Thursday, August 16, 2012

Good Morning Good News, August 16, 2012

Goodz Morning ....  well today be long over the river and thru the woods day.  

Iz gotz to go out and gets the great big truck .... and then go getz the great bigz trailer.  I glad Kiki be coming along to drive, cuz it's a big truck.  Who's gonna win today's Opie's Kitty Trivia Contest? 

Wez getting 12,200 pounds of canned food.   If we gotz to drive back MILES and MILES and ME (Opie) and Timmy and KiKi be doing the driving, and we have to stop to snack every so often, and if we figure out how to crank that can opener --- heee hee hee KiKi already snitched it from the kitchen and put it in her pocket --- how many pounds of nums you think wez getz back with?

Just kidding, that not the real Opie Kitty Trivia of the Day !!!!  Here's the real conundrum you gotta figure out. 

We're picking up 12,200 pounds of canned food.  It'll be in cases I'm sure.  Two 1,900 pound pallets and six 1,400 pallets.  Lucky for us they fork lift at the pick up site!!  But unlucky for everybody when we getz back, Rikki gotz no fork lift !!!!   If youz got fork lift and you gots time to pave parking area and build a warehouse a fore we gets back, well than that sure makez the job easier !!!

So Iz be expecting Lena, Wayne, Paul, Billy, Shannon and Sean to be there working today.  Butz I gotz to be leaving a fore time for dem to show up.  They all know what afternoon chore is today .... so how many will think of creative excuse to no come do their job today?   But that not be the trivia question!!   Mom, and Mary Ellen and David will be with us in the truck and they be helping to unload too.   They all be da old kind of hooman, what you call dem?  Da senior sitonthems?  I think that cuz they be good to sit on after all those years of them practicing loving us.  

So .....  wif six ... better show up to work young whipper snapper hard workers and with three old senior sitonthems how long will it take da hoomans to unload 12,200 pounds of nums from the truck and trailer?   Give me your time in minutes.

Now curse I not know the answer to dis question either.  But I be finding out for you!  I got stop watch and us aminals we be watching da hoomans do dis job.  It be good some time to just look cute and say, but Iz just aminal, I can no help you wif hard job, Iz sorwy. 

So you tell me here in the comments - how many minutes to unload all the nums today.  I sorry they be variables but life at Rikki's is always full of variables!!!!!   So they just get calculated in every day.  And that be for today too!!!! 

Who ever be closest to the number of minutes it actually takes - wins a kitty toy !!!!   Mailed to you and your kitty, anywhere in the world!!!

Get out your chalk and find a blackboard and start your cogitating and your guessing now !!!   Seez you in lots of many hours.  And guess what .....  soon .... real soon .... you just might be able to keep up wif me on da smart phone all day long!!!!  Will dat be cool dat I neber neber have to be out of touch wif you!!!   Iz very excited !!!!  But it be secret now!!!  

But you know what not be secret?  I LOVE YOU !!!!! 

YOU been VOTING???

Don’t forget - every day in every way - Vote for

Rikkis Refuge in VA in the USA in the Shelter Challenge

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Betty Guarding the Pantry!!!

Remember Betty? Known as Bitey when she came? YOU saved her. You told me she'd bitten the animal control officer who captured her and she was going to be murdered for that offense. And so YOU helped her get here. And she's been just fine. Never bitten, never been mean. A bit of a loner but a love bug too. Likes good snuggles some times. Just not all the time. Wants to be outdoors and only comes in when the weather is really extreme one way or the other.

LOOK !!!!! Timmy's a star!!!!

I saw his picture on nums yesterday !!!!

Looking to Adopt any pot belly pigs??
We are looking for a home for our six 9 week old pot -bellied pigs and their 1 1/2 yr old father (he's fairly small ).  Some of them have white on them. If you can take them ,or know of someone who can please let us know.  I believe in the Culpeper area. If interested let me know and I'll give you the guy's email.

