Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

David Barwick

Cottage Cheese: TAKE ONE MORE LOOK


Open your photo files.  Open your phone pics.  Open your wallet.  Open your photo abums.

Count the smiles and wonderful memories you see.

When you count your blessings remember to say thanks to and for the brave men and women who serve in our military and for their families living in your community.

We have a 100% vounteer military made up of less than 1% of our population. They live in every town and city and state and in many places around the world.

You and I have many incredible smiling photos and memories to cherish and we should honor, celebrate, help, support and recognize the contributions of those who serve.

Here are some of the smiles and great times we celebrate at Mermaid Cottages and on Tybee Island.

Go to and find how you can help make a difference for our military soldiers and their families.  Don’t sit back thinking you don’t know what to do.  ASK.  VOLUNTEER.  Give  our military and their families something to smile about!

 It’s about doing our part.  It’s about showing respect and honoring those who serve.  It’s about hugging your friends and family because you can.  It’s about service.


Beach Bum Biscuits:Rescue Dogs in Japan

Six teams of Canine Disaster Searchers have deployed to Japan.

Trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, these six teams will concentrate on reconnaissance and primary searches.  They were very successful in locating victims buried in the Haiti disaster, so we wish them many more successes in finding the missing in Japan.

Watch this inspiring video to see these magnificent dogs and their handlers report for duty.

Canine Disaster Search Teams

In some cases dogs rescued from animal shelters have been trained as rescue dogs.  Visit your local shelters to adopt, foster and mentor the heroes that are waiting for you!

Beach Bum Biscuits: An IRISH BLESSING

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends…

May those who  love us, love us

And those who don’t love us,

May God turn their hearts

And if he can’t turn their hearts,

May he turn their ankles

So we will know them by their limping.

And, always post photos of your pets enjoying their adventures to our FACEBOOK pages!

Molly and Cooper say HAPPY ST PATRICK’s DAY, YA’LL!


Irish Heritage Celebration:MANX

Here, Kitty-Kitty…

The MANX or tail-less cat may seem like a mystery, but it’s really just another type of cat…just one without a tail.  Due to a naturally occurring mutation of the spine some Manx are born with short, stubby tails  while some have no tail at all.

One legend has it that a cat was playing near the door of the ark and Noah caught its tail in the door as it shut.  Another legend refers to Manx as cabbits as if they’re a cross between a cat and  a rabbit.  That would explain their extra long back legs and stubby tails!

These are usually earth heavy cats, so think of them as more like a dog.  They’re very affectionate and dedicated to their human family.  While they don’t really like to be picked up they will hop in your lap and cuddle and follow you around just to be near you.

Take a look at Manx in action in this great You Tube video by Janson Media:

Ideal Companion: MANX

Be sure to share photos of your pet enjoying Mermaid Cottages and Tybee Island and you could be featured on our Beach Bum Biscuits Blog!


What’s the tallest dog breed? 

The Irish Wolfhound!

This largest and tallest galloping hound combines power and swiftness with keen eyesight.  Easy-going and quiet, these dogs create a very strong bond with their human families.  Though not normally aggressive around other domestic dogs, they are natural hunters and may course another dog.   This is not a fighting or territorial behavior.

They are very affectionate to children and seem to know they need to be gentle, despite their great size.  They also seem to be able to sense ill will or danger towards their human family which makes them excellent guardians, but not necessarily good guard dogs.

Tale a look at this wonderful Animal Discovery Channel video and you’ll see how magnificent these dogs really are!

We’re celebrating Irish Heritage this week, but we celebrate our pet friends every day!  Be sure to share your photos of your pets enjoying Tybee Island and Mermaid Cottages!