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Oh What A Knight

Knight, a Guide Dog in TrainingOur boy has graduated!  Oh, what a Knight!

Knight is our most recent Labrador we sponsored for training as a Guide Dog.  Sandy, our wonderful puppy walker, shared that Knight has been placed with a professor at Columbia University.  We gave the professor a call and chatted about Knight’s new home. Continue reading

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It’s A Great Day For An Update On Knight!

Today’s a great day for a Knight update!

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Knight

“Knight is doing well with his Guide Dog Training!  He is training  in-harness now…that is always good news. There do not seem to be many  issues to be worked on…. Keep praying he keeps progressing so we get  the call that he is ready to be matched!”  -Sandy, Knight’s Puppy Walker

Knight is the current black lab puppy we sponsor through the sales of our Beach Bum Biscuits  and rentals of our pet friendly cottages!

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Como’s Puting On The Dog Again!

Greetings!

Yes, it is time once again for Cosmo to put forth his best effort and raise funds for the Nebraska Humane Society.  Twelve years ago, Cosmo himself was rescued by this organization, and so he has always been eager to help them out in return.

Cosmo's Puting On The Dog Again

Don’t let Cosmo down!  You can donate online by going to http://www.nehumanesociety.org/site/TR/Events/Walk2013?px=1005424&pg=personal&fr_id=1170#.UhS50z_pyb4 and clicking the DONATE button.   In return, Cosmo will tell everyone he meets just how wonderful you are!

Puppies, kittens, and so many more animals are counting on your help!  Any donation, no matter how small, will help an animal in need!

Thanks so much!

- Paul & Cosmo

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Service Animals and Guide Dogs At Mermaid Cottages

We love to welcome Service Animals and Guide Dogs at Mermaid Cottages and it’s our pleasure to assist all of our guests, including those with disabilities.

Service Dogs and Guide Dogs

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), privately owned businesses that serve the public, such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, taxicabs, theaters, concert halls, and sports facilities, are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires these businesses to allow people with disabilities to bring their service animals onto business premises in whatever areas customers are generally allowed. Continue reading

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Puppy Dog Tails

There’s nothing fishy here.  This Mermaid is thankful that my heart beats in rhythm to a trio of puppy dog tails.  Danny, Sophie and Boomer are my ambassadors for love, life and caring.  They each came into my life at different times for different reasons and, just like pieces of a puzzle, they fit and click and see me and accommodate me.

Puppy Dog Tails

Here’s Danny!

It’s their passions and capacities for acceptance that guide and maintain the plan to make room for pets in my life and my business.  They also help remind me we’re here to serve and share and make living much more enjoyable at Mermaid Cottages. Continue reading

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Cosmo-pawlitan: Walk For The Animals

Cosmo is on a journey and he invites you to come along.  He’s this week’s issue of Cosmo-pawlitan: Walk For The Animals!

Cosmo-pawlitan: Walk For The Animals

Cosmo wants YOU!

Support Cosmo – and the Nebraska Humane Society!

It’s Walk For The Animals Time!!!

It is time to celebrate Cosmo’s continued support for the Nebraska Humane Society! Cosmo will once again participate in the Walk for the Animals and would very much appreciate your sponsorship!

Almost 12 years ago, Cosmo was rescued by the Nebraska Humane Society, so this is a very big deal for him! Hopefully you’ll agree and donate to this great cause!

Please click Cosmos’ SUPPORT ME button to donate to Cosmo’s efforts! Continue reading

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2012 Beach Bum Biscuits Collection By Fifi Flowers

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The new 2012 Beach Bum Biscuits Note Card Collection has been revealed by Fifi Flowers, our tres chic artiste friend with a Parisian flair!  These extraordinary collectible note cards feature the winners of Fifi’s dog photos contest.  These cards are a great way to put a special touch to your next letter or thank-you note. You could even frame them and they make great souvenirs or gifts, too. The new collection will soon be available at Seaside Sisters, the best little shorehouse on Tybee Island! Continue reading

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2012 Beach Bum Biscuits Dog Contest

Beach Bum Biscuits/mermaidcottages.comOur most wonderful artist friend with a Parisian flair, Fifi Flowers, is ready to round-up a new Wag Pack of precious pooches for her 2012 Beach Bum Biscuits Dog Contest!

