Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! February 15, 2011

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!  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

Why is Voting so Important?
You know what I really like about voting for the animals? It doesn't cost us anything to get them money! It all comes out of somebody's advertising expenses. It's free for us. It gives part of what we pay for things back to the animals. And best of all the ANIMALS BENEFIT!!! Get in the habit of voting for the animals every day.

Easy guide to Responsible Voting!!

http://bit.ly/VoteVincent   Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
The Animal Rescue Site - Shelter Challenge
YOU voted Rikki’s Refuge #1 in Virginia in 2010
Let’s do it again for 2011
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote can win $1,000 - $5,000 for Rikki’s Refuge’s Animals!

We’re closing in on the last month!!
Don’t let me down now!

There’s lots of ways you can vote
as long as you remember to enter
Rikkis Refuge, Orange, VA, USA
click on any of these and take it from there !!!!

Vote Black and White!

Bissell MVP Contest
Vote daily thru Tuesday February 15th for Vincent
YOUR official Valentine Varmint !
quick, simple, free
Your daily vote could win up to $10,000 for Rikki’s Refuge
Click here to Vote for Vincent

Please Vote for Twisty, he’s running to prove that black cats count!  Give them a chance.  your vote for Twisty is a vote of confidence for black cats everywehre  - VOTE TWISTY
 (photo contest)

Now it's time to vote for Scruffy, he's running in a different photo contest. He's representing adopted shelter cats, telling the world to ADOPT. If you believe in adopting - VOTE SCRUFFY
(different photo contest)

I need your WORD
or two or a few
Between now and February 28th you can post a comment about Rikki’s Refuge on GuideStar’s site.  The non profit with the most comments wins $5,000.  It’s that easy.  If everybody would please log on and post a comment - even if it’s just one word!  I know you can do that.  You can probably do it quicker than you can worry about what to write!!

This is simple - click and write a quick review - one word, one sentence, one paragraph.  Are you glad Rikki's was here to save me?  Just say so!  It's quantity, not quality of your writing that counts here.  The charity that receives the most reviews between 2/1 and 2/28/2011, will receive $5,000 from GuideStar. 

It's quick, it's easy, just a few words will do. "GREAT, Home to Vincent the Best SpokesCat Ever" will totally suffice!!!  You can even copy and paste if the thought of writing totally terrifies you!

Rikki’s Refuge is a division of Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.

My Favorite Quote, Today
Your Life is YOUR creation
Make it the BEST creation you can dream!
You’ll get exactly what you expect out of it.  I’ve always expected to be a cat.  And so I am.  I expect to be lovable, and so I am.  you will fill the shoes (or shoe) you set out for yourself.  If you expect to riase to the top and be a leader - you will.  If you always see yourself as the little guy on the short end of the totem pole - that’s exactly where you’ve going to sit.  Reach for the skies!  You can have any dream you want!!  Dream it - then get to work on it!!  Try try try and you WILL succeeed !!!!

Round the Refuge
Life is so happy and warm and sunny!!!  Purrzzzz.  All of us just want to lay in the sunbeams and soak it up.  Oh it feels so good!!!   This is truly the kind of weather that makes you feel so blessed to have been born on this planet.  Some of the others are oh so very cold all the time, and dark.  And some are just so hot and with no water you’re thirsty all the time.  Planet Earth is just right!!!  thank you Bast for putting me on Planet Earth!!

Petunia is sad that the piggy I told you about isn’t going to be coming to Rikki’s.  He was abandoned in a house when his owners moved away.  A rescue group was working on establishing leagle ownership so he could come here.  And his owners came back for him.  Let’s hope they never leave him again and that he has a wonderful life!

Are you getting ready for that sale on cat food Feb 18th???  Oh that kind of news is so very exciting to me.  You should see me all happy as can be when I scoot out to greet visitors who bring nums for all of us!!!  Thank you everybody !!!

Thank you all for chipping in for our Valentine’s Day Double Your Love Challenge !!!!  You all did it!!!  And of course we all owe a big hand
to Jan and Larry for making it possible.  May you celebrate many more Happy Valentine’s at Rikki’s!

