February 5, 2013 3:18 pm

show your soft side The 2013 Super Bowl was not only a victory for the Baltimore Ravens but also for dogs (especially pit bulls) in the city and across the country as well. Show Your Soft Side an online campaign created in response to the alarming incidence of animal abuse in Baltimore is represented by athletes and celebrity dog and cat lovers throughout the city. Two of the campaign’s most notorious supporters play for the Baltimore Ravens: Wide Receiver Torrey Smith and Line Backer Brendon Ayanbadejo. Both are featured in ads across Baltimore shown with their beloved pets and the slogan “Only a Punk Would Hurt A Cat or Dog.” Show Your Soft Side words directly with the Baltimore’s Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Task force.
According to their website, The Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force was created in July 2009 after a young pit-bull terrier – who was subsequently called Phoenix – was doused with gasoline and set on fire in broad daylight in West Baltimore. On November 3, 2010, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed the Anti-Animal Abuse Commission into law with the goal of helping the city prevent and prosecute animal cruelty, including dog fighting.
Torrey Smith is the proud owner of two pit bulls. He joined the Show Your Soft Side team in order to teach the youth of Baltimore that “real men” are not cruel to animals. Thanks in part to his rise to stardom in the NFL, the campaign has become recognized across the country. To date, they have over 21,000 fans following their Face book page. We salute Torrey and Brendon’s dedication to ending animal abuse and educating our youth.

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Mark Buerhle Fights For His Dogs

December 10, 2012 3:19 pm

It is one thing to commute to work from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, but to commute from Buffalo, NY to Toronto is just not feasible. This is essentially the problem Major League Baseball star pitcher Mark Buerhle currently faces. Like Miami, Ontario has a ban on pit bulls.

Last season, Buerhle pitched for the Miami Marlins and chose to live outside of the county so that his family, including his 2 year-old pit bull Slater, could stay together. Earlier this offseason, he was involved in a blockbuster trade to the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto, part of Ontario, has their own version of Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and does not allow pit bulls.

Buerhle is committed to both his family and his career. Although he has not publicly commented on his living plans for next season, it has been widely speculated that he will live away from his family during the baseball season or highly encourage another trade to a team located in a city without BSL. We applaud Buerhle's commitment to fighting for the rights of pit bulls and wish him and his family the best of luck with this situation that stems from a discriminating law.

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Vick Dogs Reunited

November 12, 2012 3:10 pm

We all are well aware of the raid and discovery of a major dog fighting ring that occurred on the property of NFL star Michael Vick 5 years ago. Most dog lovers will never forget or forgive Vick for his barbaric actions. However, astonishingly, a majority of the dogs abused and forced to fight by Vick have been able to turn the page and live new lives with loving families upon being rescued and adopted by loving individuals throughout the country.

Fast forward 5 years to present day, seven Vick dogs rescued by Oakland-based pit bull advocacy group, BAD RAP, were reunited on October 27 in California. The dogs, who still bare physical scars from their rough past, have each adapted tremendously to their new lives as loved family pets. All seven of the dogs were visibly excited and happy to see each other. The dogs were met and cheered on by 125 BAD RAP supporters.

Donna Reynolds, director of BAD RAP, depicted the scene: "There were lots of hugs, kisses, lots of crying. When people meet these dogs, they cry. They understand that they are little pieces of positive history." We truly can learn a lot from these dogs. Despite their horrible past, they are able to appreciate their new lives. Dogs do not dwell on the past; they live in the current, positive, moment.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/11/five-years-rescued-vick-dogs-reunite/


Image Courtesy of: Mark Rogers/www.markrogersphotography.com

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