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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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Boomer my career change dog!

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Boomer has made himself at home!

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Beach Bum Biscuits: Working Dogs for Conservation

Mermaid Cottages loves our service dogs, so when we came across a certain special group of hard working canines, we just had to share!

Working Dogs for Conservation is one amazing foundation! WDC was formed in 2000 to collect information-rich wildlife and plant samples using specially trained detection dogs. They have projects all over the world, from California to Cameroon! Working Dogs for Conservation focuses on three primary goals: monitoring endangered wildlife, defining wildlife corridors, and helping eradicate damaging invasive species. And they do this all while ensuring full, rewarding lives for their dogs.

Working Dogs for Conservation has taken a leading role in using specially trained dogs in wildlife and conservation research worldwide, and we were lucky enough to find out about one of their many working dogs. Lily is a conservation dog with WDC. Along with the North Carolina Zoological Park and Wildlife Conservation Society, Lily and WDC are hard at work in Cameroon, near the border or Nigeria.

Meet the hard working, beautiful Lily! She's alerting to some dung to be studied.

Lily is helping to identify the population and disease parameters of the Cross River Gorilla, the world’s most endangered ape.  Only about 250 of these apes remain, and they are poorly understood. The hope is that Lily can help scientists to better understand these gorillas and bring them back from the brink of extinction.

In the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary

Lily sure is one hard working dog! Amiee Hurt, Co-founder and Associate Director of Working Dogs for Conservation, shared some of Lily’s photos with us as well as a few stories about Cameroon:

“Two [of the pictures] are in Mbu village, where a couple of white women and three big dogs was really big news! Ngaio is holding all 3 dogs while the village kids are intrigued. In the other, I impress the kids by playing fetch with Lily for awhile. There’s one where she’s alerting (see the two large poop piles to the right of her) and then one of her and me at the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary.

Lily did great in Cameroon. In the hot and humid coastal town of Limbe, she learned that coconuts make great dog toys. At our field sites, she worked long hours and found lots of dung- some fresh, most old. She fell in love with our field assistant, Michael, who cut our way through the jungle with a machete and would quickly come to her rescue to free her when she got tangled in vines. She got to act as ambassador dog; children and adults alike are often afraid of dogs there, but with her charming and friendly manner she made a lot of people laugh. I continue to enjoy her company every single day!”

We are so excited to know there are such hard working dogs (and people!) dedicated to conservation of our world’s endangered species! Mermaid Cottages wants to send out a huge thank you to the dogs and scientists of Working Dogs for Conservation; thank you for all you do!

If you’d like to learn more about Working Dogs for Conservation, please visit WorkingDogsforConservation.org. There, you can learn more about their dogs, their on-going projects, the scientists behind the work, and even how you can help the efforts!

 

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Show Us Some More Puppy Love!

Pet Friendly Mermaid Cottages Welcome You To Tybee Island

Boomer, our newest Mermaid Mascot, comes to Tybee on Feb 14th!

 

Roses are red.  Violets are blue.  Pet lovers know there’s at least one kind of love that’s true!

It’s Valentine’s Day and one thing’s for sure…if there’s a pet in your life you are loved!

Mermaid Cottages loves seeing photos of our dog guests, so we got to thinking.  What if everyone wrote a Valentine to their dog?

Y’all know we’re all about a howling good time, so for the next week we’d like you to email photos of your dog along with why you love them so much.  We’ll be looking for your emails to diane@mermaidcottages.com with at least one photo of your dog attached and your dog tales about your canine pal.  We’ll gather them all together and let Danny, Sophie and Boomer vote with tail wags.  The top five photos and dog tales will be featured on our Facebook page next week and we’ll ask everyone to help us choose one winner.   We’ll spend this next week creating a special doggy treat basket for the winner, so please be sure to Follow us to know when to start voting.

And, while you’re at it, start planning your next visit to one of our fabulous pet friendly cottages.  Danny, Sophie and Boomer will be practicing their WOOF welcomes and whipping up fresh batches of our all natural Beach Bum Biscuits, too!

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Knight Takes A Snow Day

A few weeks ago, Mermaid Cottages introduced Knight, our newest puppy in training to become a Guide Dog or Service Dog for a person with disabilities.  He’s just a wee lad and everything is all bright and new to him.  Until it’s time to get his training vest and attend “big boy” school, he is in the care of Sandy, our wonderful Puppy Walker.

Sandy includes Knight in every part of her day to day life, introducing him to the sights and sounds of our wonderful world and teaching him his basic socialization skills.  She makes sure he gets used to being out in public among people and other animals and teaches him very valuable life skills that some day will make a difference to the person he eventually gets paired.

Rencently, Sandy headed north and Knight experienced snow for the first time!  In true wide eyed, fascination and excitement, Knight carefully inspected the cold and fluffy white stuff and then took off running and playing.read more

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Welcome Knight, Our Newest Sponsored Guide Dog!

Sandy and Knight!

Everyone at Mermaid Cottages is excited about the news! December 3rd, our good friend Sandy picked up our newest guide dog sponsor, Knight! That’s right, the same special little guy you all helped to name. Isn’t he just the most precious little thing? There’s nothing cuter than an eight month old black lab puppy!

