Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 10, 2018


April 10, 2018 -  Opie's Diary of Daily Doings at Rikki's Refuge
The world is extra beautiful on a foggy morning
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

Bovine Boulevard North
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

Bovine Boulevard South
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

Morning Rounds and the fog makes it hard to count sheep here in Ramsey Residence.
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

Waiting for breakfast
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

Twins of different species
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

Every morning we get all clear sparkling water
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal
....  no flavor at all ....   after we work so hard all night to add dirt and grass and .....

There ....  
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

Now THAT's got some flavor !!!
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

Thanks pal !!! 
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

CAST YOUR VOTE ----  ONLY - 20 more days to make OPIE RULER OF THE REFUGE

or if you have to ....  vote for dogs

but PLEASE .....  do your part and VOTE during April !!!

Love, Opie 
Thank YOU for making it all possible !

You know the highlights, but do you ever wonder what happens every day, even ordinary days, at Rikki's Refuge?  Have you thought of starting a sanctuary and wonder what it's REALLY like?  Ever wonder what those with the animals all day every day see and think?  Follow my diary as I tell you about daily happenings and show you a dozen or so photos taken during the day!  You'll see a whole new perspective of the Refuge ....   See it ... Live it .... BE a part of the Rikki's Family .... get to know ALL the animals on a first name basis !!!!   Keep up with happenings every day of the year at RikkisRefuge.BlogSpot.com ...  every day since January 1, 2018 is archived just for YOU !!!!  


April 9, 2018


April 9, 2018 -  Opie's Diary of Daily Doings at Rikki's Refuge
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal
IT SNOWED this morning  ..... I'm gonna find that evil weather hooman .... and I'm gonna .....
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal
We don't often get snow after the blossoms are all out on the trees
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

Pongo claims Katie
                                                                                            photo compliments of Lauren Todd

LOOK what came in the mail !!!!!
Thank you Ann Becker !!!!!    Sylvestra is very happy today !!!!
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal
However, Chevy says, next time how about FOOD ?!?!?!?

We are getting closer to finding our perfect Spokesdog at Rikki’s Refuge, and many of the dogs have been interviewed. The other day Buzz stepped up to take the test. The sweet little beagle mix was very shy at his interview, but that is his nature.

How did that interview go? Buzz explained why he was the best to do the job:
                                                                                            photo compliments of Cindy Wright
Buzz knows his way around the Refuge, and has paid close attention to what he has learned from Beauty.

Buzz prides himself on being the cutest, nicest guard dog at Rikki’s. Can he do the hard jobs? Well, that was another story.

Buzz has never taken on an assignment to go to special events that help increase funding or improve knowledge of what Rikki’s Refuge is all about. Why not? He is too shy to face hoomans that he does not know.

Can Buzz face a group of kids and talk about animals with different abilities? Buzz fessed up, he is too shy to handle these types of events.

“I am still learning about how to be a good Spokesdog, and Beauty and Wanda have been good teachers. Maybe I will be ready by the next vote” said Buzz, who is hoping his mentors will be selected. Buzz is an honest and loyal little guy. That’s why we all love him!

Ready to cast a vote for DAWGS?  If you have to ...  you can ... right here

Here's YOUR Opie's Puzzle of the Day !!!!  Cus with the snow and then the rain it's been a Ducky Kind Of Day !!!
                                                                                            photo compliments of Katie Terrill
Here's YOUR Opie's Puzzle of the Day !!!!  Cus it's a Ducky Kind Of Day !!!  Love, Opie 

Just click to play !!!   

                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

CAST YOUR VOTE ----  ONLY - 21 more days to make OPIE RULER OF THE REFUGE

or if you have to ....  vote for dogs

but PLEASE .....  do your part and VOTE during April !!!

Love, Opie 
Thank YOU for making it all possible !

You know the highlights, but do you ever wonder what happens every day, even ordinary days, at Rikki's Refuge?  Have you thought of starting a sanctuary and wonder what it's REALLY like?  Ever wonder what those with the animals all day every day see and think?  Follow my diary as I tell you about daily happenings and show you a dozen or so photos taken during the day!  You'll see a whole new perspective of the Refuge ....   See it ... Live it .... BE a part of the Rikki's Family .... get to know ALL the animals on a first name basis !!!!   Keep up with happenings every day of the year at RikkisRefuge.BlogSpot.com ...  every day since January 1, 2018 is archived just for YOU !!!!  



Monday, April 09, 2018

April 8, 2018


April 8, 2018 -  Opie's Diary of Daily Doings at Rikki's Refuge
SUNday .... just like it says ... full of SUN !!!!!    Yippie !!!!!!
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

WHAT is THAT ?
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal
Ice on the water containers this morning !!!   Snow yesterday, cold enough to freeze the top layer of water this morning ....  APRIL !  APRIL ??

Breakfast at the Feed Store
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal
WHERE are those pesky goats?

Somebody say BREAKFAST !
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

All our trees are blooming beautiful !!
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

When they're not eating it
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal
they're watching it grow !!!

                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

Diego and Goldie napping in the sun
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal

NOPE !!!  Not pickin bugs ....
                                                                                           photo compliments of Doug Deal
.... but this IS how that rumor got started!
The goats and sheep and pigs will often run under the stream of grain being poured out into troughs and bowls ... and then some sticks in their fur.  The chickens, emus and others birds will pick the grain out of their fur or bristles !!!

