Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! February 9, 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 here - who loves ME ?
you PURR-fectly wonderful humans do!!!!


     We are getting closer to closing the deal
in the Vincent's Valentine's Challenge. 
Oh boy -- when you put your
incredible minds to accomplish something - 
miracles happen. 

      Jan and Larry --
get ready to pull open the purse strings
and let the much needed cash flow
to match my human friend's GENEROSITY!!!!!

          WHO LOVES YOU BABY ?

The Valentine Day LOVABLE CAT

Let’s just finish off the little bit that’s left
to meet the Challenge!!!
Come on EVERYBODY now
just $1 each and that’ll do it !!!
Click to see how close we are!!

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My Favorite Quote, Today
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do!

Gee me and mom really believe that one!  I learned to walk after my accident.  I learned to be happy and have a fun filled productive life when they said I was nothing but a handicapped pathetic kitty who out to be put to death instead of given a chance to live and love and change the world.  Mom showed them too.  They said she was just a silly little kid who dropped out of 11th grade to raise a baby and that she’d never even be able to support herself, then they said she was too young and too silly to own her own business, then they said she’d never figure out how to turn this old corn field into a sanctuary and save thousands and thousands of lives.  Just like mine!!!  Mom and Me - we Believe!!!

Do YOU believe?  Share YOUR story with me.

Round the Refuge
Brrr it was a cold day today.  Sunny, but cold.  Haven’t heard how the Bake and Craft sale went today.  Hope it was GREAT.  Thank you to all who prepared for it and who ran it today!!  We animals appreciate all you do for us.  Very very much. 

I tried baking muffins to sell once, but I kept getting side tracked licking the Fancy Feast filling off the spoon ......

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  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.

Schindrilla Rushing Home from the Fish Market to get out of the cold!

Live from Vincent Video
Meet the Camera Shy Guinea Pig

Well, that didn’t take long!!!

Meet Walker, Rikki’s Alumni and Doggie Diplomat

On this Day

February 9, 1964 was the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Who’s going to admit to having seen that?  1964 - that was about the time my great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great- great-great-grandpa was ruling!

Music and Motion

Good Times in the News
Somebody shared this with mom and she said it could be useful information, so I’m sharing

This is from one of those widely-circulated emails, you may have already seen it, but it's valuable (and accurate) information.

Neurologists say that if they can treat a stroke victim within three hours, they can often totally reverse the effects of the stroke. The technology is there to completely prevent damage from a stroke. The trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within three hours, which can be tough.


Always remember the '3' steps... S T R  -- Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.  Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.  The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage within hours, when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

But a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE. Is their smile balanced and equal?

T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE   (Coherently -- i.e. It is sunny out today.)  Can they repeat a simple sentence clearly?

R* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.  Do both arms go up equally?

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Here's another, additional test for stroke:  "Stick out Your Tongue!"  Ask the person to 'stick' out her tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that can also be an indicator that the person has suffered a stroke.

Of course the very best way to avoid a stroke is prevention: adopt and adhere to a low-fat, plant-strong diet, protecting your arteries and veins from being damaged and clogged, which is why a stroke occurs.

But it's important to know how to spot symptoms of a silent stroke: it can mean the difference between life and death.

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge’s Human Habitat
Adults and Children in Need

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Rikki's Refuge, supported solely by private donations, houses over 1200 animals of 22 species. On line at 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.

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