Fifi is inviting our pet guests and their well-behaved humans to submit one photo or one link to a photo if you’d like your dog to be considered for inclusion in Fifi’s next frameable notecard series and calendar collection.  The photos will then be posted online Monday, June 11 for the voting to begin.  You will be able to Vote once for the dog you would like to see painted and there will be six dogs chosen for the new collection.

If your dog is chosen, Fifi will create a custom painting of your dog.  Winners will each receive a set of notecards and also receive a special rate if you would like to purchase your Fifi Flowers original painting.

Email your photo or a link to a photo to: fifi@atelierdefifi.com or you may post a link to your photo in the comments section on Fifi’s website no later than noon (Pacific time) on Friday, June 8, 2012.  This way, Fifi will have time to organize the photos and get them posted to her site.  Voting will last for two days and the winners will be announced on Friday, June 15th.

Fifi’s Mermaid Cottages calendars and note card collections may be purchased at Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island.  Mermaid Cottages is proud to sponsor service dogs through the sales of our Beach Bum Biscuits and Fifi’s notecard collections and through our pet-friendly vacation rentals.

Mermaid Cottages has the coziest and cutest homes away from home on Tybee Island, as we all agree, but we’re more than vacation rentals.  We’re part of a community! We’re active with the local community, including people and local organizations we love. We also contribute to  larger organizations with a wider reach. We even promote Voluntourism events, making it possible for your Tybee vacation to include volunteering with a local good cause.

Fifi’s waiting, so get those photos in!  Now, that’s something to bark about!

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Beach Bum Biscuits: Vote and Help Lily Win!

Vote for Lily to be 2012's Hero Dog!

Remember our post from a few weeks ago when we told you about Lily and her hard work with Working Dogs for Conservation? Well, we have more news. Lily has been nominated as one of the Emerging Hero Dogs for the American Humane Association’s annual Hero Dog Awards! Lily’s boss and best friend, Aimee, was kind enough to share this with us, so of course we wanted to share it with you!

“Hello! It’s Aimee from Working Dogs for Conservation here. It’s good to know Lily has a fan club! She’s such an earnest and hilarious dog. Good to her very core, and a real pleasure to work with. We’ve nominated her as one of our Hero Dogs for the American Humane Association’s annual Hero Dog Awards. (You can vote for her daily here!) If she wins her category, she’ll get to walk a red carpet in Beverly Hills at an awards ceremony this fall! (And, Working Dogs for Conservation can win up to $15,000!) Please vote! Thanks, Aimee”

Meet the hard working, beautiful Lily!

Thanks for sharing Aimee!!! Voting for the Hero Dog Awards of 2012 will be open through June 30, 2012, and you can vote daily! Just click this link and vote for Lily to be Working Dogs for Conservation‘s Emerging Hero Dog! The judging period begins after June 30th, so stay tuned and we’ll try our best to keep you updated on how Lily is doing in the contest!

We’re voting…make sure you are too!

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Boomer- the new love of our life!

Boomer has made it into our family.  Boomer was the guide dog puppy we sponsored two puppies ago and did not make it as a guide or service dog.  He arrived Feb 14th and immediately made it into became a part of our pack.  Sophie loves him and they play together all day long.  Danny loves him too but doesn’t care as much as Sophie does.  I know how crazy all this sounds but having a third dog really is so much fun!   Boomer loves his tennis balls ( Danny’s old ones) and he loves my chintz chair.  This picture was from a recent photo shoot and shows how relaxed he is!

Boomer and my slipcovered chintz chair

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