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Paw4Vets Fundraising Success!

We had an incredible turn out last Saturday for our Paws4Vets fundraiser! If you didn’t make it, you missed a lot of fun and friendship! Saturday, January 28th, Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island totally “went to the dogs!” We gathered there to help raise money to support Paws4Vets and to help fund the training of one very special puppy. Jimmy, an 8-week old Golden Retriever puppy named after our beloved Jimmy Kelleher of Seaside Sweets, will be trained by the wonderful people at Paws4Vets to be a service dog; he will go on to be the companion of a soldier right here in the Savannah area.

Through the Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program, our Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members (or their dependents) with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs, and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs free of charge. All Paws4Vets Assistance Dogs are trained by federal inmates within one of five federal prisons and/or the Paws4Vets Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program. It’s a wonderful thing, and Mermaid Cottages is proud to sponsor such a great cause!

Saturday was certainly amazing! Paws4Vets founders Kyria Henry and her veteran father, Terry Henry, other service dogs from Paws4People, and soldiers from Ft Stewart and the surrounding area with service dogs came out to celebrate and help in the effort! Mary Kay Andrews was there as well with a fresh haul of wonderful vintage lovelies in tow, and pen in hand, ready to sign books for fans. There was an amazing silent auction full of treasures on which to bid, which included, among other things, a signed copy of Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible!  Mermaid Cottages was there with our Beach Bum Biscuits and tee shirts. The proceeds from the sales of those items, as well as 10% of each purchase made in Seaside Sisters that day, went to the fundraising cause! And, to top it all off, there was a bake sale to end all bake sales. It was a wonderful day!

We were also honored to see GiftShopMag.com and SavannahNow.com feature our fundraiser on their sites! Make sure to head over and read the posts. We are so excited about them!

In all, the fundraising efforts raised $1000 to help Paws4Vets! Thanks to everyone for coming out to Seaside Sisters and supporting this great cause! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Mermaid Tale: Made in the Shade Cottage

Welcome to Made in the Shade Cottage!
Welcome to 1012 Jones Ave Tybee Island, GA, home to Made in the Shade Cottage! This cottage is a great value, with lots of space inside and out. From a couples retreat to a girls’ getaway, Made in the Shade is the place to be! This cottage has been in the same family for years now and recently enjoyed a complete renovation! New furniture, fresh paint… a whole new cottage experience!

Our Beach Bum Biscuits are ready and waiting for your special pooch!

Your cottage isn’t just perfect for any group, it’s also pet friendly! Don’t leave those furry kids behind! Bring them and let them enjoy the fenced in yard, hammock, and swing right along with you.  Made in the Shade is also ground level, which makes this a very easy home for our older guests to get around.  This home has something for everyone!

Relax and enjoy the patio and screened-in porch all day, or take the easy four block walk to the beach! It’s up to you; this is your corner of paradise! And don’t forget the huge oak tree that makes its home in front of the cottage, creating a natural tree cover to keep the home cool. This beautiful cottage definitely lives up to its name! Made in the Shade isn’t far from everything Tybee has to offer, either. It only takes a few minutes to make it to the beaches, the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of Downtown, and even the beautiful Tybee Island Lighthouse Station. Even Historic Savannah is only twenty minutes away! If staying in is more your speed, you’ll enjoy the complimentary WiFi and high speed internet, cable television, and fully equipped kitchen.  Made in the Shade Cottage has it all!

We even have open dates as soon as February, so you don’t have to wait! Plan a trip today. The sooner you get to Tybee Island, the sooner you can relax and unwind! Give us a call at (912) 313-0784, book this cottage online, or email us at diane@mermaidcottages.com. We’ll make sure to help you plan your perfect getaway. Why Tybee? Come find out for yourself!

The Beautiful Photography of Belinda Hall

We are already excited about our Paws4Vets fundraiser this coming Saturday, but now we have more to be excited about! The amazingly talented Belinda Hall, of Belinda Hall Photographyhas contributed some wonderful items to our Silent Auction!

Come out to our Silent Auction This Saturday and bid on this amazing package!

Make sure you come out to Seaside Sisters to win this wonderful package! Portrait photographer Belinda Hall will capture portraits of your beloved furry friend and present you with images you will cherish for a lifetime. Your choice of on-location portrait session to include your entire family (humans welcome!) or you may save the session just for your furry friend. The session includes one hour with your professional photographer, 30-50 edited images presented in a password protected online gallery for download & sharing. You’ll be able to download web friendly images & print friendly versions of your pictures. The printing release included as well!

