“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”
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.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!