Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! March 29, 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

Great Big Red Alert!!!!
Last Day to Vote for Duke
Vote daily Wednesday March 23rd thru Tuesday March 29th for Duke
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Always happy, even with congenital eye defects, Duke is a Spokes Dog, inspiring hope in handicapped animals and humans everywhere.  Duke is as sweet as he is cute!!!  
♫♫ Oh, the noble Duke of Rikki's
He had ten thousand friends
Who all voted for him
Over and over agains ♫♫

♫ ♫ Oh, A-voting we will go
A-voting we will go
We'll vote for Duke in flocks
And put him on the Bissell Box ♫♫

Round the Refuge
Saturday and Sunday - April 2nd and 3rd - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put on your calendar to volunteer at Rikki’s Refuge.  Dave is working on Rabbit Rotunda II Roof both days and NEEDS your help.  Really truly please, pick one or both days and come out and help.  The sun should be shining and it should be getting warm again.  And we NEED your help. 

There are five poor doves who have to live in cages until Rabbit Rotunda II is finished.  They want to fly free and soar!!  YOU can give them this chance.  There are rabbits and guinea pigs and pigeons waiting for their new home to be finished so they can come to Rikki’s.  Give these animals a chance.  Help us build their habitat!!!!

The Residents of Rabbit Rotunda
are our smallest critters.  They live in an enclosed neighborhood so they are nice and safe.  Lots of our other residents and many wildlife would find them a tasty snack.  Here, at Rikki’s Refuge, we want them to be safe and sound and happy. 

One thing that makes them really happy is fresh nums.  All kinds of veggies and fruits.  Even things like rice cakes and unsweetened cereals like shredded wheat are a real treat.

Blackie, Ebony and Oreo enjoy some apple slices.  Ron is one of our volunteers who loves to feed the residents of Rabbit Rotunda and each week he brings a bucket of carefully prepared fresh fruit.

Guinea Pigs need extra vitamin C to stay healthy and they love to get that C from their delicious fresh orange slices.  Toby grabs the first slice!

Munchkin grabs a slice and runs to a private area to keep it all his own!

Teddy and Bear are inseparable, especially at meal time.  Here they share an orange slice and they’ll defend it from any one who tries to snatch it!

Willow and Gertrude are arguing over this piece.  From the looks of Gertrude, she may have had more than her fair share!

At Rikki’s Refuge there is always enough food to go round!

Hey, Angie says to Alfred, what you got there?  I smell something on your breath?  You better let me share!

Parsley is a real favorite.  Angie finds Herman’s stash and helps herself.

Bunny Bonanza
Celebrate Spring - Celebrate Life
Saturday April 16th 1 to 5 pm
tickets for $3 now
or $5 at the door

Baldo Bandini and his magic show
Face Painting - Easter Egg Hunt and more!

IN SEARCH OF - I have a friend who had a pair of goats, a male and female.  They old folks.  The female passed away and the male is distraught.  She needs an older female goat to be his companion.  He’s neutered and just wants a friend, no hanky panky.  You can reply to me and I’ll connect you.  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

SUMMER HAS A NEW BEAU - photos soon.  Summer  was distraught after losing long time companion Mountain.  Summer is a pretty dominate female and will not share her run with another female.  She needs a man who can stand up to her but who will has a good understanding of who’s in charge.  Lena had to be very careful with the selection.

Rikki’s Refuge always has a very long waiting list for dogs  (and other species) who want to come live with here.  Lena began to go down that list.  When she hit on a possibility, she interviewed the prospect to see if he’d be compatible with Summer.  When she met Beau, a hound, mostly white with tan spots, she thought he’d be a fit.  Beau wasn’t wanted any more cuz he was just one hound too many.  Nothing wrong with him, but with hunting season over hounds are being trashed liked old paper plates. 

And so Beau came on his personal interview.  Lena must have coached him well.  When Summer started to dominate him he stood firm, till he knew just when it was time to give in and he flopped over and showed his belly.  So far they’re doing great together.  Beau is on probation for a two week trial.  If it continues to work out, he’ll become a resident. 

Oh my gosh !!!!! My pal Bill just stopped by to go over what needs to be done to finish up the quarantine room and he made the bestest most wonderful donation!!! Bill!!! WOW purrrzzzzz rubs ankles I love YOU!!!! Gonna hook up that goat cart and buy 4,000,000 cans of Fancy Feast !!!!

Candy!!  Nice to see you today.  Candy transported, Lovell, a black and white rooster to Rikki’s.

Kathy came to walk dogs today!!

Vinspirational Visions
Strong Deeply Rooted Desire is the
Starting Point of all Achievement

"To understand passion is to get to the core nature of life, the very purpose of life, which is to progress and to evolve and grow toward fulfillment. If we are progressing and evolving, then we experience joy, energy, vitality and health. If I am passionate about something it's because that something brings joy to me, nourishment to me – that activity is a path of evolution and expansion for me- expansion of knowledge, influence, power, and happiness. Pursuit of passion is so basic to life, so intimate to life, that if you're not pursuing your passions, you're not going to be happy for long. What you put your attention on grows stronger in your life. You can develop a talent in an area, which allows you to succeed in that area and thus enjoy progress, success and evolution."   ---- Dr John Hagelin

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
Tabby Air Takes You Anywhere

Live from Vincent Video
Vincent Takes a Shower

MOM!!!  How could you???  This is so embarrassing!  How’d you like me to post a video of you taking a shower?  HELP!  Isn’t this kitty porn?

Tails of Trivia

The tongue of a mature Blue Whale has approximately the same mass as that of an entire adult elephant.

The average elephant produces 50lb of dung a day.  -- that’s more than mom scoops out of one cat house in a day!!!  But all together - she’s got to scoop more total cat poo that that every day!

Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.

An elephant's tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.

Music and Motion

Never, Never Trust the Dog!

The 24th Species
Rikki’s Refuge’s Human Habitat
Social Media and Vincent D. Cat

Honestly, I started writing this to you at 8:30 this morning!!!!!   And then the unexpected happened!!!!  With 1259 critters, there’s always something unexpected!!!   But lucky today, no unexpected sick!!!  Yeahhhh.
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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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