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Monday, September 01, 2014

A Labor of Love...



So, did you know it's Labor Day??  I hear hoomans like to pic-a-nic on Labor Day??  I heard mom inviting hoomans over for a pic-a-nic... I don't think she knows us aminals want a pic-a-nic too...Wouldn't that be FUN!!  If we could all pic-a-nic and let the hoomans do the labor part on Labor Day!  I think that's the way it should be....Hoomans labor....aminals pic-a-nic....Oh no!  There's not nuf in the pantry for us to all pic-a-nic.....You can help me fill my basket, PLEAZ???  
Love, Opie
(If you click on any pictures on this blog, it will take you to our donation page!!)
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IT'S LABOR DAY.....REMEMBER OUR UNSUNG HEROES...

In addition to lots of pic-a-nics, Labor Day means a nice long relaxing weekend for lots of the nine to fivers.  But for animal caretakers, like our amazing staff at Rikki's Refuge, the work never ends!  Our staff are some of the hardest working people you will ever meet!  

On any given day, they show up on time - rain or shine, hot or cold, holiday or no holiday - and take care of me and my 1200+ friends of many species on the refuge!  That's a lot of labor, but I think for all of them it is also a LABOR OF LOVE!  That says a lot because it is HARD work - caring and cleaning for us, scooping hundreds of pounds of poo, lots of heavy lifting, running to catch sheep, giving us our meds when needed - and soooo much more! Every day is stuffed to the brim with work to be done. 

And despite all that hard LABOR, I think we ALL love them most because they are compassionate and loving and they care for us unconditionally!!



So on this Labor Day, I say THANKS to my hoomans who work so hard at Rikki's Refuge every single day and night.  I love you!

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Hi!  O'doul here.....So, Opie is throwing a Labor day Pic-a-nic for all of us at Rikki's Refuge.....but I'm kind of worried....you should have seen that grin on his face when he came by and invited us Guinea Pigs....I mean, Opie is kind of nice, but you know what I mean about CATS?  They're kind of scary.  Some of them cats walk by Cavy Castle and say bad things like "rodent rodent rodent"....and so we Guinea Pigs, well we held a meeting and we decided maybe we're not wanting to go to Opie's pic-a-nic.....but we'd sure love to have our OWN!  Would you buy us some ORANGES for the Exclusive Labor Day Guinea Pigs Only Pic-a-nic???  Thank you!!

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HOW ABOUT SOME HOOMAN NUMS??

Although it would be best with some Fancy Feast, this recipe might be nummy for your own pic-a-nic! 

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I'm so hoping I'll be able to buy nums for everybody here at Rikki's Refuge  ....  I wanna be Griller Chef Opie for the Aminals Labor Day Pic-a-nic ... you will help me pleaz????

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In honor of it being Labor Day, I'm posting a job listing here.....we are looking for another unsung hero to be hooman laborers taking care of us aminals.....the bonus is we will all love you!!  You interested???



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Uh Oh...... I convinced the goats to pull the goat cart to the grocery store so I could stock up on nums for everybody for our Labor Day Pic-a-nic .... well everybody but dem hoomans ... No hoomans allowed at da Aminal Labor Day Pic-a-nic ... no siree...just aminals....So this is where I need your help...I'm at the grocery store now....and they got all the nums...but they say I have to have da green stuff if I'm takin' it home.... I tried giving the grouchy lady at the check-out some lettuce to buy everything I had in my basket....and you know what she did???  She yelled "get this filthy animal out of my grocery store!  Somebody call Animal Control"....so here I am sitting outside the doors....in an empty basket....and the manager says I can't come back in and fill my basket again 'til I can prove I gotz nuf green stuff to prove I can buy it all.  Will you help me Pleaz???

Love you bunches, 
Opie

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

We need a miracle to get through the hardest summer we've ever had.


This has been the hardest summer for us since we opened our gates many years ago. We need help and support desperately. Please HELP us if you can, please SHARE this for us, that helps us more than you may know. Will you be our miracle? We need one. 

SUPPLIES WE NEED THE MOST:
Canned cat food, bleach, regular tuna, meat baby food, oranges, paper towels, large heavy duty trash bags. 


