• Some Angels Carry Guns

    The rendezvous was planned for mid-morning at an undisclosed parking lot just off 83. The two participants had texted each other so they’d know what model car the other was driving, but it turned out to be unnecessary. On this particular morning, they were the only ones in sight.   It only took a few moments

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  • Neither Trophies Nor Trinkets

    The world has condemned the recent killing of a lion named Cecil that lived in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and American dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer faces extradition charges for illegal poaching. The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of Oxford University had been following Cecil for several years as part of a study into

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  • Wiggly Butts Came Out In Force

    Last month, the third annual Pawject Runway took Baltimore by storm. Thirty two and a half (which includes Torrey Smith’s son, TJ) Softies, walked the runway with homeless animals from BARCS netting over $125,000 for the shelter. The night was filled with wagging tails, slobbery kisses and an arena full of love. April Doherty, an

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  • Fighting the Good Fight

    It is the ultimate goal of the Show Your Soft Side campaign to stop animal cruelty before it starts. It is an ambitious goal born of outrage. Outrage that human beings could soak a dog in accelerant and set her on fire. That dog was named Phoenix, and sadly, she was not the only animal

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  • Living What They Preach

    “Only a punk would hurt a cat or dog,” is not the only message SYSS so adamantly spreads. “Adopt, don’t shop,” is another that has a special place in the hearts of each member of the team. Approximately 7.6 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year, and millions are killed annually. The SYSS

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  • How I Was Shanghaied By SYSS

    It must’ve been fate. I can’t think of any other reasonable explanation for how I crossed paths with SYSS.  It started at a crowded Starbucks, crammed next to Caroline and Sande on three barstools. If you ask them, I was shanghaied onto the team. If you ask me, they were gracious enough to bring me

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  • When Animal Planet Comes To Town

    Anytime I see a text from Torrey or Chanel Smith, I know it’s going to be good. It could be a video of TJ with his pibble sister, Mama, or a photo of a young Soft Side fan whose battle with cancer included a special invite to a Ravens practice. As predicted, this one made

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  • Soft Side Goes Hollywood

    The word came via a text from Rebecca Corry – “Kaley Cuoco wants to be a Softie.” Shut up. THE Kaley Cucoco?   As in America’s sweetheart, star of The Big Bang Theory, recently inducted into Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and high profile “mom” to three rescue pups? THAT Kaley Cuoco? The answer came back, “Yep,

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  • The Case Baltimore City Didn’t Want You To Know About

    Today, former Baltimore City Police Officer Alec Eugene Taylor was sentenced to one year in jail for the choking and beating death of Rocko, his girlfriend’s 7-month old Jack Russell puppy in Montgomery County, Maryland. As many already know, Taylor resigned his position with the Baltimore City Police Department back in August in order to

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  • Three Letters Almost Did Him In

    It was only our second time volunteering at the secret kitty sanctuary when we were cautioned that there was a feral kitty tucked away in the back room. After having recently trapped and transported a feral to the vet only to see it fly around the examining room as if winged, I admit I was

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