Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! December 2, 2014


I was supposed to welcome you to December yesterday .... but I was so confused.   I woke up and it was spring ....  and I was thinkin I missed all of winter ... it was warm and beautiful and sunny and just wonderful outside .....   And so I catnapped in the sun.

Today I wake up and it’s certainly December !!

WELCOME to December on Planet Earth !!!   

My FAVORITIST planet of all !!!

Did you know they call today Giving Tuesday ? 

I didn’t know bout that till I gotz a call from a special somebody early early this mornin.  And that special somebody said ... I give you special deal Opie, my friend. 

And I say, oh yeah?  What?  I love special deals!  Specially if they got Fancy Feast on them!!  

My friend said ... well not xactly Fancy Feast ... not right directly now, but I bet a smart boy like you could find a way to turn it into Fancy Feast.  You see I heard that you’ve had a tough time this year ... and that the year is almost over ... and you gotz so many bills to pay that you’re worried about how you’re going to stock the pantry before it gets really cold. 

And I said to my friend, You is right.  It’s been pretty hard.  It was so wet so long and that made the fields get mushy and so the grass got trampled and didn’t grow so good.  And I had to give lots of my Fancy Feast money to the cowas for hay.  And to the Donkeys and the Sheep and the Goats and the Horses ....  Yeah ... they gotta eatz too so I feedz them. 

And, my friend said, I herd you had to replace a sewer line and I know that’s big bucks.  And Mrs Donkey has needed a lot of care.  Isn’t the doc coming to see her about every two weeks?  And the farrier a lot too?

Ha ha ha, I saidz, you’s a hooman and you said herd ... not heard ... heeee .... but I gues it was a herd of bucks we had to pay for dat sewer line.  I told mom just to leave it, who needs da sewer, they can all use litterboxz but mom said it was for the washing machine to make my beds nice and clean and for the dishes so I don’t gotta eat of moldy old icky bowls ... so I said, ok then, I Chief Cat authorize you to get new sewer line.  Yes I do, I gotta have a nice clean bed and I don’t wanna eat not moldy icky stuff neither.    And yeah, BeBe has had lots of problems with her legs, but the docs have been makin her better so that’s ok to spend the money, we want everybody here to feel good and be healthy.  Just maybe no more shots no more, huh?

Ok little fellar, said my hooman friend, let me get to the point.  It’s Giving Tuesday, and I’ll make a deal with you.  You tell all your friends .... and for the 24 hours after they hear about it, I’ll DOUBLE all their DONATIONS to you !!!  How about that my friend?  They give you one can of Fancy Feast and I’ll give you one and than you’ll have TWO !!!!  What you think?

And I said, I think I love you whole lots !!!!  Yes I do, yes, that’s what I think.  I love you more than mom, if en you’ll give me TWO cans of Fancy Feast and she only give me one!!! 

But Opie, my friend said, Just one last thing ........

Yes?  I merowed ...  thinkin oh no ... don’t take way my wonderful suprise, pleaz?

You gotta promise me you’ll share, and you’ll use this money to pay some of those bills.  It’s really important that you get those bills paid.  You’re going to need propane to keep warm very soon.  And filling that tank is a whole herd of bucks .... and you don’t got that now ... and you can’t take the propane and say Bill me Later .... you’re gonna have to pay for it ... so you gots to get these bills finished and away and then be ready to pay your new bills.  Bills come and go, it’s just the way of the world.  And my little fellow, you gotta get caught up.  And you need to do that quick.  You can have TWO cans of Fancy Feast every day .... but the rest has to feed everybody and pay those bills .... OK, my man?

Yes siree I said !!!  Yes, I will do that.  I promise.  Now I have to scurry off and write to my friends about this !!!!