1. To give electronically, please use this link: http://www.rikkisrefuge.org/feedme   
2. To give using our Paypal: mail@rikkisrefuge.org   
3. To give by mail (check or money order): Rikki’s Refuge P.O. Box 1357 Orange, VA. 22960   
4. To give via our Amazon Wish List: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/126FNLHBB9AGA 

Rikki’s Refuge Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc.   
10910 Barr Lane   
Rapidan, VA. 22733   
(540)-854-0870 mail@rikkisrefuge.org   
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! August 26, 2014


Dawg Day?  Seriously, mom?  I’m supposed to ask for dog food?
This is a joke, right?  I mean .....  let them write the ne.....
OK OK ... I get it ...  ask for dawg food on Dawg Day
or I don’t get my Fancy Feast ?
Right !  This is bribery, you know.

Hi, everybody !!  Opie here.  Well today is Dawggie Day ....  And I’d be so happy if you’d like to feed a Dawggie today ...  I’d be happier if you’d like to adopt one ....
Click on any Dawggie in this photo, and give him or her $1 or more and I’ll make sure they get something nummy today !!!

NOT my Fancy Feast ....  but some kind of Fancy Dawg Dinner, ok?
Thank you, Opie.



Oh Oh .... on Morning Medical Rounds, poor Brownie was walking funny and looking uncomfortable.  She sure didn’t seem too sick as she lead the capture chase back and forth, up and down, giving the hoomans their exercise for the day.

Once in our hospital, we learned her udder was swollen, and to our untrained eyes, it looked like a case of mastitis.  Time to call the doc. 

Poor Brownie got loaded up, and headed out in the Toyota to the goat doc, over the mountains and thru the woods.  Many a trip has the trusty Toyota made with many different species riding along.


Sure was a beautiful day for a trip over the mountains.







Home again Home again ....  It's GOOD news !!!!   Brownie does NOT have mastitis !!! 

She does have a hormonal imbalance that is making her udder swollen and leaking a brownish fluid.  It can be just one of those things that happens sometimes, or she could have eaten too much clover that has a lot of estrogen in it (mom says, anybody ever tell you to eat clover?  Doc told me to eat soy for menopause, but never mentioned clover.) 

Doc gave Brownie a hormone injection and said she should be ok in a few days.  If not call.  Sometimes they need several shots in a row.  Sometimes it could take more to "reset" her system.  Brownie isn't going to be happy, cuz till it clears up she's got to get her temp taken every day.  If it gets high she's gotta go see doc again.  Sometimes this can cause mastitis.  But most likely she'll be all fine now.  

So glad to be home  .... Jessie gets nums for Brownie













At home with Betty the cat and Bee-Bee the Donkey.

The tank of gas to go to the vet cost $38.27 and the doc's bill is $66.50 ....   poor Brownie is asking for help with the $104.77 she now owes ....   And says she'd be happy if somebody would toss in a few extra bucks - the green kind - so she can have some alfalfa cubes as a treat !!!  

If you're willing to keep Brownie off the street and stop her from going door to door to ask for a hand out ....  Please give her a buck or two towards her bill !!!   Thank you so much, ... I gotz a big nuf job feeding cats ...  I can no gotz da green stuff nuf to help Brownie right now.    You can help her out right here: www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe


Please get your VOTE in EVERYDAY!! 
The Shelter Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to help the animals with only a few clicks !!!!  Totally FREE and EASY and QUICK ....  turn your clicks into meds to prevent ticks !!!!

Please vote today and every day  ...  Just go to this link http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/nomineehome?userId=53331&nomineeId=17448
and enter Rikkis Refuge (no ‘ ... see ??)  in VA in the USA and that’s it !! Thank you
Please vote today and every day  ...  Just go to this link http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/nomineehome?userId=53331&nomineeId=17448
or click your favorite goose picture and enter Rikkis Refuge (no ‘ ... see ??)  in VA in the USA and that’s it !! Thank you


Labor Day Doin’s
Ok !!  Nuf of you signed up for a tour and wez gotz a guide so those of you who expressed interest will be getting your ticket packages later today !!!

