Monday, June 27, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! June 27, 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!

The Pigeons Arrived
Todd arrived with 28 pigeons to live in Rabbit Rotunda II yesterday afternoon.  And WOW was he ever impressed!!!!  He’d seen the construction thru pictures and videos and he couldn’t stop saying, WOW the it just didn’t do it justice, I had no idea how huge this is!!!  it’s bigger than my whole house!!!  And yes, it is big.  Over 4,000 square feet.

One by one the pigeons came out and flew about and investigated the nooks and crannies of their new home. 

Love at first sight ... or is that flight?
The little white gal, had no mate.  She came as a singlet to Rikki’s over the winter.  She was caged with another white pair and a brown ring neck pair.  They were nice to her, but she was still lonely.  Until Big Boy arrived yesterday!!!

The TEEN CARE Program
Yikes, I can’t believe I have to make a correction.  To something I said.  And I thought I was a purrrfect kitty cat.  I told you the Teen CAE Program really starts at 9 am - every Wednesday, 9 am - 3 pm.  Sorry for the time confusion!!!!  Hope you can come this Wednesday.  Remember if it’s your first day and you are under 18, your parent / legal guardian must sign you in!!!  After your first day at Teen Care Camp you can carpool with your friends.

4th of July at Rikki’s Refuge
Next Monday is the 4th of July.  We have a special holiday tour at noon.  Following the tour will be a vegetarian bar-b-que.  The grill will be hot and we’ll have veggie patties ready for you.  Bring a snack or drinks or a pot-luck dish to share.  Of course I’ll be there to accept Fancy Feast and hand out kisses!!!

Where I need your votes, PLEASE
The Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge will start up again on Monday, July 4th so get your fingers ready for daily voting.  Think we can make it to the top three in the nation this time??  I do if you’ll make that daily commitment to VOTE !!!!

Adopt-A-Pet Contest
It’s FREE and NO you don’t have to adopt to vote!!
We’re listed as Rikki’s Refuge, Orange 22960 - when it asks for zip code it wants OUR zip code 22960, NOT your zip code!!!    You will have to confirm an email they send back to you.

Discount Pet Meds for $1000
Please vote, we need YOUR vote before the end of June.  You can only vote once a month.  Get your vote in.  We’re very close to winning this one.

Walkie Way
Everybody - LIKE this page and post to the wall "Rikki's Refuge, Virginia" and we can win $2011 WOW WEEEE, only the first 10,000 votes count and so far there are only 4,425, this means that if 5,575 of you voted for Rikki's Refuge we'd win paws down

Saturday’s Flea Market
It was a great success thanks to those of you who contributed, those of you who bought and to Kathy and Kim and Mariza and Angela for helping to sell!!!    We don’t have a date set for the next one, possibly week after next.  So save up your stuff. 

Save your aluminum cans too.  Wait for details, coming up soon.  Bring them with you on the 4th of July.

They lined up to meet me at the Flea Market!!

Right now, at the refuge, there’s a collection area set up in the Donation trailer and we’re working hard.  This list might sound crazy, but it’s for real, please bring us the following items.

Drink Pouches-              empty Capri Sun or Honest Kids drink pouches

Candy Wrappers-            empty Mars, Wrigley or Cadbury  EX:  M&M’s, Starburst, Skittles, Twix, Snickers, Sour Patch, Swedish Fish, etc.

Cookie Packaging-            empty cookie wrappers from Nabisco and/or Keebler.  EX:  Oreo and/or Chips Ahoy

Cell Phones-                  any unwanted cell phone, no matter what brand

Scott Brand Packaging-            empty Scott packages from Paper Towels, Napkins and/or Toilet Paper

Huggies Brand Packaging-empty Huggies packages from Huggies Brand Diapers

Beauty Tubes-               empty tubes/containers from any GARNIER Product

Scotch Tape Dispensers-any empty roll of Scotch Brand Tape

Cereal Bags-                 any empty cereal bag from Malt-O-Meal, Three Sisters, Bear River Valley or Isabel’s Way

Elmer’s Glue-                any empty container of Elmer’s Brand Glue  EX:  Bottle Of School Glue, Gel or Glue Sticks

Neosporin Tubes-  any empty container of Neosporin

Laptops-                        any unwanted brand of Laptop

Digital Cameras-            any unwanted brand of a Digital Camera

MP3 Players-                any unwanted brand of MP3 Players

Lunch Kits-                    any empty Lunchables brand lunch combination kits

Cheese Packaging-            any empty Kraft Cheese Package  EX:  Cream Cheese, Single Slices, Shredded or Block

Ink Jets-                        any empty ink cartridge

Solo Cups-                    any empty Solo Squared Cup

Theresa 'Dolly' Sekely
facebook photo
Our friend Dolly has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be friends on the other side.

