Monday, October 08, 2012

Good Morning Good News, October 8, 2012

Happy Catlumbus Day !!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving in Canada !!!!!

Prayers for my GreatGrandPa (Kerry’s dad) who had surgery on Wednesday for a pacemaker.  May he continue to heal and regain his strength and energy.

Prayers go out to Jon O'Connor, he's had complications from a knee replacement and they're having to re-do it. Ouch. I'm so sorry. Hope it all works out well this time round and you're back on your feet soon.

Prayers for Autumn-Skye Booth and Carol Miller, both recovering from surgeries today.

Prayers for Jan Chetnik who lost her kitty Teresa on Thursday and Ron Herfurth who lost his kitty Autumn last Friday.

Saturday was Board Meeting Day 
Ron Herfurth worked all day afore he gotted to go to the Board Meeting, he gave Tiara a tree!!!! It'll grow big and tall and give shade and be very nice. See the big fence? That's so nobody eats the tree and it can grow up. Ron is our Director of Serving Cats. So what's he doin' in Horsey Haven? Well he likes Tiara AND he's also our Director of Landscape Design & Goat Warfare .... you might think that sounds funny together .... BUT if you gotz the goatz you know why !!!!! When Ron first started the Rikki's Refuge Reforestation program he was ... well like a bunny. Hopping. Yup Hopping MAD at dem goats who thought he was putting out an eat it all, right down to the roots buffet. Ohhh did Ron get mad ... and he declared warfare on dem goats. So not he's gotted to be our expert on building goat proof fencing for da trees!!!! 

Da board meetin is where wez make the important decisions ... like whoz food we're gonna spend da money on .... and since there be more kitties than anything else, even hoomans, we make sure we show up so we get counted. Sunset greeted everyone arriving for the board meeting and made them understand the importance of first class treatment of da kitty catz.

Sunset is Chaircat of the Board and furry translator, he makes 
sure everyone understands when it's time to express our views 
and make them heard and when it's ok to catch up on a little 
grooming cuz da hoomans is talking bout boring stuff .... 
like dawggies!

It's very important that we be at board meetings for product testing too ..... Norman gives the seal of approval to Melissa's cat nip bags ...

Yeahhhh we all really like the Vincent Catnip Sacs, purrrzzzzzz


Mary and Tripper talk about the future of Rikki's Refuge .... where is it all leading .... right to another big bowl of kitty nums !!!!!

Cynthia Wright is our Dog Director .... she needs a LOT of guidance ... we must exercise mind control when it's her turn to talk ......

And so some of the important things we talked about t the meeting was how to manage Tours cuz of the 50 per porta potty rules and all that. So GOING ON SALE right now - tickets to the

November 10th Tour at 11 am and the 1 pm Nature Hike
--- TWO EVENTS !!!
$10 for a ticket for either event,
special $5 for 12 and under and 65 and over -
tickets are for one event, so if you want to do both, you'll need to get a ticket for both!!

Must be paid in advance. I've already got 8 signed up - so NOW if you're coming on the Tour or Nature Hike email me for details of buying tickets!!! ... only 50 tickets for each event can be sold.  Next Tour will be Christmas Day, details later.


Please remember tours are ALL outside, so dress for the weather.  For your protection we cannot allow anyone admittance without good sturdy shoes, leg coverings (no bare legs) and shoulders covered (no tank tops).  The critters just don’t understand about your easily damaged skin!!!  They jump and play and will want to climb all over you !!!!   NO facial jewelry in the emu area - they are awful thieves and will pull earrings right off!! 

You’ll be walking on rough terrain for about two hours on a tour.  If you’ll have difficulties keeping up, let us know in advance and if at all possible, we’ll have suitable transportation available for you.   

Got any ideas?
A girl Scout troop of 5th graders wants to do a project for Rikki's. They'll be putting in about 30 hours. They raise the money needed for the project and they usually raise about $130 ..... got good ideas on a project for them? We need to present them with a few ideas and they'll pick one.

Some suggestions have been:
---Could it be craft based, ie, making cards or items to sell, framed pictures and that sort of thing.
---Make toys for animals to sell.  Meaning animals toys, not making salesmen out of the animal!
---They could make winter gift baskets for the employees/volunteers? Hand-warmers, hot cocoa?  Or, there are easy and healthy dog and kitty treat recipes online that they can bake?
--- Have the scouts taking pics of people with their fave animals at Rikkis, for a buck or five, which they'd email to the people to keep.
--- They could build and paint or sand sleeping boxes for the kitties in the runs perhaps? Or build flowerboxes for the outside of one of the buildings?
--- Could they sit outside a store like Walmart, Giant and try to get winter food donations? Perhaps they can have a bake sale while they are also trying to collect food?
--- What about a garden for the bunnies?


Saturday April 27, 2013
will be a special Vincent & Candy Memorial Day. Melissa showed us the headstone that you all chipped in and bought for Vincent. It's really lovely. We'll be placing his headstone that day. We'll also be celebrating the life of our wonderful friend and volunteer Candy Erhard who passed away last Oct 12th. RSVP is required for this event, and you can sign up starting NOW !!! This is a special event for friends of Vincent and/or Candy, not an advertised in the newspaper public event. We'll have refreshments and a special private tour. More details in the spring. We chose spring cuz with winter coming on, the unpredictable weather makes us cancel things. Are YOU coming?

Vincent’s special facebook friend Kath Jones is coming all the way from England !!!

Geeezzzz  I gots so much more to tell you ... but I think I better stop now ... cuz if I don’t I’m gonna be even later wishing you a Happy Catlumbus Day !!!!

I love you, Opie