Happy Birthday Lena!!!!  She’s more than I can count on all my toes and fingers combined!!  And she loves us all that much too!!  Thank you Lena for taking care of me and all my friends.  I’m really glad you were born!

The Cats of Cod
Artwork by Wayne H. Morris of New York
photography and art
visit to see more of his spectacular work

Wayne loves to study an animal and capture their essence which he then turns into a whimsical work of art depicting them at work or play.  Your pet’s whimsical custom portrait available for only $300 (donated to Rikki’s Refuge). Contact me and I’ll put you in touch Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org  Prints available, 8” x 10”, on heavy stock, suitable for framing, $25 each, resolution may vary so you may want to ask first.  Specify which print you want and shipping address.   http://bit.ly/WayneMorrisPrint
Nippers Bar and Grill
Note, no one under 3 allowd at the bar!
Take a close look at the selection of drink ingridents!

Live from Vincent Video
Meet Greta the Horse

Fun and Inspiring

World Day of Animals
Activists hold pictures of cats and dogs during the World Day of Animals Without a Home in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia.

Tails of Trivia
Yahoo the complex internet organism has complicated name, "Yahoo" is shortcut for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle". It was coined by PhD candidates at Stanford University: David Filo and Jerry Yang.

Some 30% of local residents in Shanghai say cycling is their main means of transport and 60% of locals pedal to work every day. With the possible exception of China, the Netherlands boasts more bicycles per capita than any other country - at least 16-million bikes for the 16-million Dutch. Roughly 30% of all urban trips in the Netherlands are on bicycles, compared with 2% in the UK.

Their are at least 250,000 species of insects constituting the order Coleoptera or beetles, making it the largest order in the animal kingdom. Among the approximately 5,000 widely distributed beetles of the family Coccinellidae is the Ladybird; the name originated in the Middle Ages, when this little beetle was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and called "beetle of Our Lady".

Music and Motion

Save Energy

Featured Creature - Spring Colors
This wonderful spring weather is feeling great, isn’t it?  Sure hope you can come out to visit over the weekend.  Melissa says the colors re just as lovely around Rikki’s Refuge in Spring as they are in the Fall.  Here’s what she found last weekend!!!

Oh yes!!  Spring is in the air!!  Just ask the birds!!

Great Purrchases / Donations

Help Rescued and Deaf Dogs
Benefit Rikki’s Refuge

Great Books!! Great Benefits!!
Thru February 22 ONLY

Buy a Great Book, Help Rescued and Deaf Dogs and Help Rikki's Refuge, too!  
For one week only, photographer Melissa McDaniel, is having a promotional sale on two of her dog photo books.

Rescued in America

and Deaf Dogs

30% of sales from PHONE ORDERS ONLY will go to Rikki's Refuge. Purchase one - or both! - of these beautiful albums and help Rikki's Refuge at the same time!

Please call your order in to 267-968-9973 today.
The sale starts today, Wednesday, February 14th
and runs through next Tuesday, February 22.
Books are ready to ship!

Click here to view photos from the dog photo books and read more about the projects:  http://www.thephotobooks.com

For more on this special promotion, click here: http://www.thephotobooks.com/rikkisrefuge.html

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge’s Human Habitat
Educational and Fun Seminars

PS You tell me what you want!  Email me at Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org with instructions to change your subscription: additions, deletions or modifications!  Subscriptions:    Vincent’s VIPs - up to the second alerts about issues at Rikki’s Refuge for those who care and want to be intimately involved.  Scheduled as needed.  Good Morning Good News - a little something to get you going in the mornings, for those of you who want to keep smiling with us!  Scheduled daily.  Hairballs - so you know what’s coming up at Rikki’s!  Scheduled weekly.

Rikki's Refuge, supported solely by private donations, houses over 1200 animals of 22 species. On line at http://bit.ly/Give-a-gift-to-Rikkis Checks, money orders, cash, items at Rikki's Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960

Rikki's Refuge is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Virginia Corporation, tax-id 54-1911042. Combined Federal Campaigns #77674, Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign #3163, PetsMart Charities #1377.  A financial statement is available upon written request from the State Office of Consumer Affairs.

Learn more www.RikkisRefuge.org and help spread the good word, tell everyone you know about Rikki’s Refuge

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