Early in the morning of June 22, 2011, Theresa Catherine Sekely, 79, of Locust Grove passed away to a better world.  She was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of the late Lawrence W. and Catherine Simon.

Mrs. Sekely was a member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. She loved scrapbooking as a hobby and loved spending time with her precious family.

Theresa is survived by her daughter, Linda Keppler and her husband, Joe; daughter Laura Gilmartin and her husband, Jeff; daughter Laverne Zimmer and her husband, Calvin; son Bernard Sekely Jr. and his wife, Frances; daughter Lisa Witkowski and her husband, Peter; nine grandchildren, Brad Keppler, Sarah Zimmer, Carlie and Matt Wesche, Jenna Zimmer, Drew Sekely, Diana Zimmer, Emma Witkowski and Alec Witkowski; great-grandson Corbin Wesche; and special great-grandson, Jake Montrose.

Services were Friday, June 24, at Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to
Rikki's Refuge of Orange County, Po Box 1357, Orange VA 22960
or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

Online condolences may be made at

We’ll miss you Dolly.

My Dad has a Great Big Birthday coming up soon
and he has a Great Big Birthday Wish
Fred J. Friedman's Birthday Wish

The Great Jigsaw In Honor of Wayne H. Morris

Hey there ....
isn’t that MY handsome face on YOUR shirt?

And so I got to thinking ........

I worked hard to do my first self portrait ........

Wayne H. Morris makes really pretty pictures of me and my friends.  He’s been a big help fundraising for us at Rikki’s.  I can’t even begin to count the number of animals who’s lives have been saved and helped because of his artwork, or as I call it, his heartwork.

I love his work
Especially of ME !!!!

What can I do to let Wayne know how much I appreciate all he’s done for me and all the animals of the planet?

.......   and it was back to the drawing board
Practice, Practice and more Practice.

I studied Wayne’s pictures, and why they are so captivating.  I want to be just like Wayne!!  The hoomans say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Hundreds, thousands of canvases went to the burn pit ....  and finally,


With a little help from my friend Melissa who guided me in the finer points of aesthetics.

And now I want to give my new painting to Wayne H. Morris as a token of my love and appreciation.  And I want YOU to help me.  In honor of Wayne, 25 of you - and ONLY 25 of you - can play this game with me and help me let Wayne know how much he means to us all.

Yikes!!  What happened to my new painting????

Mom’s taken a picture of my new self portrait and turned it into a jigsaw puzzle with 25 pieces.

You can buy a piece of my puzzle for $10 right here

When all 25 pieces are sold, the piece holders will get the secret address where they can go on line and work on solving the puzzle!

The first one of my 25 special friends who solves the puzzle and sees my new self portrait, takes a picture of it complete and posts it to my facebook page  will win an 8 x 10 color print, purrsonally pawtographed by me.

And Wayne will win the original painting!!!!

And where will the money collected go?  It’s going to help our woodland friends.

The survey of the property is done.  All boundaries have been marked with wooden stakes.  Next week the surveyor is going to walk mom, and anyone who wants to go, around the boundary.  He’s sunk poles at all the corners.  And he’s put wooden stakes in the ground along the line.  He’s suggested we replace the wooden stakes with metal T-posts pounded deep into the ground.  He says we’ll need about 100 to do the job.  This fun game will let us buy the first 60 so we can get started.

Get Ready ....  Get Set ..... GO .....  tickets / pieces are now on sale!!!!!

Have you saved Friday night for me
and the artists of Rikki’s Refuge?
At Dog Krazy in down town Fredericksburg, as part of First Friday, our art work will be on display 6-9 pm.  Please stop by and say hi and view all our lovely work that will be on sale!!

If there is any way you can help out, $1, $5, $10 or $25 ...  anything you can spare is desperately needed.  We haven’t been able to finish paying June’s bills.  In just a few days we’ll have July’s bills due.  And the survey bill came in and needs to be paid ASAP.  I very seriously need your help to hang on here.  Please, donate what you can.  Please, help us with fundraising projects.  Just ask, there is so much you can do right at home to make it happen!!!


Help me keep this wonderful Refuge running! 

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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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