For Self Service Volunteers Only:  We’ll be havin a pot luck, veggie bar-b-q, let’s use the nice deck at the education center party in the afternoon/evening after the tour.  Come on out 3 or 4 pm till ... when ever !!!!   Admission a can of Fancy Feast !!!


NUMS for YOU
brought to you by Maria Appleby, Rikki’s Social Media Director
you share with me, and I’ll share with you
try this wonderful vegan recipe today



and Nums for us !!
Share ... Share ... Share .....

Gimme ... Gimme ... Gimmeeeee  ....  I want that milk !!



THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO
SAVE SO MANY LIVES
... 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 have been alive

to enjoy this beautiful summer !!

THANK YOU !!!!!!
Your donations have saved the lives of every animal featured here today !!!!   AND your donations are giving them happiness today !!!   Please make a donation in honor of the animals you have loved to give everyone here a happy tomorrow !!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 

Love,
    Opie
Join us on Facebook:              https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge\
                                                https://www.facebook.com/vincent.cat
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Rikki’s Web Site:                     www.rikkisrefuge.org
Blog:                                       http://rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/
Help the Animals:                    http://rikkisrefuge.org/FeedMe
Re-Tail our thrift store:            https://www.facebook.com/ReTail.org
             Web Site:                http://rikkisrefuge.org/?page_id=6330
             Location:                    3503 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22408  
             Phone:                        540-891-5300
              Hours:             10 am - 6 pm Monday - Saturday
                                                noon - 5 pm - Sunday

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Upcoming Events for Rikki's Refuge



 
Rikki's Refuge will be at the National Capital Cat Show on September 6-7, 2014 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA.
A couple of volunteers are needed a few hours on Friday Sept 5th to help set up.
The show runs from 9 am to 5 pm Saturday Sept 6th and 9 am to 4:30 Sunday Sept 7th; you can volunteer as much or little time as you'd like.
We've got 14 passes for volunteers; you don't have to stay all day but please leave your pass when you leave.
Volunteers - Please contact Ron Herfurth at: topcat@cstone.net
to let us know when you can be there.
The show is open 9:30am - 5:00pm Saturday and 9:00am - 4:30pm Sunday
General Admission: $10 Adults • $6 Children (under 12),
$6 Seniors (60 +) • $30 - Family of 5
For more information about the National Capital Cat Show, please see:
ON THE WEB: http://www.nationalcapitalcatshow.com/show.shtml
ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/NationalCapitalCatShow
ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/natcapcat





Rikki’s Refuge will be at the Fredericksburg Pet Show on September 20 and 21, 2014 located at 2371 Carl D Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, Virginia!
SATURDAY 9/20/14 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SUNDAY 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
ADMISSION
Adults At Door: $9 | online: $8
Seniors (60+) at door: $8 | Online: $7
CHILDREN 12 & UNDER: FREE | Pets: welcome!
LEARN MORE:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FredericksburgPetShow
Official Web Site: http://www.fredericksburgpetshow.com/
Purchase Tickets Online Here:
http://www.fredericksburgpetshow.com/tickets.html
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR RIKKI'S REFUGE AT THIS EVENT, PLEASE CONTACT:
mail@rikkisrefuge.org




Rikki’s Refuge will be at the 18th Annual Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival on Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, located at Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia!
Admission is FREE!
LEARN MORE HERE:
On Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesvilleVegetarianFestival
Official Web Site:
http://www.cvillevegfest.org/
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE RIKKI’S REFUGE BOOTH, PLEASE EMAIL RON AT:
topcat@cstone.net 





RIKKI’S REFUGE 5K RACE/WALK
November 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Come Join us at beautiful Lake Anna State Park for the 6th annual Rikki’s 5K Run/Walk
Your entry fee of $25.00 (or $30.00 on race day) will help the over 1200 animals who call Rikki’s Refuge their home. Checks should be made to Rikki’s Refuge. Donations of pet food and/or other supplies are welcome.
Awards will be presented to the first male and female finisher and the first 3 in each age group (19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-up). Also the team with the most runners/walkers. All pre- registered runners are guaranteed a T-Shirt. The race will be held rain or shine.
The race is sponsored by: Patterson’s Construction, Ed’s Awards & Engraving, VA Runner, Lake Anna State Park, Giant Food Stores, Meadows Farms, and The REACH program.
Entry Forms can be picked up at: VA Runner, Ed’s Awards & Engraving, Giant Food Stores, 360 Feeds or email bugbane30@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Good Morning Good News !!!! August 20, 2014