Mum’s gotz a happy
 - Snowball been here bout 3 years. She’s scardy cat. Her mum died and she was all terrified, ended up in a pound. Nobody gonna adopt a poor terrified adult kitty. So Snowball came here to live. She very nice, never growl or hiss or bite or scratch. Just scared. I don’t think she’d ever seen another kitty. And it’s scary to have to suddenly leave everything and everyone y
ou ever knowed and go to a strange place with all kinds of peoples and all kinds of aminals and start learning to make friends. And so Snowball’s been hidy, and scared. She’ll come up near at nums time, but little pat on head and she wants to run hide again. Mum woke up this morning with Snowball rubbing her feet, rolling and rubbing and purring. Mum was scared to move. She reached out a hand and wiggled her fingers. Snowball slowly slunk up, and rubbed on mum’s fingers for a bit. Then she stretched out and tried to look comfortable and regal and in charge of things (Snowball, not num) while she purred intermittently and looked around quickly, like this ok? I be ok now?

Mum says we need a 100 room hotel for the scardey kitties, so they could have quiet environment, one or two or three in a room, and nice kitty peoples who wanted to come spend the night and sleep with them and let them get used to things gently.

Wouldn’t that be nice? Not to worry. No hotels for sale! Not asking for $s to buy no hotel. But someday maybe? The Scardy Kitty Acclimation Hotel - what you think?

So ..... drum roll please ..... actors out front !!!!!
The main players in Tuesday's Get the Bleach plea .......

Sir Duke Thomas Peabody, who dutifully rolled in good poo and put on a sad sad face and even stopped wagging his tail ....

Timmy who pathetically drug his hind legs in, hauling a filthy bankie .....

Opie who slunk on his belly, like those hind legs don't work purrfectly without feet, and drug a dirty stinky bed ......

And of course ME, Vincent the World's Best Super Shopper .....

And when I walked up to that clerk and said .... please ... my boys are dirty ... they have no clean bed ..... can you please spare me 100 bottles of bleach .....

And she said GET OUT OF MY STORE YOU STINKING BUNCH OF AMINALS !!!!! And so I snuggled up to her real close and whispered in her ear ..... Pssss I said ..... I'm incontinent, and I'm gonna sit right here on your lap till you GIVE me 100 bottles of bleach !!!!!!

And do you know what she did? She threatened to call Aminal Control !!!

So I said ok, Lady, tell you what. I'll pay your outrageous price for that bleach. Then she smiled and said, Right O Pussy Cat, you gots the credit card, wez can talk. I whipped that almighty piece of plastic right out my pocked and I swiped it in dat machine and I say - See lady, I be nice pussy cat, I swiped the card, then I curled my fingers and stuck out my claws and said, I could a swiped YOU !!!!

And she said, well, uh, yes, I guess you stinking aminals can be a dangerous bunch, here you take that bleach, and I'll help you load it up if you go get out of here quick like bunnies, here go go go ... I even toss in 20 free bottles if you don't swipe me with those dangerous looking claws !!!!!

And so my friends .... I present to you 120 bottles of bleach --- total cost $100 --- look on lady's face - Priceless !!!!

And now .... to go tally up the counts of bleach. Who won the Opie Trivia Question of the day yesterday? How many gallons of bleach do we use at Rikki's Refuge every year? Hey, you, over there ... can you keep the drum roll going while I go check the entries !!!!

Thank you, thank you for the drum roll ..... Here are the guesses on Opie Kitty Tricia "How many gallons of bleach does Rikki's Refuge use each year."
1,000,000 Kathleen D Atkinson
   12,000 Kate Viscardi
    7,300 Ashlee Lee
    3,000 Nora Eldridge
    3,000 Catherine Hamilton
    2,920 Sherry Eller
    2,000 Jeff Green
    1,900 Bonzai Brown
    1,500 Frances Campbell
    1,373 Lia Federico
    1,095 Sheila Fath
    1,000 Stan Dial Sr.

And the answer is 1,095 gallons of bleach are used every year at Rikki's Refuge to keep everything sanitized for our protection !!!!!