CINDY: So, it has been a week of Cats vs Dogs competing to see who is smarter, better educated and cuter.  At Rikki’s Refuge, the interviews for who should take over as Spokes Dog are still in the primaries.   Today, Jack the Beagle just finished his interview, and, well, he didn’t try too hard for the position.
                                                                                            photo compliments of Cindy Wright
JACK: I really didn’t want the position, it involves too much work and politics” said Jack, who has been with Rikki’s since 2011. 

CINDY: Well, why on earth did you apply for the position if you didn’t want it?   He claims his Dog Run #6 partner Boomer made him do it.

JACK: Boomer is a good guy, and I am impressed with his dedication to serve his community. I am too old to have the kind of energy nor the interest in who winds up as Spokes Dog at Doggy Downs.

CINDY: Jack the Beagle knows that Boomer is the right dog for the job.  So Jack came home and ran to finish off his dog food, about the only thing he has the energy for.

“Vote for Boomer” has been the battle cry for many dogs at Rikki’s Refuge these days!!

If you would like to vote for the Dogs during the Cats vs Dogs contest, please click
www.RikkisRefuge.org/donate?purpose=DOGS Or mail your vote to Rikki’s Refuge, PO Box 1357, Orange VA 22960.

Today ... I ... ME .... OPIE ....  I is your Opie's Puzzle of the Day !!!!!    Help me get it together !!!!  
by clicking  

Lovin the mud left over from yesterday's rain and snow
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

YIKES !!!  That's the last of the cracked corn
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal
just about all our animals, except the cats and dogs, loved corn and we feed several bags a day.  Only $9.99 a bag .....   won't you donate for one www.RikkisRefuge.org/donate or be sure to pick one up at Tractor Supply or your local feed store and bring it on down !!!

Nawwww ....   that wasn't full just a minute ago ....
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

Yes it was ... and I'm telling on you !!!!
                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

                                                                                            photo compliments of Clarence Deal

Remember I told you a lovely little girl wanted Rikki's Refuge for her 7th birthday?  
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey
Albert Adventure Monkey came out to help with the party  .....  then locked his camera in the car and had to go home with out the camera or the car.  But he came back for his car and now I can share the pictures with you !!!

Well......  we couldn't give her the WHOLE refuge ....  but she could have her birthday here and bring her friends .....  and she even asked all her friends to bring pressies for the animals .... instead of for her.

Happy 7th Birthday Ezraela --  I hope it was your best ever !!!
                                                                                             photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Everyone gathered
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Uncle Paul lead the group off to meet the animals !
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Meet Titan
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

These are BIG cows !
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Look at me
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

It's more fun to feed carrots to a sheep than it is to eat Birthday Cake !!!
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

More?
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Hay !!!  Over here !!!
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Birthday Girl !!
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Baby
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Rebecca
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Watching the party from a safe height
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

I got one !
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Bub and Goose
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Everyone loves feeding the emus !
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Meeting the pigs !
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Bye Albert !!!!   Thank you for helping Ezraela have a wonderful Birthday !!!
                                                                                            photo compliments of Albert Adventure Monkey

Story from Da Hooman, Late in the afternoon: ..... your favorite OpMeister was missing .... that's very not like him .... he's always out in the open ... has only a couple hang out places .... Snickers found a bag of treats and was ripping them open .... so I distributed them all around equally .... and no Opie ..... not showing up for food?  Totally unheard of! 

So I sent off to search for him.... I worried he might have snuck up on the roof with Uncle Kirk .... that metal is kinds of slippery for a little guy like that, no good pads to grip on his hind legs.

Opie can't climb ... our quarters are designed to have no intentional small hiding places .... if Opie hears treats rattling he comes running as fast as his little peg legs will carry him ... but I searched and searched ....   no Opie ... after walking thru the couple rooms we share ..... checking the roof ... under the bed, where I've never seen him ..... and still no Opie .... and I was a bit worried .... it hadn't been long since I'd  seen him .... but this is very unlike him ........ so I crawled around our quarters looking around at Opie eye level .... still no Opie .... and then I saw ........
                                                                                           photo compliments of da Hooman
Do YOU spy Opie????

I woke him up just to make sure he was ok ..... and he's fine ....
                                                                                           photo compliments of da Hooman

OPIE: Yeah Yeah Yeah .....   if it a been a pop top from Fancy Feast I'd a gotted up !!!!

CAST YOUR VOTE ----  ONLY - 23 more days to make OPIE RULER OF THE REFUGE

or if you have to ....  vote for dogs

but PLEASE .....  do your part and VOTE during April !!!

Love, Opie 
Thank YOU for making it all possible !

You know the highlights, but do you ever wonder what happens every day, even ordinary days, at Rikki's Refuge?  Have you thought of starting a sanctuary and wonder what it's REALLY like?  Ever wonder what those with the animals all day every day see and think?  Follow my diary as I tell you about daily happenings and show you a dozen or so photos taken during the day!  You'll see a whole new perspective of the Refuge ....   See it ... Live it .... BE a part of the Rikki's Family .... get to know ALL the animals on a first name basis !!!!   Keep up with happenings every day of the year at RikkisRefuge.BlogSpot.com ...  every day since January 1, 2018 is archived just for YOU !!!!