Friday, June 17, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! June 17, 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!

If we made it to Cheezburger are we famous ????

SO CLOSE ......

Jan, Alyce and Kent have challenged you - open your wallets to help the kitties and they’ll open theirs big time Sunday - Matching $1,500 --- wowee, we’re almost there, if a few of you could just add one $ .... please !!!!!

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Having trouble learning the new format on this blog. Seems they took away all my functionality. HELP - what’s the best blogging system to use? Most flexibility? Please tell me. I think I need to switch off Blogger here.

Time is running out!

Do you need the perfect Father's Day gift?

Check out the paintings by father and son pot-bellied pigs on e-bay!

The auctions end on Sunday at 1:00 est, so hurry and get in your bid! 100% of the monies raised from these paintings go directly to the animals. Well, not like they have their own checking accounts, but you know what I mean -- it will help with food, medical expenses, or what ever other needs they have.

Do you like the paintings,

but would prefer one painted by Vincent?

Or Duke? Or Candy the horse?

Or Rockstar the guinea pig? Or Nanny the goat?

Well, then come out to First Friday in Fredericksburg on Friday, July 1! All of the paintings by the animals will be on display, and for sale, at Dog Krazy! Their address is 1011 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Va., 22401.

First Friday's are very popular in Fredericksburg

-- during the summer, on the first Friday of every month, art comes to life in downtown Fredericksburg. Many stores and art galleries stay open late (until 9:00) and display the works of local artists. This town is full of talent, and the animals have now joined them!

The art show will begin at 6:00 p.m. But come early and shop the store! Dog Krazy is donating 20% of their sales for the entire day to Rikki's! Customers are already saying "what? 20%? You always donate 10%."

Nancy Guinn, the owner, says that she loves Rikki's because they take the animals that no one else will, so she wants to do something that she has never done before, and she is giving us more. The paintings have even inspired her own bulldog, Piglet, to paint! And Piglet is donating her very own first painting to the effort!

To see Piglet's painting early, check out Dog Krazy on Facebook:

So, come down to Dog Krazy, have some light refreshments, and view and purchase a painting for yourself! They make great gifts, too! And if a painting is "not your thing", then check out the Christmas ornaments! Priced at only $5 each, they make great gifts, and would also look great as part of the wrapping of a present!

Can't make it on the 1st? Don't worry. Mary and Melissa are busy finding other locations to show and sell the art. Currently, a library in the Fredericksburg area and an art gallery in Orange are considering showing the paintings.

Do you drink Coca Cola products?

Rikki's is collecting the Rewards codes from their 12-packs. If you would like to give your rewards codes to Rikki's, simply e-mail the codes to Melissa at Rikki's will use the points to receive items that can be used for fundraisers, or for trying to win some of their many gift card giveaways. Every little bit helps!

We’re so almost there please help us meet the challengs so Jan can get out that check book on Sunday!!!!

Hello! From Petco

I just wanted to remind all of you pet enthusiasts, rescuers, and working dog handlers that the Fredericksburg Petco (5717 Plank Road) is now offering Pet Nutrition Seminars for free in the store! Our special "Size Matters" canine seminar is tonight at 7pm!

The upcoming seminars include:

*Friday, June 17th at 7pm "Size Matters" - a canine nutrition seminar about specific dietary requirements of large vs small breed dogs.

*Friday, July 15th at 7pm "Senior Special" - a canine nutrition seminar about the metabolic changes and specific dietary needs of older dogs.

*Friday, August 19th at 7pm "Upset About Digestive Upset?" - a nutrition seminar for both cat and dog enthusiasts, interested in learning more about what makes a sensitive stomach formula special, the difference between prebiotics and probiotics, and the benefits of fiber in a pet's diet.

*Friday, September 23rd at 7pm "From the Inside Out" - a nutrition seminar about foods to support your pet's skin and coat.

This free, informal customer-education opportunity may be benefical to pet owners/handlers who feed a commerical diet, like the one's sold at our local Petco store or are interested in more information about pet supplements. I hope you take advantage of this free opportunity and look forward to answering your questions at our seminar tonight!

If you have any questions, you may reply to this email or call the store at 540-785-0137.

Thank you for your time!

Stephanie Holmes


JUNE 18th and June 25th

Contact Kathy or Kim or by phone 703-350-3957 if you have items they can sell to benefit Rikki’s Refuge. Their home is off Rt 3 not far from the new shopping center with Giant, Petco and Home Depot. They have a great garage for storing things. Unfortunately it’s enough off the beaten path and without adequate parking to make it a good site to sell from.

Some things they’d like to get:

baked goods (no icing or other melt in the sun items)

potted plants

home accent pieces

furniture that is easily carried

chairs would be good, small tables or plant stands

decorative mirrors

anything you can put on the wall

kitchen items

camping items

anything for outdoor entertaining and living

Vincent Guest Appearance

from 10 am - noon on June 25th at the Lake of the Woods Flea Market. And I better not got no fleas!!


Prince and Pop list two of their original Pig Paintings for Father’s Day!!! If you’ve got that dad that has it all .... well here’s something unique!!! Click on photo for more details.



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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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