's side just like before. "There's not really
words, just a lot of excitement because not a lot of people get to adopt
their dogs," said Carter. Carter and Rex plan on staying in Lubbock
Texas for a few years while Carter finishes up school at Texas Tech.

Rex looks like my Brofur Lucky
who was a drug sniffing police dog. When he retired he went home with
his officer. His officer died. Grieving family members took Lucky.
But as happens, family changed, new partners, new children, other pets.
Instead of working to make the adjustment smooth for everybody, all
family members, new and old, the old dog got tied out back to a tree.
And there he lay. With out much room to move his arthritis began to
cripple him. He began to waste away from grief. He was no longer worth
the cost of preventative medicine. He contracted fleas, tics, worms,
lyme, heartworm, just about any parasite you can name. He became
skinny. He itched. He scratched. His coat got dry. Patches fell out.
He hardly had the energy to wag his tail. By the time he was dumped
at the pound he was little but a scraggly skeleton who held his head
down and could barely raise himself on his hind legs to walk. Many,
many months of care, treatment and therapy later - he's a very happy
doggy. What a difference this happy old dog who trots out to greet
visitors!!! I bet the policeman who loved Lucky so much is very happy
he's at Rikki's now.

Who gave me panda eyes?
Clearly this poodle's owner wanted the best of both worlds. The fluffy
canine was given a makeover when its owner decided to dye its hair so it
resembled a giant panda for a pet fair in Shanghai, China. What exactly
the pooch thought of the startling result is unclear - but it certainly
turned heads as its owner proudly paraded their handiwork at the show.

And where dogs are a man's best friend, the feeling might not be so
strongly returned by this spruced-up pooch. This frankly
alarmed-looking animal looks a lot more manageable to care for than a
real panda, with one of the endangered creatures typically weighing
around 330 lbs. One thing is for sure - we bet it caused panda-monium
when it saw what it looked like. The craze for transforming poodles has
swept the U.S. too, where the breed are trimmed, dyed and adorned with
fancy dress outfits in canine 'creative grooming' shows.

Editors note: don't see 'em doing that to us pussy cats, now do ya?

About enough of dogs for the day, huh?

I love YOU my friend,

PS If you don't want your Daily Good New, just let me know! A couple of
you have said you only want Hairballs with out the Good News!! That's
ok! Just tell me. I'm here to make you happy, just tell me how! If
Good New don't make you happy - I could always start Bad News, but, as
you hoomans say, why reinvent the wheel - that's what you've got tv and
newspapers for !!!!!

Vincent D. Cat, Official Spokes Cat of Rikki's Refuge
Representing the Right to Life of the Differently Abled of every species.


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over 50,000 votes! Thank you for your confidence and trust in the work
we do at Rikki's Refuge. We won't disappoint you!

I'd like to thank the sponsors of the contest; Pet Finders a wonderful
resource for helping us locating the perfect forever home for many of
our cats and dogs; and The Animal Rescue Site, where a click a day helps
feed shelter pets.

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