Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good Morning Good News !!!! Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happy birthday to my dad ... he’d be 17 today !!!   

and to my grandma ...

she be ... well there ain’t nuf fingers and toes round here to count that much !!!!

I miss my dad .... a whole lot ... he was a really cool dude ....  I sure wish he was still here to run the refuge ....  He must a been about my age when he took over ...  I’ll be number 4 soon ...  my how time files ...  I’m getting old already !!!   

I wish daddy had been able to stay here longer on planet earth to teach me more about running a refuge ....  but his body had had a tough time here ....   and now it’s been three years since he went to Rainbow Bridge. 

Me and gramdmom ... we both miss him whole bunches. 

We went and satted on this nice bench that Uncle Ron built for us ..... it’s on a hill overlooking our Rainbow Bridge Cemetery ....   It’s very peaceful and nice .... and listen to those lovely wind chimes ....

I knew I could hear my dad talking to me ....   I talk to him when I need help running the Refuge ... He’s so smart .... and he was so good with people ..... 

Did you know he invented the Spokes Animal program ?  And it was his idea to teach everybody about those of us who are Differently Abled ?  I think he did a lot to help change the world ....   I hope I can follow along in his paw prints ...

Vincent D. Cat
From Alley Cat to World Renown Spokes Cat
April 30, 1998 - April 30, 2012
Vincent was the inspiration and the evolution of Rikki's Refuge
Read the story of how his life brought so many together in good

And that brings me to something else ....  It’s the LAST DAY of 

so HURRY ....  please VOTE for me. 

Remember, a is a VOTE FOR VINCENT ....   cus he often slips in at night to counsel me on how to run the refuge. 

You DO want ME in charge around here, don’t YOU?

I mean if you really wanted to .....  you could .... 

I’m in the winning seat right now ....   but you know ....  just one great big donation to dawggies .... and I could be overthrown ....   so please help me out and and don’t let that happen !!!!


We’re ONLY $657 away from MEETING THE CHALLENGE ....... 

Please help us out .... 

How’s bout you just have ONE cup coffee and donate your second to us ????

Or maybe skip that donut or extra can of Fancy Feast and donate just a bit ???

So ... close ....  Let’s make that Double Challenge ...  we have till midnight !!!!

So HURRY !!!!!

Take your pick and please and keep me here as the Ruler of Rikki’s .....   or if you must .... and you wanna see me go way .... and let Rikki’s go to the DOGS ....  well then ..... 

Geeezzzz   Duke keeps begging me to help him campaign ....  and I know ... I’ll be doing all the work if he wins ... .  How many newsletters you see written by the dawgs?  Huh???   It’s always us cats stuck with doing all the work round here ....

After all have you ever met a dog catty enough to run a refuge?


Can you spare a few hours on Saturday, May 2 and help us at our booth at the Reston Town Center PET FIESTA in Reston, VA ( Even a few hours will be super appreciated! Plus it's a really fun day! If you can help, please email Lolly at




We'd love your help on Saturday, May 16 at the Wine & Craft Festival in Front Royal, VA. The festival runs from 10am-6pm and even if you can't work all day, a 2-3 hour shift would help us an awful lot!! For more information, email Paul at

Duke hard at work campaigning for YOUR votes

just click on me to VOTE FOR DOGS ....  Love ya, Duke

Opie hard at work campaigning for YOUR votes
just click on me to VOTE FOR CATS ....  Love YOU forever !!!   Opie

Me and Grand-Mom ....  we keep working for ever and ever to keep saving the animals ....

Please join us ....  it’s so easy to save just one more .....




he Official Spokes Cat at Rikki's Refuge and his support team, Timmy and Sylvestra
and I sure hope you'll vote for ME and MY KIND before the end of April -- vote as often as you like -- so I can remain the Ruler of the Refuge for another year !!!  Thank you !!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Good Morning Good News !!!! Tuesday, April 28, 2015

*yawn and big stretch*  

Hi Everyone!  Kiki here. 

I'm the chief of security for the refuge. 

It's been a long night, and I need to take a cat nap.  But, I need to talk to you first. 

As you know, it is at Rikki's.  It's a big, important fundraising event.  It's big because not only does it help put food in our dishes, pay for our health care, and pay for the people who make sure all of this happens every day, but it also decides who will rule this beautiful sanctuary for the year -- us dawggies  (*bats eyes*)   

or those pesky cats.

Now, that little orange dude can tell some stories. 

Contrary to what he tells you, we do not sleep all of the time. 

I've earned this nap. I spent all night patrolling the property, keeping hawks from scooping up the guinea pigs; chasing away foxes who want to eat our chickens; and making sure skunks don't spray any of our precious kitties -- who are so vain that they worry about what they smell like.


They spend hours grooming themselves so that they look their best.     


They need to relax and have fun. 

Don't they know that rolling in the mud is cool and refreshing? 

The pigs know. Petunia taught Beauty and me about it!       

Anyway, it's time that us dawgs get recognized for all of our hard work. 

Who alerts the hoomans when a stranger is on property?     

The dogs. 

Who shares their food when others are hungry?     

The dogs. 

Who forgives you, no matter what you've done? 

The dogs.  

Does this face look forgiving?  

Who helps you exercise by accompanying you on walks, or playing ball?  

The dogs. 

Whose talent do you show off to your friends? 

Your dog's.

And, we're honest.  Oh, sure, there is something called a "wall of shame", full of pictures of dogs who have been naughty.  But, you can look at their faces and tell that they did something wrong. 

Dogs don't lie. 

Have you ever seen a picture of a cat who is ashamed of something they've done?


It does not exist. 

Cats will look you straight in the face and lie.  

But not us dogs. We own up to our mistakes.

And dogs have a sense of civic duty.  They use their innate bravery to help humans.   

Lucky is a retired police dog. He even took a bullet to the hip trying to take down a bad guy! 

Have you ever seen a cat with a police badge? 


A military uniform?


A seeing eye cat? 


*shakes head*

So,  please.   Help us dawggies get the recognition that we deserve.   

And so I plead .....   

And remember ......  DOUBLE YOUR DONATION is still going on !!!!!   We’re only halfway to that goal of DOUBLING ALL DONATIONS .....   NOW thru APRIL 30 th ......   HURRY HURRY ...... the deadline is closing in !!!!!


and SEE YOUR DONATION DOUBLED .....   just be sure to add a note in the comments “DOUBLE MY DONATION” and our special friend WILL !!!!

So there you have it ....  the dog’s version ...

Mmmm Hummmm .....   Well mom said equal time to the species ...... 

I just say

the Official Spokes Cat at Rikki's Refuge and his support team, Timmy and Sylvestra
and I sure hope you'll vote for ME and MY KIND before the end of April -- vote as often as you like -- so I can remain the Ruler of the Refuge for another year !!!  Thank you !!!!