Thursday, March 03, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! March 3, 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!

Round the Refuge
Talk about crazy busy !!!  I’ve got to have the goat cart hitched up in an hour and take Mountain and Gideon to the doc.  So I only got a sec but want to tell you the GOOD NEWS !!!!

Mountain is doing good.  The biopsy results didn’t come back bad.  Kind of inconclusive.  He’s responding to treatment.  Gonna check x-rays and blood work at 4:30 - paws crossed it looks good!!!

Also the biopsy on Gideon’s tumor means it’s operable.  Gonna get checked today to see which surgical avenue to take.  Paws crossed.

Court today for the bad lady who stole things from Rikki’s on October 1st.  YEAHHHH  9 years 12 months jail to serve if she violates any probation things in the next 5 years. 

FORGERY, felony, two years
UTTERING, felony, two years
IDENTITY THEFT, felony, one year
CREDIT CARD FRAUD, felony, two years
CREDIT CARD FRAUD, misdemeanor, 12 months

The commonwealth attorney said they were recommending such harsh punishment for a first time offender because she had done so much damage, even if much of it could not be proved, to Rikki’s Refuge, who was good people doing good things!!  Yeahhhh!!!!!   Her office and the judge too, did an outstanding job on this case!!!  Thank you!!!!

Hey - check out the voting - what’s happening???  We had 0.85% of the planet and now only have 0.79%??  And in Virginia???  HELP them cockers are hot on our tail .....  they’ve got 24.85% of the vote and we’ve got 24.96 ...

Don’t let the doggies eat me up --- get out there and VOTE VOTE VOTE.

Sorry I’ve been so busy lately and not able to write to you every day.  Please help me vote. 

Can’t hang around for long, gotta get Mountain and Gideon to the doc!

Oh but Hee hee hee wanna hear something real funny.  Mum’s going crazy.  But this is good.  She’s been having to do a lot of hospital duty at night and now even with every body ok and not needing to be checked every ½ hour all night, she can’t sleep.  She keeps waking up.  Now she must be sleep walking.  Lena asked mum this morning why she served breakfast before Lena got in.  Mum said HUH???  Lena says somebody came in the kitchen, opened up cases and cases of food and fed everybody in the 9th Life Center and the hospital an whole extra serving of canned food.  Mum had no memory of this.  She does remember waking up and finding herself in the hospital before she’d realize all was ok and she could go back to bed.  Then once she saw lights on and knew Lena was in she was able to zonk out for a couple hours!!!   If your mom has to go crazy or starts sleepwalking - I guess it’s good she’s feeding you!!!

Oh and SUNDAY, March 6th, David needs 4 or 5 people to help at Rabbit Rotunda II.  Tember, he said you and your husband were WONDERFUL last week, please come back!!!!   Please come help raise the roof!!!!

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Hi Bela, welcome to Good Morning Good News, tell me about yourself.

Hi Vincent!  Well, I was a feral kitty living in the woods behind Gilbert's house. Something happened to my mommy. Gilbert's mommy fed me and said nice things to me (I could tell by the tone of her voice).  It got to be winter time and it was cold. Then I hurt my leg and Gilbert's mommy was worried about me. She trapped me (that was scary!!) and brought me to the vet. When the vet opened the trap, I found that I could fly!!  Fly up the walls and around the room! Well, I was checked out and Gilbert's mommy learned I was a boy (she called me a girl). The vet said I was too feral to be a domestic cat. Gilbert's mommy's friends had agreed to adopt me. They took me to their vet, who said, no, this cat is very feral. Probably the best you can hope for is a TNR----and I'd go back to Gilbert's woods. I was neutered and went to live with Phil and Debby in a huge house. I discovered that it was really nice to be indoors and have regular meals. After a couple of months I met my 2 brothers and sister. I have a great life and love my mommy, daddy, and siblings.
Sorry----I've never been interviewed before and I probably talked way too much!
Love, Bela

My Favorite Quote, Today
Live to Learn

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.

Live from Vincent Video
Cat House Lumber Delivery
I want a truck like this!!!

Vincent Checks out the Cat House Lumber

Great Purrchases / Donations
Keep watching our ebay items
some of these are listed by us and some by Mission Fish to benefit Rikki’s

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge’s Human Habitat
What volunteers get out of it

Upcoming Events
SATURDAYS            DONATION DROP OFF,  noon - 2 pm,  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 every Saturday from noon - 2 pm in 2011

SUNDAYS            TOUR THE REFUGE - NOON, mini tour, take a walk around and see the animal neighborhoods.  Every week on Sunday you can join a mini tour where you can walk around from animal neighborhood to neighborhood, from Piggy Paradise to Horsey Haven and see the animals.   One tour only, starts at noon.  Please be prompt.

SATURDAY            March 05         ADOPT A REFUGE DAY - help clean up the refuge like others clean up the highways.  Sign in and get your garbage bags.  Who ever can fill the most from debris that's been blown about and has migrated from the woods, wins.

SUNDAY            March 06         RABBIT ROTUNDA II ROOF RAISING, David needs 4 or 5 good hardworking strong dedicated folks to help out.  Starting 8 am.

I always remember to Love YOU,
no matter how busy it gets around here!

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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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