• 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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  • Nobody’s Laughing Now

    April Doherty doesn’t have an off switch. As a personal trainer, she will kick your ass in the gym. As a paralegal in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office Felony Review Unit and Animal Abuse Unit, she will kick your ass via the legal system. A voice for the voiceless, an advocate for the victims,

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  • Who’s The Real Bully?

    There has been a lot of bullying going on in Annapolis, and surprise surprise…it was not from the dogs. Even though pit bulls are no longer considered inherently dangerous by Maryland’s legal system, the outrage, confusion, heartbreak and fear that accompanied the original ruling still linger with pet owners and animal activists. I fully admit

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  • Lights, Camera, Terror

    Over the course of three years, we have photographed countless dogs, puppies, kittens and cats, but this past week we experienced a first. Ian Desmond, shortstop for the Washington Nationals, joined us with his rescue pibble, Bailey. Ian’s sister found Bailey dumped on a back road in Florida – emaciated, sick and covered with mange.

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