studied English and has a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a focus on animal behavior, neuropsychology, and psychotherapy. She shares two pit bulls (adopted from the SPCA Serving Erie County) with her family, as well as three adopted cats with her fiance. She takes pride in being a grammar Nazi and advocating for animals, the environment, equal rights, and humanitarianism. She loves camping, cooking, taking photos, listening to psychedelic rock and indie music, and making all sorts of crafty things - from charm bracelets to kitty condos! Melanie was sharing this profile with Fred, who is new to the Life With Dogs family, so many stories that were written by Fred will appear under Melanie's name.

20 Puppies Who Love Halloween

Do your pups look even cuter in their costumes? Show us in the comments section! Read more

Rottweiler Saves Small Neighbor Dog from Coyote Attack

No one had seen coyotes in the area, so the attack came as a complete surprise. Read more

Baby's First Crawl Is to Her Dog

“Our little girl crawls for the first time on video but what happened next melted our hearts,” Swift said. Read more

Trash Collector Rescues Skin and Bones Dog from Garbage Can

“She is eating small amounts of food. That’s all we can do to build her up — just give her small amounts of food every three hours or so.” Read more

Why It Matters That PetSmart Discriminates Against Pit Bulls

If your dogs are bully breeds, PetSmart says they aren’t allowed in their doggie daycamps – even if they’re certified therapy dogs! Read more

Boy and His Dog Dress to Match Every Halloween

“When Henry was a baby, I found a banana costume for dogs,” mom Karen said. “So naturally, I had to make a monkey costume for Henry.” Read more

Heroic Homeless People Rescue Dog Hit by a Car

“He was in pretty bad condition… Once in a while he puts the leg down in back, but most of the time he’s walking on his front feet.” Read more

Loyal Police Dog Being Treated Inhumanely on Chief’s Orders

Tell others about Jack’s plight. Let the whole world know this inhumane treatment of a loyal service dog must end immediately. Read more

Sleepy Dog Will Only Wake Up for One Thing

This is selective hearing at its finest! Read more

Talented Dog Sings and Plays Piano

Sing us a song, you’re the piano dog… Read more

27 Dogs Caught in Mid-Sneeze

We all make funny faces when we sneeze, and dogs are no exception! Read more

Dog Jumps Out of Abuser’s Truck and into the Arms of Rescuers

“What I want to do is change their lives and show them life is not all bad, and people are not all bad,” Rafi said. Read more

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