Sheila !!!! You're the winner !!!!!!!! Ask your kitties if they want Pink, Blue or Orange and pm me your mailing address !!!! Or email

Did you know

that Black Cats are the least likely to be adopted and more often killed than any other fur color, 5 times more likely to die in shelters. We hope that we can change this, they need your help. Post your photos, stories and share your love for them. We are here to enjoy and celebrate the Black Cat, to dispel the myths that has plagued them. Stop by, all pets are invited .. so share your love , post your photos and stories!!!!!!!  

This is an on line, virtual event.  Last year, when we started this project, so many folks joined that we got global media coverage.  This prompted many people to adopt black cats all over the world.  And shelters in many countries participated and countless animals were saved.

It costs nothing, and you need do nothing, but click on the event, and join us.  Just your membership here will help black cats the world over.

Tomorrow, August 17th, is Black Cat Appreciation Day


YOU can sponsor a Black Cat at Rikki’s Refuge for only $25 !!   Let ‘em know you care!

Later gators .....  Iz off to ride in BIG truck ....  Love Opie

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Good Morning Good News, August 10, 2012

.... (((((( scoots out with clipboard and pen )))))  
         ....  Well my son ... 
                         we're coming along on this evaluation .....   

You've been at the job three months 
          and tell me you can take over the whole show?   

Hmmmm   ((((( lots of checks in the right column .... but ))))   

Let's see here ....  You've done a fine job of keeping the hoomans stocked with paper towels I see ....    

New Species?  Well I guess so.  What is this guy anyway?  Pretty beast, that's for sure!  Anybody know what kind of critter this is?

He's like 3 inches long and a good half inch in diameter.  You go put him back in Caterpillar Corner, son.

YOU got to meet Wayne!  Wayne?  Wayne Morris?  As in Wayne H. Morris the world famous artist and photographer?  In catson?  No way!  How’d you get so lucky?

Son, I think you might be letting some of the staff slack off on the job ....

And I heard you let hoomans go early on Friday cuz they told you they’d finished their jobs.  Gotta be careful my son.  Not all species are as honest as us cats.

....... comes out of cat trailer with big X on clipboard and shaking head .....

Opie my boy !!!!  Opie, how can you forget to inventory CAT FOOD? 

Sunday night will be the last meal of dry cat food at Rikki's Refuge .....  

we NEED donations now !!!! and I'll do the leg work!!!   Donation Drop Off - email or Facebook PM for instructions - 11 am - 2 pm this Saturday.  Or if you like amazon!

   ---- this time of year we're eating bout 65 pounds a day !!!!!    Hurry Hurry .....    I can see Opie's been slipping on the job.  Lots of paper towels but no nums .... Hmmmmm. 

I just don’t know .....  is Opie REALLY up to running this refuge?

Hey you all out there, you've had a better chance than me to keep an eye on Opie these last three months.  So how do you think he's doing?  Where have you seen him succeed ....  and where do you see his short comings?   Help me out here,

Lots of Love, Vincent


Good Morning Good News, August 9, 2012

OK Quick like a bunny, gotta vote for Rikki's Refuge in the shelter challenge. 

Oh my gosh.  I think I'm in trouble.  We're not doing so goodz.  Daddy Vincent always won these contests with your help.  I'm way behind. 

Hurry hurry, help me catch up. 

Big inspection today. 

I'm getting a review about how goodz I running the refuge. 

I don't wanna get thrown out of here. 

Help me quick.  VOTE .....
And enter Rikkis Refuge, VA, USA 

...  Later guys.  I gotta hide my cat nip mice and things.  Oh gosh.  I think Timmy and me maybe be goof off and play kitten so much.  I hope I no gonna get fired !!!! 

You all vote now, OK?  Love, Opie

Friday, August 03, 2012

Good Morning Good News, August 3, 2012

How ya doin?  Just popping my head in to check on you !!!!

Oh today is an exciting day !!!!!   It's Friday.  And it's August.  Welcome to August on Planet Earth !!!!  What a great place to be!!!  Can't think of any place I'd rather be !!! 

And tomorrow is ....   nope ... not Caturday ... well it is .. but it's Opieday !!!!  It be my birthday !!!!   I be ONE year old !!!  My number ONE birthday !!!!  I be so excited !!!!  

And today be excited day too !!!!  It be poucon day at Dollar General.  Yeahh today!!  Friday.  they always do it Saturday before.  This week they be trying Friday, is that cool or what ????  