Knight got his name thanks to everyone voting in our Name That Puppy Poll on our Mermaid Cottages Facebook Page. We received so many wonderful names (and reasons for those names) that a poll just seemed like the best way to choose the perfect fit, and boy did you guys come through! Knight won with 62% on the vote! Knight was submitted by Rob S. from Florida in honor of a good friend that passed unexpectedly November 23 at the young age of 36. Albert Knight, Jr. gave of himself each year by participating in the Relay for Life. He continued giving after his passing through organ donation and even a donation to Locks of Love. Since childhood, Al enjoyed spending much of his time at the beach and always lived life to the fullest, as if each day was his last. And now, his name will be carried on and his memory honored through the life of Knight, our newest sponsored guide dog!

Knight seems to be making himself right at home!

Sandy tells us Knight seems to be a very sweet and calm puppy so far. He really enjoys the company of his new friends, Aldo and Tony. Aldo (on the left above) is also a guide dog, and Tony (on the right) is Sandy’s big, beautiful Golden Retriever. Tony is about 105 lbs. to Knight’s about ten, so we ought to really be able to watch Knight’s growth when he sits next to Tony! Cuteness overload!

We are so proud to welcome Knight into the Mermaid Cottages family. We just know he will live up to his name and grow up to do wonderful things as a guide dog! Remember, every time you stay with Mermaid Cottages or purchase our Beach Bum Biscuits, you help us sponsor a service or guide dog through The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and  Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Puppy Sponsorship Program, so thank you for helping us help others!

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Name That Puppy Poll!

Well, submissions are now closed! We have really enjoyed going through all the name submissions for our newest Guide Dog sponsor pup. It was difficult, to say the least, but we have come up with our top six favorite names, and now we need your help!

Today is the day! Head on over to our Name That Puppy Poll on our Official Mermaid Cottages Facebook Page and vote for your favorite name now! Here are the names, and why they were submitted:

Curry– in memory of Chris D.’s grandfather, father, and brother, who all served in the military

Scout– in honor of Connie D.’s parents, always supportive of the Scouts and “because a good scout helps people.”

Deen– in honor of Paula Deen and family and all they do for the community.

Knight– in honor of Al Knight who passed and helped many through organ donation and donation to Locks of Love.

Kevin– in memory of Kevin Pape who was killed in service to our country in Afghanistan.

Drum– in memory of Miss Sylvia, Tybee treasure and percussionist extraordinaire.

The poll will be open for voting until November 30 at 5 p.m., so don’t wait! Sandy, our good friend and puppy care taker, is picking up the newest addition to the Mermaid Cottages Sponsored Guide Dog family December 1st, and we really want her to have something to call the little guy when she gets there.

Vote now, and tell your friends to vote as well! We can’t wait to know our newest’s addition’s name!

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New Puppy Love!

Our new black lab puppy is coming soon and he needs a name!

Does the memory of someone inspire you to serve others?  We’d love to hear your story!  We’re asking for inspirations to help us name our new puppyMermaid Cottages is honored to sponsor puppies to be trained in service as Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for persons with disabilities.

Share your story of inspiration and you could help us name our newest black lab puppy.  Tell us about your memories of a mentor, philanthropist, volunteer or someone who served in education, the miltary and the community that inspires you to serve others.

If you would like to help name our new puppy here’s how to submit your nomination:

Email your nomination to diane@mermaidcottages.com

Email Diane your name suggestion and tell us in whose memory you’re making your nomination.  Tell us about the person and why you would like to honor his/her memory (public/community service, mentoring, philanthropy, etc).

All nominations must be received by 5 PM, Sunday, November 27, 2011.

Diane will choose her top six names and post them on our Facebook page for everyone to vote.  The Facebook Poll will start on Monday, November 28 and votes will be collected through 6 PM, Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

This young lad will be in training to become a Guide Dog for a person with disabilities, so his name should be in honor of someone whose life was lived in service to others.

Mermaids Make A Difference.  Be Inspired.  You can make a difference, too!

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Say Thanks With Puppy Love!

Would you like to give Thanksgiving for the memory of someone who has inspired you?

Mermaid Cottages just learned our next Guide Dog  puppy will be arriving soon and we want you to help us name him!  He’s a  spectacular pure black lab male, eight weeks old and there’s nothing cuter in this world.  Our wonderful dog walker, Sandy, will pick him up in New York on December 1st and he’ll begin a journey in which we can all take part.

If you would like to help name our new puppy here’s how to submit your nomination:

Email your nomination to diane@mermaidcottages.com

 

Email Diane your name suggestion and tell us in whose memory you’re making your nomination.  Tell us about the person and why you would like to honor his/her memory (public/community service, mentoring, philanthropy, etc).

All nominations must be received by 5 PM, Sunday, November 27, 2011.

 

Diane will choose her top six names and post them on our Facebook page for everyone to vote.  The Facebook Poll will start on Monday, November 28 and votes will be collected through 6 PM, Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

This young lad will be in training to become a Guide Dog for a person with disabilities, so his name should be in honor of someone whose life was lived in service to others.

Mermaids Make A Difference.  Be Inspired.  Give thanks for Thanksgiving.  Give thanks…. read more

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