Friday, December 31, 2010

Good Morning Good News !!!! December 31, 2010

I’m Vincent D. Cat and here to make you happy!  You are HEROES!  You work hard every day and you deserve to smile every day!  Those of you working to save us animals hear so very many very sad things.  And there’s lots of very glad things too and that’s what we talk about here!  All pawsitive all the time!  I want my friends to be happy and smile and know there’s a lot of good - including YOU - in this world!!  Be kind and pass it on!  Please send me your Good New and Fun Stuff to share, personal or global. Let’s keep it fun and interactive!!  After all, if we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane!

My Favorite Quote, Today
Those who play with cats must expect to be scratched.              --- Proverb

How appropriate to have picked this one for today!  You’ll never believe what she-who-opens-cans put on the chart today.  Vincent: claws clipped.  It wasn’t my fault.  It really wasn’t.  I was just giving her a facial massage.  It’s not my fault that those hoomans are so evolutionary unevolved they have an inadequate fur coating and thin hide. No other creature is made that way. The rest of us have evolved to have a good thick protective coat of fur or feathers or really tough hide. Hoomans spent all of evolution working on nothing but those thumbs. How did they know they were going to invent cans that needed to be opened?

It’s a Chicken Heat Wave!
Summer is coming!  The chickens said so.  You know some chickens run around crowing, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling.”  Well our chickens are running around crowing, “It’s summer, head for the summer trees!!!!”  Really surprised to see a bunch of them sleeping in the summer tree last night.

Lots of people think like birds, I guess that makes them bird brains?  The chickens like to have a summer home and a winter home.  In the summer they sleep in deciduous trees.  Bet you think that’s a big word for a cat, huh?  And I even know what it means!!!  As the leaves start to fall in the fall, known to us cats as the fall fall, the chickens move to evergreen trees.  Lots of the hens sleep in the big yellow Chicken City building year round.  But some of them do trees in summer.  When it’s really cold or snowy most of the roosters go in the building too.  The last snow, four brave guys had to prove their roosterhood by staying in the winter tree!!

And tonight they’re in the summer tree.  Being roosters, I’m sure they think they’re impressing the hens!  I asked Harriet what she thought and she said, “Silly boys always doing stupid things trying to impress us chicks!”

Thank you
Robert and crew came out to visit today.  I’ll be filling you in on the details as they unfold.  I’ve been chosen to test a new litter product!!!  It’ll be the first Vincent D. Cat endorsed litter!!  Will you get in line to buy litter that’s endorsed by me?

Rene, mom said that was like the best fudge she’s ever had.  I sniffed it and .. well ... sorry .. but .. uhhh ... why dont you try tuna or mouse or catnip flavor?

Jane and Bob thank you for delivering nums yesterday!!!  Anne thank you for washing dishes today!!

Four Feral Kitties Saved
Four more of Ellen’s kitties trapped and we drove over the river, several I think, and thru the wood to bring them home to safety.  Still more to go.  They’re so scared they don’t want to go in traps.  Poor kitties.  Pray for them to load up so they can come to their new home.  Three marbled tabbies and one black and white.  We put two each in side by side cages in the quarantine room.  They’re peeking out and looking out the window and checking things out.

Did You Know? 
The human eyes can perceive more than 1 million simultaneous visual impressions and are able to discriminate among nearly 8 million gradations of color. 

Rene I think you should do a color test on one of the trailers and have a contest to see how many colors the hoomans can name!

Good bye 2010
Thank you for being my friend in 2010.  And thank you for making Rikki’s successful so I had a home.  I love you.  You’ve given me my life.  And all my friends who live here, all 1258 of them, thank you for giving them a home to live in.  If you didn’t support Rikki’s Refuge it couldn’t be here.  And if it wasn’t here, none of us 1259 aminals would be here celebrating a new year!!!  

Welcome 2011

Happy New Years to you DOG LOVERS!!!

Happy New Years to you CAT LOVERS!!!

What are you doing tonight?

Be Careful Out There Tonight

Have a nice dinner

Don’t get in over your head

No drinking and driving,

Watch the company you hang out with

I’ll be home celebrating nice and quiet ...
BUSTED ... who put the web cam in here???

Good Times in the News
Snuggles the abused cat is reunited with her litter
From: The Animal Rescue Site

Sometimes a story about an animal going through a harrowing experience has a happy ending. Such is the case with Snuggles, a cat who was rescued from a laundromat at a California apartment complex last week.

According to, the feline, who was bound in duct tape and thrown into clothes dryer, is recovering well from her injuries.

"The reasonable suspicion is that somebody turned the machine on," John Welsh of the Riverside County Animal Services told the news outlet. "The cat had a fractured tooth and there was minor internal bleeding in her left eye."

Riverside officials also suspected that the animal recently had a litter of kittens. In a fortunate turn of events, authorities were able to locate her offspring and the family has been reunited once again. The animals are being cared for by foster parents and will soon be available for adoption.

Those who witness an act of animal cruelty or believe one of our furry friends is being abused are encouraged to contact their local shelter. One phone call could save an animal's life.

Dear Vincent
Can you extend Double Donations?
Lots of you have questions about Rikki’s Refuge.  I’ll pick one or two a day to answer here.  Ask your questions in the blog comments or sent to me at

QUESTION:  Vincent, can you extend Double Your Donations to midnight tonight the 31st?  It’s always been end of year in past years, why the early cut off date this year?

ANSWER:  I think it was probably an error when the donor instructed us terms this year.  So by popular demand YES we have extended it to midnight tonight.  So now that you ask - I give you the answer you want - it’s up to you !!!!  I’ve done all I can.  I must now count on YOU to finish off the $1,146.88 we need to be 100% successful!!!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, noon, Jan 1, New Years Pristine Nature Hike

Saturday, noon - 2 pm, Donation Drop-Off, got something to drop off quick?  The gates will be unlocked.  No tour at this time, just drop off.  Donation Drop Off will be available virtually every Saturday from noon - 2 pm in 2011

Saturday evening, celebrate the first at Mariza’s in Spotsylvania, contact for more info
Mariza has invited me and my close friends to her house in Spotsylvania on the evening of the first, Saturday evening.  This is Mariza our great chef who did Thanksgiving dinner.  She’s NOT going to be our chef this time!!!  That’s a lot of work and no time for all the fancies.  It’s pot luck appetizers and snacks.  She’s near route 3 and 20 in Spotsylvania about 20 minutes from the Refuge. 

Sunday, noon, Jan 2, Tour of the Refuge with Katarina.  This is the first of our mini weekly tours.  Sundays at noon, unless there’s been another public event that week.

Wishing you a very very Happy New Year from all of us!
See you next year!!!! 
Sure hope I wake up and find I made 100%
I love being an A student !!


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