It’s a foggy fall morning.  The fog is swirling all around.  Lifting off the ground.  Slowly climbing the trees.   The kind of fog where there be dragons.  Swirls of blue.  Swirls of pink.  Swirls of purple.  It rises up to meet the sunrise.  The kind of fog where heaven meets earth.  There is no divide.  A time when the dragons, the fairies, the mystical beings can mingle with earth creatures.

As the fog rises ..  there ... there ... there comes one ....  legs firmly planted on earth ... walking out of the fog ... towards me ...   


The nights have gotten cool ... the leaves are changing ....  the world is turning round towards autumn. 

It’s been a lovely peaceful summer.  Wonderful weather.  Wonderful animals.  Wonderful happenings.

Life at the refuge has rolled along in peace and quiet.  No great and exciting happenings, no great and exciting disasters.

No new species, no new emergencies. 

When the routine, day in and day out, runs smoothly, a moo here, a bark there, a pat here, a hug there ......  you know this is the way it should be!!

The new species, the disasters, the changes .... it’s exciting to read about ... it urges donors to help out.

But the routine, the peace, the love .... that’s what we strive for every day ....  and when we accomplish that  ....  it a good solid feeling of peace and happiness for all.   For the animals, for the caretakers, for volunteers, for donors.


Sometimes donors forget us when life is peaceful and calm.  When there is no urgent and expensive surgery, no materials to buy for a broken fence, no urgent care for a new comer.  Peaceful day to day life, everyone is fed, the houses are cleaned, the routine medications are given, the flea and tick and worm meds go down, are dropped on, are sprayed on, everyone lies down in a comfy bed for the night ....  all is calm. all is right.

The cost of giving one of our almost 1300 animals a clam, peaceful, happy home is about $1 a day.  A cow may cost a little more than a guinea pig, a dog more than a cat ....  but when we mix it all up, like the big happy family we are, it rounds out to $1 a day for basic food, housing, medication and love. 

It’s only when you add everybody up all together that the number gets big ....  awfully big.

We need your help for survival each and every day.  In the nice easy peaceful times and when disaster or emergency strikes. 

You have so much on your mind, summer adventures of your own, kids out of school, travels, relocating, new jobs, your family, your own furry friends, volunteering, projects.  Just like us, with longer daylight hours, you work to accomplish so much more, lawn care, landscaping, painting, repairs.

Knowing we have the money to care for the animals this summer has been the one thing that has filled us with worry, caused restless dreams, and some days left us downright scared.  It’s a usual summer thing.  The expenses are always there ....  donations drop off as folks have more to do in the summer.   

We compensate the lean summer months by letting accounts run up ....  yet we have those nasty credit limits too, just like you !!!!   And now we must start catching up before winter brings bigger food and housing costs !!


Will YOU help us?  Pick one critter and help them with only $1 a day.  Skip the fancy coffee and help several animals.  Eating out tonight?  Plan to skip dessert and do us and YOU a favor !!!   www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe

There’s an easy way to help out every month.  So easy not to forget the animals in your busy lives.  So easy, you’ll almost forget it’s even there.  Recurring donations.  You can sign up to make a donation once a month.  And that’s such a huge help.  To know you care and to know you’ll be there.

It breaks the peace and the calm and the happy, gentle routine of caring for the animals when I have to worry so about where the next meal is coming from, how I can pay for a vet visit, if I can afford subq fluids so the kidney patients feel like eating, asthma medicine so many will breathe easier, arthritis relief medication for the stiff old knees, the farrier to trim the old donkey’s fast growing hooves. 


Think about a recurring donation .... right here www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe

To the left, you see One Time Donation where you can help with a special item, or make a donation today.

