Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

February 2011

GRACE: Beach Bum Biscuit Eater Of The Day

Meet Grace, our Beach Bum Biscuits Eater of the Day!

Grace says:

Dear Diane and the Mermaids,

Just want to send you some proof of our lovely time at Doodlebug Cottage and a tail-wagging THANK YOU for the delicious biscuits you left in the cottage for me.  My parents really appreciate the name tags you provided.  They put one on my collar and one on my harness the whole time we were there.  My parents always worry about my safety and they said  that is very thoughtful of you to have the tags available.  You must love dogs!  I wasn’t allowed to get on the furniture at my home so I did the same at Doodlebug.  I have my own bed and I sleep on the floor, anyway.  My mom said that you were so very nice not to charge me extra, so I made sure to leave the cottage as nice and clean as when we first checked in.  I really enjoy Tybee Island.  I love the daily walks where I can smell so many interesting trees, shrubs, posts, grassy areas, fences…

Thank you for letting me come to your house.  I heard my parents talking and they both said they wanted to return to your house again soon!  I can’t wait!

(I am a Great Pyrenees.  My parents rescued me from a kill shelter 3 years ago.  I am a very good girl and a wonderful service dog!)

We can’t wait for Grace and her parents to come visit again!  Tybee Island is just the right place for such a pretty girl!

If you’ve been rescued by a pet from a shelter or pure breed rescue be sure to let us know!  Your furiend could be our next Beach Bum Biscuit Eater of the Day!

Mermaids in Our Midst: Happiness at Doodlebug Cottage

     Of course, summer is Tybee’s busy season, but we here at Mermaid Cottages love seeing our winter guests! Lan sent us this wonderful email after her recent trip to Tybee:

“Dear Diane,

Just want to let you know that we feel right at home here in Doodlebug Cottage and we love the peace and quiet of winter on Tybee.  I had contacted quite a few rental companies with properties along the coast of Georgia, and you were the friendliest and easiest to work with, you made it so easy for us to come to Tybee and we are grateful for that. Our dog Grace wants to send her “heartfelt thank you” as well, she loves Doodlebug cottage!  

Thanks to you and Mermaid Cottages Management,Lan, Ken & Grace”

      We always love hearing from happy guests. Thank you so much for letting us know how your visit went Lan, and thanks for bringing Grace to enjoy Tybee as well! We hope to see you again real soon!

Live Like a Local: The Tybee Critz Run!

     It’s hard to believe it is already February! That means it’s time for the Tybee Critz Run, a 5K and Half Marathon. This year’s race day is Saturday, February 5th! Last year, the Tybee Critz Run raised and presented $40,500 to the Savannah Community Foundation. The funds went to provide scholarships for local students in need. So, The Critz Run is a great reason to get those running shoes on! All the fun actually gets started the day before the race, Friday February 4th, with the Annual St. Michael’s Spaghetti Dinner.

All you runners and pasta lovers can make plans to be at St. Michael’s Parrish Center, located at 714 Lovell Avenue and 8th Street. The meal includes spaghetti with meat sauce, bread, dessert, and drink, so be there from 5:30 to 7:30pm to get your carbs for the big race on Saturday! Tickets for the meal are available at the door and are $9 for adults and $6 for children.

The winning t-shirt design was made by Michael Spooner,
a recent SCAD graduate! Congrats Michael!

     The 5K run begins at 8am sharp at the Historic Tybee Island Lighthouse and ends on 16th Street facing the pier and beautiful Tybee beaches. For those running the half marathon, the start time is 8:30 and the course begins on 15th Street near the famous Breakfast Club and ends on 16th Street where the 5K wraps up. For more information and logistics, make sure you visit the Tybee Critz Run website. The course maps are available there as well, but here’s a little idea for you.

     So, whether you are running or supporting from the sidelines, you’ll know where to go! I’m running in the 5K this weekend! Hopefully I’ll see you there! Good luck everyone!

Mermaid Sighting: Daytona Beach

This week, we have a mermaid sighting from our good friend Teresa! She spotted this lovely maiden at a flea market in Daytona Beach, Florida. 
Isn’t she beautiful?! Thank you for sharing Teresa! We love hearing from you when you see a mermaid. Please send us your sightings at diane@mermaidcottages.com and keep your eyes peeled, your sighting may end up right here on our blog! We can’t wait to hear from you!


As I put in the application, she is a stray I found.  It looked like she had had puppies, and she was drying up.  I had her checked to see if she was pregnant, and she was not, so I had her spayed on July 15t.  I have had her Rabies shot, and I had planned on taking her back to get the rest of her shots, too.  My vet did a heartworm check, and she tested negative.

I wanted to give you a little background on her.  We found her wandering on Highway 200 in Ocala on Saturda evening, June 27th.  It was during the time when we had been having scalding temps in the 100s.  She was unbelieveably filthy, exhausted, and her pads were raw and blistered so badly it pained her terribly to stand on them.  She had given up and collapsed on the side of the road.  She is so loving and sweet and she is a talker.  She is not a barker, but a talker.  She tells you when she needs to go out, and she tells you if she feels the need to tell you she loves you.  I guess I am telling you this because I really want her to have a home where she is inside as part of the family-not stuck outside.

This dog had a micro-chip placed pror to getting lost.  Unfortunately, the family did not register it.  We never found out who the owner was.

Would you like to know what happened next?

Meet Sophie, our newest Mermaid.  Head Mermaid Diane Kaufman adopted Sophie and on the way home in the car Sophie moved closer to Diane and placed her head on Diane’s lap-just as Max, Diane’s black lab that just recently passed away, had always done.

Your new best friend is just waiting for you to come meet him or her.  They’re waiting patiently at your nearby animal shelter or pure breed pet rescue.

And you want to know the best part?  You may think your’re rescuing or adopting an ophaned or abandoned animal and that you’re saving them.

What you’ll soon discover?

They rescue you right back!

Right, Sophie?