Now you can be getting poucon too and here's how you get your very own ....  go here
and over on the right a big down you'll see $5 Poucon, click and you can rint your own pucon !!!  I hope it be working on your printer, I can't get it on mine, booo. 
But I got something even better!!!  I gots a GreatGrandPa who likes the candy.  I smelled it and it's kind of icky but he think it smell like catnip.  And GreatGrandPa, he like a his catnip.  So he goes to the Dollar General store and he looks and he looks and thinks about one kind and then about another ....  and then he pick one to buy.  But he eats it all up !!!!   So he goes back and gets another one. 

This week he gotted FIVE hooman catnip snacks !!!  Yeahhh lots of nummy eating for him.  But better than nummy eating he gotted $5 off poucons for Opie too !!!!  And he gived them all to me !!!  I say, GreatGrandPa, you no wanna buy 25 candies and get 5 FREE?  And he say no Opie, what you think I am, you think I am pig, I am no pig, I can no eat 25 candies!!!!   So he gived me the poucons!!! 

That's $25 I can save for Rikki's!!!!   Is that good????   Buts you know how it is, they say you gots to have money to make money so I gots to have $125 so I can save $25.  This week - cuz so many of you be so good to all us aminals at Rikki's - wez doing pretty good on most da cleaning supplies. 

What I need the mostest of right now, right this day, be paper towels.  Now some people they ask, why you no use rags and wash them and reuse them.  Well I can tell you why.  It's cuz of what's called sanitation.  Yup, that's what it's cuz of.  If da hoomans cleaned up the goo and da ick with da rags, they have to be washing it and it be sitting round in a pile till it can go in da wash and it can be containment.  Containment is bad you know.  It means germs.  Germs is bad itty bitty bugs, they be so small you can't even see them.  Even smaller than the bad fleas.  And the contaminant germs  they be wanting to get inside of you.  Is that gross or what?  But that's what they do and then they make you sick. 

Yeah just thinking about contaminant bugs inside of me make be wanna gack.  And if a hooman cleaned up something gross and then didn’t wanna have another rag to wash they might ... just might ... be lazy ... I know most my hoomans no do this .. but somebody might ... and they might use it again and them one of those contaminant bugs just might get loose and oh ick I can no think about this or my breakfast gonna end up being something that needs paper towels to clean up.  But that’s why we think da paper towels is better for us to use.  Clean up and the icky gunk go in trash and go away.  So that be good. 

And do you know how many paper towels I can buy for everybody with $125?  

I tell you.   Hang on .... I be back.   

Hey you all, come here, Iz need borrow you ningers and toes .....    

Ok Timmy


... 5 ...10 ...14 .... 18 ... thanks buddy! 

Ok Socrates ... 
23 and .... 28 and .... 32 .... Thanks!!! 

Snickers?  You gonna let me count your toes?  You promise no bites? 
Ok !!  37 ...... 42 ..... 46 ..... 50 ....   And I not be done yet !!!    Thank you Snickers!  And thank you no bites.  Maybe you not be so bad cat afterall?  I can come to loft?  Ahhhhh  ok ok I sorry, you no say Hiisssssss to me!!!!     

Hi Baby Elliot, you no gotta wake up, just let me search thru all this fur and
.....  55 ..... 60 ..... 64 ..... 68 ....  Oh look!  I can counted mine too ..... 73 .... 78 ....   


Oh Velcro come help me 

....  83 ...... 88 .....92 ....96 .....  This be good, we getting there, but we no even half way yet !!!!  It be lots of paper towels. 

Utah!  Hi, I can see toes please? 
101 .... 106 ... 110 ... 114 .... .   

Hello Vista, I ask mom for more nums if you let me count toes?  Ok! Thank you! 
119 ..... 124 .... oh these numbers is getting hard .... 128 ... 132 ....  MOM hungry!!!  Help feed Vista, I promised!!  