Ok FRIENDS wez got 24 hours from the time you read this .... to DOUBLE YOUR DONATION ....   HURRY .....  QUICK .....  you can do it right here www.RikkisRefuge.org/Donate .... or you can do it by mail if you like that better ....  my address for this special DOUBLE YOUR DONATION DAY is
Giving Tuesday
Rikki’s Refuge
PO Box 1357
Orange VA 22960
But if you gonna mail, you need to tell me that NOW in an email, Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org, to make it count in the next 24 hours !!!  So HURRY !!!!!  On your mark ....  get set ......  DONATE for GIVING TUESDAY and DOUBLE IT !!!! 

Yeah !!!!!!!

Hi Timmy here ....   I'm just sitting round hoping for enough to eat this holiday season ... would YOU help me kick off Giving Tuesday ???   AND we have a very special deal at Rikki's Refuge today ....  ALL donations for the next 24 hours will be DOUBLED !!!!   Don't feed one of us .... when you can feed TWO of us !!!!   www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe ....  mention Giving Tuesday to DOUBLE YOUR DONATION !!!!  Love you !!

So YOU know what season it is
Dont YOU ??

Start this music playing before you read any further ......

At Rikki’s, we are known for never doing anything in a small way.  And so for our 1297 critters of 22 species .....  12 Days of Christmas would never be enough .....  we present to you ....   the 28 Days of Christmas at Rikki’s ....  follow along daily ..... 

On the First  Day of Christmas  .....
Look What Came to Rikki’s,
.....   a Chukar in a Cherry Tree.

Chuck, pictured above, was the first Chukar to ever come to Rikki’s.  Well, unless one out there in the wild had happened on by to visit.  Though we’ve never seen any wild Chukars here.  Chuck and his wife had been rescued several years before.  Chukars are slow and gentle birds.  And so they are often used to train hunting dogs on.  The larger multi colored pheasants are more desirable as hunting trophies.  You’ve never seen a Chukar hanging on someone’s wall have you? 

It’s exciting for dogs to chase a bird, and when training a dog to hunt (please do not do this at home, or anywhere else, it’s not a very nice thing to do to any birds and we don’t think a nice thing to teach dogs either) they often start with Chukars.  The dog has a better chance of catching -- and killing -- a Chukar tossed his way, than a faster bird. 

Well that’s exactly what Chuck and his wife were being used for.  They were injured and tossed aside.  A wonderful person saved them and took them to a guy who rehabs birds.  He had them for a while, and Chuck’s wife passed away.  He feared Chuck would be lonely, and so Chuck came to live at Rikki’s Refuge with other birds who’d also been so lucky and saved. 

We have many homing pigeons .... and if they home and they get lost .... nobody wants them.  Nobody that is, except Rikki’s Refuge. 

At Rikki’s we don’t care what your background was.  We only care about making your future bright and happy.  Will you drop a penny in our favorite cat’s hat this holiday season to make the days bright and happy for the 1297 animals YOU have saved !!!   Thank you !!

click on Vincent’s hat to make our dreams come true !!

... with your support we’ve been able to save so many animals ... it’s only with your continued support that we can continue to care for them each and every day ....  Thank you for your kind and generous support for food, medicine, doctors, cleaning supplies ... and love !!

Without YOU
none of us would be here
thinking about what the holidays might bring this year !!
THANK YOU !!!!!!
Your donations saved every one of us and will keep us all alive the rest of this year and into 2015 .... we pray.  Please HELP US as we stock our pantries for another winter at Rikki’s Refuge  !!!!   Take the Opie Pledge and promise to work each and every day to make the planet just a little bit better.  If the pictures of the animals you have saved in this issue have made you smile, please take a few moments to make a donation so we can keep them smiling!!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 


PS I want you to know something very important.  We always spend your funds very wisely and frugally.  We buy the basic necessities, we buy generic in bulk, volunteers drive many miles, donating the cost of gas, to get the best deals, we use day old produce, recently expired products, others left over construction materials and recycled products. 

We don’t need luxury, we don’t need the best ... we just want to save lives and create a world of happiness and contentedness.

When we can meet our basic needs, we are happy ... so very happy.

Thank YOU for making that happen.

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