Taken at The Enlisted Men's Mess Hall, photography by Belinda Hall

Belinda is incredibly talented, and we are proud to say she has taken some of the amazing pictures of our cottages you see around our website. Her portfolio is gorgeous, and a definite must-see! In addition to pet portraits, Belinda can help you with just about any photography need you may have.  She says it best herself:

The talented Belinda Hall, photographer extraordinaire!

“The beautiful chaos and passion that life holds drives me as an artist. My specialties include Weddings, Portraiture, Fine Art, Architectural,and Commercial Photography. I am grateful for the opportunity to capture your moments in life, they are not only special to you but dear to my heart because I am given another chance to express the poetry of life through my love, photography.” — Belinda Ann Hall

Beautiful beach photography by Belinda Hall

If you want to see even more beautiful work by Belinda, make sure to stop by her website, PhotosByBelle.com. You can even follow her on Facebook! We couldn’t be happier about her generous contribution to our auction this weekend and would like to say a great big Thank You to Belinda. Your talent never ceases to amaze us!

Live Like a Local: Mermaids Make a Difference with Paws4Vets

Come out with Mermaid Cottages this Saturday, January 28th, 2012 and help us as we expand our Mermaids Make a Difference campaign! This coming Saturday, from 1 PM-3 PM, Mermaid Cottages and Paws4Vets will host a fund raiser at Seaside Sisters and kick off this newest addition to the Mermaids Make A Difference community service programs. Also featured at this special event will be Paws4Vets founders Kyria Henry and her veteran father, Terry Henry, other service dogs from Paws4People, and soldiers from Ft Stewart and the surrounding area with service dogs.

Through the Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program our Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members or their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs, free of charge. All Paws4Vets Assistance Dogs are trained by federal inmates within one of five federal prisons and/or the Paws4Vets Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program.

“Mermaid Cottages has always sponsored puppies to be trained as Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for persons with disabilities and we are now expanding the programs to include dogs specifically trained to serve veterans. Proceeds from the sales of our Beach Bum Biscuits and our Tee Shirts will also go towards sponsoring dogs for our veterans. We are honored to be partnering with Kyria Henry, Terry Henry, and the Paws4Vets program. We invite everyone to come out and support our veterans and their families!” ~Head Mermaid, Diane Kaufman

So come on out to Seaside Sisters Saturday and meet Jimmy, an 8-week old Golden Retriever puppy (named after our beloved Jimmy Kelleher of Seaside Sweets). This fundraiser is being held to sponsor little Jimmy’s training as a service dog for Paws4People. Funds from the sale of Beach Bum Biscuits dog treats and t-shirts go towards the sponsorship of this new furry hero, so we encourage you to shop ’til you drop for a great cause!  This little puppy will be placed as an assistance dog with a veteran or his family in the Savannah area. How exciting is that! Come be a part of something grand, stock up on some yummy dog treats for your special pooch, and honor those that fight for our country, too. See you Saturday!

Welcome Knight, Our Newest Sponsored Guide Dog!

Sandy and Knight!

Everyone at Mermaid Cottages is excited about the news! December 3rd, our good friend Sandy picked up our newest guide dog sponsor, Knight! That’s right, the same special little guy you all helped to name. Isn’t he just the most precious little thing? There’s nothing cuter than an eight month old black lab puppy!

Knight got his name thanks to everyone voting in our Name That Puppy Poll on our Mermaid Cottages Facebook Page. We received so many wonderful names (and reasons for those names) that a poll just seemed like the best way to choose the perfect fit, and boy did you guys come through! Knight won with 62% on the vote! Knight was submitted by Rob S. from Florida in honor of a good friend that passed unexpectedly November 23 at the young age of 36. Albert Knight, Jr. gave of himself each year by participating in the Relay for Life. He continued giving after his passing through organ donation and even a donation to Locks of Love. Since childhood, Al enjoyed spending much of his time at the beach and always lived life to the fullest, as if each day was his last. And now, his name will be carried on and his memory honored through the life of Knight, our newest sponsored guide dog!

Knight seems to be making himself right at home!

Sandy tells us Knight seems to be a very sweet and calm puppy so far. He really enjoys the company of his new friends, Aldo and Tony. Aldo (on the left above) is also a guide dog, and Tony (on the right) is Sandy’s big, beautiful Golden Retriever. Tony is about 105 lbs. to Knight’s about ten, so we ought to really be able to watch Knight’s growth when he sits next to Tony! Cuteness overload!

We are so proud to welcome Knight into the Mermaid Cottages family. We just know he will live up to his name and grow up to do wonderful things as a guide dog! Remember, every time you stay with Mermaid Cottages or purchase our Beach Bum Biscuits, you help us sponsor a service or guide dog through The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and  Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Puppy Sponsorship Program, so thank you for helping us help others!