Oh Hi Gideon !!  You smelled the nums coming didn’t you?  I can count toes first?  Ok, I can count toes while you eat? 
Good thing I’m not counting ears or eyes, I wouldn’t get very far with you !!!!    137 ...... 142 ..... 146 ..... 150 ....   WOW 150 and I think I still have a long long way to go ..... 

KiKi, you wanna help? 
155 .... gosh so much fur, these toes be hard to find .... 160 ..... 164 .... 168 ... I can count dew claw too?  169 .... 170 ....  Oh, good, thank you.   
Beauty!  Beauty, you come.  Oh oh I sorry, I know I just little kitten and you is big doggy, I just asking for help.  
NO I not be ordering you around.  I know dogs drool.  Oh no no I didn’t say that, I SAID rule ...  you just didn’t hear me right ...  no need to snap little head off silly little kitty. 

I can count toes?  Yes I need to get $125 to buy the paper towels.  I know, I know da nice hooman like to help me buy things for the refuge.  I know, I sorry Beauty.  I know they didn’t no wannt help you pay for your leg surgery.  I don’t why?  Maybe youz not so loving and polite in asking?  Ahhhh no growl in my face please ... I been trying to helps you out. 

I sorry you gonna have to go to work when you can all run fine again and pay your own surgery.  No I don’t really think doc come and repossess your leg .... I hope not Beauty.  I be sorry.  Ok never mind, I no need your toes no how.  You go way now and leave poor kitty alone, I iz not snack. 

Ok, I ask for help for you, but bullying little kitten is no good advertisement for you! 

Here be Beauty story about her surgery she need to pay for, if you be wanta helping doggy who says she gonna eat kitty.   

Hi Jack, youz be nice doggy ... you can let me count toes please? 
Now where was I ?  Oh no, I no have to start over do I ....   170 ... here goes .... 175 .... 180 .... 184 .... 188 .  Thank you Jack ....  

Oh Hi William!!  You wanna help?  Well that be nice but I not sure I can figure out your toes .... 
Is that one or two on each foot?  Hmmmm well 189 ..... 190 .... 191 ..... 192 .. Thank you Moo to you too. 

Oh you want me to invite peoples to your baby shower?  Oh here it is then !!!!   
Click on the photo to go to the shower and learn about William and his four new brothers ... see the pictures as they grow and watch the videos as they learn to run and play !!!!!!

William was the first to come. The first to escape the veal market. Just a few days old and barely alive. When he felt better all he wanted was a friend. Well he got FOUR !!!!   Now Rikki's is raising five baby bull calves who'll have the chance to grow up and lead a life of fun playing in the fields and the forest. No meat packing plant for them!!!!! Baby cow formula is costing $69 every 2 1/2 days and will only go up for the next couple months. Please help out with your shower gift!!!

We'll be building a new cow barn just as soon as we can -- help out and buy a board or window!!

Oh I be sorry William, I see not many pressies for you.  Well you ARE cute, but you’re NOT a cat you know !!!!!   And look you made front page Rikki’s too!!!

So who else be around here? 

Mr. Mister oh thank you ..... 
digging thru thick fur .... 193 .... 194 ... 195 .... 196 .... 197   .... I think I’m getting close!!!!   Next hand please .... 198 ... 199 and 200 !!! 

Yup 200 big rolls of paper towels .... 

and all that if I can just fine the $125 green things .....  

You like to help me? 

You can come shopping with me today too ?  If you can give me one green thing to help me with the shopping I be very happy ..... 

If you can just drop one green thing or some pennies or what ever you can spare and not go hungry today I preciate it.  Soon as I collect my 125 greens I go buy 200 paper towels  -- oh that not just 200 paper towels ... that be 200 ROLLS of paper towels ... I no want you think I be stupid kitty and I get ripped of or nothing. 

And while I’m waiting on collecting for paper towels, I tell you something else.  You know tomorrow be my Number ONE Birthday !!!!   Yes it be.  I be big grown up kitty now.  I’ll be allowed to get my license and drive all by myself. 

You know Toyota is gonna equip my new Highlander with hand controls so I can drive all by self !!!!!   Is that so cool or what!!! AND guess what?  They are giving me a towing package for free!!!!  So we can get a trailer - I hope I hope I hope - and it be making it easier to haul big big big aminals around and to go pick up great big huge supplies of nums !!!!  Oh this be so exciting, no?  And Toyota say my Highlander be coming in about six weeks!!! 

