Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! March 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

the 16th, tomorrow.  Purina is giving us come nums.  Mike is headed out early to pick it up.  He has to drive all the way to Pennsylvania and back.  We need YOUR help to unload in the afternoon.  Timing is always difficult since Mike doesn’t know how the traffic will be there and back and how long he’ll have to wait to be loaded at the factory.  He’s taking a big truck cuz it’s supposed to be a lot of nums.  Like 10 pallets full!!!!  Num Num Num....  So if you can dome mid to late afternoon and help us unload I’d really appreciate.

Don’t leave me to do this by myself.  Little ol’ Vin Man here ain’t so big and I could easily get smushed under one of those pallets.  So I need enough of you to do it so I can stay safely inside!!!  Thank you..

Round the Refuge
What a busy weekend we had!!!  Thanks Snickers for taking over the office for me on Friday!!  I got to catnap all day and that made me feel good enough to be able to love and play with my visitors!!!  Thank you all for coming to visit me!!  I just love you!!!

You all are just awesome!!!  Thank you Vicki and Jan for adding more cans to your tally for March Madness!   Today is the LAST day of my March Madness Fill the Pantry Can Collection!!!!  Just click right here to see how you’re placing!!!       http://rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/2011/03/vincent-alert.html
The winner who donates the most cans - by midnight tonight est - wins a Rikki’s Tshirt!!!

Thank you Beth, Jamie, Sharon, Diana, Nancy, Kathy, Alicia, Christiann, Cindy, Alyce, Sarah, Dennise, Debra, Feed the Dawgs, Niko, Marie and Sherri for helping to fill my pantry!!

Cat food, dog food, tuna, we need it all.  Too late to go shopping and deliver nums before midnight?  Just click right here
and I’ll do the shopping.

Help all my friends, even the dawggies!!

Click here to see who’s in the lead!!!!

I was so busy Saturday I forgot to climb Candy’s leg to get a hug and say Happy Birthday Auntie Candy!!” 

And Happy Birthday Heather too!!

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My Favorite Quote, Today
Respect yourself and others will follow

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
Just look at the lengths
Angnes will go to
for fresh fish!!

Live from Vincent Video
today’s video(s)

Meet Candy the Horse

Meet Sammi the Goat

Good Times in the News
Look for Treasure. Your Key to Success.
David J. Pollay, HappyNews Columnist

I learned early in life that it’s easy to be a critic. You can find fault with anything. The challenge is to sift through life looking for the good things, opportunities, and lessons to be learned.

(1) Dad’s view
When I was growing up in Milwaukee, the largest electronics superstore in the area was a company called American TV. And the owner, Len Mattioli, was famous in Wisconsin. He was known as “Crazy TV Lenny” and he was constantly pitching his store on radio and television. He was always yelling in his ads: “Buy a washer, get a bike! Buy a TV, get a bike!” He hawked his products at full volume.

One day I said to my father, “Dad this guy is nuts. He’s always yelling!” And my father said to me, “David, he’s a good businessman.”

My dad was right: Dad could see that American TV’s business was growing quickly. Mattioli did more than yell. Crazy TV Lenny found a way to draw people into his store. In fact, Mattioli took the original store and turned it into a chain of fifteen electronics superstores in the Midwest.

(2) Bill’s view
I met Bill Zito the summer before we both left Milwaukee for Yale University. One day we were sitting in the upper grandstand at the old County Stadium watching the Milwaukee Brewers play. I was asking him about all the players. Bill knew them: He had been the Brewers’ official batboy.
So, I asked him: “What’s Cecil Cooper like?”
Bill said: “Excellent guy.”
“How about Paul Molitor?”
“Excellent guy.”
“And what about Robin Yount?”
“Super-excellent guy.”
And this is how the conversation went as I talked to Bill about half the roster. I was surprised that everyone was an “excellent” guy. We all have heard so much in the news about professional ballplayers; I thought at least someone would not be so great. But in Bill’s eyes, everyone I asked about was an excellent or a super-excellent guy.
Bill’s ability to see the good in players has served him well. He is now a sports agent with forty professional hockey players on his roster.

(3) Preston’s view
Twenty years ago in New York City I was with my good friend Preston Kevin Lewis. We were looking for music in a record store when a song began to play. I leaned over the record bin and said, “I don’t like this music.” And Preston quietly said, “It doesn’t do a lot for me,” and kept looking through the stack of records. While the song I pointed out wasn’t his favorite, Preston didn’t spend any time focusing on the music he didn’t like; instead he searched for the music he did like. Preston now works for Warner Brothers, after stints with HBO Home Video, MTV, and Disney.

A lesson learned: Find the treasures
I remember these stories because they are woven together in a lesson that has stuck with me over the past two decades: When you look for the good, and when you expect the good, you’ll find the good. When you want to learn something new, there’s a treasure to be found.

This week
This week, observe yourself assessing the day-to-day events of your life, and the people you encounter. What do you say to yourself about them? What do you say to others?

Then, here’s the big question. When you make these comments publicly or privately, ask yourself: “What am I learning right now?” Do my comments and observations help me understand why someone is successful, why a business grows, and how a product sells?”

You will likely discover that your quick criticisms seldom lead you anywhere; they close the doors of your curiosity and creativity. Your life will remain as it is.

But when you tune your mind to look for the hidden treasures in life, you will discover lessons that you can apply to your own goals and dreams. You will advance your life.

Be a treasure hunter; the rewards are great.

David J. Pollay is the creator of The Law of the Garbage Truck™ (www.thelawofthegarbagetruck.com). David’s book, The Law of the Garbage Truck: Take control of your life with one, will be published by Sterling Publishing in September, 2010. You can find out about The Law of the Garbage Truck™ and David’s mission at www.thelawofthegarbagetruck.com. You can also read David’s blog at www.pollayblog.com.

Cuz I Love YOU the Mostest,
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