Ray Sander, president of Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG), recently announced that the Delaware Botanic Gardens is offering a new course called “Hens & Chicks” at the gardens on March 23 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

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Editor's note: With the mandated closure to the public of all restaurants and bars in the state, except for carry-out, drive-through and delivery services, we are compiling a listing of which restaurants are remaining open to provide those services and the details involved. Restaurants that …

I hear so many people amazed when they see someone with a well-behaved dog. Or a dog that knows lots of tricks. Or when they see a dog on TV, in a movie, on a commercial, etc., and the tricks that the dog performs. They can't believe that any dog can be trained to do these tricks, behaviors,…

Brandywine Valley SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center this week opened its doors early in Georgetown, having taken in more than 200 animals from three shelters in North Carolina that were impacted by Hurricane Florence.

Families flock to chickensIt's that time of year again… Baby chicks and ducks! If you go into many of the farm feed stores around this time of year, you will likely see a warm red light and hear a lot of cheeping. It is the time of year that the farm feed stores get in their baby chicks and …

In one of my last columns, I spoke of the fact that I got a “new to me” motorhome. Well, I took my first trip in it. Due to the fact that I have never had my own RV, and that I have only stayed with friends in theirs just a few times, I didn't know too much about how everything functions on them.

I was visiting with a friend the other day, and we were talking about my upcoming trip to York, Pa., for a dog show. It will be my first trip in the “new to me” used RV I just got. We were also discussing any ideas or suggestions for my pet articles.

If you have pets, you should always have storm kits prepared for them. You should also have evacuation plans prepared with your pets in mind.

With spring and summer right around the corner, the thought of traveling is on many people's minds. If you are one of those fortunate people that share your life with pets, travel plans take a little more thought and planning. The first decision is whether you are going to take your babies w…

Summer is the time that many of us take to the roads for vacations and general traveling, and many of us like to take our furry friends with us. If you decide to take your pooch with you, there are many things to consider before hitting the road.

Before you bring home your new puppy/dog, it is important to prepare your home. There are several simple things you can do ahead of time to make your new pets adjustment easier. Your new puppy/dog will very inquisitive about its new environment, so you want to take some simple safety precaut…

So — you have decided you are ready to get a new dog, but how do you make sure you get a healthy one? First, you need to decide whether you want a specific breed; a puppy or an adult, a young adult or a senior dog; a rescue or one from a breeder.

Fish as pets? Yes! Fish make great pets for the entire family. One of the benefits of fish is that once you get them initially set up, there is minimal maintenance. Also, the initial cost can be kept down. You can even get started for about $100 or so. Also, fish are constantly active, which…

As you begin to prepare for the upcoming holiday season for your family, don't forget your pets. I'm not just talking about buying holiday gifts for your pet — but don't forget that either. I'm talking this time about taking the necessary precautions to avoid holiday disasters where your pet…

Unfortunately, saying goodbye to our faithful companions is something we all must do. Except for bird and tortoise owners, we generally outlive our pets. Saying goodbye is never easy, but with some careful planning it can be made a little easier. Many people do not want to think about these …

The Labrador retriever has been the American Kennel Club's (AKC's) No. 1 registered breed of dog for more than 10 years. When you meet a well-bred Lab, it is easy to understand why. However, these days, it is also one of the most poorly bred dogs.

Santa is going to bring your pets new toys and leashes and beds and more. Now is the time to go through your pet's old toys and such and get rid of a few of them. But do not throw them away! Donate them to the local rescues.

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping, remember to pick up a few gifts for the pets in your household. This can be especially helpful to keep the dogs and cats occupied while everyone else is opening gifts, or while they are “locked away” during meals or while guests are visiting.…

I thought it was time for another question-and-answer article. If you have questions that you are either too shy or afraid to ask someone, email me, and I will try to get you an answer.

Yes, it's true that I am a big-time animal lover, but that is not the only reason that I believe that children should be raised around animals. There are so many things that children can learn from growing up around animals.

Pet birds range from tiny little finches to the huge hyacinth macaw. They range in price from about $10 to tens of thousands of dollars. The care for all of them is generally the same. They require a cage, toys, food and water. The larger the bird, the larger the cage it needs.

Your child has fur allergies, so fuzzy little pets are not an option. Your family has decided they are not a good candidate for a dog — even a hypoallergenic breed of dog. You still want to get your child a pet. You do not want the mess and time involved in caring for a bird. Having a reptil…

“The expression is noble and dignified, and characterized by solemnity, wisdom, and power.” This is a quote from the AKC breed standards for the bloodhound, which s a fabulous dog, but definitely not the dog for everyone.

Well, the Delaware State Fair is over, and all of those cute animals went back home. I'm sure that those of you with kids had to go in and out of all of the barns, and then to the petting zoo, too.

As the summer heat starts to rise, you should take extra steps to make sure your pets are not too hot. Heat stroke in pets can occur quickly and, if not dealt with just as quickly, it can kill your pet. Heat stroke can cause strokes, heart attacks and more. Older dogs, dogs with health issue…