We’ll be having a party in Fredericksburg when my new Toyota comes -- I hope you can come with me !!  Can you???  

So tomorrow be my Number ONE Birthday.  GrandMom asked me what I wanted most in all the world and I said to see all my friends get fed.  So she ordered one great big huge tuck load of food.  And she be getting it for only $8.42 a case!!!  Is that a bargoone or what ????   Big bargoone!!  If you like to chip in and get a case for use it only be $8.42 and you even allowed to gets more than one if you like !!!!  You can join my birthday picture when you get me a case of nums !!!!    

Thank you .....   So what’s else I gots to tell you for today?  I not gets nuf time to talk to you lately.  I bez way busy doing da tax thing. Ick.  But I almost done .  I worked all night lots of nights and now I only gotz like 6 more forms to fill out the data and make sure it all balances and several essay answers about why Rikki’s should be allowed to exist another year !!!!   I be so glad when this be done and I promise Grandma we’z gonna do out accounting work every month instead of taking time to feed everybody .... WHAT wait a minute!!!  I no agree to THAT!!!!  

You voted today?  Did you?  Remember to vote every day.  It be really important.  Help me win $1,000 - it’s easy and FREE and just take you a minute or two every day to help me.  You go here
and you putz Rikkis Refuge in VA in USA as your FAVORITE shelter and then youz do the voting thing !!!!!   Thank you !!!!!      

What you be doing on August 17th?  Did you know that’s Black Cat Appreciation Day and August is Black Cat Appreciation Month? 

Do you know what we try to do during Black Cat Appreciation Month? 

We try to dispel bad and silly superstitions about black cats. 

Do you know why? 

Cuz lots of black cats die in shelters without even getting a chance.  they are the least likely to be adopted and so the least likely to even make it to the adoption room at many shelters. 


Superstition.  That’s all. 

Under their coat theyz exactly like the rest of us!!  Purry and nice.  So adopt a black cat today and find out for yourself!!!  AND join us for Black Cat Appreciation Month please.  Join the event the more members we have -- FREE to join - the more media support. 

Last year we got support around the world with over 35,000 members.  It was picked up by radio, TV and shelters everywhere.  The number of lives saved was countless.  Shelters the world over worked to dispel the notion that black cats are bad and helped them find homes in record numbers.  Please join and help us again this year.   

Oh oh oh oh and more news .....   Auction coming up ... yes it is ....  If plans go as plans got made ... on line auction opens on Aug 11th.  All goodies need to be in by Monday Aug 6th so Melissa can get them ready to go on line.  Questions: 

Wonderful things like a handmade bird house
by Rene will be available for you !!!!  

HELP -- I no got smart phone. Please help me. Send me smart phone OR check this out and tell me what happens !!!!!

Did you see the pretty quilt?
It have 20 world famous original autographs on it too !!!!   It was just about the last thing Elizabeth Taylor signed before she went to Rainbow Bridge and so I think it might be very very valuable. 

You can look here to see all the autographs and see more of this beautiful quilt.  Tickets are ONLY $1 that’s ONE green thing and you could get to take this lovely quilt warm!!  Check it out now !!!!

SAVE SAVE SAVE and help me buy just the supplies we need at Rikki’s Refuge !!!!   These are the best priced cleaning products and it’s easy to shop on line and you save save save
Here’s the Wish List of Keeping Rikki’s Clean - there’s enough items here to keep us clean for a year !!!!!   At least of the items you can get on line at Dollar General.  Check out these prices !!!!

But they don’t got no paper towels on line.  Such a shame.  Maybe they be too big cus what I need would full up
the tuck !!!!!

So I just gotta snitch the truck keys from GrandMa and be going to Dollar General all by myself to be buying the paper towels !!!!!

Ok, I think I have go now.  Gotta count them green things so I can go to the poucon store now .....  Thank you ....  help me count to $125   .... cuz
I LOVE you !!!! 
             the almost big boy ONE whole year old kitty