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Mermaid Cottages Has Tips For Traveling With Pets

Mermaid Cottages has tips for traveling with pets. Anyone who has a pet knows it’s hard to leave your pet behind. Here are some words of advice about pet-friendly Tybee Island and our happy little houses by the sea. Remember, we have cottages that allow dogs, dogs, and cats, and we’ve even had birds, reptiles and fish in our homes!

Pre-plan your preparedness
* Make your pet comfortable both during travel and at the destination. Practice short trips to the park to associate good things with your planned method of travel.
* Try harnesses instead of leashes while traveling.
* Make sure your pet has your name and number on it, and maybe consider a tracking app.
* Work on doing their business on command. That will help when you’re stopping during travel, and will help when you get to your destination so your pet will know where to ‘go’. …

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, 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!

Mermaid Cottages Goodies are Here!

Mermaid Cottages 2012 Calendars and note cards are Here! Pick up your brand new Mermaid Cottages 2012 Wall Calendar today. The amazing Fifi Flowers has outdone herself once again! This beautiful 8”x8” calendar is full of gorgeous artwork featuring twelve of our Mermaid Cottages. Keep a little bit of Tybee year-round! These calendars make great souvenirs or gifts and are available for just$25 each.  And we didn’t stop there…

They're heeeeeere! Get your calendar and card sets today!

Looking for a great way to add flair to your correspondence? Look no further! The new Mermaid Cottages and Beach Bum Biscuit note card collections are sure to keep Tybee in your mind, no matter where you are! Whimsical and wonderful artwork from Fifi Flowers features our fabulous cottages in one collection, and precious pups in the other. These cards are a great way to put a special touch to your next letter or thank-you note. You could even frame them! They make great souvenirs or gifts, too. Both collections are available for just $24 each. No matter which collection you choose, you’re helping a great cause…proceeds from our Mermaid Cottages note cards help support sea turtles while proceeds from the Beach Bum Biscuit note cards support service and guide dogs.

Look at these wonderfully whimsy note card sets!

You can stock up on your Mermaid Cottages 2012 calendars and note cards now at everyone’s favorite coastal shop, Seaside Sisters right here on Tybee. Don’t wait, because they never last long! Stay tuned to our blog too, because there are even more Mermaid Goodies coming very very soon!

Be Our Guests!

At Mermaid Cottages, we love it when you’re our guests…and that includes our pet guests, too!

With a little pre-planning and a handy checklist you’re sure to have everything you need and your pet will thank you.

* Calculate your traveling time so you can prepare to take pet rest stops at least every 2 hours.

* Don’t feed your pet before starting out for a long journey to reduce the chance of motion sickness.

* Make sure you have your vet’s contact information and that you pack any pet meds needed.

* Make sure your pet’s ID tags are up to date with their vaccination information and your correct address and phone number.

* Pack both wet and dry foods your pet is used to.  Vacation is not the time to experiment with your pets digestion.

* Pack leashes, toys, rawhides, treats, grooming supplies, food and water bowls,  etc.

* Definitely make sure you pack waste bags and clean up after your pets potty breaks.

Once you get to Mermaid Cottages you’ll find fresh, all natural Beach Bum Biscuits Dog Treats and our now famous Guest Pet Tags.  Just taking a little extra time to make sure you’ve thought of everything your pet needs to enjoy his vacation will make for lots of pet smiles for everyone!


Beach Bum Biscuits:Don’t Leave Me In Here-It’s HOT!

At Mermaid Cottages, pets are among our favorite guests!  Pets are a part of our family and many times we want them with us wherever we go.  Just remember to be extremely cautious when leaving your pet alone in your car.  Even on cooler days cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures.  If at all possible, please do not leave your pet alone in your car.  Leaving your pet to run a quick errand can have deadly consequences.

If it’s necessary for your pet to travel with you use drive-up windows as much as possible.  This works for some banks, restaurants and pharmacies.

Shop in pet welcome stores.

Utilize a travel kennel outside the car, in the shade, if possible.  Just be sure you do not leave your pet alone or in an area where the pet can be pestered or disturbed by passers-by.   A travel kennel is a great way to ensure your pet can get air circulation, water and protection from the sun.

While on Tybee, please be sure to attach the complimentary guest pet tag provided in every pet friendly Mermaid Cottage.