Friday, June 24, 2011

Good Morning Good News !!!! June 24, 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!

Today is Dedicated to Bissell
They are such wonderful people and a really cool company.  Jill Weykamp flew all the way from Michigan to preside over the photoshoot.  She’s a really really nice lady.  She gives nice hugs too.  My friend Rainbow Diamond won last year and she went to Texas to help with her pictures.  She said Rainbow was as much fun in person, or dogson, as he is on Facebook!!
You can send an email to Jill and thank her for Bissell being so nice to me.  Read the story about Bissell and learn about them and then tell Jill what you think!  I think they’re pretty cool!!

We headed over to Culpeper this morning, not far from where my doctor is.  Mom wouldn’t let me drive cuz I was so excited she was worried I’d go to fast and get a ticket.
All the pictures here of my photo shoot were taken by mom or Jill.  These aren’t the professional pictures.  Bissell has the photoshoot photos and we’ll get some but can’t use them anywhere.  I can’t wait to see the boxes.  MY boxes with MY face should be coming out about October!!!   I can’t wait.  I’ll keep you up to date on all of it.

We met at Studio C Photography in Culpeper where the owner Tim Carlson was waiting for me.  He’s a really good photographer.  He has so much patience.  And he got on the floor and really got to know me.  He has kitties too.  He can even talk like a cat!  He’s got so many cool tricks to work with animals who want their photos taken. 
Tim takes photos of hoomans too.  Weddings and graduation pictures and family photos and all kinds of wonderful things.  Anything you want to remember, Tim can capture the pictures for you!

You can visit Tim Carlson at
Studio C Photography
142 N. Main St
Culpeper VA 22701

and you can send him an e-mail and says Thanks for Loving the Animals at

Alyx Duckett from the Free Lance Star paper came to see me too.  She’s writing a story that should be in tomorrow’s paper.
Alyx Duckett is a junior at VCU studying print journalism. She’s from Stafford county where she graduated from Stafford High school.  Now she’s writing for the Free Lance Star!!!  I can’t wait to see her story!!!  She wants to come on a tour to see Rikki’s and maybe do another story.  Email her and tell her what you think of Rikki’s Refuge and what you’d like to see a story about.

Look at this!!!  $5,000 from Bissell.  Is that like wonderful or what?  There seems to be a slight error on the check.  I don’t think they made it out right, but I’ll fix it up to read Pay to the Order of Vincent D. Cat’s Fancy Feast Fund. 
Nobody’s taking MY money away!!!

All About Bissell

A History of Good Business Since 1876
Anna and Melville's Crockery Shop

BISSELL's goal is to help you improve the ways you take care of your home, right down to the microscopic irritants. Since 1876, we've spent years developing cleaning tools designed to keep your living environment up to the highest standards.

In the mid-1800s, Anna and Melville Bissell owned a small crockery shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While cleaning up after the day's work, Anna often became frustrated with the sawdust that was embedded in the carpet. The tiny, stubborn particles clung to the carpet, and trying to sweep them up was becoming a time-consuming nuisance.

Anna and Melville Bissell

Anna presented the problem to Melville, her mechanically inclined husband. Melville designed and constructed a carpet sweeper machine that he hoped would solve the problem once and for all.

His ingenious carpet sweeper design was a success, and word of Melville Bissell's carpet sweeper spread quickly. People soon began asking where they could purchase a carpet sweeper for themselves.

The BISSELL Carpet Sweeper was patented in 1876, and in 1883 the first BISSELL manufacturing plant was built in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Following Melville Bissell's untimely death in 1889, Anna Bissell stepped in and confidently took control of the company, becoming America's first female corporate CEO.   Yeahhhh and way to go Anna!!!!!

Under Anna's aggressive and innovative management, BISSELL soon began to look in new directions in product development for their budding carpet sweeper line and to expand their carpet sweeper business to include all the continents of the world.

As lifestyles changed, the company expanded beyond the carpet sweeper and introduced additional products that helped people clean better while saving time. In the 1950s, BISSELL invented a new multi-purpose formula and shampooer that reduced the time involved in and the drudgery of carpet cleaning. To meet the growth of smaller living spaces, BISSELL introduced practical, lightweight cleaners that people could use quickly and store easily. And BISSELL made deep cleaning (once the exclusive domain of commercial providers) available to everyone with its introduction to the consumer market of the current carpet deep cleaners that feature a built-in heater to optimize performance. Additionally, BISSELL recently acquired the Woolite® Carpet and Upholstery business, which includes its renowned line of carpet cleaning products. Even though the dust is now somewhat settled, BISSELL remains focused on the future.

So as you can see, at BISSELL when we say clean...WE MEAN CLEAN!

