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Day: February 8, 2011

SERVICE DOGS:Here To Serve!

Anyone that shares his/her life with a pet knows they can be amazing and just as with our children sometimes we gush about how smart and talented ours are!

The term “Service Dog” covers a lot of territory and whether you call them a Guide Dog or  Service Dog or Assistance Dog they all make it possible for many persons with disabilities to lead astonishingly normal lives.

Here are a few of the specialties Service Dogs are trained in:

Guide Dog
Guide Dogs are the eyes for a blind or sight impaired person.

Hearing Dog
A Hearing Dog alerts its handler to sounds.

Seizure Alert/Response Dog
A Seizure Alert Dog alerts and responds to its handler when it senses the handler may be having a seizure.

Mobility Assist Dog
A Mobility Assist Dog is the arms and legs for a disabled person.

Psychiatric Service Dog
A Psychiatric Service Dog enables a person with a psychiatric disorder to calm down and can enable the person to function in public.

There are certainly some days my dogs are my miracle workers and they always know when I could use a kiss and a hug!

If you have a service animal or know of a service animal that’s making a difference in someone’s life please let us know.  We’d love to meet them!

Mermaid Sighting: Mermaid Cat!

     Mostly, you see mermaids pictured as beautiful maidens with lithe, curvy figures and flowing hair. But, every once in a while, you see something else. I just adore this Mermaid Cat…or Mercat, whatever floats your boat. It’s whimsical, cute, and totally unexpected, and I love that!

     This unique mermaid is by Sandi of Sandi’s Shellscapes on Etsy. The artist is even located near Daytona Beach, FL like our sighting from last week! She has a wonderful shop full of lovelies, so make sure you pay her a visit and get your sea shell fix.
     Don’t forget, mermaids are everywhere! If you spot one, we’d love to see it. You can send your sighting and a little info about your mermaid to diane@mermaidcottages.com. Your mermaid might be the next one featured right here! We can’t wait to hear from you!