Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

August 4, 2011

Higher Learning For A Higher Calling

Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island, GA is proud to report Boomer, our current puppy in training to become a Guide Dog, is settling in to college life!

Boomer’s away at the Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind Training campus in New York and he’s hard at work on his studies and training.  In addition to his classroom studies, Boomer will be regularly taken out into the field with a handler so that he can learn to cope with the sights, sounds and smells of the world.  This includes trips into the city areas where there is lots of traffic, public transportation, escalators, cross walks and everything he’ll encounter when he’s on duty.

Boomer has been praised for his hard work and calm personality as he has gotten used to the other trainees and their kennels and their handlers.  He’s a special young lad, but we can’t overlook the importance of the training and socialization he learned from Sandy, his “walker”, during his first 15 months of training.

Raising, socializing and training puppies to become Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for persons with disabilities is a labor of love.  It’s one of our favorite types of service projects and it’s a wonderful way for our guests to enjoy Voluntourism as members of our Mermaid Cottages family.

Do y’all remember when Boomer last visited and dropped by to meet the folks down at The Lady and Sons in Savannah?

He also dropped by Seaside Sisters to help promote the sales of our all natural Beach Bum Biscuits which helps provide support and sponsorship of our guide dog training program.  Watch a video of his visit here.

It’s been our honor and our privilege to follow along as Boomer has advanced on his incredible journey to someday provide Second Sight to a deserving person with disabilities.

It won’t be long now before he’ll graduate from school,  meet his new forever friend and together they’ll forge ahead with all the joy and gusto of a life fulfilled.

Go forth, young Boomer.  Your higher learning will prepare you for your higher calling.  Well done.

Back River Bungalow Bliss

It has been a busy, bustling 2011 summer season here at Mermaid Cottages! We love being full up with happy beach bums, and hearing from those satisfied guests is just the cherry on top for us. Andrea, a recent guest all the way from Walnut Creek, California, had this to share about her stay at Back River Bungalow:

Back River Bungalow on Tybee Island, Georgia

“My children and grandchildren join my husband and I for a week of unplugging. The house had great space for six adults and two kids plus a baby. We had slow starts to the days, enjoyed the walk to the beach–the only exercise we got! We enjoyed the screened in porch in the evening. 

We used Tim’s Beach Gear that Mermaid recommended and had great stuff for the baby items plus our “beach camp.” The waves were perfect for the 5 and 10 year olds. The outdoor shower was the best part of the day–cool water, get the sticky off and keep the sand out of the house.

We brought our own food and had all that we needed in the kitchen. The washer/drying in the kitchen made keeping up with the laundry a breeze. Grocery store and restaurants were within walking distance as well.

The only problem we had was an air filter that needed to be replaced and a Mermaid was on it the next day.

One of the most restful vacations I have had in a long time.”

Step in and unplug...

Thank you so much for sharing Andrea! We couldn’t be happier that your time here with the Mermaids was all you wanted it to be. Don’t be a stranger, y’all come back soon!