• Mission Impossible

    I received a call last week from Peggy, my surrogate mother and childhood ballet teacher, moments after Governor Hogan issued a sweeping executive order temporarily closing restaurants, bars, and gyms to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  As it turned out, Peggy’s 94-year old friend Shirley had died of an aneurysm, leaving 2 adult

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  • Catching A Killer

    After the first year of doing Show Your Soft Side’s social media, I learned to turn off notifications. If not, life would just be one long series of dings.  Fortunately, I had forgotten to do that for Twitter so, on March 30, 2018 while lying on a beach in the Turks & Caicos, the dreaded

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  • Another Throw Away Cat

    The message from Dawn popped up on my phone at 5:19 PM.  “I was just feeding one of my colonies and I came across a cat that has apparently been hit by a car.  It was under a parked vehicle and the poor thing was crying and can barely move.  There is an injury to

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  • Soft Side Goes International

    We all have a love/hate relationship with social media, but it has made the world smaller for people and better for animals.  In fact, animals may just be benefiting more than any other sector in the non-profit world. Take, for example, Lainey Charter, a Canadian graphic artist who helps several animal organizations in Ottowa, where

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  • Riding The Rescue Railroad

      I’ve seen the posts a few gazillion times.  “Can anybody transport a dog from here to there?”  “Who can pick up a kitty at such and such an address?”  I’ve seen them, I’ve even shared them, but it wasn’t until this past week, I had any clue about the breadth and depth of the

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  • The World Needs More Cat Guys

    An urgent email came in from Melissa, my husband’s co-worker of nearly 3 decades.  Her son Zac had rescued yet another kitten from her husband’s job site and the employees at the company needed help stat.  “I can’t stand the thought of so many cats there that keep reproducing and the risks associated with that. 

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  • When The Threat is Real

    Like many, I cringe every time I hear about someone surrendering a pet and think to myself, that would never be me.  If I had to move, Bugs and Buster would come with me.  If I got sick, I’d find a way to care for them.  And if a family member suddenly became allergic, well

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  • My Love Affair With 40 Models

    Some people might be riding high after closing out an event that attracted a record number of guests and raised $190K for Baltimore’s homeless animals, but I’m afraid I’m not one of them.  Instead of an adrenalin rush, I woke up the next morning feeling sad, deflated and down.  Because when Pawject Runway comes to

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  • Inspiring a Campaign in Kuwait

    Animal abuse can often seem like an epidemic in the United States, but the problems are far worse in other countries.  Despite the endless dogfighting, violence, and neglect, we, at least, have animal cruelty laws in each state, as well as first responders, veterinarians, shelters, advocates, and prosecutors who work to protect animals and hold

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  • Is The Pope Catholic?

    The message came via text from our friends at Philadoptables in Philly. “The Pet Valu in Silver Spring is closing and they’re looking for people to pick up donations of food this week.  Do you know any rescue partners in need?” Is the Pope Catholic? Hell yes, every rescue we know is in need and

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