Hi there, Vincent here. I enjoyed watching that TV interview if mom that I shared with you yesterday and learning some things I'd never known, and so last night I was sitting around reminiscing with mom, all about the early days of Rikki's Refuge.
But did you know there was actually a time before Rikki's Refuge? Wow! I guess I just never knew, that was before I was even born! That was like, a really, really, really long time ago. But then again, mom is really, really old.
And so I asked her to tell me about things before Rikki's Refuge. We sat up all night talking, and now I'm going to tell you the story ....... oh, but it's really long, so it's too much for my paws to type all up one day, so I'm going to have to share with you just a few chapters at a time ... Hope that's okay with you.
So here's Chapter 1 from my interview with mom.
Vincent: So I understand there was life before Rikki's Refuge. Even a business you ran to help animals. That business is the parent of Rikki's Refuge today, and it's called Life Unlimited of Virginia. Tell me about that and what you did before Rikki's Refuge?
Mom: Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc. was formed with the dream of making the planet a more friendly place for all the inhabitants. Our focus would be on what we humans usually call “the animals”. But when we divide the planet down into its basics, animals, vegetables, minerals, we find that the humans also fall into the category called “the animals”.
Over the years, I have found that you never touched the life of an animal without also touching the life of at least one human. Perhaps only yours, but in most cases an entire family or even more. As humans begin to care about another, be it another human, a cat, dog, pig or horse, it stirs their heart into caring, into helping, into kindness, and this kind of spreads forward in other areas of their life. And so for every animal volunteers the world over reach out to help, they're helping the entire planet become closer and closer to a state of kindness, compassion and caring.
Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.’s first project was a radio show - “A program dedicated to the health and well-being of animals everywhere - especially the ones in your life” - called Animal Update.
This was an upbeat, encouraging, up lifting, all pawsitive, all the time drive-time call-in talk-show where we featured interesting guests who were involved, one way or another, in the animal world. People who ran rescue organizations, sanctuaries, veterinarians, holistic medical practitioners, animal communicators, natural pet food stores. We frequently featured particular animals on the show, cats or dogs for adoption, iguanas, frogs or snakes. People would call in with questions about their own pets, about helping animals in need, with general questions about the species of animal we were featuring. These questions would lead to very interesting and informative discussions which our rapidly growing and loyal audience thoroughly enjoyed.
We used the advertising time on the radio to support organizations, announcing their adoption days and their fundraising events. Our paid advertising time featured businesses who were animal friendly or who were helping animal rescue organizations in one way or another.
The show always ended with trailers encouraging people to get involved and do something good for the planet!
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Vincent: Well, that sounds interesting, and I'm certainly glad you are teaching people the right thing about cats!
Tomorrow we’ll hear about what had led mom to a point of wanting to educate people about animals and why she was interested in running a business to help animals.
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World famous artist Wayne H. Morris and a special friend from Australia will be visiting !!!!!
And we’ve got a fun filled day for YOU !!!!
11 am - 1 pm Photo Class, taught by Wayne H. Morris. Learn how he gets those fabulous shots. From the simple to the complex ... bring your camera and learn the secrets.
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Thank you dear produce picker uppers for providing this lovely meal for us. Thank you for taking time from your busy day to drive to the stores and to fill your trucks and your vans and your SUVs with wonderful delicious produce. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to taste this delicious fresh food and saving us from having to eat the same old same old dried up pellets day after day.
PS .... Bless those poor kitties hanging around outside and climbing on the roof hoping they can find a way in to eat our produce. I never see them get fed any delicious produce. No wonder they want to come in and share with us. I don’t know why the mean hoomans work so hard to keep them out.
You Herd ?
Psssstttt have you heard? The cats are running out of canned food. Don’t let on about how great this fresh spring grass tastes. If ALL of THEM started eating OUR grass ... there might not be enough left for us!
..... first ... thou shall do no harm ...
Come on? Seriously? Even if we’re OUT of canned cat food we have to abide by this “all-species” rule?
Gather round my friends, let us pray.
Dearly Beloved Donors,
those of you who go to work and from time to time bring home “paycheck”, thank you for sharing your dear paycheck with us less fortunates who are not given the privilege of entering the work force and being allowed to provide for ourselves.
Bless the kind and generous who donate our nums; who go without a pleasure or an extra num of their own, so that we may have a necessity.
Bless those who support us kitties, and the others too (yes my brethren, we must be generous and include them) who are not allowed to dine at the all you can eat sushi bars, who are not permitted, even one foot, inside a grocery store.
Bless you my Donors for your kindness, for your love, and for this meal I’m so hoping is about to show up in my bowl.
And special blessings today, to those of you who click here and make a tax-deductible donation to buy nums for those of us at Rikki’s Refuge http://rikkisrefuge.org/donate.php and to those who’d prefer to send a check to us at Rikki’s Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960.
We love you,
Timmy and the gang
I’m doing my darndest to try and earn my living so I don’t have to beg YOU to help me. I hate complaining, but do you have ANY idea how hard it is to use these giant mop buckets when you’re only 14” tall?
Love you bunches,
Vincent and Opie
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