Next is Recurring Donation where you easily enter how many animal days you’d like to help.  Enter 1 to care for one animal for one day a month.  Enter 10 to care for ten animals for one day a month.  Enter 30 if you’d like to care for one animal everyday, every month !!   You can enter any number from 1 thru 10,000 .....  10,000 cares for everybody for a little over a week ...  even at $1 a day, 1300 animals use it up quick !!

The next slot let’s you specify how long you’d like to make the monthly donation.  It’s best for the animals if you leave that blank!  That means forever (or until you tell it to stop) !!   Or you can enter 12 for a year, 24 for two years and so on. 

Hit subscribe ...  and you’re almost done ....  I think it’ll ask you to prove you’re a hooman with a credit card or bank account or somethin like that !!!

Thank you !!!!!

Thank you for saving MY life today !!!

and EVERY day of the year !!!!!



Please get your VOTE in EVERYDAY!! 
The Shelter Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to help the animals with only a few clicks !!!!  Totally FREE and EASY and QUICK ....  turn your clicks into meds to prevent ticks !!!!

Please vote today and every day  ...  Just go to this link http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/nomineehome?userId=53331&nomineeId=17448
and enter Rikkis Refuge (no ‘ ... see ??)  in VA in the USA and that’s it !! Thank you
Please vote today and every day  ...  Just go to this link http://www.shelterchallenge.com/web/charityusa/nomineehome?userId=53331&nomineeId=17448
or click the guinea picg and enter Rikkis Refuge (no ‘ ... see ??)  in VA in the USA and that’s it !! Thank you


What ‘ch doin’ Labor Day ?
Trying to get a head count to see who’d come on a tour at noon on Labor Day.  Would you like to come and get up front and purrsonal with the cirtters?   Tours are really IN YOUR FACE !!!!    Get licked by cows, butted by goats, jumped on by cats !!!!   Our animals really love to interact.  Tours start at noon, run 2-3 hours, and involve 3+ miles of walking on natural (read uneven) terrain.

If you’d be interested in a tour let me know:  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

If you’re a certified Rikki’s Tour Guide and you’d be interested in leading or helping with a tour, let me know:  Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

How bout nums?   Would you like to have a get together, veggie bar-b-q, pot luck ...  at the education center after the tour???   Let me know what you’d like to do: Vincent@RikkisRefuge.org

We’d sure like to see YOU !!!


NUMS for YOU
brought to you by Maria Appleby, Rikki’s Social Media Director
you share with me, and I’ll share with you
try this wonderful vegan recipe today



Stock up NOW for Saturday !!!




This Sunday at 7 pm..... Come and join us ....
.....   vegan or vegetarian please !!!! We'll be opening with a meditation and then discussing the second agreement from The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz --- some very valuable lessons we cats are born knowing and you hoomans would do good to learn from !!!!   You’re welcome even if you aren’t reading the book.  If you enjoy discussions about personal growth, spirituality, and reaching out to be the best you can be -- you’ll love this group!





THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO
SAVE SO MANY LIVES
... 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 have been alive

to enjoy this beautiful summer !!

THANK YOU !!!!!!
Your donations have saved the lives of every animal featured here today !!!!   AND your donations are giving them happiness today !!!   Please make a donation in honor of the animals you have loved to give everyone here a happy tomorrow !!!  www.RikkisRefuge.org/FeedMe 

Love,
    Vincent and Mom
Join us on Facebook:              https://www.facebook.com/RikkisRefuge\
                                                   https://www.facebook.com/vincent.cat
                                                   https://www.facebook.com/Kerry.Hilliard
Rikki’s Web Site:                     www.rikkisrefuge.org
Blog:                                          http://rikkisrefuge.blogspot.com/
Help the Animals:                    http://rikkisrefuge.org/FeedMe
Re-Tail our thrift store:             https://www.facebook.com/ReTail.org
             Web Site:                    http://rikkisrefuge.org/?page_id=6330
             Location:                     3503 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22408  
             Phone:                        540-891-5300
              Hours:                        10 am - 6 pm Monday - Saturday
                                                 noon - 5 pm - Sunday