Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! February 22, 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

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Round the Refuge
Brrrr so what happened here?  I must of let my guard down for a moment and winter snuck back in!  Icky white stuff out there today and it’s brrr brrr brrr cold !!!!   I wanna curl back under my covers and hibernate but mommey says no sleep for the busy kitty, up an at ‘em little guy. 

Five of my friends had to go to the hospital today. 

Professor Higgins is a wise old hound dog who’s been here for many years and he’s got a tumor on his eyelid that’s bother his eye and making it itchy and gooey. 

Snowball is a white kitty who’s had cancer on her ears and most of the external ears had to be removed.  She’s got more cancer on one of them now and that has to come off.  And the doc just called and said she’s got a problem tooth too, so .....

Gideon is a black and white run around kitty, you’ve probably met him if you’ve ever driven up.  He has one black ear and one white ear.  The white ear had cancer and part of it had to come off many years ago.  Now he’s got a growth on the third eyelid on the same side.  We’re really worried about that.

Josephine is a mid teen tabby kitty and she’s been losing weight and her heart is really fast sounding.  Uh Oh sounds like thyroid problems so he’s gonna have to give blood.  Ick!

Cottontail is a white rabbit with an eye infection that won’t get well, they’re gonna have to knock her out to check it out real good and see what the matter is.  The infection isn’t just in the eye, it seems to be around the eye too. 

So cross your paws that everybody be ok today!!!!  We’ll pick ‘em up later in the afternoon!

Mom was getting things ready yesterday for the great adventure out to the docs today.  The trooper has been acting up and stalling lots.  But it’s the best vehicle to get everybody in.  This morning we get up and there’s all this icky ice and snow all over the place and booo the Trooper just won’t stay running.  As long as you keep giving it gas it keeps going but the second you let up it dies and you have to start it again. 

After a bit mom gave up and started scraping and melting the ice off the pick up truck.  Already mom was running late now.  And when she went to get in to drive away she said UH OH there’s a flat tire!!!  Like really really flat!!!   This truck ain’t going no where.  So all the aminals went back to their houses and mom called and left a message - uppssss. 

When Billy gotted in to work he changed out the tire and the spare wasn’t all that good so mom called the doc and said I gotta get the good tire fixed a ‘fore I can drive all that far.  And she was real nice and said, ok, just take the aminals, since it’s part way there, and them come on over.  We take care of you when you can get here.  So the aminals got to their appointments about three hours late!!!  They should all get to come home this evening.  Paws crossed!!

Did you know that it was on February 22, 1630 that the Indians introduced the Pilgrims to popcorn?  Now, I don’t much like pop corn, but that’s cuz I’m a cat.  Well I do like this kind of popcorn

But not the eaty kind.  All my bird friends really like the eaty kind, and so do the goats and the dogs and all.  So at Rikki’s Refuge Sunday was official Popcorn Day.  It’s when we honor the natives of Rikki's by offering them popcorn, fruits and nuts. Friends visit and bring yummies for the wild ones. They all take a walk thru the woods and scatter the nums about for the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, possums, raccoons and all the small forest animals.

Kristina and Victor came out for Popcorn Day at the refuge. They had a great time distributing popcorn, corn cobs, and yummy critter food to the wildlife at Rikki's Refuge! Then they worked all day feeding and watering Doggy Downs dogs, mucking out the guinea pig pens, and helping with the tour.  Thank you for the good eats and hard work Kristina and Victor!!

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My Favorite Quote, Today
Rikki’s doesn’t expect miracles - we RELY on miracles !

No Kidding here either!!!!  Without just about daily miracles I don’t know what would happen to us. 

We pray and you send us your Purina weight circles off your cat and dog food.  When we’ve collected a great huge number of them, Purina sends us checks for money off on cat food!  

We pray some more and wonderful volunteers collect coupons and send them to us. 

We pray some more and cat food goes on sale.   

We pray some more and donors, armed with coupons, and Purina checks head to the store.  And they fill their cars and their trucks to the top with almost free cat food!!!

Upppsss  lots of folks called and said, “I’m at PerSmart trying to buy some cat food on sale for you and they’re telling me somebody already bought it all saying it was for Rikki’s Refuge!!!!”

YIPPEEEE  thank you all for the bags and bags of cat food.  We’ll put it to very good use!!  At about 60 pounds a day right now ....  it doesn’t last long.  In summer when its hot and we’re lounging in the sun and not eating a lot we can only put away about 40 pounds a day.  But in the winter when we’re burning more to stay warm and grow longer thicker fur we scarf down about 65 pounds a day.

Thank you all who brought out nums and cleaning things and all the stuff we need this weekend.  I love you for helping me and my friends!!! 

Happy dance ....

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

Live from Vincent Video
Meet KiKi

Lena Stocks and Jessie on a Cold Day

Meet Lucky the Dog, former Police Dog

Fun and Inspiring

Cane toad Agathe
(Photo by HOLGER HOLLEMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
Cane toad Agathe sits on a toy balance during an inventory at the zoo in Hanover, central Germany. All habitants of the zoo are to be counted, weighed and measured during the week long inventory. Agathe has a weight of 1850 grams.

Sure glad we don’t have to do this at Rikki’s!!!  Mom’d be complaining about all that Fancy Feast for sure!

Music and Motion

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge’s Human Habitat
Teaching Life Skills

Love of love and a bit furry hug to keep you warm,
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