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 husband, Fred. She takes pride in being a grammar enthusiast 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 and paper rose bouquets to kitty condos and feral cat houses! Melanie was sharing this profile with Fred, who is new to the Life With Dogs family, so many stories that were written by Fred from April 2014 - June 2014 will appear under Melanie's name.

WWII Vet & Dog Go on Sledding Adventure

Though the dog jumps off as soon as the sled gets going, he happily races along and tries to keep up! Read more

Whoopsie! Poor Pug Badly Miscalculates Jump

Leaping is definitely not one of their finer skills, but he gets an A for effort! Read more

Blind Senior Dog Survives Two Weeks in Alaskan Cold

“My best hope was to find a frozen dog,” Ed Davis revealed. Read more

North Carolina Mom Fundraising to Get Service Dog for Autistic Son

“When he has a seizure, the dog will alert us. It will help with his depression to have a companion.” Read more

Starved Dog Who Survived on Rocks Living Happily Ever After

“I woke up with him in my bed with his head cradled gently on my chest. He loves his brother and sister.” Read more

Dog Who Spent 10 Years Living in NYC Park Has a Forever Home

He is old, and spent his whole life doing whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted to survive. Trust, security, and rules will take a long time to adapt to. Read more

Dad Makes Dog’s Kennel Look Just Like Their Living Room

Other dogs appreciated being invited to Igor’s “home,” and Hera, a Saint Bernard, visited every day. Read more

Cool Dog Rides Like a Boss

“They see me rollin’… they hatin’… patrolling, they tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty!” Read more

My Kid Asked for a Sibling So I Got Him a Dog

“Even though she’s not Jack’s sister or my daughter — it feels like that and she made our little fam a little bigger.” Read more

Dogs Who Are THRILLED with Their New Hats

If they’re not ready for the outdoors, they’re ready to stay in and party! Read more

Dogs Who Are NOT Amused with Their New Hats

That poor model pug… no doubt his discontented face has graced many an Etsy listing! Read more

Service Pit Bull Wins the Right to Attend Florida Boy’s School

“Congress specifically intended that individuals with disabilities not be separated from their service animals, even in schools,” the DOJ wrote. Read more

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