As we enter the holiday season, the colder part of a Lowcountry year, we can remember how much we have to be grateful for. I am personally very grateful for the newest addition to our family, Cevap, an adorable little dog.
My 14-year-old daughter had asked for a dog for three years. After we lost Snoopy (yes, a beagle) at 17 years old a few years ago, I was reluctant to have a dog again. We visited Pet Helpers frequently to play with the animals, but I always said no to her persistent requests.
A few weeks ago, on one of our visits to Pet Helpers we saw this little, shy, chocolate-colored dog with bright yellow eyes. Something within me changed instantaneously and I asked my daughter, âDo you want to take this dog home?â Next thing I knew, we were on our way home with little Cevap curled up in my daughterâs lap.
Since we adopted Cevap, the energy in our home has become even more joyful. He immediately warmed up to our four kitties and all the humans in the household. He is my daughterâs little shadow when she is home.
Cevap is a rescue who was in a kennel for most of his first two years of life. He had to learn how to potty outside and how to be comfortable in various situations, as we take him almost everywhere we go.
Fortunately, Charleston County Public Library has some really good dog training resources. Two that I would particularly recommend are âTrain Your Dog Now!: Your Instant Training Handbook, from Basic Commands to Behavior Fixesâ by Jennifer L. Summerfield and the âDog Whispererâ DVD series by Cesar Millan.
So, if you too want to bring more joy into your home, consider visiting one of our local shelters and adopting a furry best friend. Here at the library, we all love our pets and will be happy to help you find resources and hear about your new pet.
That HOLIDAY Book Sale (all ages)
Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Charleston Friends of the Library hold their annual book sale to benefit Charleston County Public Library. For more information, call 843-805-6882 or visit charlestonlibraryfriends.org/event/holiday-book-sale.
Arts & Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)
Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Create DIY paper projects.
Knit and Stitch! (adults)
Monday, Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Come knit and crochet with us. Bring a knit or crochet project to work on and share ideas with other crafters. All skill levels are welcome.
Opioid Abuse in South Carolina (adults and teens)
Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Learn about the impact of opioid abuse in South Carolina and how its effects compare nationally. Join us for a conversation with Jason Sandoval of the Drug Enforcement Administration along with representatives from WakeUp Carolina, a local non-profit dedicated to fighting substance abuse among young people. Participants will be invited to join the discussion during a Q&A session held during the final 30 minutes of the presentation.
Yoga & Meditation Series with Healing Tree Holistic Health & Yoga (adults & teens)
Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
This four-part beginnersâ series introduces the path of vinyasa yoga and meditation, beginning with the foundational asana (poses), and breaking down each for safe alignment, with lots of hands-on assistance. No experience necessary. All are welcome. Please bring a mat and water. Wear appropriate workout attire. One hour of yoga instruction, followed by 30 minutes of guided meditation.
Mah Jongg the American Way (adults)
Wednesday, Dec.5 from 3-5 p.m.
Join other Mah Jongg enthusiasts for an afternoon of enjoyable play.