• 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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  • Can You Hear Us Now?

    “My dog won’t fight, but I will.” This is just one of the many memorable sentiments displayed on signs that appeared on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol this past Saturday, when Pit Bull owners from all over the country came together for the One Million Pibble March on Washington to protest breed-specific legislation.

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  • A Night Of Unsung Heroes

    An apology to the readers: Due to plague and personal issues, this story is not as timely as it should have been (a big journalistic no-no). I still wanted to provide a little snapshot for those who were not able to attend the BowWowZa Awards; as it was a delightful evening and quite worthy of

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  • Life On The Frontlines

    Lisa Morabito is the Programs Manager at BARCS – The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. It’s a nice title that fits neatly on a business card. What Lisa actually does on a daily basis would likely require multiple volumes. I spent some time with Lisa on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, shadowing her to find

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  • And Then There Was Archie

    A special installment by Show Your Soft Side photographer, Leo Howard Lubow. When I woke up this morning I looked down and saw the covers moving. A small mound just under the blanket started heading toward my toes, then reversed itself and came charging toward my face. A few seconds later two great ears –

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  • Riding Shotgun With Officer Softie

    I arrived at the Central District Police Station looking out of place (think: geeky grandma-chic). I stood in line to sign my life away, and it came up that I was the “cat lady” who would be riding along with Officer Jon Boyer.  I laughed, because let’s face it…that’s basically true. Upon hearing that, Officer

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  • The Day Fate Stepped In

    With more than 12,000 animals coming through the door every year, you wouldn’t expect the staff at BARCS to recognize one lone pup from a meeting many months before. This pup, however, was not easily forgotten – in fact, on his prior visit, he had motivated one volunteer to declare she’d chain herself to him

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  • You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

    Over the course of the last two years, we’ve been fortunate to develop relationships with like-minded organizations and individuals across the country.  In some cases, we’ve been able to actually meet those Facebook friends in person – and each of those meetings has reinforced our belief that the motivation to get involved often comes down

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