Learn more about their wide line of products:

Meet Vincent D. Cat
Please stop in and visit our site - lots and lots of new things this week!!!!   The Flea Market is set up near Lake of the Woods on Route 3.  If you’re coming from Fredericksburg, it’s on the left after the glass office building and the Ace Hardware and before Lake of the Woods light.  Saturdays 8 am - 3 pm. 

Vincent D. Cat will be visiting from 10 am till noon - stop by and meet World Famous Vincent!  Bring Fancy Feast, get hugs and purrs!!

Kathy and Kim are running these sales to help support Rikki’s Refuge - 100% of proceeds is for food and medicine for the animals of Rikki’s Refuge.  Please stop in and see what goodies we have this week.

Clean out your closets, your garage, your attic ......
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. 

VOLUNTEER to help with the sales on Saturdays.

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

Will you work for food?
My friend Indigo Wheeled Terrier is asking for help putting up fencing at his house.  He’s a handicapped pit bull who’d been badly abused.  He now runs with the aid of his wheelchair.  Here’s his note!

We will be starting around 10 am Sat June 25th. The objectives of the day will be hauling away all the junk we have pulled out of the woods so far and putting up fencing. Mom suggests long pants, boots, gloves, sunscreen and bug spray. Mom will be serving vegan and other foods and there will be plenty of water and soda etc on hand. Anyone with trucks or tools that could be helpful are especially appreciated. Our Address is 36 Mack Lane, Stafford Va 22556, since our house is on a gravel not well marked road, we will be putting up additional signage leading to the house for the day. Moms Cell number is 301-814-3694, if anyone gets losted or has qwestshuns.

July 1, Friday at Dog Krazy
Dog Krazy
You are cordially invited to MY art show, featuring paintings made by ME and the other animals of Rikki's Refuge!  There will be paintings by 15 of us artists of 10 different species. 
This art show will be held on Friday, July 1st, during the First Friday event in Fredericksburg. 

It will happen at Dog Krazy  1011 Caroline Street in down town Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. Light refreshments will be served. 

Not only will their be paintings for sale, but we will have Christmas ornaments painted by the animals, photos, and the Too Hot for Spot window cling car thermometers! All will benefit Rikki's Refuge. 

Also on that day, Nancy, the owner of Dog Krazy,
will be donating 20% of her sales for the entire day to Rikki's!
So, come and shop, shop, shop!
Dog Krazy opens at 10:00 a.m.
The art show will officially be from 6:00p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

So, bring your friends, and come and browse all of the First Friday venues! And, help support the "Starving Artists" (not really starving, but Vincent can be soooo dramatic!) of Rikki's Refuge!

July 14 to August 7
The Orange Arts Center
129 E Main St, Orange Virginia, USA

The animals of Rikki's Refuge recently spent a day painting!  15 artists of 10 different species put their talents to work.  And now, we have been invited by The Arts Center in Orange to display, and sell, some of our works!

From July 14 to August 7, the Arts Center will have a display titled Equus III: The Modern Horse. This exhibit will be "A multimedia exhibit of non-traditional equestrian art juried by Mary Shira including a range of work by Virginia artists from impressionist, to modern rocking horses, to architectural renderings, to an oil portrait of a horse’s ass by emerging and established artists". 

When they planned this event, little did they know that they would add horses, dogs, cats, emus, chickens, guinea pigs, and other animals to the list of artists!

Proceeds from the sale of the Rikki's Refuge paintings will go directly to supporting the over 1200 animals at the sanctuary.

More from Rabbit Rotunda II!!!!
Rabbits Move In

The TEEN CARE Program
Yikes, I can’t believe I have to make a correction.  To something I said.  And I thought I was a purrrfect kitty cat.  I told you the Teen CAE Program really starts at 9 am - every Wednesday, 9 am - 3 pm.  Sorry for the time confusion!!!!  For more information or to come this Wednesday, call 540-854-0870 x3

This weekend at the Refuge.
Saturday, Donation Drop off noon - 2 pm.  Gates open so you can deliver Fancy Feast.  We do accept other goodies too.  We really need paper towels.  Really really bad.  Mom says more than we need more Fancy Feast, but I think she’s wrong.   She says I should ask you to bring bleach, canned dog food, canned cat food, bird seed and good smelling stuff to add to the mop water.  I think Fancy Feast will do just fine!

Sunday, TOUR at noon - you know the drill.  Gates open at 11:30 am, tour starts at noon, visit all the animal neighborhoods, dress for the weather, it’s outside, we have hooves, I don’t but lots of the animals do, so wear good shoes, long pants protect you from rubs and scratches.  Tours last about two hours and there is only one so be sure to be here by noon!  Admission is two cans of cat or dog food per person!!

No Matter How You Look At It

I Love YOU,

Help me keep this wonderful Refuge running! 

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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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