Thursday, September 20, 2012

David Hanych Memorial

David A. Hanych has come to join us at the Rainbow Bridge.  Being a cat lover, and friend to all animals, he was reunited with many friends here.  Aslan his kitty, Vincent his buddy, and many many others were here to welcome David.  

David, only 60, is young for a hooman to join us.  He is survived by his beloved Neptune, whom he adopted two years ago, and his beloved Uncle Walter Pindor.

David loved his job at the National Science Foundation and was very proud of his recent webcast promoting "Citizen Scientists".    Way to go David !!!!!!!  (sorry I can’t get it to embed here)

David was from Cleveland, Ohio and was living in Arlington, Virginia, from where he’d drive down to visit Rikki’s Refuge.  He also enjoyed coming to the National Capital Cat Show at the Dulles Expo Center to visit with Vincent and watch him scoot the agility course.

The David Hanych Memorial Fund will be used to support the kitties of the 9th Life Retirement, Assisted Living and Psychiatric Center at Rikki’s Refuge.  Funds will go towards the building fund for an addition we’re dreaming of .....  starting with a pre-fab building like this  ....   where the downstairs would have screened space for the breeze on a lovely day and the upstairs would provide cozy views out of the windows on rainy days.

I think David and Neptune would approve!

Click to contribute to The David Hanych Memorial Fund

I’d love to hear your stories of David, add them to the comments and I’ll be updating this post to include them.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Good Morning Good New, September 9, 2012

I’m Opie, Vincent D. Cat's adopted son,  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!

On Friday ......

I hear mom call the V...E...T.... and so we went to visit my nice doc .......   and you know what she said about me?
She say 9 pounds be too fat for dis little boy!!!  Yes she did.  She said I gots all kinds of belly fat and I need to exercise me bottom half more.  Grrrrrr .... now mom says I have to be on diet .....

NUM NUM NUM .......

Wayne Morris, our photographer friend in New York,

YES, that Wayne!! The one who visited in July

entered a picture a picture of his kitty Batman in a contest to win NUMS ----  600 POUNDS of NUMS !!!!!  
 and won FIRST PRIZE and that was 600 pounds of nums donated to his favorite animal shelter!!!  And guess who that is???  YUP !!!  Rikki's Refuge.    Thank you Wayne, and thank you Batman !!!!!!

Wayne's Birthday is coming .... read all about what he wants!

 I've got your goat ......

 Dancer's been under treatment by Rose Hill Veterinary Clinic in Washington Virginia for six weeks ..... Tuesday was appointment day ... guess that escape during the Labor Day Tour he wanted to prove the leg is working just fine !!!! He got freaked out with all the people on the tour and went nuts, bashing his horns against his gate till it busted open.  Thank goodness there was no damage done.  He's very elderly, sixteen, and healing's been slow..... Photo by Beth McMaster, Official Photographer of Rikki's Refuge
We had to leave bright and early and head over the river ......

.....and thru the woods

............  and across the mountains we went ....

 and once at the doc's ......    He checks Dancer's gait

 and then x-rays

 Yeahhhh for Dancer ... it's healing, slower than we'd like .... but so far so good .... after six weeks it should be almost all healed and it's no where close ....  but healing is occurring and there's no infection ....  so we'll be back in two weeks to check again ....

 Dancer is glad to be home
Doug lifts out this 108 pound goat all by self    

Did YOU come to the Labor Day Tour ?

         We're up and working hours and hours before the gates open and the guests arrive .....

 Paul getting food to feed kitties

 Timmy says Good Morning

Doggy Downs



Powderpuff. ....... am I going home with Lloyd?    Lloyd Dolan, a volunteer since 1998, adopted kittens from Rikki's very first litter way back in 1999.  And now he's fallen in love again ......

Melissa Felts vendor of shirts at the Labor Day Tour !!!  Thank you Jan Chetnik, Tour Director, and all the volunteers who worked hard to give such lovely tours !!!!  Thank you to the visitors who were so generous in their donations!!  
 Sally will come out if the visitors bring good nums
 Jesssie loves visitors ........ with nums

Pigs numming corn - a big thank you to Snead Farm and everyone who went to pick and haul corn!

Joe protects the wildlife

Rabbit rotunda round up
Billy preparing new ground cover for Rabbit Rotunda  

Good morning from the goat field

Piggy Paradise

Petunia - the BIG pig !
Pig wallow

Emu Estates

Christopher meets Miss Piggy

 There was lots of excitement during the Labor Day tour ...... It all started when
.................. Dancer, who's on confinement with a healing leg went streaking by ..... Valerie in close pursuit was soon followed by others .... Photo by Beth McMaster, Official Photographer of Rikki's Refuge

 Cornered and captured, Billy hangs on for dear life as Dancer tries to butt him off the truck
.... Photo by Beth McMaster, Official Photographer of Rikki's Refuge

Thank you Sherry Eller !!!    LOOK my very own mower !!!

KiKi and Lena have a nose to nose .....

Look at the wonderful signs Rene Luther made for Rikki's Refuge !!!!

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