• Imagine

    As you may be aware, we’re in a lawsuit with the City of Baltimore over ownership and control of the Show Your Soft Side campaign.  That means, periodically, we receive the latest court filings from the City, which has now amounted to enough paper to fill a two-inch notebook. If you’ve ever been involved in

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  • A Softie Proposal

    In the not-so-distant past, your phone would ring and you wouldn’t have a clue who was on the other end.  Thank God those days are over, or I might not have answered that night. I was at dinner with girlfriends and had just sat down when a very loud piano riff alerted everyone in the

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  • A Plain Brown Dog

    Some stories have the power to melt a million hearts while others barely get a second glance.  Such is the story of a plain brown dog, one of thousands found on the streets of Baltimore and deposited at BARCS.  This one came in with her tail between her legs, eyes that refused to look anywhere

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    Why We Love Us Some Softies

    By now, most people know the story of how Indy Car Series driver, Josef Newgarden, came to Baltimore to race and ended up falling for – and then adopting – a local homeless kitty.  But what isn’t so widely known is the fact that Josef’s not the only Softie to lose his heart to a

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  • Making & Losing Friends

    There are few certainties in life, but on Facebook there’s one that’s guaranteed. Anytime we post a graphic story or photo of abuse, a parade of people de-friend us.  Those de-friendings often come with private messages that usually start with “we love your page” followed by the big “BUT.”  They then go on to say

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  • Who’s To Blame?

    There is no shortage of options when it comes to placing blame for the current state of affairs facing pit bulls in Maryland.   In fact, finger pointing has been fast and furious since that fateful day in 2012 when the Maryland Court of Appeals released its controversial opinion in Tracey vs. Solesky that deemed “all

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  • When Softie Sparks Fly

    The kitten was just six weeks old – so small he could fit in the palm of your hand.  And ironically, that’s exactly where he chose to curl up and fall asleep while we waited for our newest Softie to arrive. The shoot that day had been fraught with obstacles – the biggest one being

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  • The Day A Miracle Happened

    The email was forwarded from someone in the rescue community.  No cover letter or note, just the original plea from BARCS for a rescue to step up on behalf of a dog found that morning in a Baltimore sewer.  Apparently, people had heard him barking for a while until finally, on this day, someone picked

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