Theresa and Al Casapulla, who worked to get a bill passed so no more dogs die from  being over-vaccinated, cuddle their five dogs, from left, Wheeler, Henry, George, Buddy and Bentley.

Casapulla celebrates passage of Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act

More than three years later, Al Casapulla still gets teary when he talks about his little Shih Tzu, Maggie.

The casket that cradled her when he buried her in the back yard of his Ocean View home. How it was lined in pink. Her favorite toy...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:23pm

Maggie, a local Shih Tzu that passed away in December 2016 from over-vaccination, is the inspiration behind Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act.

Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act passed in legislature

Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act, formally known as House Bill 214, passed the Delaware General Assembly by unanimous vote this week, leaving its initiator, local businessman Al Casapulla, with a lump in his throat.

His beloved Shih Tzu,...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:34am

Local pets, owners set to Bark for Life this weekend

Dogs in costumes and a contest for the cutest canine and closest resemblance to the owner are among events planned for the second annual Bark for Life of Sussex County.

Designed to raise money for the American Cancer Society, the dog walk...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:30am

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for humans

So, how many people made a New Year’s resolution or a list of resolutions?

Well, maybe you should think about making a New Year’s pet resolution list. It’s not too late. Think about it and do it now.

So, what kinds of things should...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:28am

Coastal Point • Laura Walter

Officer Hill, K-9 Officer Tofu reporting for duty

Seventh-grader Aria Hill was an officer for a day at the Millsboro Police Department. Joined by her puppy, Tofu, Hill got a firsthand look at local policing on Friday, Dec. 28.

Cpl. Matthew Dufour planned to do some basic training and let...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:25am

Trick are treats for dog and human alike

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...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 1:59pm

Pet Corner: The dog days of November

It’s one of my favorite times of the year — it is the time of the year when the dogs invade the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, starts the five-day cluster of dog shows known as the Eastern Shore Classic. Each day,...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:47am

Pets and humans reading for parade in Bethany this weekend

For the eighth year, Bethany Beach celebrates the spooky season with its Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, this year benefiting the Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A.’s Georgetown facility.

Wags, Witches & Warlocks is scheduled for Saturday...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:24pm

SPCA Rescue & Rehab Center opens early in Georgetown

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.

Some of the dogs moved...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:20pm

Pet Corner: Summertime safety tips for pets (and their owners)

There are many things you should keep in mind during the summer months to keep your dog safe, comfortable and happy.

While most of us know to not leave our dog in a closed car, there are still many deaths every year because people do it....

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:45pm

From left, Rosie with owner Ron Wohlust, BB with Sandi Roberts, Logan with Helen Delvecchio and Lucy with Mary Buckley.

Long in the face, loving in the heart

Greyhounds seek homes in Delaware

With a long snout and elegant legs, the greyhound has captured hearts of some Delawareans. Greyhound Pet Adoptions of Delaware (GPAD) is a volunteer group dedicated to finding homes for retired greyhounds...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:57pm

Pet Corner: Families flock to backyard chickens and ducks

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...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 7:39am

Pet Corner: ‘Cheep’ feeders and seed are ‘for the birds’

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...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:10am

Pet Corner: Pick up after your pet

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...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:15am

Pet Corner: Reel in the problems of retractable leashes

Retractable leashes…

Most of the time, I say I hate retractable leashes. It is not the retractable leash that I hate, however — it is the person that does not know how to properly use a retractable leash that gives the product a bad rap....

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:14am

Pet Corner: Storm prep for pets

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.

We always seem to run to the grocery store and buy bread and milk and toilet paper when we hear...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:33pm

Pet Corner: Tips for traveling with pets

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...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:55am

Pet Corner: Traveling with your pet

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...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 6:20am

Pet Corner: Putting out the welcome mat for that new dog

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,...

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 4:39am

Pet Corner: A new dog for the new year? Choose wisely!

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...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:23am

Pet Corner: There’s nothing fishy about getting a finned pet

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...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:01pm

Pet Corner: It’s time for holiday pet prep

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...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:10pm

Pet Corner: Saying goodbye

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...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:56am

Pet Corner: The Labrador retriever:?Still America’s top dog

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...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:40am

Pet Corner: Don’t throw away — donate

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.

Local rescues...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:13am

Pet Corner: Santa, please don’t forget the pets

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...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:41am

Pet Corner: Holiday happenings pose potential problems for pets

With the upcoming holidays, the parties, the celebrations, you need to take some extra care to be sure your pets are safe.

There are more things for your unsupervised pet to get into, to eat or to destroy. There are more chances for your...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 5:01am

Pet Corner: More pet-care Q&A

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.

Q. How tight should I make my dog’s collar?


Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 4:55am

Pet Corner: Pets offer a learning experience for children

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.

Children who...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:28pm

Pet Corner: Birds of a feather

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...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:41pm

Pet Corner: Pet fish?

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...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:59am

Pet Corner: The distinguished bloodhound

“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.

The Bloodhound...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:51am

Pet Corner: Chickens can be beloved pets, too

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.

Coastal Point • Stock PhotoHow about...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 12:26pm

Pet Corner--Too hot for Fido

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...

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 7:09am