Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Good Morning Good News !!!! November 13, 2013

I gotz a sadz today

Wendy the Beagle died Monday; Veteran's Day, 2013.

Wendy's story is a typical, yet poignant example of why sanctuaries like Rikki's Refuge are so important to America's companion animals.  Rikki's is an oasis of love and kindness in the often cold-hearted, throw away society we currently live in.  It is a place where the unwanted and abandoned will be cared for no matter who they are or what shape they are in.

Wendy arrived at the Refuge in April of this year, not long after her owner died and no one else wanted to take her in. She was considered too old to be adopted, to much of a burden for her owner's family to keep her. Luckily, she found her way to Rikki's, and learned what unconditional love and acceptance was all about. She was a happy, sweet beagle, and was treasured by her run mates Jack the beagle mix and Boomer the corgi mix.

The two things Wendy loved most in life was a good back scratch and getting treats. Many treats!  In fact, the afternoon of Veteran's Day she greeted people at her gate in the usual way -- a slow walk, a tail wag and an excited face. A promise of treats and a pat on the head were the comforting last words she received. When the bag of treats finally made it to her run, Jack was barking frantically but no Wendy appeared. She was found in her favorite dog igloo, catching her last nap, no doubt dreaming of the promised treat, when Rainbow Bridge called her name.
Without YOU someone else just like Wendy will die abandoned, alone and unloved in a shelter.  YOUR donation will make it possible for someone to to fill Wendy's place at Rikki's Refuge, to be loved and to have a happy retirement home for as long as they need?  Will YOU please help?

I want YOU to vote today !
Click on Vincent to cast your vote for Rikkis Refuge, VA, USA .....  be a winner for the animals !!!!
Your daily vote is very much needed.

Nature Appreciation Day, November 16, 2013, Saturday
Sign up for one ... two ... or all three events  !!!
See every part of Rikki’s Refuge 450 acre no kill sanctuary in one day ....  rarely do all events fall on the SAME DAY !!!!     Tour: noon; Hike: 2 pm; Full Moon Walk: 5 pm     Must get ticket(s) in advance, limited space (can’t have too many hoomans in the porta potty at the same time), request your ticket application NOW ...   Ticket sales closed when full or Noon on Friday, which ever comes first.

Run for the Animals !!!!
Rikki's 5K Run/Walk will be held at Chancellor High School on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
The entry cost is $25.00 pre registration or $25.00 and a can of cat/dog food on race day.
Registration will be from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM.    The race will begin at 9:00 AM.
Entry forms can be picked up at Virginia Runner in Fredericksburg.
For a mailed entry contact Dennis Bane at 540-207-2829 or email request to
Completed pre entry forms should be mailed to:  Dennis Bane, 32100 Constitution Hwy, Locust Grove, Virginia 22508    Checks should be made to Rikki's Refuge.    All runners/walkers will receive a T-shirt and the top 3 in each age group will receive a medal. Any questions please email or call. A special thanks to Virginia Runner, Ed's Awards, Patterson's equipment and The REACH Program for sponsoring the Race.

Talula's Downtown Scavenger Hunt

By Nancy Guinn of Dog Krazy

Talula's Downtown Scavenger Hunt is in honor of our beagle Talula that we lost on October 6, 2013 to Hemangiosarcoma. She was the first dog I ever rescued and was the first paw print imprinted on my heart.

When I think of Talula I also think of my good friend Melissa and her love of beagles. She volunteers for Rikki's Refuge and was one of Talula's biggest fans.

Melissa has been helping animals for years and years. She has dedicated her life to taking care of senior dogs and takes in dogs that would be nearly impossible to place in forever homes. She is an amazing person and Rikki's is so lucky to have her as a supporter.

The proceeds from this scavenger hunt will go to Rikki's Refuge in honor of Melissa, and Talula. Two amazing souls that have made such an impact on my life.

You can register for the scavenger hunt on line   or at Dog Krazy in downtown Fredericksburg, VA, USA.

Register on line and get the clues EARLY ......

The first five people to complete the hunt with all the correct answers will receive prizes from Dog Krazy and other local businesses.    HURRY and sign up !!!

You are welcome to bring your dogs down for the scavenger hunt.

The fee is $10 and the hunt is on November 16th.

Look forward to seeing you all downtown!

Can you help Opie?

He's looking for helpers to wrap gifts for donations for the Refuge.  Rikki's volunteers will be at Barnes & Noble in Fredericksburg VA (USA) on Saturday, December 21, 2013; Sunday, December 22, 2013; and Monday, December 23, 2013.  This is at 1220 Carl D. Silver Pwky, in Central Park.

We would be delighted to have you come help.  You don't need to bring anything - Barnes & Noble supplies everything!  If so, please sign up for one of the following time shifts.  If you can't do a full shift, let us know any hours you can help out.  We have to have two people there at all times, so we need several helpers.

Saturday, December 21  -- noon to 4pm and 4pm to 9pm
               or possibly 10 pm - the store closes at ten and
               we can stay that late if we want.)  What a
               chance for night owls to help!
Sunday, December 22  -- noon to 4pm
Monday, December 23 -- 4pm to 6:30pm and
               -- 6:30pm to 9pm (or 10pm)


All you need to do is send an e-mail to Mary at or to  Please put "B&N gift wrap" in the subject spot, so we don't miss you.

If you can't come, Opie wants to remind you that you can go to to send him a Christmas Gift !!  Remember, even $1.00 will feed a meal to somebody at Rikki's, and we have 1300 hungry animals!

... with your support we’re able to help so many into their new furrever happy homes ....  and to give that life long home to those not quite so fortunate ...  Thank you for your support
Without YOU none of us would be breathing today !!

Love you bunches,
I hope you had a great Veterans Day !!

2013 is the Year of the Purr ....

Join the movement ... we’re adding purr to planet earth !
 Look! It's a great car magnet with the world's most loved cat -- Vincent Cat!!!!
"What Would Vincent Do?"
He'd "Purr More, Hiss Less".

Magnet is $5 each, plus shipping (65-cents for 1 magnet, $1.05 for 2 for U.S. addresses). For other shipping costs (international, or for more than 2 magnets) contact Melissa Felts  with your zip code and how many you want.     Purchase your magnet TODAY right here

Don't be the LAST person on your block
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